School Improvement & Redesign

2017 Mar 01

Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE) Spring Conference 2017

Wed Mar 1 (All day) to Sat Mar 4 (All day)


Washington, D.C.

The theme of the Sree Spring Conference 2017  is "Expanding the Toolkit: Maximizing Relevance, Effectiveness & Rigor in Education Research." CEPR-affiliated faculty and researchers, as well as Strategic Data Project Fellow Alumni, will be presenting sessions. The Strategic Data Project will also host a table. 

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2017 May 17

Strategic Data Project Convening 2017

Wed May 17 (All day) to Fri May 19 (All day)


Boston, MA

The seventh annual Strategic Data Project (SDP) Convening will take place in Boston, MA on May 17–19, 2017. The event brings together fellows, partners, practitioners, researchers, and leaders in the field of education to discuss the role that data, analytics, and leadership play in our continued effort to transform the use of data in education to improve student achievement.

2017 Jul 10

SDP Institute for Leadership in Analytics

Mon Jul 10 (All day) to Fri Jul 14 (All day)


Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

The SDP Institute for Leadership in Analytics is a five-day data workshop at Harvard University for education analysts and system leaders who want to leverage data to inform decision making and improve student achievement. The curriculum provides a foundation or refresher course on problem analysis, technical methods, program evaluation, and data visualization and communication techniques. Hands-on activities, including computer lab sessions, demonstrate how to gain key insights around priority topics such as teacher effectiveness or college-going success. Participants need not be an expert in statistical programming, though a basic understanding is recommended.
Learn more on the SDP Website

2016 Nov 29

What's Next for Newark? (Brown Bag Lunch Public Event)

1:00pm to 2:30pm


Gutman Library (GCC Area 1), 6 Appian Way, Cambridge, MA

Christopher Cerf, Superintendent, Newark Public Schools (NJ)

Thomas Kane, Walter H. Gale Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Event Description
Newark Public Schools Superintendent Christopher Cerf will discuss the current status of education reform in Newark and his vision for the future, following several tumultuous years of change in that district. Professor Tom Kane will moderate. 

Light refreshments will be provided. 

2016 Oct 11

The Track Record of Charter Schools in Massachusetts



Omni Parker House | 60 School Street, Boston, MA

Against the backdrop of a contentious ballot question, charter schools in Massachusetts have faced scrutiny across multiple dimensions. This event brings together several of the preeminent researchers on the topic to share their findings. This event will feature presentations by the participants, a period of directed questions, and audience Q&A. It is open to the public and a light breakfast will be served.... Read more about The Track Record of Charter Schools in Massachusetts

Kane, T. J. (2016). Let the Numbers Have Their Say: Evidence on Massachusetts' Charter Schools . Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University.Abstract

In Massachusetts, the charter school debate has centered on four concerns:

  • that the achievement of the high-scoring charter schools is due to selective admission and retention policies and not the education that the charter schools provide,
  • that charter schools are underserving English language learners and special education students,
  • that charter schools are disciplining students at higher rates in order to drive troublesome students back to traditional schools, and
  • that charter schools are undermining traditional public schools financially.

This report summarizes the evidence pertaining to these four concerns.