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The Future of School Choice: Helping Students Succeed
September 28—29, 2017
JFK School of Government, Harvard University


Scalia's Constitution: Essays on Law and Education
September 15, 2017
Hoover Institution, Washington, D.C.


"A Fire You Can't Put Out": Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, Civil Rights, and School Choices
March 20, 2017

Omni Parker House
60 School Street, Boston


Lunch with Professor Marty West
April 8, 2015
Harvard Kennedy School students, please join fellow EdPIC members for lunch with Professor Marty West from HGSE.

Lunch with Professor Marty West
April 8, 2015
Harvard Kennedy School students, please join fellow EdPIC members for lunch with Professor Marty West from HGSE.

Civil Rights: Charter Schools & Teacher Unions
Feb. 26, 2015
Omni Parker House
60 School Street, Boston
Download the invitation flyer

November 10, 2010
Webinar: U.S. Math Performance in Global Perspective
How well does each state do at producing high-achieving students?



June 3 - 4, 2010
Merit Pay: Will It Work? Is It Politically Viable?
A Conference Organized by The Harvard Program on Education Policy and Governace
Hosted at the Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA.
AnnouncementConference Agenda


May 3, 2010
"Saving Schools" Event
Sponsored by Pioneer Institute and the Program on Education Policy and Governance.
When: 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Where: Federal Reserve Bank, 600 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA
RSVP: to Shannon Garber at 617-723-2277, ext. 217 or sgarber@pioneerinstitute.org by April 26, 2010
See invitation for more information.


April 23, 2009
Sweating the Small Stuff: High-Performing Schools in the Inner-City
Askwith Education Forum
Askwith Lecture Hall, Longfellow Hall
Harvard Graduate School of Education
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

The most exciting innovation in education policy in the last decade is the emergence of highly effective schools in our nation's inner-cities; schools where disadvantaged teens make enormous gains in academic achievement. In his new book, Sweating the Small Stuff: Inner-City Schools and the New Paternalism, David Whitman takes readers inside six of these secondary schools and reveals the secret to their success: they are paternalistic. The schools teach teens how to act according to traditional, middle-class values, set and enforce exacting academic standards, and closely supervise student behavior. But unlike paternalistic institutions of the past, these schools are warm, caring places, where teachers and principals form paternal-like bonds with students. At this forum, Whitman will discuss how though little explored to date, the new paternalistic schools are the most promising means yet for closing the nation's achievement gap.

Respondents will include: Thabiti Brown, principal, Codman Academy Charter Public School; Donna Rodrigues, Associate Vice President, Jobs for the Future; and Martin West, Assistant Professor of Education, Political Science, and Public Policy, Brown University. Robert Schwartz, Academic Dean and William Henry Bloomberg Professor of Practice, will provide an introduction.

This forum is offered in collaboration with the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Jobs for the Future.


April 6, 2009
The Know-Nothing Amendments: Barriers to School Choice in Massachusetts
Omni Parker House - 60 School St, Boston, MA
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

The Blaine, or “Know-Nothing” Amendments, bar entry for inner city students to high quality education in Massachusetts’ parochial schools.

Pioneer Institute, in conjunction with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, the Black Alliance for Educational Options, and Harvard University’s Program on Education Policy and Governance, will examine the implications of the Blaine Amendments as constitutional obstacles to school choice and offer strategies and processes to repeal the Amendments.


February 19-20, 2009
Rethinking Teacher Retirement Benefit Systems

National Center on Performance Incentives Second Annual Conference
Peabody College of Vanderbilt University


December 16, 2008
Core Academic Knowledge: Educating for Common Purposes
Featuring Keynote Remarks from E.D. Hirsch
Introductory Remarks from Tom Birmingham
Omni Parker House, 60 School Street, Boston, MA
4:00 - 6:30 PM

RSVP to James Fenton by December 9th at
jfenton@pioneerinstitute.org or 617-723-2277 x 200

In conjunction with MassINC and the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard University, Pioneer Institute welcomes noted curricular expert E.D. Hirsch and former State Senate President Tom Birmingham as they host a forum on K-12 academic standards and the liberal arts.

Hirsch has lauded Massachusetts’ standards, claiming that the state decided “students should learn explicit, substantive things about history, science and literature, and...should be tested on such knowledge.”

Please join us at this engaging and timely event, as we consider Massachusetts’ hard-won education gains due to the quality of its standards and curriculum frameworks, as well as the continued opposition within certain circles to the MCAS and standards.


October 1, 2008 6:00 PM
Educating America: The Will and the Way Forward
A Public Address by U.S. Secretary of Education, Margaret Spellings
A Harvard Institute of Politics FORUM Event, Co-sponsored by PEPG
Secretary Spellings' Remarks

December 7, 2006, 12:00 PM
"Urban Academies: Lessons from an Innovations Award Winner"
Sara Rogers and Robert Parks

Kennedy School of Government
Taubman Building, Room 301
*cosponsored by the Ash Institute for Governance and Innovation

The Urban Academies of Broward County is a unique public-private partnership that improves teacher retention in predominantly poor, minority schools by “growing” its own teachers. The Academies recruit aspiring educators from within the communities’ own high schools as early as freshman year, provide hands-on specialized training for local college students already committed to education, and support practicing teachers with ongoing training. This approach provides all three groups with the skills and confidence to provide the children in these communities the education they deserve. The 15 participating academy schools have a 93 percent retention rate for third-year teachers, compared with 83 percent in the rest of the district and 67 percent nationwide. The program won the Innovations in American Government Award in 2006. Sara Rogers and Robert Parks will discuss the program and their experiences. A light lunch will be provided at the seminar.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006, 12:00 PM
The SEED School: Lessons from an Innovations Award Winner
Eric Adler and Rajiv Vinnakota, The SEED Foundation

Kennedy School of Government
Taubman Building, Room 301

In 1997, Eric Adler and Rajiv Vinnakota established The SEED Foundation with the goal of launching schools to benefit urban children. They made the concept of an urban boarding school a reality by creating a partnership among federal, city, and private entities, thereby establishing a funding stream to support and sustain the operation of a boarding school and build a permanent campus. The Foundation opened the country's first urban public boarding school in Washington, D.C. the following year. The SEED School educates 320 urban children, in grades seven through twelve, whose challenging circumstances might otherwise prevent them from fulfilling their academic and social potential. This unique charter school offers a combined academic and boarding program that provides consistent, holistic services in a nurturing environment. In June 2004, the school celebrated the graduation of its first senior class with a 100 percent graduation and college attendance rate. The school won the Innovations in American Government Award in 2005.


March 29, 2006
"A Better Bargain: Overhauling Teacher Collective Bargaining for the 21st Century"
with Mitt Romney, Governor of Massachusetts
PDF of the Full Report

American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
Washington, D.C.

Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney will share his vision for education reform on the occasion of the release of the new PEPG report, "A Better Bargain: Overhauling Teacher Collective Bargaining for the 21st Century," written by Frederick M. Hess of AEI and Martin West of the Brookings Institution. Parallel to Governor Romney’s proposed comprehensive education reforms in Massachusetts—which include important changes to teacher collective bargaining practices—Hess and West propose an agenda for overhauling today’s outdated teacher collective bargaining agreements. These relics from the industrial era hinder efforts to recruit and retain excellent educators, restrict the ability of principals to dismiss underperforming teachers, and overregulate schools with work rules that undermine sensible management.

March 30, 2005
"Rescuing Students in Chronically Underperforming Schools"
A Pioneer Institute Breakfast Forum

Paul E. Peterson, PEPG Director
Pioneer Institute Website