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Saturday, May 25, 2019
8:45 a.m.-3 p.m.

Brown UEP Alumni Reunion Networking Conference

Alumni of the Brown Urban Education Policy master's program will gather at Brown Univeristy during Commencement Weekend to participate in panels and network with current Brown UEP students and alumni.

164 Angell Street, Room 202

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Monday, May 20, 2019
4-6 p.m.

Master of Arts in Teaching Capstone Presentations

The MAT candidates will be discussing their 2018-2019 classroom inquiry projects at this capstone roundtable event.














Wednesday, May 15, 2019
8:20 a.m.-5 p.m.

Urban Education Policy Master's Program Internship Conference

This is the culminating event for our master's students, where they present the work of their year-long internships and we look forward to an exciting and thought-provoking day of presentation and discussion. 

Brown Faculty Club, 1 Bannister Street


164 Angell Street, Room 202














Friday, May 10, 2019
12-1:30 p.m.

Capstone and Honors Thesis Presentations

Six of our graduating Education Studies concentrators will be presenting on their capstone and honors thesis projects.

164 Angell Street, Room 202
















Thursday, May 9, 2019
12 p.m.

The Walter and Leonore Annenberg Professor in Education Policy and Director of the Brown University Urban Education Policy Program Kenneth Wong will present,

“Federalism and Education:  Cross National Lessons

Federalism as a system of decentralized governance has played a central role in charting educational progress in many countries. With an evolving balance between centralization and decentralization, federalism is designed to promote accountability standards without tempering regional and local preferences. Federalism facilitates negotiations both vertically between the central authority and local entities as well as horizontally among diverse interests. Innovative educational practices are often validated by a few local entities prior to scaling up to the national level. Federalism encourages a certain degree of competition at the local and regional level. 

Given these critical issues in federalism and education, this presentation examines ongoing challenges and policy strategies in ten countries, namely Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States. These case studies, recently published in an edited volume, aim to examine how countries with federal systems govern, finance, and assure quality in their educational systems spanning from early childhood to secondary school graduation.  Particular attention is given to functional division between governmental layers of the federal system as well as mechanisms of intergovernmental cooperation both vertically and horizontally. The presentation aims to draw out education policy lessons across the ten federal systems.


164 Angell Street, Room 202

















Saturday, May 4, 2019
Degree Day Alumni Panel 
sponsored by the Education DUG
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
85 Waterman Street, Room 015



Thursday, May 2, 2019
12 p.m. 

Ruth Lopez Turley, Professor of Sociology at Rice University and Director of the Houston Education Research Consortium 

"Advancing Equity through Research-Practice Partnerships"

There is growing interest in producing research that directly informs policy and practice in order to advance equity in education. This talk will highlight current efforts, recurring challenges, and possible solutions.

Bio: Ruth Turley’s work aims to improve the connection between education research and policy/practice. In 2011, she founded the Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC), a research-practice partnership between Rice University and 10 Houston-area school districts, representing almost 750,000 students. HERC’s research agenda is jointly developed with district leaders, and research findings are shared directly with decision-makers, with the ultimate goal of improving educational equity. In 2015, Dr. Turley founded the National Network of Education Research-Practice Partnerships (NNERPP), which supports, develops, and connects RPPs throughout the country. There are currently 30 member partnerships representing cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco. To date, she has raised over $25M in research grants for this work. Dr. Turley has served in various elected and appointed positions in national associations such as the American Educational Research Association, the American Sociological Association, and the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness. She also served on the Texas State Board of Education’s Long-Range Plan for Public Education Steering Committee. She completed her undergraduate work at Stanford University (1996) and her graduate work at Harvard University (1999, 2001). She was a first-generation college student, originally from Laredo,  Texas.

164 Angell Street, Room 202


Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Fall 2019 Pre-Registration Party sponsored by the Education DUG
6 p.m.
Page-Robinson Hall, Room 502


Thursday, Apr. 11, 2019
4 p.m. 

Kathleen Lynch, postdoctoral fellow at the Annenberg Institute at Brown University

"Improving STEM Teacher Professional Development and Curriculum: A Meta-Analysis”

Professional development and curriculum materials constitute two major vehicles for instructional innovation and improving student outcomes. Following calls in the early 2000s by influential scholars for stronger research into the impact of educational interventions, research portfolios at the Institute for Education Sciences (IES) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) began to reflect a growing interest in research methods that allow causal inference, and in using student outcomes as an indicator of program success. Dollars’ and scholars’ turn in this direction has resulted in a wealth of new studies in the past 15 years that permit rigorous empirical analyses linking program characteristics to student outcomes. Lynch will present a meta-analysis of preK-12 STEM instructional improvement programs, seeking to understand what content, formats, and activities lead to stronger student outcomes. This work is particularly timely, as the Every Student Succeeds Act requires that districts receiving Title I funds must adopt “evidence-based interventions,” including programs and strategies proven to be effective in raising student achievement. 

