Center for American Progress

: Promoting Educational Achievement & Opportunity Through Summer Scholarships
Past Event

Promoting Educational Achievement & Opportunity Through Summer Scholarships

12:00 AM - 11:59 PM EST

Promoting Educational Achievement & Opportunity Through Summer Scholarships


Tiffany M. Cooper, Chief Program Officer, BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life)

Brenda McLaughlin, Director of Research and Policy, Center for Summer Learning, Johns Hopkins University

Scott Winship, New Vision

Moderated by:

Neera Tanden, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Center for American Progress

This panel will discuss a new policy proposal by New Vision and the Center for American Progress that will dramatically expand summer learning opportunities for children through federal support. The proposal would create a system of progressively valued scholarships that children could use to enroll in traditional summer school or specialized public or private enrichment programs. These Summer Scholarships would improve children’s learning by addressing the learning gap that follows children between grades, address the needs of parents for care in the summer and help schools meet the requirements of No Child Left Behind.

Thursday, November 10, 2005
Program: 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Lunch will be served beginning at 12:00 PM.
Admission is free.

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Report: Promoting Educational Achievement & Opportunity Through Summer Scholarships


Tiffany M. Cooper has served BELL for over seven years in a range of positions that began with program Tutor and Site Manager. In her current role for the past five years, Ms. Cooper is responsible for selecting and creating tools to assess the progress of children in BELL programs, evaluating program operations and results, and keeping BELL programs aligned with the most current educational research. Through her leadership, BELL’s evaluation and assessment methods have become nationally recognized and featured as examples of best practices in academic publications. Ms. Cooper is a Ph.D. candidate in the Educational Research, Measurement & Evaluation Department of the Lynch School of Education at Boston College, where she also earned a B.A. in Psychology and currently teaches several graduate courses.

Brenda McLaughlin is the Director for Research & Policy at the Center for Summer Learning, Johns Hopkins University.  She leads the Center’s efforts to synthesize and share information on summer learning programs, effective practices, policies that support summer learning, research on summer learning loss, and program evaluation principles and guidelines.  Brenda also collaborates on publications and policy briefs, and develops training and management assistance for summer program providers.  Prior to joining the Center, she worked at the Sar Levitan Center for Social Policy Studies where she focused on education reform, dropout prevention, workforce development, and juvenile justice reintegration.  Brenda received her Master of Arts in Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University, and her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Latin American Studies from the University of Pittsburgh.

Neera Tanden is the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Center for American Progress. Prior to joing the Center, she was Legislative Director for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY). Before that Neera was the Senior Vice President for Domestic Policy for the Center for American Progress. Neera was the Issues Director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and has also served as the Senior Policy Advisor to the Chancellor of the New York City Schools, Harold Levy. Prior to that she was the Deputy Campaign Manager and Policy Director for the Senate campaign of Hillary Rodham Clinton. Neera also served in the White House under President Clinton as the Senior Policy Advisor to the First Lady and Associate Director in the Domestic Policy Council. She graduated from UCLA and received her law degree from Yale Law School.

Scott Winship is a Ph.D. candidate in Social Policy at Harvard University and a Doctoral Fellow in the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy. He is also a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. Scott’s interests include education, health, and anti-poverty policies. He studies inequality in scholastic achievement and the effect of single parenthood on child outcomes. Prior to graduate school, Scott worked as a policy analyst and in strategic planning at Ascension Health, the nation’s largest Catholic nonprofit health system. Scott grew up in rural Maine and received a B.A. from Northwestern University in 1995.