The Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston at the Harvard Kennedy School has a handful of upcoming events that are worth checking out. Here are two that we wanted to share; for more information, visit the Rappaport Institute’s events page.
1) Designing Play That Matters: Community PlanIt and the Boston Public Schools
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.
Malkin Penthouse, 4th floor, Littauer Building, 79 John F. Kennedy Street
Eric Gordon, Associate Professor, Department of Visual and Media Arts, Emerson College and Lead Designer, Community PlanIt
Commentary by Nigel Jacob, Co-Director, Office of New Urban Mechanics, City of Boston
Can Community PlanIt, a web-based social network developed by Eric Gordon’s Engagement Game Lab, help improve public schools in Boston? This fall, the Boston Public Schools tested this approach by having students, teachers, parents, and administrators use the tool to help design standards to gauge school performance. BPS’ experience with this approach was so positive, that the schools are exploring other opportunities to use Community PlanIt.
2) The Long-Term Impacts of Teachers: Teacher Value-Added and Student Outcomes in Adulthood
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.
Allison Dining Room, 5th floor, Taubman Building, 15 Eliot Street
John Friedman, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School and
Raj Chetty, Professor of Economics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University
Commentary by Thomas Payzant, Professor of Practice, Harvard Graduate School of Education and former Superintendent, Boston Public Schools
In new research, Friedman, Chetty, and Jonah Rockoff found that elementary- and middle-school teachers who help raise their students’ standardized-test scores seem to have a wide-ranging, lasting positive effect on those students’ lives. In later years, these students not only have higher earnings than students who had less effective teachers, they also had lower teenage-pregnancy rates and were more likely to attend college. (Note: this research was recently featured in this New York Times article if you’d like to learn more.)