Inside the Black Box of Schools: Classrooms, Teachers, and School Leaders


IPR Policy Briefing

Supported with funding from the Joyce Foundation

Policymakers at federal, state, and local levels are concerned about lackluster student achievement in many of America’s schools. But researchers and administrators have difficulty in pinpointing the factors that contribute to successful—as well as failing—schools. A trio of experts explored the impact of classroom size, teacher quality, and school leadership on success for schools and students.

Panelists and Presentations:

“Does Class Size Matter?”

by Spyros Konstantopoulos, IPR Faculty Associate, Assistant Professor of Human Development, Social Policy, and Learning Sciences, School of Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University.

“Do Teachers Matter? Examining the Role Teachers Play in Student Performance”

by Kim Rueben, Visiting Scholar, Urban Institute, Washington, D.C.

“Does School Leadership Make a Difference?”

by James Spillane, IPR Faculty Fellow, Professor of Human Development, Social Policy, and Learning Sciences, School of Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University.

Moderator

Therese McGuire, IPR Faculty Fellow, Professor of Management and Strategy at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

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Friday, February 4
12:00-1:30 p.m.

Kellogg School of Management, Wieboldt Hall
Northwestern University
340 E. Superior St., 4th floor
Chicago