Kathleen Lynch's research examines policies and practices aimed at reducing educational inequality, particularly in mathematics. She has published on topics such as classroom observations, mathematics instructional practice, summer math loss, and professional development and curriculum reform. Her research has been published in journals such as Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, AERA Open, Mathematical Thinking and Learning, American Journal of Education, and Journal of Mathematical Behavior. Her research has been supported by the American Educational Research Association. Lynch holds an Ed.M. in Education Policy and Management and an Ed.D. in Education Policy, Leadership, and Instructional Practice, both from Harvard University.

164 Angell Street, Room 202


Monday, April 8, 2019
Concentration Declaration Spectacular sponsored by the Education DUG
12 p.m.
164 Angell Street


Tuesday, Apr. 2, 2019
5:30 p.m.

Sociologist and Assistant Professor of Education at Harvard University Anthony Jack will present "The Privileged Poor"

85 Waterman Street, Room 130

Co-sponsored by the Undocumented-First Generation College and Low-Income Student (U-FLi) CenterPopulation Studies and Training CenterCenter for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America (CSREA), Undergraduate Student Event Fund, Office of Institutional Equality and Diversity, and American Studies

Through his research, Anthony Jack examines how class and culture shape how undergraduates navigate college by exploring the "experiential core of college life." Here, he sheds new light on how inequality is reproduced by contrasting the experiences of the privileged poor and the doubly disadvantaged.


Friday, March 22, 2019
Engaged Scholar Info Chat sponsored by the Education DUG
1 p.m.

164 Angell Street, Room 205


 Tuesday, March 19, 2019
DIAP Forum (co-sponsored by the Education DUG and the Education Department) for Education Students
12-2 p.m.
164 Angell Street, Room 275















Speaker Series lecture
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019
2:30 p.m.

Dario Valles, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Race & Ethnicity at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International & Public Affairs and Center for the Study of Race & Ethnicity in America (CSREA)

"Necesidades Especiales: Intimate Interventions, Early Education and the New Majority"

Early education for children plays a critical role in narrowing the US racial achievement gap according to mounting evidence. Central, Mexican-American migrant and Black family childcare providers labor at the front lines of preparing for success an emerging majority-minority generation. Drawing from more than three years of ethnography among early educators in California, Valles elucidates home-based caregivers’ everyday practices to mitigate intersecting inequalities that children with necesidades especiales (special needs) and Black and Latinx youth more broadly experience, drawing the analytic gaze towards providers’ cross-cultural intimate interventions as an inclusive early education model designated for the new racial majority.

Bio: Dario Valles is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Race and Ethnicity at Brown University. He holds a joint appointment at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs and Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America (CSREA). He recently completed a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology at Northwestern University and has taught, lead research projects and published at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

He is currently completing his book manuscript, Raising California Together, through which he bridges anthropology with Education and Chicanx/Latinx studies. The book examines the political economy of early education through the lens of immigration, childhood, and feminist theory and household ethnography. His article on race and California administrative court hearings received the 2018 Association for Political and Legal Anthropology (APLA) Paper Prize, and will be published in the Political and Legal Anthropology Review (PoLAR).



The Brown Department of Education will close on Friday, February 1st in order to move out of the Barus Building and 131 Waterman Street.

We will be back online in our new home at 164 Angell Street, 2nd floor on Monday, February 4th.




The Brown Department of Education will close on December 21 for Winter Break and reopen on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.





Tuesday, December 11, 2018
12-1 p.m. 

Emily Rosenzweig, adjunct lecturer, Brown University Department of Education

"Harnessing the Power of Motivation to Promote Math and Science Learning"

 It is critical to help students develop skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), yet many students do not take advantage of STEM learning opportunities or struggle in STEM courses. These issues are often motivational, such as when students experience boredom, frustration, or lack of confidence. Motivation refers to students' beliefs, values, goals, and energy that drive them towards or away from learning. This talk will discuss the role of motivation in students' learning of STEM subjects, focusing on two particular motivational beliefs: Beliefs that learning is valuable and beliefs about the negative aspects of learning (called cost). The talk will first discuss research demonstrating that value and cost beliefs are critical factors affecting students' math and science engagement and achievement. The talk then discusses intervention work aimed at increasing students' perceptions of value and reducing their perceptions of cost in order to promote their engagement and achievement in STEM courses.

Barus BuildingDewey Conference Room, 340 Brook Street



UEP Webinar


Attend our webinar on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 10 a.m. EST to hear about Brown's one-year Urban Education Policy master's program from UEP faculty, staff and students and type in questions that can be answered live!



Monday, December 10, 2018
5-8 p.m.

Finals Study Hall presented by the Education DUG

Join your friendly neighborhood Education DUG for free food and company to help you get through the Finals Blues. Snacks, studies, and caffeine provided. We’ll also be celebrating our recent graduates on their journey through Ed Studies!

Barus Building340 Brook Street, Student Lounge



Saturday, December 8, 2018
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
85 Waterman Street, Room 015, Providence

 MAT Information Session

Interested in Brown's one-year Master of Arts in Teaching degree with teacher certification? Visit Providence and join us at our MAT information session to learn about the program directly from faculty, staff, current students, and alumni.  

Please RSVP 


Thursday, December 6, 2018

5-6:30 p.m.

