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Basil Smikle is a Ph.D. student in EPSA and the Executive Director of the New York State Democratic Party. He wrote about his decision to pursue his degree for the Campaign for Teachers College here.
"Putting Collective Impact in Context. A Review of the Literature on Local Cross-Sector Collaboration to Improve Education." Teachers College, Columbia University, October 2015.
ABSTRACT There has been a broad renewal of interest and investment in local, place-based, cross-sector collaboration as a strategic approach for the improvement of educational outcomes and community development in cities across the United States. These initiatives, many of which have adopted a “collective impact” label, are organized at the school district, city, county, or metropolitan level, and attempt to improve education by promoting collaboration among government, business, and civic sectors; early childhood providers, the K-12 system, and postsecondary education; community-based organizations and private providers of services and supports for young people and their families. They also work to bridge gaps between strategies focused exclusively on schools and those drawing on a wider range of services and programs. Increasingly, these local efforts are being linked into national networks. To help put this emergent movement into context, this paper (1) provides an orienting conceptual framing to describe the initiatives that are the object of study; (2) discusses a number of relevant historical precursors and underpinnings; (3) situates recent local crosssector collaborations for education in a contemporary landscape of such efforts and within the context of the debate between those who believe educational improvement requires attention to out-of-school factors and those who believe schools can and must make substantial progress on their own; (4) reviews the research on collective impact initiatives, (5) mines the substantial literature on organizational collaborations of various kinds; (6) and reviews the literature on the politics of local collaboration efforts. The paper concludes with some preliminary and tentative lessons about the challenges and the possible road forward for local cross-sector collaborations for education. In future reports we will present findings that go more directly to the question of how these contemporary efforts are evolving and identify, where possible, leverage points for increasing their chances of success. Those reports will draw on quantitative analysis of over 180 efforts nationwide, deep case studies in three cities, and more moderately detailed cases studies in an additional five cities that will enable us to consider a broader range of variations and contexts.
Webcast from the Murphy Institute, CUNY School of Professional Studies: “Unions, Workers, and the Democratic Party.
The article referred to Professor Levin's "exhaustive analysis" of CUNY's Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP).
The Ming Yuan Education Foundation was founded in China in 1998 to encourage young scholars engaged in educational research.
NY Times column on FAFSA cites a study by Professor Scott-Clayton and others that found that dozens of questions on the FAFSA contribute virtually nothing to the determination of grant aid.
Melinda Karp, PhD 2006 in Sociology & Education, was featured in an NPR story.
Professor Bailey talks about the complexity of the college transfer process in an Associated Press article.
Prof. Jeffrey Henig is quoted in the Washington Post article
Professor Scott-Clayton spoke at the Senate HELP committee's hearing on college affordability on June 3, and made recommendations to reduce complexity in the federal student aid application and loan repayment processes.
Prof. Huerta is quoted in an Education Week article "Charter Sector Challenged by Quality of School Boards," by Adrianna Prothero.
Black Male Teachers: There aren't enough of them by Valerie Strauss, was published in the Washington Post on April 28 in the Answer Sheet section.
EPSA department congratulates all the winners.
On April 9, former New York State Governor David Paterson, the chairman of the NYS Democratic Party, announced that Basil Smikle Jr. would become the new executive director of the party.
In an article he wrote for The Hechinger Report, an independent news website based at TC, Professor Aaron Pallas challenged NYS Board of Regents Chancellor Meryl Tisch's assertion that opting out of testing is a "terrible mistake."
Professor Aaron Pallas was quoted in articles in Chalkbeat and NYC Lens about the handling of teachers' evaluations in the just-passed NY State budget.
An Education Week article on "The Teachers of Color Disappearance Crisis" featured responses from 2014 alumni Travis Bristol (PhD, Education Policy) and Terrenda White (PhD, Sociology & Education).
The NY Times story, "Helping the Poor in Education: The Power of a Simple Nudge," cites Professor Bergman's work with a Los Angeles school sending personalized text messages to parents of middle and high school students.
Professor Wells states that consciously bringing together students of different races is useful and that putting kids in segregated schools "is not good preparation for the 21st century."
Thomas Bailey Widely Quoted in Major Media Outlets on President Obama's Proposed Community College Plan
Professor Bailey was quoted in multiple news stories about President Obama's proposed plan to offer students two years of free tuition at community colleges, including those in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal.
