Prominent Research Gathering at NAIS

NAIS will convene leading economists and educational research professionals with a cross section of independent school thinkers on January 6-7 at the association’s DC offices to address the economics of independent schools. The group will identify market trends affecting independent schools, new business models that will drive growth, and methodologies to measure and articulate the benefits of an independent school education.

As NAIS President John Chubb notes, “We’re gathering some of the most distinguished thinkers in the country. We want to learn from their different perspectives and experiences, to consider many approaches to the major challenges independent schools face, and then to research-test the best ideas.”  The two-day meeting aims to identify the data, research, tools, and strategies critical to ongoing independent school success.

Those attending will include the following individuals:
Note: This list of attendees' affiliations was updated on 1/4/14 at 5:00 pm.

  • Matthew Chingos, fellow, Brown Center on Education Policy, Brookings Institution
  • Peter Cookson, managing director and senior fellow, Education Sector at American Institutes for Research
  • Michael Dinerstein, PhD candidate, Department of Economics, Stanford University
  • Chester Finn, president, Thomas B. Fordham Institute; senior fellow and  chair, Koret Task Force on  K-12 Education, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
  • Andrew Gillen, research director, Education Sector at American Institutes for Research
  • Eric Hanushek, Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow in Education, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
  • Todd Horn, head of school, Kent Denver School (Colorado)
  • Caroline Hoxby, Scott and Donya Bommer Professor in Economics, Stanford University; senior fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University; Director of the Economics of Education Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research
  • Leonard Johnson, assistant head of school for business and finance, Ravenscroft School (North Carolina)
  • Doreen Kelly, head of school, Ravenscroft School (North Carolina)
  • Robin Lake, director, Center on Reinventing Public Education, University of Washington
  • Tom Loveless, senior fellow, Brown Center on Education Policy, Brookings Institution; member of K-12 Education Task Force, Hoover Institution at Stanford University
  • Geordie Mitchell, director of enrollment management, Buckingham Browne & Nichols School (Massachusetts)
  • Steve Robinson, president, Southern Association of Independent Schools
  • Robert Rothman, senior fellow, Alliance for Excellent Education
  • Marguerite Roza, director, Edunomics Lab, Georgetown University, and senior research affiliate, Center on Reinventing Public Education at University of Washington
  • Michael Saxenian, head of school, McLean School of Maryland (Maryland)
  • Troy David Smith, PhD candidate, Department of Economics, Stanford University
  • Ron Zimmer, associate professor of public policy and education, Peabody College of Education, Vanderbilt University

The meeting will focus on past, current, and future research on independent education on topics such as changing markets, education and business models, and measures of student outcomes.

“We want to make sure that our schools not only survive, but thrive, long into the future,” said Chubb. “The research and services that grow out of these discussions will help our schools do just that.”