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HENRY M. LEVIN

Henry M. Levin is the William H. Kilpatrick Professor of Economics & Education in TC's Department of Education Policy & Social Analysis, and the founding Co-Director of the Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education at Teachers College. A specialist in the economics of education and human resources, Levin has published 20 books, including The Price We Pay: The Economic and Social Consequences of Inadequate Education (co-edited with Clive Belfield); Cost Effectiveness Analysis: Methods and Applications (co-authored with Patrick McEwan); and Privatizing Educational Choice: Consequences for Parents, Schools and Public Policy (co-authored with Clive Belfield).

Levin is also Director of TC's National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education, and the David Jacks Professor of Higher Education and Economics, Emeritus, at Stanford University. From 1986-2000, he served as the Director of the Accelerated Schools Project, a national school reform initiative for accelerating the education of at-risk youngsters encompassing about 1,000 schools in 41 states. In 1992 the New York Times named him one of “nine national leaders in education innovation,” and he was also profiled in the 2008 book Those Who Dared: Five Visionaries Who Changed American Education.

Levin has served as the Editor of the Review of Educational Research and the President of the American Evaluation Association, receiving the latter's Gunnar Myrdal Award.  He is also a recipient of the 2004 Outstanding Service Award of the American Educational Finance Association and an elected member of both the National Academy of Education and the International Academy of Education. He is a past President of the Comparative and International Education Society.

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Premiered on 10/13/2013

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In "Mini Moments with Big Thinkers," leading figures in Teachers College's history discuss groundbreaking ideas, research and initiatives born at the College during the past half-century. The Mini Moments are drawn from the College’s Oral History Project, a collection of more than 90 videotaped interviews conducted by Melanie Shorin and Jessica Wiederhorn, the principals of The Narrative Trust, a private firm that conducts and captures the oral histories of institutions, communities and individuals. Produced in conjunction with TC’s Department of Development and External Affairs, the Mini-Moments are airing throughout 2013.

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