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Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Election '08's Impact on Michigan: The candidates' positions on energy, the environment, and the economy
7:00 PM -  8:30 PM

This panel discussion will feature experts in the environment, energy, and economics for a discussion on how the policies of the presidential candidates will impact Michigan. They will be joined by advocates for both the Obama and McCain campaigns. Listen to the discussion, and ask your questions. Click here to read more and register to attend.

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Election '08's Impact on Michigan: The Candidates' Positions on Energy, the Environment, and the Economy
7:00 PM -  8:30 PM

This panel discussion will feature experts in the environment, energy, and economics for a discussion on how the policies of the presidential candidates will impact Michigan. They will be joined by advocates for both the Obama and McCain campaigns. Listen to the discussion, and ask your questions.

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Friday, October 10, 2008
Recognizing the Hope and Opportunity Within Our Cities
8:00 AM -  5:30 PM

The Global Urban Symposium is a multidisciplinary forum at the University of Michigan with a focus on urban metropolises. The Symposium is hosted by the Ross School of Business and its Net Impact organization, with financial support from CLOSUP and other organizations. This day-long conference explores the role that the private, public and non-profit sectors play in addressing the challenges facing cities around the globe.

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Monday, April 28, 2008
Following Policy Inside the Black Box: Research on Instruction
9:00 AM -  4:35 PM

The goal of this conference is to contribute to building a community focused on education policy research that brings together researchers from different departments and schools who are studying education policy from a variety of perspectives. We hope that this conference will stimulate new discussions and collaborations, which will ultimately foster even more high quality education policy research at UM. The conference will take place on Monday, April 28th from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm in the Tribute Room in the the School of Education. The theme of this first conference 'Following Policy Inside the Black Box: Research on Instruction.' In subsequent years, we plan to focus on other aspects of education policy research.

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Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Learning to Teach? Teacher Preparation and Student Achievement
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Teacher Preparation and Student Achievement: This research project describes the recent changes in the routes into teaching in New York City. It assesses the effects of these changes on the distribution of teachers across schools and the academic achievement of students. It then looks more closely at the preparation of teachers in the district and estimates the effects of characteristics of this preparation on teachers' value-added to student achievement in their first two years of teaching. The study finds that the introduction of early-entry alternative routes in New York City dramatically changed the distribution of teachers across schools and likely improved the test performance of students in schools that had traditionally been difficult to staff . It finds that some preparation programs are more effective than others in producing teachers that add to student achievement. In particular, teachers who had the opportunity in their pre-service preparation to practice skills that are closely linked to the day-to-day work of teachers appear to be more effective in their first year of teaching.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008
The Role of the Private Sector in K-12 Public Education
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

CLOSUP's new education policy seminar series, a core component of the Education Policy Initiative, continues with a panel session entitled 'The Role of the Private Sector in K-12 Public Education.'

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Can Educational Outcomes Be Improved in Community Colleges? Recent Evidence from Two Randomized Trials
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Community colleges today enroll over one-half of all college students nationwide or nearly 12 million students. And yet, fewer than 40% of those who start at a public two-year college earn any type of degree within six years. Even among those students who intend to complete a degree, only about one-third do so within six years. Several factors have been identified as contributing to these relatively low rates of persistence: inadequate academic preparation, high costs (both direct and indirect) and insufficient financial aid, ineffective curriculum, and lack of adequate institutional support. In 2003 MDRC launched the Opening Doors demonstration in an effort to learn more about the factors that affect community college students' enrollment and completion. In total, six community colleges in four states are participating in the demonstration and are testing the impact of curricular and instructional innovations, enhanced student services, and supplemental financial aid on student outcomes. At each site, students were randomly assigned to either a program group (that received the enhanced Opening Doors services) or a control group (that received the college's standard services). This talk will present the findings from two participating sites. In the first site -- Kingsborough Community College -- we studied the effectiveness of Learning Communities and in the second -- community colleges in New Orleans -- we studied the impact of incentive-based scholarships on student outcomes.

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