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Stanford University Predoctoral Training Program in Quantitative Educational Policy Analysis

Year: 2009
Name of Institution:
Stanford University
Goal: Training
Principal Investigator:
Reardon, Sean
Award Amount: $4,999,828
Award Period: 5 years
Award Number: R305B090016


The Stanford University Predoctoral Training Program in Quantitative Educational Policy Analysis has been designed to provide doctoral students in social science disciplines (especially Economics, Sociology, Political Science, and Psychology) and in the School of Education with advanced training in state-of-the-art quantitative methods of discipline-based educational policy analysis. Educational policy, for the purposes of this program, encompasses federal and state educational policy and law and school district policies and practices pertaining to school leadership, human resources, curricula, and instructional practices, as well as the impact of other social policies (e.g., immigration law and policy) as they pertain specifically to educational processes and outcomes. Fellows participated in an interdisciplinary core curriculum consisting of coursework in education policy, discipline-based theory, and applied quantitative research methods, including a 1-year course in applied statistical analysis, a course in measurement, several elective courses in statistics, and an ongoing interdisciplinary quantitative methods seminar. Fellows received additional training through research apprenticeships, a series of annual summer advanced training workshops, an ongoing educational policy analysis speaker series, and a series of annual conferences on educational policy analysis.

35 students completed the training program funded under this award at Stanford University.

Baker, Rachel (ORCID) Nakagawa, Mana
Bardack, Sarah Portilla, Ximena (ORCID)
Bonilla, Sade (ORCID) Rodriguez, Natassia (ORCID)
Brown, Lindsay Shear, Benjamin (ORCID)
Candelaria, Chris (ORCID) Shores, Ken (ORCID)
Doss, Christopher Soland, James (ORCID)
Evans, Brent (ORCID) Taylor, Eric
Fahle, Erin (ORCID) Tirado-Strayer, Nicole
Finch, Jenna (ORCID) Townsend, Joseph
Fox, Lindsay Umansky, Ilana (ORCID)
Garcia, Elisa Valant, Jon
Grewal, Elen Valentino, Rachel
Greenberg, Erica Weathers, Ericka
Gurantz, Oded (ORCID) Whitney, Camille
Holzman, Brian (ORCID) Williams, Imeh
John, June York, Ben
Johnston, Jamie (ORCID) Zárate, Rosalia (ORCID)
Kasman, Matt

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Related IES Projects: Stanford University received an additional award (R305B140009) in 2014


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