Urban Education Policy Information Session

Join us at our second fall information session to learn about Brown's one-year master's program in Urban Education Policy directly from faculty, staff, and current students!

Barus Building Student Lounge, 340 Brook Street, Providence, RI 02912

Please RSVP 



Monday, December 3, 2018
4:30-6 p.m.
"Teaching to Transform: Radical Community-Based Education"

John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage 357 Benefit Street Providence RI

Please RSVP 

co-sponsored with the Sarah Doyle Center for Women and Gender, Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, American Studies Department, and Swearer Center


In Teaching to Transgress, bell hooks proposes that we think about education as a practice of freedom. However, teachers and students have witnessed the defunding of their schools, the transformation of education into standardized, consumer-based system, and the devaluation of teaching as a profession. What, then, are the radical potentials of community-based models of education? What are modes of transformative, collective, and emancipatory education and how do they combat punitive, fear-based disciplining of learners? How do community-based models of education reorient determinations of what students should be learning? Join educators and learners who are already doing this work to reclaim education’s radical roots and potential futures. Karla Vigil is to co-founder and chief connector of Eduleaders of Color, Rhode Island, an organization that creates systemic change in the educational system by cultivating spaces for leaders of color invested in dismantling inequalities and empowering educators and students. O’sha Lundan centers justice for English language learners as an ELL teacher in Providence Public Schools. Gabriela Mendez has collaborated in  programs that capitalize on students' heritage language to enhance biliteracy and is an advocate for students and parents rights in the educational system. Coming together, they will discuss issues they see in Rhode Island’s educational system and how they approach their role as teachers and learners to lay the ground work for future generations. 


Friday, November 16, 2018
4-5:30 p.m.

Summer Internship Panel presented by the Education Studies DUG

It’s sadly that time of year where you may feel stressed (or excited?) about summer prospects. Join the Education DUG and friends at a panel and open discussion about potential opportunities. Panelists will span from policy, research, teaching, and nonprofit work.

Barus Building340 Brook Street, Dewey Conference Room


Speaker Series Lecture

 Tuesday, November 13, 2018
12-1 p.m. 

Leigh Wedenoja, postdoctoral research associate in education, Brown University

"Second Time's the Charm? How Repeated Student-Teacher Matches Contribute to Cognitive and Non-cognitive Achievement"

There is increasing research on the importance of the student-teacher relationship to student achievement. Recent work has found that elementary students who have the same teacher two years in a row perform better on math exams and surveys of parents and teachers support these types of "looping" classrooms. However, the mechanisms through which a repeat teacher improves performance, especially in middle and high school, is less understood. This talk expands the literature in two ways. First, it estimates the effect of teachers on non-cognitive outcomes: attendance, truancy, and disciplinary incidents. Second, it estimates the effect of having a repeat teacher in middle and high school. We find that having a repeat teacher improves both reading and math scores across all grades and that it decreases absences and truancy in high school. The results are robust to controlling for quality and experience of the repeat teacher. We believe this is evidence that repeat student-teacher matches in middle and high school contribute to students' engagement in school as even a single repeat teacher improves attendance for all classes.

Barus BuildingDewey Conference Room, 340 Brook Street



Thursday, November 8, 2018
6:30-7:30 p.m.

Pre-Registration Party presented by the Education Studies DUG

Not sure what to take, wanna know more about professors and their teaching styles, and what classes could be more engaging for you? Join the Ed DUG for an informal dinner where you can ask your most pressing questions.

Barus Building340 Brook Street - Student Lounge (1st floor) 















Conference: "Migrant Illegality across Uneven Legal Geographies: Advancing the Sociology of Immigration"

co-sponsored by the education, sociology, and American Studies departments, CLACS, the PSTC, and the American Sociological Association

morning and evening location: Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street
afternoon location: PSTC, 68 Waterman Street

This convening on issues facing undocumented youth brings together collaborators from Brown and elsewhere, featuring panels on DACA and higher education access as well as a lunchtime panel featuring two of Education Department students, Maryori Conde (2019 MAT candidate), and John Aldas-Lopez (2019 Education Studies concentrator). Other panels will focus on how youth experience immigrant 'illegality' across new and traditional destinations of settlement as immigration law and enforcement devolve from the federal to state and municipal levels. 

Agenda and details

Thursday, October 25, 2018
12-1 p.m.

5th-Year MAT/UTEP Information Session

LEARN, TEACH, LEAD. Earn teacher certification in elementary education or secondary education (English, History/Social Studies, Biology, Chemistry, or Physics). Through the 5th-year Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program, you will also receive a master’s degree. Through the Undergraduate Teacher Education Program (UTEP), earn secondary certification along with your undergraduate degree. Join us to learn more; pizza will be provided!

Please RSVP

Barus Building340 Brook Street - Dewey Conference Room (2nd floor)




Tuesday, October 23, 2018
6:30-7:30 p.m.

"Getting to Know Your Professor" dinner presented by the Education DUG

Join the Ed DUG for an informal dinner in the Barus Student Lounge as we welcome Professor Jones, get to know her, and learn about her research.

