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Hana Dai '20 interned at the Brookings Institution during the 2018 fall term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This fall, I interned at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. Brookings is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy organization that analyzes public policy issues and produces evidence-based policy recommendations. In particular, I focused on the intersection of political science and education at the Brown Center on Education Policy, a domestic issues division of Brookings.

As a research intern at the Brown Center on Education Policy, I worked on projects focusing on community college access, governance of education policy, teacher diversity, the gender wage gap in teaching, and the impact of the midterm election on education. More specifically, I created comprehensive literature reviews on potential research topics, an excel dataset focusing on education policy governance across states, and a policy-tracker focusing on the role of education policy in the midterm election.

Class of 2021 First-Year Fellow: Levi Roseman

As a First-Year Fellow, Levi Roseman ’21 interned at the U.S. Department of Education under the mentorship of Lauren Kennedy ’02. The following in an excerpt from his final report.

This summer, I worked in the U.S. Department of Education. In broad terms, the Department of Education is responsible for implementing all executive education policy on a national level. More specifically, I worked in the Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE), and, even more specifically, I worked in the office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Higher Education Programs (HEP). HEP is responsible for implementing all the programs (mostly grants) pertaining to higher education that congress authorizes the Department to run. These programs include many heavily funded grants like the TRIO programs, GEAR-UP, Upward-Bound, etc.

Mini-Grants at work: Association for Moral Education Conference

The Rockefeller Center's Mini-Grants program funds registration fees for students attending conferences relevant to the Rockefeller Center's mission as well as the costs of bringing speakers to the Dartmouth campus. A recent grant allowed Andrew Nalani ’16 to attend the 41st Annual Conference for the Association for Moral Education (AME) Conference in Santos, Brazil. Here is his first-hand account of the experience.

Public Program: Higher Education Policy Issues in the 21st Century with Zakiya Smith this Monday at 4:30 pm

Please join us for Zakiya Smith’s talk, “A Millennial’s Take on Emerging Higher Education Policy Issues in the 21st Century” in Rockefeller 003 at 4:30 pm on Monday, September 22nd.

In today’s economy, earning a post-secondary degree is essential to remain competitive. Out of all of the commentary surrounding higher education, college affordability remains at the forefront of discussion among college faculty and staff, journalists, and the government. The cost of higher education has skyrocketed in the US over the past few decades, and there have been many calls to improve its affordability. Recently, President Obama has announced plans to help everyone afford college by keeping costs down and improving financial aid. 

Notes from the Field: Fakoneiry Perez '15

Student Intern: Fakoneiry Perez '15

Internship Organization:
US Department of Education – Washington, DC

How would you describe your employer in one paragraph? What’s the elevator pitch?

Pop-Up Learning: How Technology is Changing and Challenging College

One look around campus will verify that Dartmouth students, like many other college students, are constantly using technology and digital devices. These platforms and devices have become necessary tools for most Dartmouth courses. How could you: Write essays without a computer? Send emails without an Internet connection? Complete problem sets without resources available 24 hours a day? 

These tools have revolutionized the speed and depth of learning. However, they are also calling into question the very way that a college-level education is attained. With a growing emphasis on distance learning and with the ever-available tools of the Internet, higher education is on the precipice of a great number of choices.

Jeffrey R. Young, Louis Stark Nieman Fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism and Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, will speak to this topic and how it will affect the way that learning might happen in the future, specifically at Dartmouth College, and accompanied by both wide-ranging opportunities and some notable challenges.

Register Now for the 2014 New Hampshire Millennial Action Summit on May 3!

2014 New Hampshire Millennial Action SummitA Symposium on Healthcare and Education in the 21st CenturySaturday, May 3, at Dartmouth College 
Register here. Early registration ends on Tuesday, April 22nd.

Expert speakers and industry executives will come together to discuss the changing healthcare and education landscapes. Attendees will have the opportunity to attend a keynote, two breakouts, and three panels.  

Education topics include: 
Common Core curriculum, teacher preparation and quality instruction, meaning assessment, and higher education cost transformations.

Healthcare topics include: 
Value-based care, pharmaceutical and biotech growth, non-physician primary care providers, and innovations in health care delivery.

Breakout sessions involve active participation and will allow for thoughtful discussion and debate.

Preliminary List of Speakers and Panelists:

Rockefeller Center Direct Line - Spring 2012

Khan AcademyMITxMBA@UNC.  Higher education is going online, and if it can be online, there is no reason why it cannot be global.  When Ben Wildavsky visitedcampus last month as part of the Leading Voices in Higher Education lecture series, he said, “My real argument is that globalization is a real opportunity. It’s not really something to worry about. That’s fundamentally because it’s not a zero-sum game.” 

Cheating to the Test: CSPC Fellow, Jeremy Kaufmann, Analyzes K-12 Testing Integrity, Will Present Findings at Conference in Washington, DC

Senior Public Policy Minor, Jeremy Kaufmann '12, selected as the representative of Dartmouth College to be a fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (CSPC), has completed his research on a controversial topic in the education policy sector—teacher/administrator cheating on standardized tests relating to adequate yearly progress (AYP) under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB)—and will be presenting his findings to the CSPC national conference in Washington, DC on March 28-30, 2012.

His paper, "Protecting the Veracity of Our Children's Test Scores: How Race to the Top Funding Can Spur Testing Integrity Reform," analyzes the recent waves of cheating by teachers and administrators in school districts across the nation and identifies patterns of cheating as well as possible remedies. He also challenges the Obama Administration and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, to link future Race to the Top funding to demonstrated emphasis on testing integrity.

Poverty and Education: Following Up on Last Night's Forum

Last evening, Professor Jay Davis and I spoke with a group of about 50 students at the Rockefeller Center in a forum on education sponsored by the NAACP chapter at Dartmouth. Professor Davis is both an instructor in the Education Department and the Executive Director for the Summer Enrichment at Dartmouth (SEAD) program through the Tucker Foundation.

I'd like to thank the students who attended for being able to conduct such a candid, thoughtful, and respectful discussion of race, income, and education. In this post, I'd like to summarize some of my recommendations for the students and provide some links to other reading.

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