Susanna Loeb

Susanna Loeb

Director of Annenberg Institute, Brown University

Scaling promising practices: the case of high-impact tutoring in response to pandemic-induced student needs
Monday, March 7, 2022 - 12:00pm



As we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic and schools reopen their doors to in-person learning, we are faced with the challenge of emotionally and academically reengaging students, many of whom have been absent from school and experienced severe social stress. The research base identifies specific forms of tutoring as particularly promising approaches for addressing students' current needs, as well as long-standing inequities in access to educational opportunities. Yet, substantial research also points to the difficulty of effectively scaling promising practices. This session describes a project that draws key lessons from prior attempts to scale and from research-practice partnerships across the country to understand the potential role of universities in the expansion of promising practices through engagement, tool development, and research. The talk describes the approach, current learning from a study of implementation in multiple states and districts, and research to date assessing the effects of program elements to support adaptation and improvement.

Bio: Susanna Loeb is Director of the Annenberg Institute at Brown University, where she is also Professor of Education and of International and Public Affairs and the founder and acting executive director of the National Student Support Accelerator, which aims to expand access to relationship-based, high-impact tutoring in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Susanna’s research focuses broadly on education policy and its role in improving educational opportunities for students. Her work has addressed issues of educator career choices and professional development, of school finance and governance, and of early childhood systems. Before moving to Brown, Susanna was the Barnett Family Professor of Education at Stanford. She was the founding director of the Center for Education Policy at Stanford and co-director of Policy Analysis for California Education. Susanna led the research for both Getting Down to Facts projects for California schools. In 2020, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is also an affiliate at NBER and JPAL and a member of the National Academy of Education.

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