Lindsey Elizabeth Jones is a Presidential Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Education at Brown University. Her research interests include the histories of African American education, black women educators, and black girls’ experiences in the institutions of American life. She explored these topics in her dissertation, “‘Not a Place of Punishment’: The Virginia Industrial School for Colored Girls, 1915-1940,” defended at the University of Virginia in 2018.

Barus Building340 Brook Street - Student Lounge (1st floor)


Speaker Series lecture















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12-1 p.m. 

Speaker Series lecture: Lindsey Jones, postdoctoral research associate in education, Brown University

"Education and Incarceration in the Lives of Marginalized Black Girls: A Historical Perspective"

 In recent years, scholarship, activism and popular discourse on the criminalization of black youth, including their experiences within the “school-to-prison pipeline,” has expanded beyond a male-centric narrative and started to account for the gendered nature of black adolescents’ encounters with school discipline, police, courts, and incarceration. Examining the case of one early-twentieth-century juvenile reformatory for delinquent African American girls, this talk argues that a historical perspective can both enrich our understanding of black girls’ experiences of criminalization and enable more effective advocacy on behalf of this vulnerable population. 

Barus BuildingDewey Conference Room, 340 Brook Street



Thursday, October 18, 2018
5-6:30 p.m.

Urban Education Policy Information Session

Join us at the first of our two fall information sessions to learn about Brown's one-year master's degree in UEP directly from faculty, staff, current students, and alumni.

Barus Building Student Lounge, 340 Brook Street, Providence, RI 02912

RSVP here



Thursday, October 11, 2018
2:30-4 p.m. 
Dana Mitra, 
Professor of Education Policy Studies, Pennsylvania State University

"Youth Participation and Activism in Educational Change" (co-sponsored with Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy and Annenberg Institute)

McKinney Conference Room, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street

This talk compares the broad mission for youth participation that exists in most nations with the restrictive view of young people that is the de facto policy in the United States. It then examines the possibilities for student voice and youth activism that do exist in the United States, from working inside the system through reform efforts to challenging the system itself through activism. Conditions that can enable and sustain such strategies are explored and possibilities for future youth involvement in change will be explored.

Dana L. Mitra is Professor of Education Policy Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. She is founding editor of the International Journal of Student Voice and Co-Editor of The American Journal of Education. Dana also works with professionals as a leadership and personal coach and with academics as a writing coach.



Thursday, October 4, 2018 
12-1 p.m.

"Welcome Back/Why Education" lunch chat presented by the Education DUG

Come chill and share laughter with the education DUG over pizza and refreshments. Our topic for this lunch chat will be: why education? We’ll chat about what’s new, old, and exciting in the department and why you should care. We’re also looking to recruit new members to our DIAP and DUG! Help us help you help us :)

Barus Building340 Brook Street



Speaker Series lecture 














Thursday, September 20, 2018
12-1 p.m.

Kendra Bischoff, assistant professor of sociology and director of undergraduate studies, Cornell University

"The Racial Composition of Neighborhoods and Local Schools: The Role of Diversity, Inequality, and School Choice"

Barus BuildingDewey Conference Room, 340 Brook Street

In an education system that draws students from residentially-based attendance zones, schools are local institutions that reflect the racial composition of their surrounding communities. However, with opportunities to opt-out of the zoned public school system, the social and economic contexts of neighborhoods may affect the demographic link between neighborhoods and their public neighborhood schools. Using spatial data on school attendance zones, Dr. Bischoff estimates the associations between the racial composition of elementary schools and their local neighborhoods, investigating how neighborhood factors shape the loose or tight demographic coupling of these parallel social contexts.

Kendra Bischoff is an assistant professor of sociology, and a member of the graduate school fields of Sociology, Demography, and Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University. She received her PhD in sociology from Stanford University, was a post-doctoral fellow in equality of opportunity and education at Stanford University’s Center for Ethics in Society, and recently completed a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Fellowship. Her research focuses on social stratification and inequality, education, and urban sociology. In current and past projects, she investigates the causes and consequences of racial and economic residential segregation, the changing demographic relationship between schools and their local neighborhoods, and the civic mission of K-12 schools.















5th-Year MAT/UTEP Info Session

Are you a current Brown University student interested in being a teacher leader? Come learn about our fifth-year MAT program and our Undergraduate Teacher Education Program (UTEP).

Thursday, September 13, 2018
12-1 p.m. (pizza served)
Barus Building, Dewey Conference Room (2nd floor)


RSVP here


Speaker Series lecture

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
4 p.m.

Barus BuildingDewey Conference Room, 340 Brook Street

Allan Collins, Professor Emeritus of Learning Sciences at Northwestern University

"What’s Worth Teaching: Rethinking Curriculum in the Age of Technology"

Bio: Dr. Allan Collins is Professor Emeritus of Learning Sciences at Northwestern University. He is a member of the National Academy of Education, a fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, the Cognitive Science Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Educational Research Association. He served as a founding editor of the journalCognitive Scienceand as first chair of the Cognitive Science Society. He is best known in psychology for his work on semantic memory and mental models, in artificial intelligence for his work on plausible reasoning and intelligent tutoring systems, and in education for his work on inquiry teaching, cognitive apprenticeship, situated learning, design research, epistemic games, and systemic validity in educational testing. From 1991 to 1994 he was Co-Director of the US Department of Education’s Center for Technology in Education. His book with Richard Halverson, entitled Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology: The Digital Revolution and Schooling in America, was published by Teachers College Press in 2009. His latest book What’s Worth Teaching: Rethinking Curriculum in the Age of Technology was published by Teachers College Press in April 2017.