Professor Judith Scott-Clayton joined President Obama, the First Lady and Vice President Biden at the White House College Opportunity Summit.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has appointed Professor Elana Sigall as New York State's Deputy Secretary for Education
Congratulations and welcome to Sam Abrams, Director of the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education.
Congratulations and welcome to Amra Sabic-El_Rayess, Senior Research Associate at EPSA.
Professor Aaron Pallas is "cautiously optimistic" about Mayor de Blasio's vision for failing NYC schools, including the plan to have superintendents spend more time inside school buildings.
The Hill (thehill.com) is a top US political website, read by the White House and more lawmakers than any other site -- vital for policy, politics and election campaigns.
How I got out of poverty: -'I don't like to think of myself as an outlier' The story of how one young man went from one of the toughest neighborhoods in Denver to graduate school at Columbia University. Read the article here.
Professor Tom Bailey Says that Tuition-Free Plans Could Prompt "Steep Tuition Hikes" at Community Colleges
Professor Aaron Pallas on NPR: Optional SAT is "Sensible," Especially for Colleges Seeking Diversity
Professor Amy Stuart Wells writes in The Atlantic about Ferguson's lessons for the future of the suburbs.
America's Suburban Schools Facing new Pressures. One of the problems with many school reforms being implemented in schools today is that they are being done in isolation -'" from one another and from other policies that are necessary to actually allow the education changes to work. In the following post, two professors explain how housing policy affects America's suburban schools in a profound way. Amy Stuart Wells is a professor of sociology at Teachers College, Columbia University, and Douglas Ready is an associate professor of education policy at Teachers College. Wells leads the Center for Understanding Race and Education at Teachers College, founded in 2008 for research and outreach activities related to issues of race in educational institutions.
Accounting For Higher Education Accountability: Political Origins of State Performance Funding for Higher Education by Kevin J. Dougherty, Rebecca S. Natow, Rachel Hare Bork, Sosanya M. Jones & Blanca E. Vega. TC Record. Sept. 2014.
Examination of the political origins of state performance funding for higher education in six states (Florida, Illinois, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington) and the lack of its development in another two states (California and Nevada).
Basil Smikle, a Ph.D. candidate in the Politics & Education program and a political strategist, participates in a panel discussing Gov. Jay Nixon's press conference in Ferguson, Missouri. MSNBC's Up with Steve Kornacki. August 17, 2014.
Thomas Bailey, George and Abby O'Neill Professor of Economics and Education, Launches New TC Center on College Remediation at White House
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, together with a co-writer, has published an entry on a TNTP blog titled "Embracing our own big data."
Basil Smilke, a political strategist and a Ph.D. candidate in the Politics and Education program, shares a short piece he wrote for the New York Times Room for Debate on Bloomberg's $50 million investment to fight gun control.
Ryan Allen, an M.A. student in the Politics & Education Program at Teachers College has recently become a new host for the New Books in Education, a part of the New Books Network, which is a non-profit that offers podcasts in every academic field. New Books in Education show provides interviews with authors about their new publications related to the education field. In this podcast, Ryan interviews Prof. Kevin Dougherty, an Associate Professor of Higher Education and Education Policy, and Vikash Reddy, a Ph.D. candidate in Education Policy. They discuss their book Performance Funding for Higher Education; What are the Mechanisms What are the Impacts. The book was published in July 2013 at Jossey-Bass.
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, 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.
After Senators cite their work, Judith Scott-Clayton and Susan Dynarski argue in the New York Times for simplifying the FAFSA form.
Prof. Luis Huerta shares his opinion in Joy Resmovits' article Charter Schools Get Less Money Than Public Schools. Is That A Problem?, posted in Huffington Post on April 30.
Jill Bloomberg, Ph.D. student in Politics & Education program featured in the article on school integration in the New York Magazine.
Despite the New York City's problem of deeply segregated school system, the Park Slope Collegiate in Brooklyn is determined not to be put in the same box. Jill Bloomberg, the third year Ph.D. student in the Politics and Education Program at EPSA, has been the school's principal since summer 2004 and she has been determined to fight the race and class divide at her school from the beginning. The New York Magazine's article from April 23 tells the story of how she set up to achieve that with a group of teachers an parents.
Professor Peter Bergman co-authored an opinion piece for CNN debunking reports that parent involvement adds little to student achievement.
