ON-Lion Letter

This month, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) will hold its third Education Policy Academy to give graduate students from schools around the nation an opportunity to explore current debates in education policy with leading scholars. This year's Academy will take place in Washington, D.C., and it will run from August 2nd until August 6th.

Participants come from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, including the social sciences, education, public policy, business, and law.  The 20 students who are selected to attend will spend three days in class, attending seminars focused on topics such as school choice, teacher quality, and school finance.  In the evenings, participants will continue their conversations about these ideas over dinner, where they will be joined by keynote guests drawn from the fields of academia, policy research, and the politics of education reform.

One of the goals of the Academy is to foster a dynamic, intellectually open, and thought-provoking learning environment where participants can learn from established scholars, but where they also have an opportunity to meet students from other disciplines, allowing them to build networks with emerging scholars who conduct education-policy research using different approaches.

The Education Policy Academy is offered by Rick Hess, an AEI resident scholar and the director of its program in Education Policy Studies.  Hess studies issues in K-12 and higher education, and his books include The Cage-Busting Teacher, Cage-Busting Leadership, and Breakthrough Leadership in the Digital Age, among others.  He is the author of the Education Week blog, “Rick Hess Straight Up,” serves as an executive editor of Education Next, and is a lead faculty member for the Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program.  A former high-school social-studies teacher, Hess has also taught at the University of Virginia, Georgetown University, and Harvard University, his alma mater.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation substantially support's AEI's Education Policy Studies program.

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