Director’s Message

Susanna Loeb

Susanna Loeb
Director, Annenberg Institute at Brown University Professor of Education
Professor of International and Public Affairs

Welcome to the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University.

The Annenberg Institute is dedicated to understanding the causes and mitigating the consequences of educational inequality in innovative, research-informed and multidimensional ways. As set forth in our mission statement, our conviction is that improved educational equality leads to enriched opportunities for children and youth, ultimately contributing to more just and flourishing societies.

Our focus is on rigorous research and productive, strategic and integrative collaboration — with scholars, students and entities at Brown; with local community partners in Rhode Island; and with national and international partners. Annenberg faculty and affiliates are a diverse cohort of thinkers who bring varied perspectives to their research and an enthusiasm for working across disciplines with their colleagues. Annenberg seeks to expand and amplify the reach of this creative work, highlighting promising approaches and partnerships. Through rigorous study and evaluation of policies and programs, we strive to create and communicate new knowledge about how to shape systems that help students build vital capacities.

The Institute is further committed to supporting the development of a robust and talented educator workforce. By providing the necessary knowledge to recruit, develop, and retain the highest quality educators for our schools, Annenberg aims to contribute to improving teacher quality, a crucial factor for student success.

To enhance these goals and serve and advance the broader field, the Annenberg Institute is building an increasingly comprehensive hub of resources for education researchers. This hub includes a searchable database of new manuscripts from the country’s top education scholars and a curated and descriptive catalogue of education-relevant measurement tools. In the coming months, we will also launch a repository of common datasets used for education research. Our hope is that this accessible information-sharing hub will help build knowledge, foster increased collaboration, and be useful for decision-makers.

A range of ambitious and exciting initiatives is underway at Annenberg. We are prototyping and testing new educational interventions, including a texting program that supports parents and caregivers in helping children build literacy, math and social-emotional skills. We are creating training opportunities for students at all levels, and have established the Annenberg Undergraduate Fellows for Education and Social Policy Program to prepare current Brown undergraduates to engage in rigorous empirical research in education and social policy. We regularly host seminars, workshops and symposia to share our thinking and hear from colleagues; and we work to disseminate the most salient aspects of our work to a wider public audience through print, video and new media, with the aim of encouraging engaged civic discourse about important educational matters.

As you navigate around the Annenberg Institute website, we hope you will learn about our faculty-led Centers of Work, read about our Innovations, survey our Resources, and peruse the Opportunities for becoming involved directly with Annenberg and with the wider Brown community.

The Annenberg Institute is undergoing a period of significant expansion and reimagination — adding faculty, widening the scope of its research and initiatives, and leveraging the power of the Brown community and partnerships beyond the University. As the Institute grows, our ongoing commitment to equalizing and enhancing educational opportunities for children remains constant, and will continue to guide the direction of our scholarship, with the goal of improving children’s lives.