Brown Bag Lunch Talk



Monday, May 8, 2018
12-1 p.m.

Barus BuildingDewey Conference Room, 340 Brook Street

Jing Liu will present, "Be There or be Square: New Evidence on Student and Teacher Absenteeism" 

Bring your lunch with you for this informal mid-day talk!

Jing Liu is a Ph.D. candidate in Economics of Education at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. He earned an M.A. in Economics in 2016 from Stanford University. His research interests focus on student and teacher's micro behaviors such as absences and classroom interactions and their implications for inequality. He specializes in using computational social science methods, especially text-as-data methods, to understand the mechanisms of schooling and inform education policymaking. His work has appeared in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management and AERA Open.



ADOCH Education Department Open House

"A Day on College Hill" (ADOCH) provides admitted Brown University students with a chance to come and explore our beautiful Providence, Rhode Island campus and the programs and degrees offered at our institution.


The Brown Department is Education is pleased to announce that it will host its second of two ADOCH open houses on Monday, April 23, 2018 from 1:30-3 p.m.

Come to the Barus Building at 340 Brook Street to chat with faculty in our Education Studies concentration and learn more about our History & Policy and Human Development tracks in an informal environment.


Speaker Series lecture/film screening














Tuesday, April 17, 2018

4:15 p.m.

Enrique Alemán, Jr., Professor and Chair in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio

"Stolen Education" 

co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) and the Center for the Study of Race + Ethnicity in America (CSREA)

85 Waterman Street, Room 130, Providence

As a 9 year-old second grader, Lupe had been forced to remain in the first grade for three years, not because of her academic performance but solely because she was Mexican American. She was one of eight young students who testified in a federal court case, one of the first post-Brown desegregation court cases to be litigated, in 1956. Sixty years later, the scope and impact of their story is finally being revealed through this film.

"Stolen Education" documents the untold story of Mexican-American school children who challenged discrimination in Texas schools in the 1950’s, providing important context to understand our current educational system’s enduring legacy of segregation, discrimination and racism. The screening will include a Q&A with Dr. Alemán, followed by an informal reception at 5:45 p.m., and is free and open to the public. 



ADOCH Education Department Open House

"A Day on College Hill" (ADOCH) provides admitted Brown University students with a chance to come and explore our beautiful Providence, Rhode Island campus and the programs and degrees offered at our institution.

The Brown Department is Education is pleased to announce that it will host the first of two ADOCH open houses on Monday, April 16, 2018 from 1:30-3 p.m.

Come to the Barus Building at 340 Brook Street to chat with faculty in our Education Studies concentration and learn more about our History & Policy and Human Development tracks in an informal environment.

Education Department DIAP Conference

"Catalyzing Critical Dialogues in Urban Education & Policy"

Saturday, March 17, 2018
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Barus & Holley, Room 166
184 Hope St. Providence, RI

This event is free and open to the public. While we do offer day-of registration, we ask that attendees register via Eventbrite by March 9th, 2018 if  planning on attending for the full day in order to ensure appropriate refreshments for all. 






























Monday, March 5, 2018
10 a.m.
Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute

Dr. Julie Cohen, Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education at the University of Virginia Curry School of Education

"Virtual Reality Simulations in Teacher Education: An Experiment to Improve Teacher Feedback"



 Speaker Series Lecture














Thursday, March 1, 2018
12 p.m.

Elizabeth Mann, Fellow, Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution

"Examining the Relationship between Institutional Design and State Education Policy with a New Measure of Centralization"

Barus BuildingDewey Conference Room (2nd fl), 340 Brook Street, Providence

Bio: Elizabeth Mann is a Fellow in the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution. A political scientist by training, she studies how institutional constraints shape the policymaking process and policy design, with a focus on K-12 education policy. Her current research includes creating a new measure of state governance centralization and examining cross-state variation in education policy. She is also the principal investigator of a project examining participation and influence of education organizations in the federal rulemaking process in the context of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Additionally, she studies employer and community college partnerships in the context of workforce development programs. She has also examined how presidents pursue their policy goals through extra-legislative strategies at the subnational level, using an original dataset of waivers granted from federal laws in K-12 education, welfare, and Medicaid. Elizabeth earned her Ph.D., M.A., and B.A. in political science at the University of Michigan. Previously, she worked at the HighScope Center for Early Education Evaluation and as a middle school social studies teacher through Teach for America.



Relationship Building Lunch Talk featuring Professors of Education Andrea Flores and Matthew Kraft
Thursday, February 22, 2018
12-1 p.m.
Barus Building Student Lounge
















Speaker Series Lecture













Thursday, February 1, 2018
4 p.m.

