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Education Policy and Social Analysis
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Education Policy and Social Analysis


Covering Hot Policy Issues

EPSA closed out the Fall 2013 semester with a panel discussion of the contemporary backlash against testing in the U.S. Panelists included EPSA faculty members considering its various roots and projecting its possible consequences. Pictured here: TC President Susan Fuhrman; EPSA Profs. Henig, Kagan, and Dougherty; Jal Mehta, from Harvard, and Rick Hess, from the American Enterprise Institute.
EPSA

EPSA Launch

EPSA, launched in 2011, in response to faculty and student desires for a more comprehensive approach to studying education issues and policies, brought together existing programs in Economics & Education, Politics & Education, Sociology and Education, and sparked the creation of a new interdisciplinary program in Education Policy.

Our Focus

We focus on how governments, markets, and societal conditions shape schooling and the broader enterprise of creating a population that is informed about the challenges and opportunities it confronts, able to critically analyze its needs and interests, and prepared to work together to make a better world.

EPSA Events

A panel of state and national leaders and EPSA faculty discuss proposals to ensure comprehensive educational services, like early education, expanded learning time, health services, and family support, for all students from poverty backgrounds at a conference convened by the Campaign for Educational Equity, an EPSA affiliate, in October 2011.

EPSA Courses

The Federal Policy Institute examines historical and current debates over federal educational policy-making through a week-long institute in Washington, D.C. linked with follow-up sessions at Teachers College. Understanding the realities of federal policy construction and implementation is essential both for educational leaders and all who hope to improve the nature of American education. Students are able to combine policy theory and experience with individuals who make and influence federal educational policy.
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Welcome to EPSA

  • Welcome Message from Our Chair

    Dear Current and Prospective Students, Faculty, and Alumni,

    If curriculum and classroom teaching are the meat and potatoes of schooling, education policy is the supply line that determines whether the basic ingredients are available, affordable, fresh, and of high quality. The faculty and programs that have come together in Teachers College's newest unit, the Department of Education Policy and Social Analysis (EPSA) focus on how governments, markets, and societal conditions shape schooling and the broader enterprise of creating a population that is informed about the challenges and opportunities it confronts, able to critically analyze its needs and interests, and prepared to work together to make a better world.

    Read the full Welcome Message


News from EPSA

  • Rachel Langlais, a 2012 Ed.M., an alumna of the LPP program in TNTP blog, July 10, 2014

  • Rachel Langlais, an alumna of the Leadership, Policy and Politics program, 2012, currently works as a Senior Program Manager on the Partnerships and Research team at The New Teacher Project. Recently, Rachel, with a co-writer published an entry on a TNTP blog titled "Embracing our own big data."

  • Travis Bristol, Ph.D. in Education Policy, a guest in a Radio Boston Podcast. July 11, 2014

  • Dr. Travis Bristol, a 2014 graduate of the Education Policy program at Teachers College, is a guest in Radio Boston podcast "How to Increase the Number of Black Male Teachers in Boston Public Schools." He discusses the subject with Hayden Frederick-Clarke, a public school teacher in Charlestown. Travis Bristol is also a former high school English teacher in New York City public schools and teacher educator for secondary English with the Boston Teacher Residency program. After graduating from TC, he has received a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education. He tweets @TJacksonBristol.

  • Michael Rebell, J.D. in the New York Daily News, July 7, 2014.

  • Michael Rebell, professor of law and educational practice at the EPSA department, reviews the decision of Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu to struck down the state's teacher tenure and seniority-order layoff laws.

  • Judith Scott-Clayton Argues in NY Times for a Simpler Way to Apply for Financial Aid

  • After Senators cite their work, Judith Scott-Clayton and Susan Dynarski argue in the New York Times for simplifying the FAFSA form.