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AERA/IEL Education Policy Forum with Jennifer McCombs & Sarah Pitcock
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You are invited to the AERA/IEL Education Policy Forum Luncheon featuring Jennifer McCombs, Senior Policy Researcher and Director of the Behavioral and Policy Sciences Department at RAND & Sarah Pitcock, Former CEO of the National Summer Learning Association & Writer and Consultant. The event is on Friday, June 16th, 12-2 pm at IEL.

When: Friday, June 16
12-2 pm
Where: Institute for Educational Leadership
4301 Connecticut Ave., NW
Suite 100
Washington, District of Columbia  20008
United States
Contact: Sarah McCann
(202) 822-8405 x138

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You are invited to the Education Policy Forum featuring

Jennifer McCombs

Senior Policy Researcher and Director of the Behavioral and Policy Sciences Department at RAND


Sarah Pitcock

Writer and Consultant for Social Causes
Sarah Pitcock, LLC
Former CEO at National Summer Learning Association

June 16, 12-2 pm

at IEL

for a conversation on

Learning from Summer:

What We Know from Research About Summer Learning

RSVP by June 14!







Sarah Pitcock, co-editor of The Summer Slide: What We Know and Can Do About Summer Learning Loss (Teachers College Press, 2016), will discuss the growing body of evidence on summer learning loss, the conditions that impede learning over the summer months, and best practices in summer programming with lessons on how to strengthen program evaluations. She will also discuss summer learning as a strategy to both narrow the achievement and opportunity gaps. Jennifer McCombs will discuss the findings of her research on whether voluntary, district-led summer programs can improve outcomes among low-income students. The Wallace Foundation launched the National Summer Learning Project (NSLP) in 2011 expanded summer program opportunities for students in urban districts. As a part of this project, The Foundation sponsored RAND to conduct a study of district-led, voluntary summer programs in five school districts—Boston, Dallas, Duval County (Florida), Pittsburgh, and Rochester (New York)—to assess their effects on more than 3,000 students. The RAND study examined these effects using several methods, including a randomized controlled trial (RCT) on a cohort of students who were third graders in spring 2013. She will present findings from this report focusing on the effects of two consecutive summers of programming in 2013 and 2014 on language arts (LA) and mathematics learning and on less-studied outcomes—student behavior and social-emotional competence—in both the near term (the fall after the summer program) and the longer term (through spring 2015).


Dr. Jennifer McCombs is a Senior Policy Researcher and Director of the Behavioral and Policy Sciences Department at RAND. She also serves as a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her research focuses on evaluating the extent to which public policies and programs improve outcomes for at-risk students. Her studies combine implementation and outcome data to provide practitioners and policymakers guidance on how to improve programs and promote student outcomes. She currently leads a five-district, longitudinal study of voluntary summer learning programs for low-income elementary youth that includes extensive primary data collection including classroom observations, interviews, surveys, and student testing. She is also conducting a developmental evaluation of cities’ efforts to fully institute a measurement framework to strengthen their after school systems. Over the course of her career, she has studied how to improve teacher effectiveness (through professional development, coaching, education); the development of systems for out-of-school-time programs; the implementation and impact of test-based promotion policies; and the effects of federal accountability policies on schools, classrooms, and students. McCombs earned her Ph.D. in public policy from The George Washington University.


Sarah Pitcock is a writer and consultant for nonprofits and foundations. Sarah’s expertise in summer learning stems from her 10-year career at the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), culminating as its CEO from 2013-2016. Sarah has built support for high-quality summer learning programs through policy advocacy, research and writing and numerous media and communications efforts. She led the $15.5 million national Smarter Summers middle school literacy initiative, served on the steering committee of the Summer Matters Campaign in California, delivered technical assistance for the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and co-developed the Summer Learning Program Quality Assessment with the David P. Weikart Center. Previously, Sarah served as Deputy Press Secretary for the Mayor of Baltimore and Marketing Manager for the Orlando Repertory Theatre. Sarah holds bachelor degrees in Public Relations and Political Science from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University. 

Location: Institute for Educational Leadership, 4301 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20008. Closest Metro station is Van Ness-UDC (red line). Parking is available in the building's garage for a fee.

*Required reservations may be made online no later than Wednesday, June 14. Limited available seating is assigned according to the order in which reservations are received. Thirteen dollars for the subsidized lunch will be collected at the door (cash or check only).


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