Study by Center Co-Directed by Professor Levin Finds MOOC Reality Not Yet Meeting High Expectations
Report by Professors Amy Stuart Wells and Doug Ready and EPSA Students and Alumnae Documents "Separate But Unequal" Suburban Schools
Report focuses on Nassau County, Long Island as one of "hundreds of suburban counties across the country."
EPSA department congratulates all the winners. And the WINNERS ARE:
EPSA extends warm thanks to alumnae, Dana Leon-Guerrero (Sociology & Education, 2010) and Lauren McDade (Politics & Education, 2013), who were featured speakers at TC's Washington DC Admit Reception on Wednesday, April 2. The reception, sponsored by the Office of Admission, allowed newly admitted students to meet with TC alumni and learn more about their academic and professional experiences.
The faculty members of the department of Education Policy and Social Analysis will be participating and presenting at this year's AERA conference in Philadelphia, PA.
In a new policy brief, Amy Stuart Wells writes that so-called "colorblind" educational policies work against diverse public schools.
The grant will support a comparative research in Buffalo and two other cities and study whether and how community institutions in three mid-sized cities can work together to tackle social and educational challenges in their local communities. TC Media Center in Research/Publication section announced the information about the grant in their article "TC team to study Collective Impact Approach to Education Reform " on March 25, 2014.
Jonathan Gyurko received his Ph.D.in Education and Politics in 2012 from Teachers College Columbia University, where he serves as an adjunct assistant professor. He also runs Leeds Global Partners, an education consultancy. The article, published in the Spring 2014 edition of the Politics of Education Association Bulletin, draws on his dissertation research titled "Teacher Voice."
Miya Warner, Ph.D., the recipient of the 2014 AERA Division L (Education Policy & Politics) Dissertation of the Year Award.
AERA Division L (Education Policy and Politics) Newsletter has announced the 2014 Dissertation Award Winners. Miya Warner,Ph.D., an alumna of the Sociology and Education program at Teacher College is the winner of this year's Dissertation of the Year Award. The award will be presented at the annual AERA conference in Philadelphia on April 4, 2014.
In TC People section of TC News, Joe Levine introduces M.A. degree student in Education Policy, Amanda Washington, where she talks about her interests, her family, her inspirations, her work, and her road to Teachers College.
Black Student Network at Teachers College held its 9th Annual Black Student Network Gala on Friday, February 21, 2014 to celebrate Black Excellence. The gala acknowledged and honored the accomplishments of unsung heroes within the Harlem and Columbia University communities. Joe Rogers, Jr. (in the photo with the award), an alumnus of the Education Leadership Program, with concentration in Leadership, Policy and Politics (currently Education Policy) at Teachers Collage, was one of the recipients of the award this year.
In the NYT article "Magnet Schools Find a Renewed Embrance in Cities" Prof. Jeff Henig joins a discussion on how US urban districts, such as Miami, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Newark and Washington, are reconsidering magnet schools as traditional public schools come under increasing pressure from charter schools and vouchers for private schools.
"...political observers say that the common core, because of its intimate connection to the classroom, is likely to fail without strong teacher-'"and union-'"buy-in." Read the full article "Common-Core Tensions Cause Union Heartburn" in the Feb. 18 issue of Education Week.
Mayor Bill de Blasio says when it comes to universal pre-kindergarten, time is of essence. Prof. Michael Rebell joins the discussion on NY1 TV news.
Amy Stuart Wells, Professor of Sociology and Education, who earned her Ph.D. from TC in 1991, is a leading authority on educational policy, race and education, charter schools, school desegregation, and school choice policy.
Basil Smikle is a political strategist and adjunct professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.
Former TC Sachs lecturer David Kirp cites a study co-authored by Henry Levin, William H. Kilpatrick Professor of Economics and Education, which found that an academic and financial support program for one community college student costing $4,000 per year reaps "whopping" $200,000 in taxpayer benefits.
Love 'em or hate 'em, charter schools are going to be with us for the foreseeable future, argues TC's Priscilla Wohlstetter
What is helping the Common Core succeed in NYC? Is New York City on track to ensure that the new Common Core standards will address academic achievement gaps and build skills like problem solving and persistence that also are crucial to college and career readiness? What steps should the next administration take to ensure this happens?