Travis Bristol, Peter Paul Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Education

"Policy Levers for Increasing the Ethnoracial Diversity of Teachers in Urban Public Schools"

Barus BuildingDewey Conference Room (2nd fl), 340 Brook Street, Providence

Bio: Dr. Travis Bristol, a former high school English teacher and clinical teacher educator with the Boston Teacher Residency program, is a Peter Paul Assistant Professor at Boston University. His research is situated at the intersection of policy and practice. In particular, Dr. Bristol explores national, state, and local education policies that enable and constrain the workplace experiences and retention for teachers of color.

His research has appeared in several journals, which include Gender and Education, Urban Education, Education Policy Analysis Archives, Journal for Multicultural Educationand Phi Delta Kappan. The National Academy/ Spencer Foundation, Ford Foundation, and American Educational Research Association awarded Dr. Bristol fellowships for his dissertation that explored U.S. Black male teachers’ school-based experiences and decisions to stay/leave teaching. In 2016, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education selected Dr. Bristol for its inaugural teacher diversity research award.



Speaker Series Lecture

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
12 p.m.

Fernando Stein, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics

"Immigrant Children and Families in the First Person"

Watson Institute, Joukowsky Forum (Room 155), 111 Thayer Street

co-sponsored with CLACS and Lifespan

Bio: Fernando Stein is a practicing pediatrician and critical care specialist delivering bedside care for the past 35 years in Houston. A native of Guatemala, he did his specialty and subspecialty training at Baylor College of Medicine-affiliated institutions.

He is a founding member of the AAP Section on Critical Care and past member of the Council on Sections Management Committee and Committee on Membership. He is one of the original members of the Task Force on Minorities.

Dr. Stein has been an advocate for children in impoverished environments at the global level as a member of the technical advisers for the Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses of the Pan American Health Organization.

He is a leader in the area of chronically ill children as survivors of intensive care. More than 1,300 residents have rotated through the Progressive Care Unit, which he has directed for the past 35 years. Residents learn the intricacies of caring for children with technological dependency and the complexities of chronic care, reimbursement, and social and educational reincorporation of this ever increasing group of patients. His areas of research have included patient and family communications in clinical environments and mechanisms of death in children with severe neurologic disabilities.

Dr. Stein is an honorary member of 12 international medical societies. He has received more than 30 honors and awards for his educational contributions, including the AAP Clifford G. Grulee Award, which recognizes outstanding service to the Academy beyond that required of the elected leadership.







MAT Information Session

Saturday, December 2, 2017

11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Petteruti Lounge, 75 Waterman Street, Providence
(Room 201 of Faunce House/The Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center)

Please RSVP here

Interested in hearing more about Brown's one-year intensive MAT program in which you can earn a Master of Arts in Teaching degree and your teacher certification? 

Come meet Brown MAT faculty, staff, student ambassadors and alumni to learn about MAT admissions, financial aid, teaching placements, academic courses, life in Providence, and more! Lunch served.




5th-Year MAT Application Help Session
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
12-1 p.m. 
Barus Building, 340 Brook Street, Dewey Conference Room (2nd floor)

Current seniors: are you planning on staying on at Brown for a 5th year to earn your Master of Arts in Teaching degree with teacher certification in elementary or secondary (English, history/social studies, or science) education? Our MAT program faculty and staff will be on hand to guide you through the application process.

Pizza served!

Please RSVP here



UEP Information Session
Thursday, November 30, 2017
5-6:30 p.m. 
Location: 131 Waterman Street, Providence
Light dinner served.

Interested in hearing more about Brown University's one-year master's program in Urban Education Policy?

Learn about our UEP program from faculty, staff and current students! Presentations will include admissions, financial aid, program overview, internships, alumni connections, life in Providence, and any other questions that you bring!

Please RSVP here



Education Department Fall 2017 DIAP Conference
"Navigating Oppression: Toward Relational Pedagogy, Policy, and Praxis"
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Pembroke Hall, Room 305, 172 Meeting Street, Providence






Speaker Series lecture 

 Wednesday, October 25
5 p.m.

Adam Gamoran, president, William T. Grant Foundation 

"Boosting English Learner Success: How Lessons from Research on Tracking Can Change the Fate of Immigrant-Origin Youth in School"

Smith-Buonanno Hall, Room 106, 95 Cushing Street, Providence (to be followed by a reception in the adjacent lobby at 6 p.m.)















Fifth-Year/UTEP Information Session

Juniors and seniors: learn how you can stay at Brown one more year to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching and become certified to teach! All undergraduates: learn how you can earn secondary teacher education certification along with your Brown degree!

Thursday, October 26, 2017
12-1 p.m.
Barus Building, Student Lounge (1st floor)
Pizza served!

Please RSVP at
















UEP Information Session
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
5-6:30 p.m.
Location: 131 Waterman Street, Providence
Light dinner served.Please RSVP here.



























Speaker Series lecture
Monday, October 2, 2017
12 p.m.

