Prof. Thomas J. Kane, Ph.D., economist and Walter H. Gale Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, will be the keynote speaker at the Espacio Público Forum on “Teacher Related Policies: Chile Within the International Experience” (Nueva Política Docente: Chile a la luz de la experiencia internacional) to be held on Thursday, March 19, at the Sala del Senado of the former Congress (Catedral 1158, Santiago Centro), from 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Dr. Kane will address issues of university admissions, teacher training and teacher evaluation. The event is free and open to the public. (Register at www.espaciopublico.cl) Following his presentation, there will be a panel discussion with Chilean educational policymakers. In addition to his keynote address, Dr. Kane will hold meetings with academics, education researchers, think tanks, Harvard University alumni, and Ministry of Education representatives.
Dr. Kane is faculty director of the Center for Education Policy Research, a university-wide research center that works with school districts and state agencies. Between 2009 and 2012, he directed the Measures of Effective Teaching project for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. His work has spanned both K-12 and higher education, covering topics such as the design of school accountability systems, teacher recruitment and retention, financial aid for college, race-conscious college admissions, and the earnings impacts of community colleges.
From 1995 to 1996, Dr. Kane served as the senior economist for labor, education, and welfare policy issues within President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers. From 1991 through 2000, he was a faculty member at the Kennedy School of Government. He has also been a professor of public policy at UCLA and has held visiting fellowships at the Brookings Institution and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.
Dr. Kane travels to Chile March 18-19 under a grant from the Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy to Espacio Público, an independent think tank whose objective is to contribute to the improvement of the discussion, design and implementation of public policies.