Education Research

Education policy is a medium size area of work for Pardee RAND students. RAND's work in this area has covered almost every aspect of the education system for more than four decades. Work ranges on everything from early childhood education to postsecondary education, educator effectiveness, instructional technology, to accountability and assessments.

Student-Faculty Research Collaborations

Through project-based research, students work with faculty mentors to obtain professional skills and tacit knowledge that courses alone cannot convey. Here are a few recent projects and their resulting research.

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Improving Teaching Effectiveness

Gabriel Weinberger (cohort '13) and professor Italo Gutierrez evaluated the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Intensive Partnerships for Effective Teaching initiative. They found a recent upward trajectory in student outcomes that suggests reforms implemented might be on the way to having a positive effect.

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Improving School Leadership Under ESSA

Students Aziza Arifkhanova, Andriy Bega, Emilio Chavez-Herrerias and Eugene Han worked with professors Patricia Herman and Susan Gates to provide education policymakers with guidance on the use of evidence-based school leadership programs.

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Faculty Mentors

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