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Education Policy and Social Analysis
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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

  • Jeffrey Henig's lecture at the University of Virginia on The Politics of Educational Research. Dec. 5, 2014.

  • EPSA's Jeffrey Henig spoke on "The Politics of Educational Research" on Friday December 5th, 2014 as part of the Curry Research Lectureship Series at the University of Virginia. Drawing on the research he undertook in writing his book Spin Cycle, he explained the political dimensions of education research as they play out in controversial areas like market-based reform, high stakes testing and teacher assessment.

  • EPSA leads a conference on the VERGARA, DAVIDS, AND WRIGHT case. Dec.3. 2014

  • On December 3rd, Teachers College, Columbia University hosted a national conference that focused on the Vergara, Davids, and Wright cases, which concern the impact of teacher tenure on low-'income and minority students. Panels included both supporters and critics of the Vergara/Wright approach.

  • Luis Huerta in the New York Times, Dec. 11, 2014.

  • "Policy makers should resist being seduced by achievement scores and, instead, hold charter schools accountable and aligned with the long-standing purpose of public schools." Prof. Huerta's article High-Suspension Rates at Charter Schools Don't Help Students appeared in the Opinion Pages, Room for Debate of the NYT on Dec. 11, 2014.

  • EPSA students & alumni react to the events in Ferguson, MO and Eric Garner's death.

  • In the recent months, a lot of media and public attention has been devoted to the events in Ferguson, Missouri. More recently, Eric Garner's death and the Grand Jury's failure to indict Officer Pantaleo has sparked media and public activity here in New York City, and across the nation. EPSA students and alumni have their reaction to the situation.