On behalf of the entire MIT Blueprint Labs team, we want to extend a heartfelt thank you for your support this year. 2019 has seen a number of exciting developments at Blueprint and we can’t wait to see what 2020 has in store!
Our faculty and affiliates continue to produce new, groundbreaking research on education. Recent Blueprint scholarship reveals how poverty disproportionally affects the academic and behavioral outcomes of male students, how school quality measures can be misleading, and how the flipped classroom model can exacerbate the achievement gap. You can learn more about this year’s publications below.
We also expanded our outreach to school districts and policymakers by launching a new fellowship program for education leaders. The MIT School Access and Quality Fellowship provides fellows with valuable technical training on school choice and enrollment systems in addition to connecting them to a national network of peers. Fellows convened for the first time at the MIT School Access and Quality Summit in November. This year’s Summit featured attendees from 17 research institutions, 19 districts, and 28 non-profits.
Finally, our scholars received several honors from the academic community. In March, Joshua Angrist was appointed an MIT MacVicar Faculty Fellow for his contributions to undergraduate education. Parag Pathak was named one of Science News’s “10 Scientists to Watch” for his use of matching theory in school choice. David Autor was honored with an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship that will allow him to continue his research on U.S. demographic shifts. Blueprint affiliate Camille Terrier also received the Distinguished CESifo Affiliate Award for her paper on charter school expansion.
Thank you for your continued engagement with Blueprint’s work.
Please note: Prior to July 2021, Blueprint Labs was named the School Effectiveness and Inequality Initiative (SEII). Mentions of SEII have been edited to reflect our new name.
Autor, David, David Figlio, Krzysztof Karbownik, Jeffrey Roth, and Melanie Wasserman. “Family Disadvantage and the Gender Gap in Behavioral and Educational Outcomes.” American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 2019, 11(3): 338–381.
Abdulkadiroglu, Atila, Joshua D. Angrist, Yusuke Narita, and Parag A. Pathak. “Breaking Ties: Regression Discontinuity Design Meets Market Design.“ Blueprint Labs Discussion Paper #2018.01.
Setren, Elizabeth, Kyle Greenberg, Oliver Moore, and Michael Yankovich. “Effects of the Flipped Classroom: Evidence from a Randomized Trial.“ Blueprint Labs Discussion Paper #2019.07.
Angrist, Josh, Parag Pathak, and Román Andrés Zárate. “Choice and Consequence: Assessing Mismatch at Chicago Exam Schools.“ Blueprint Labs Discussion Paper #2019.08.
MIT MacVicar Faculty Fellowship
Anyone who has attended Josh’s lectures, read his textbooks, or viewed his online course knows that he thinks very carefully and cares deeply about teaching. This year, Josh was awarded the MIT MacVicar Fellowship for his outstanding contributions to undergraduate education, including exceptional teaching and mentoring. Well done, Master Joshway!
The Carnegie Corporation of New York awarded David Autor one of its 32 annual fellowships in 2019. During his year as a Carnegie fellow, Autor will be working on a project he calls “Depopulism: How the Inversion of the Rural-Urban Age Gradient Shapes the Diverging Economic and Political Geography of the U.S. and other Industrialized Countries.”
10 Scientists to Watch, Science News
Each year, Science News publishes a list of ten scientists to watch, spotlighting those “who are persistent enough to make headway on science’s big questions.” In its description of Parag’s accomplishments, the journal highlighted his work on redesigning school choice systems and measuring school quality.
Blueprint launched a new fellowship program for school professionals in 2019. The MIT School Access and Quality Fellowship is a one-year program for education leaders implementing or expanding unified enrollment practices. The program was created by Blueprint and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation with the goal of building sustainable unified enrollment systems across the country. Fellows will connect with a national network of peers, reflect on their practices, and study cutting-edge research.
Blueprint and the MIT Integrated Learning Initiative (MITili) hosted the second annual MIT School Access and Quality Summit on November 11, 2019. The conference is a unique opportunity for researchers and K-12 decision-makers to learn from one another. The first day focused on how to measure and improve school performance and featured a keynote session by Former Newark Superintendent and State Commissioner of Education Christopher Cerf.
Blueprint Director Joshua Angrist released his first online course through Marginal Revolution University. “Mastering Econometrics” delivers short lessons on econometric research techniques in fun and accessible format. The class is free and available to the public.
Blueprint Labs Co-director David Autor delivered the prestigious AEA Distinguished Lecture at the American Economic Association annual meeting in January. In the hour-long talk, titled “Work of the Past, Work of the Future,” David explains how higher education, the demand for skills, and geography impact earnings and labor market trends.
We look forward to sharing results from our long-term study of a post-secondary scholarship program and of school choice systems, such as those in New York City. The team will embark on several new studies. In New York City, two districts have piloted integration initiatives. Blueprint Labs researchers will examine the effect of these efforts on school diversity and academic outcomes. Blueprint will also partner with the Walton Family Foundation and GreatSchools to understand the impact of school rating systems on students and families.
Blueprint will also continue to build and strengthen relationships with education leaders in the coming year through events and outreach. We will host the third annual MIT School Access and Quality Summit and welcome the second cohort of School Access and Quality Fellows. Together, we can translate research into educational impact.
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