Stanford CEPA Research Conference

Monday, February 12, 2018 - 12:00am


CERAS Learning Hall

Stanford CEPA Research Conference

February 12, 2018 - Stanford University
Sponsored by the Stanford Center for Education Policy Analysis (CEPA),
Stanford Graduate School of Education,
and the Institute for Education Sciences (IES)

Monday, Feb. 12 - CERAS 101
8:00-8:30 Breakfast and Registration
8:30-8:45 Welcome and Introduction
Dean Dan Schwartz & Michelle Reininger
8:45-10:15 Session 1: New Lessons for Teacher Policies from Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships
Panelists: Jason Grissom, Heather Hough, Luke Miller, Katharine Strunk
Moderator: Susanna Loeb
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-12:00 Session 2: Early Childhood: Programs and Policies
Panelists: Allison Atteberry, Rekha Balu, Daphna Bassok, Ximena Portilla
Moderator: Jelena Obradović
12:00-1:15 Lunch
1:15-2:45 Session 3: Segregation, Inequality, and Achievement Gaps
Panelists: Kendra Bischoff, Ann Owens, Kenneth Shores, Ilana Umansky
Moderator: sean reardon

Income Segregation between School Districts and Inequality in Students’ Achievement
2:45-3:00 Break
3:00-4:30 Session 4: Critical Issues in Higher Education
Panelists: Rachel Baker, Brent Evans, Oded Gurantz, Daniel Klasik
Moderator: Eric Bettinger
4:30-6:00 Poster Session & Reception
Featuring work by current CEPA doctoral and postdoctoral students
6:15-8:30 Full Group Dinner – Stanford Faculty Club
Note: This dinner is for CEPA Faculty, Students, and Alumni only
Tuesday, Feb. 13
Note: Tuesday sessions are for CEPA Faculty, Students, and Alumni only
8:00-8:30 Breakfast and Registration – CERAS 101
8:30-9:30 Professional Development Concurrent Sessions
Session 1: Academic Career Strategies – CERAS 101
Moderator: Thomas Dee

Session 2: Non-Academic Careers – CERAS 108
Panelists: Elizabeth Grant, Elena Grewal, Jon Valant
Moderator: Michelle Reininger
9:30-9:35 Break
9:35-10:35 Professional Development Concurrent Sessions
Session 1: Work Life Balance – CERAS 101
Moderators: Tara Beteille, Ashlyn Nelson

Session 2: Women in the Workplace – CERAS 108
Moderator: Aliya Rao
10:35-10:45 Break
10:45-12:45 Professional Development; SEDA Training – CERAS 108
Led by: Erin Fahle, Benjamin Shear

The Stanford Education Data Archive: Using Big Data to Study Academic Performance
Benjamin R. Shear, University of Colorado - Boulder
Erin M. Fahle, Stanford University

The Stanford Education Data Archive (SEDA) is a publicly available dataset based on roughly 300 million standardized test scores from students in U.S. public schools. SEDA contains average test scores by grade (grades 3-8), year (2009-2015), subject (math and reading/language arts), and subgroup (race/ethnicity) for all school districts in the U.S. Scores from different states, grades, and years are linked to a common national scale, allowing comparisons of student performance over states and time. SEDA was constructed by Sean Reardon and Andrew Ho.

This workshop will introduce participants to the SEDA 2.0 data through a presentation about its contents and construction. It will then walk participants through two hands-on data activities that focus on how to use the data for visualizations and analyses. All attendees should bring a laptop with Stata or R installed in order to participate fully in the training.

More information about SEDA is available at

The conference will begin at 8AM on Monday, February 12th 2018. Please see the agenda for more details.

The conference will be held in Rm. 101 located on the first floor of the CERAS Bldg. at 520 Galvez Mall, Stanford, CA 94305.


The closest parking to the CERAS building is Parking Structure 6 located at 560 Wilbur Way. It’s an underground garage with paid parking available.