 Amelia Tseng, scholar in residence in the American University School of Education, adjunct lecturer in the Georgetown University Department of Linguistics, and research associate at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

"Spanish in the Global City: Intergenerational Insights into Language, Diversity, and Social Justice from the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area"

Watson Institute, McKinney Conference Room, 111 Thayer Street, Providence

co-sponsored with CLACS



 Tuesday, September 19, 2017
1-2 p.m.
Brown Data Science Initiative Research Networking Roundtable: "Action through Connection"

Professor Matt Kraft will lead a round table discussion on how education faculty use data in their research at the Data Science Initiative launch.

Sayles Hall

Join us on Thursday, September 14 at 4 p.m. for our first Fall 2017 Education Department Speaker Series lecture! Free and open to the public; light refreshments served.

Thursday, September 14, 2017
4-5 p.m.
Rajashri Chakrabarti will present, “Getting Ahead by Spending More? Local Community Response to State Merit Aid Programs”

Barus Building, Dewey Conference Room

Bio: Rajashri Chakrabarti is a senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Her primary areas of interest include labor economics, economics of education, and public economics. Her research focuses on credit access and effects on educational investment decisions and future financial and economic outcomes, costs and returns to for-profit education, consumer debt, accountability and school choice, education finance, and econometric approaches to program evaluation. Prior to joining the NY Fed, Raji was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University in the John F. Kennedy School of Government's Program on Education Policy and Governance. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Cornell University.
















Fifth-Year/UTEP Information Session

Juniors and seniors: learn how you can stay at Brown one more year to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching and become certified to teach! All undergraduates: learn how you can earn secondary teacher education certification along with your Brown degree!

Thursday, September 14, 2017
12-1 p.m.
Barus Building, Dewey Conference Room (2nd floor)
Pizza served!

Please RSVP at
















Following the main Brown University commencement, join us as we bestow M.A.T. and A.M. in Urban Education Policy degrees upon our graduate Education Department students!
Sunday, May 28, 2017
Approx. 2:15 p.m. - 
departmental degree awards at Salomon Center for Teaching, 79 Waterman Street, Providence
Approx. 3:15 p.m. - celebratory reception at Sharpe Refectory, 144 Thayer Street, Providence
















UEP Internship Conference
Tuesday, May 16
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Brown Faculty Club

The annual Urban Education Policy Master's Program Conference is coming up on May 16, 2017! The event will run from 8:30 to 5 at the Brown Faculty Club, with 24 students presenting the work of their internships relating to creating, supporting, and sustaining an equitable education system. Continental breakfast, lunch, and light refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing you there!

Register for the UEP Conference here


TRP Conference
Wednesday, May 17
5-8 p.m.
The Wheeler School 

At this annual event, current students in Brown University's Master of Arts in Teaching program will present their Teacher Research Projects (TRP). After a keynote speech and reception, both elementary and secondary education MAT students will present their year-long teaching experiences in a series of three sessions throughout the evening.

Register for the TRP Conference here.



Education Studies Capstone & Honors Thesis Presentation
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
3-5 p.m.
Dewey Conference Room, Barus Building, 340 Brook Street















The Education Studies DUG Presents:
Degree Day 

Friday, May 5th 2017
6:00 pm
BERT (Building for Environmental Research and Teaching) 015; 85 Waterman Street

Please join the Education Studies DUG at our annual Degree Day! Come listen to a panel of alumni speakers who have been doing fantastic and meaningful work in teaching, administration, and policy with or on behalf of youth. Dinner will be served. We hope to see you there! 


Brown 5th-Year UEP Information Session
Monday, May 1, 2017
12-1 p.m.
Barus Building Student Lounge, 340 Brook Street, Providence

Learn how you can stay at Brown another year and earn your master's degree in Urban Education Policy! Speak with faculty, staff, and current students. Pizza provided! Please RSVP here.



Education Department Spring 2017 Speaker Series presents Jayanti Owens
Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 4 p.m.
Barus Building, Dewey Conference Room (2nd floor)

Jayanti Owens, assistant professor of sociology and public policy at Brown University and affiliate of the Population Studies and Training Center, will present "The Childhood Origins of the Racial Gap in School Suspension and Expulsion"

 Free and open to the public; followed immediately by a 5 p.m. informal reception in the Barus Student Lounge (1st floor)


















Assistant Professor of Education Andrea Flores will present "The Descendant Bargain: Latina Youth Remaking Kinship and Generation through Sibling Caretaking in Nashville, Tennessee" as part of the "What I Am Thinking about Now" seminar series by the Brown University Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
12-1 p.m.
CSREA, Lippitt House, 96 Waterman Street



Education Department DIAP Spring Conference
"Resistance & Reclamation: Resisting Structural Oppression//Reclaiming Education For Our Students"
Friday, March 24, 12-5:30 p.m.
Wilson Hall, 90 George Street, Providence - Room 102 

The conference will serve as a space for open dialogue that explores culturally relevant best-practices, in the classroom and the policy arena, to meet the needs of the most marginalized student populations in today’s schools. The one-day conference will feature a variety of speakers, panels and workshops made up of a diverse array of respected educational leaders, community leaders, and current Brown graduate students in the education field. Lunch, snacks and dinner will be provided.