TC's Michael Rebell to Gov. Cuomo "Fund Schools, not Tax Cuts." The Executive Director of the Campaign for Educational Equity writes in The New York Daily News that if Cuomo's estimated $2 billion surplus is real, the state should start paying down its $4 billion debt to schools.
On WNYC's SchoolBook blog, Aaron Pallas offers five cost-conscious tips for improving NYC schools.
The Education Policy Dissertation Research Fellowship is open to TC students, regardless of their department or program, whose dissertation research has the potential to inform societal efforts to improve educational opportunity, achievement, or equity. This research should be focused on an important policy issue at any level of government, reflect potential for policy utility, and show a strong likelihood of being accepted in the most well-respected journals. Our view of policy relevance is a broad one, encompassing research that affects policy indirectly by shifting public understanding of societal challenges and opportunities for effective intervention.
Professor Scott-Clayton testified before the Senate HELP Committee about gaps in college enrollment and the effects of financial aid, and made suggestions for reform.
Prof. Bailey, Director of TC's Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment, writes in the New York Times Room for Debate, that having high schools, colleges, and institutions collaborate can increase high school graduation and college success. graduation and college success.
The Assistant Professor at the Community College Research Center proposes major structural changes to improve college student outcomes.
Twenty-one years after the first charter schools opened in Minnesota, what do we know about charter school performance in the United States? TC's Priscilla Wohlstetter and co-authors bring new information to a longstanding debate.
Judith Scott-Clayton weighs in on the difficulty of ranking higher education institutions in an article in the New York Times.
The Campaign, along with the Center for Children's Initiatives, released a comprehensive proposal to make quality preschool available in New York State.
Professor Judy Scott-Clayton, a faculty member in the Economics and Education program at the EPSA department, shared her opinion on a nationwide outreach program by the College Board, the group that administers the SAT. The program tries to persuade more low-income high school seniors who scored high on standardized tests to apply to select colleges. Her voice was included in the New York Times' article by David Leonhardt, A Nudge to Poorer Students to Aim High on Colleges.
Basil Smikle, Politics & Education Ph.D. candidate, shares his voice on the NYC mayoral race in the New York Times.
Judith Scott-Clayton, Assistant Professor in Economics & Education, discusses the factors that affect the cost of college attendance in a New York Times article about President Obama's college affordability plan.
Travis Bristol, former high school English teacher in New York City public schools, who is currently a clinical teacher educator with the Boston Teacher Residency program, as well as a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University.
If mayoral candidates promising a change in school policy are short on specifics, that might be because reversing the Bloomberg reforms will be require a delicate touch.
Caring parents seek educational dreams for new generation on US campuses.
Two EPSA Ph.D. students are among the 2013 National Academy of Education/Spencer dissertation winners.
From The Room for Debate section of the New York Times: Too Concerned With Re-election to Compromise
What does it cost the society if students fail to graduate? Prof. Henry Levin and his colleague, Clive Belfield, Professor of Economics at Queens College, have been working for years to answer this and other similar questions at TC Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education.
On the OpEducation blog of Education Week, the Associate Professor of Education and Public Policy says increase in standards and accountability reforms have "ignored the wider process of schooling."
Thomas Bailey, Jeffrey Henig and Amy Stuart Wells are among 23 scholars selected to be the 2013 Fellows of the American Education Research Association.
Teachers College faculty members Jeffrey Henig and Anna Neumann have been elected to membership in the National Academy of Education for their contributions to educational research and policy development.
The power of local school boards is fading, and control of education policy is moving toward"general-purpose government and politics," the Chair of TC's Department of Education Policy and Social Analysiswrites.
Commenting on a Gates Foundation study showing that effective teaching can be measured, the Professor of Sociology and Education says it's unclear how any formula will work in "high-stakes conditions."
The EducationNext blogger Rick Hess ranks education scholars by the quality of their research and "footprint on the public discourse" in education.
In a Huffington Post article about charter schools, Luis Huerta says: "Scaling up sheer numbers is very different than scaling up schools that show promise."
In the first installment of opinion pieces that give education advice to President Obama in his second term, Pallas writes that Race to the Top, Obama's signature education program, promoted "unproven policies."
But in USA Today, the Professor of Political Science and Education questions whether the model can keep teachers for the long haul
Henry Levin, TC's William Heard Kilpatrick Professor of Economics and Education, has received an honorary doctorate from San Marcos University in Peru, the oldest university in the Americas.