June 2008

Learning Policy and Sciences PhD Program Announces Its First Student Cohort

The LSAP faculty are proud to welcome our first student cohort to the University of Pittsburgh. Our students were selected through a competitive application process. This fall we look forward to welcoming all our new students:

  • Samuel Abramovich
  • Laura Bray
  • David Frank
  • James Scherrer
  • Mary Ann Steiner
  • Miray Tekkumru

Learn more about our new students here.

May 2008

Outstanding Dissertation Award

Jennifer Lin Russell, Assistant Professor in the Learning Policy Center was just awarded the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education Outstanding Dissertation Award for 2007.

Jenn’s dissertation “Not Kid Stuff Anymore? Institutional Change in Kindergarten Education” explores the extent to which kindergartens have shifted from a development model emphasizing social skills and play to a year of formal academic instruction. It illuminates how shifting conceptions of appropriate kindergarten education and state and local policies influence kindergarten teachers’ instructional practices. The project was funded by the Spencer Foundation.

Congratulations to Jenn for this exciting accomplishment!

April 2008

2 Million Minutes

On April 8th at 2:30pm, the Learning Policy Center and Strong American Schools ED in ’08 Campaign sponsor a screening of 2 Million Minutes, a provocative documentary about how the three superpowers of the 21st Century - China, India, and the United States - are preparing their students for the future. Strong American Schools ED in ’08 campaign senior staff will discuss the presidential candidates’ education agendas and the role of education in the election, and Pittsburgh Public School leaders will provide a local perspective to this important national discussion. For more information or to register for this event, go to

March 2008

LPC Faculty Presentations at AERA Annual Conference March 24-28

Our faculty will present on learning and policy topics at the American Educational Research Association annual conference in New York City in March. Presentation topics include:

* District Role in Building, Supporting and Sustaining Instructional Capacity
* Measuring Classroom Instruction: The State of the Art
* Developing Leadership for Science and Mathematics Instructional Reform
* Organizational Change: Innovations in Theory and Research
* District Curricular Reform: A Longitudinal StudyThe Impact of Accountability Systems on Early Childhood and Gifted Education

A complete list of presentation dates and times is available here

Colloquia Videos Available On LPC Website
In case you missed any of our colloquium events, all 2007-2008 LPC colloquiua now available on the LPC website.

February 2008

Two Upcoming LPC Colloquia:

The Learning Policy Center looks forward to two exciting events this month. On February 6, 2008, the LPC welcomes Susan Fuhrman, Teachers College, Columbia University and Ron Cowell, Education Policy and Leadership Center (EPLC) for a discussion of "The Role of States in Education Reform".

Also this month, on February 27, 2008, the LPC welcomes James Hiebert, University of Delaware School of Education and Lisle Staley Stigler, Pearson Achievement Solutions to explore "Research-Based Guidelines For Improving Mathematics Instruction".