Boston University’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and The Wheelock Educational Policy Center are excited to host three leading scholars this spring for a Ed Policy Seminar Series. Given growing interest in our local community and increased prominence of presenters, we’re happy to open this speaker series to individuals outside of the BU faculty and students typically in attendance.

All are welcome. The seminar series is geared towards an academic audience and will include detailed and technical discussion about methods used in the research, in addition to the policy context and implications.

Register for one or all. Events are in-person. Reception to follow. Space is limited, please RSVP.

If you require parking or other logistics support, please email the Wheelock Policy team.

David DeMatthews (University of Texas - Austin): February 13, 3:00-4:30 PM
David DeMatthews is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Texas at Austin. He began his career in education working as a teacher, campus leader, and district administrator in Baltimore City Public Schools and the District of Columbia Public Schools.

DeMatthews’ research focuses on urban school and district leadership, inclusive practices for students with disabilities, and school improvement with an emphasis on addressing inequities in classrooms, schools, and communities. More specifically, he aims to understand how districts and schools create equitable and inclusive schools at the intersections of race, social class, language, and other markers of identity.

Learn more about David DeMatthews. Check back soon for talk topic details!

Daphna Bassok (University of Virginia): April 9, 3:00-4:30 PM
Daphna Bassok is a Professor of Education and Public Policy at the University of Virginia and the Associate Director of EdPolicyWorks. She works closely with early childhood policy makers at both the Virginia and Louisiana Departments of Education on research aimed to inform efforts to build more cohesive, higher quality, early childhood education systems.

Bassok’s research addresses early childhood education policy, with a focus on efforts to improve early childhood systems at scale. She is particularly interested in policies aimed at supporting the early childhood workforce and is currently leading a multi-year evaluation of Virginia’s Federal Preschool Development Grant Birth-5 initiative.

Learn more about Daphna Bassok. Check back soon for talk topic details!

Li Feng (Texas State University): April 30, 3:00-4:30 PM
Li Feng is a Professor of Economics at Texas State University’s Department of Finance and Economics. During 2016-2017, she served as a Visiting Scholar in the Center for Education Policy Analysis at Stanford University and a Visiting Fellow in the Brown Center on Education Policy Program at the Brookings Institution.

Feng’s research interests include the economics of education, labor economics, and health economics. Specifically, her work examines education policy issues related to teachers such as the relationship between teacher quality (value-added) and student outcomes, the nexus of school accountability and teacher labor market, the connection between classroom characteristics and teacher mobility, and the role of Collective Bargaining Agreements in the distribution of teachers across schools.

Learn more about Li Feng. Check back soon for talk topic details!