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Three Brown Education Professors among Most Influential

July 11, 2018

Three Brown education faculty, Matthew KraftJohn Papay and Ken Wong, were selected from a field of tens of thousands and named among the top 200 most influential education policy scholars in the 2018 RHSU (“Rick Hess Straight Up”) Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings. The list recognizes scholars in the U.S. who are contributing most substantially to public debates about education. Kraft, whose primary work focuses on efforts to improve educator and organizational effectiveness in K–12 urban public schools, is an associate professor of education. He has published on topics including teacher coaching, teacher professional growth, teacher evaluation, teacher-parent communication, teacher layoffs, school working conditions and extended learning time. Papay, an assistant professor of education, focuses on teacher policy, the economics of education and teacher labor markets. He has published on teacher value-added models, teacher evaluation, high-stakes testing, teacher compensation and program evaluation methodology. Wong, a professor of education policy as well as international and public affairs and political science, has conducted extensive research in the politics of education, federalism, policy innovation, outcome-based accountability and governance redesign.