Register today for FREE here. For more information, check out the Facebook event page
Have questions? Email DIAP Graduate Research Assistant Bryce Celotto or DIAP Graduate Research Assistant Kunal Vasudev.



Education Department Spring 2017 Speaker Series presents Kirabo Jackson

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 12 p.m.
Barus Building, Dewey Conference Room

Kirabo Jackson, associate professor of human development and social policy at the Northwestern University Institute for Policy Research, will present "Reducing Inequality through Dynamic Complementarity: Evidence from Head Start and Public School Spending"

Free and open to the public; lunch served



Faculty Spotlight Dinner: Professor Andrea Flores

Please join the Education Studies DUG in welcoming Professor Andrea Flores to the Education Studies Department on March 16th at 6 pm in the Barus Building Student Lounge! 

A graduate of Harvard and Brown, Professor Flores is a cultural anthropologist whose research examines the relationship between educational aspiration and senses of self, particularly among Latino youth and immigrant communities. Prior to her professorship, Professor Flores was a research assistant at Harvard Graduate School of Education's Project Zero, where she investigated youth's online ethics and their conceptions of trust. She has two current projects. The first focuses on how Latino youth who participated in a college readiness program in Nashville, TN conceptualize the value of higher education. The second analyzes low-income Latino students' persistence in private, religious universities. This semester, she is teaching 'New Faces, New Challenges: Immigrant Students in U.S. Schools' (EDUC 0410A) and 'Adolescence in Social Context' (EDUC 1270). This past fall, she taught 'The Psychology of Teaching and Learning' (EDUC 1450).



Education in Africa Conference
Friday, March 10, 2017

9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street

Drawing on a broad array of national and regional contexts, participants will discuss university student activism and the politics of higher education, as well as how students and parents use education as a particular means of social mobility. 

Free and open to the public; learn more here and register here.



Stanton Wortham, Charles F. Donovan, S.J., Dean of the Carolyn A. and Peter S. Lynch School of Education at Boston College, will present "Multimedia Representations of a New Latino Diaspora Town" 
Thursday, February 16, 2017
4 p.m.
Mencoff Hall Seminar Room, 68 Waterman Street, Providence 

sponsored by CLACS, the Department of Sociology, and the Department of Education 



Urban Education Policy Program Live Chats

Have questions about applying to our UEP master's degree program? Chat live with a student ambassador!

Recurring live chats: every Thursday between December 1, 2016-January 12, 2017 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

To participate, log in here and use password aVJBdvHm




 WINTER BREAK Please note that the Brown Department of Education will be closed for winter break from Friday, December 23, 2016 to Monday, January 2, 2017. We will resume business on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.





MAT Information Session

Learn more about Brown's Master of Arts in Teaching program from MAT faculty, staff and alumni. Lunch served.

Saturday, December 10 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sharpe Refectory Dining Hall, 144 Thayer Street, Providence. Please RSVP here.



Webinar: UEP program and admissions overview

On Tuesday, December 13 from 1:30-2:00 p.m.,  join Director of Urban Education Kenneth Wong, Assistant Director of Graduate and Special Programs Ann D'Abrosca, and Graduate Student Ambassador Ariel Neumann for a program and admissions overview of Brown University's Urban Education Policy program.

UPDATE: Click here to watch a capture of the webinar.


UEP December Open House

Learn about our Urban Education Policy master's program from faculty, staff and alumni! Light dinner served.

Thursday, December 1 from 5:30-7 p.m. / 131 Waterman Street, Providence. Please RSVP here.




Internships in Education Panel

Join the Education Studies DUG on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at noon for our Internships in Education panel! Panelists discuss how they found, funded, and thrived in their summer internships.

Dani Dichter - US Dept. of Education, Washington, DC 
Aniela Mack - Breakthrough San Francisco
Anna Meyer - National Museum of American History, Washington, DC
Katya Barrett - Generation Teach, Boston; thesis research in Lyon, France

Location: Barus Building, Dewey Conference Room (2nd floor)
Food from Kabob and Curry will be served.
Please RSVP at the event's Facebook page



Faculty Spotlight Dinner

Join the Brown Education Studies DUG in welcoming Professor David Rangel on Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 7-8 p.m. at their Faculty Spotlight Dinner.

Dinner from Kabob and Curry will be provided.

Location: Dewey Conference Room, Barus Building, 340 Brook Street, Providence.



Brown Education Department Speaker Series: "Playing to Win: Raising Children in a Competitive Culture" by Hilary Levey Friedman, visiting assistant professor in American Studies at Brown University

Thursday, Nov. 10 at noon (lunch served)
Dewey Conference Room, Barus Building


UEP Information Session

Undergraduates: stay another year at Brown and earn a master's degree in Urban Education Policy! Learn more more about our Urban Education Policy program from UEP faculty, staff, and student ambassadors. Pizza served.

Tuesday, November 1 from noon-1 p.m. /Student Lounge at Barus Building, 340 Brook Street, Providence. Please RSVP here.