Education: K-12

Academic Achievement

  • Kenneth Land, professor of sociology. Creator of the Child Well-Being Index, a composite picture of how well American children are doing in a variety of areas, including education, compared to 1975. (919) 660-5615; kland@soc.duke.edu
  • Kristen R. Stephens, assistant professor of the practice of education. Specializes in gifted child education and No Child Left Behind issues. Serves on the board of directors for the North Carolina Association for the Gifted and Talented and the National Association for Gifted Children. (919) 660-3083; kstephen@duke.edu 

After-school Programs

  • Harris Cooper, professor of Psychology & Neuroscience, chair of the Department of Psychology& Neuroscience. Researches the value of homework, making the most of summer school, the value of after-school programs, and the impact of school calendars and calendar variations on students and their families. (919) 660-5664; cooperh@duke.edu 

Childhood and School Violence

  • Kenneth A. Dodge, professor of public policy, Psychology & Neuroscience; specializes in child abuse and neglect; adolescent development; director of Duke's Center for Child and Family Policy. (919) 613-9303; dodge@duke.edu
  • David Rabiner, director of Program Evaluation Services at the Center for Child and Family Policy; also director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience. Research focuses on violence prevention for middle school students and the impact of attention problems on student achievement. (919) 668-6917 or (919) 660-5720; drabiner@duke.edu 

Gifted Students

  • Martha Putallaz, executive director, Duke University Talent Identification Program. Interests include peer relations of gifted children and the long-term outcomes associated with giftedness. (919) 668-9108 or (919) 660-5736; putallaz@duke.edu
  • Kristen R. Stephens, assistant professor of the practice of education. Specializes in gifted child education and No Child Left Behind issues. Serves on the board of directors for the North Carolina Association for the Gifted and Talented and the National Association for Gifted Children. (919) 660-3083; kstephen@duke.edu 

Homework

  • Harris Cooper, professor of Psychology & Neuroscience, chair of the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience. Researches the value of homework, making the most of summer school, the value of after-school programs, and the impact of school calendars and calendar variations on students and their families. (919) 660-5664; cooperh@duke.edu 

Public School Segregation

  • Charles Clotfelter, professor of public policy, economics and law. Specializes in school desegregation, accountability, achievement, education finance, and lotteries. (919) 613-7361; charles.clotfelter@duke.edu

Racial Achievement Gap

  • William "Sandy" Darity, professor of public policy, African and African-American studies, and economics. Research focuses on inequality by race, class and ethnicity, education achievement gap, employment and reparations, among other topics. (919) 613-7336; darity@unc.edu 

School Policy

  • Helen Ladd, professor of public policy and economics. Specializes in charter schools, school-based accountability, market-based reforms, parental choice and competition, teacher quality, student achievement. (919) 613-7352; helen.ladd@duke.edu

School Vouchers/Charter Schools

  • Thomas Nechyba, professor of economics. Research focuses on public economics, with particular focus on primary and secondary education. Projects include the economics of school choice, and the effect of family and community resources on education outcomes. (919)-660-1815; nechyba@econ.duke.edu
  • Helen Ladd, professor of public policy and economics. Specializes in charter schools, school-based accountability, market-based reforms, parental choice and competition, teacher quality, student achievement. (919) 613-7352; helen.ladd@duke.edu 

Summer School

  • Harris Cooper, professor of psychology and neuroscience, chair of the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience. Researches the value of homework, making the most of summer school, the value of after-school programs, and the impact of school calendars and calendar variations on students and their families. (919) 660-5664, cooperh@duke.edu 

Teacher Preparation/Retention

  • Jan Riggsbee, director of the Program in Education, associate professor of the practice, director Elementary Teacher Preparation Program. Research focuses on elementary education, teacher preparation, literacy instruction, early childhood education, mentoring programs/relationships, educational leadership, cooperative learning. (919) 660-3077; jrigg@duke.edu

Testing

  • Charles Clotfelter, professor of public policy, economics and law. Specializes in school desegregation, accountability, achievement, education finance, and lotteries. (919) 613-7361; charles.clotfelter@duke.edu