Assistant Professor Emily Penner is Co-PI with Thomas Dee of Stanford University as PI on a new project of the Mindsets Scholars Network. The title of their project is "The Effects of the African American Male Achievement Program."
The Mindsets Scholars Network launched an interdisciplinary initiative in 2016 to explore how learning environments shape the mindsets students develop about learning and school. In Fall 2017, the network launched a second round of this initiative. This portfolio of research investments supports novel projects that generate scientific evidence about how institutions and educators in K-12 and higher education can convey messages to students that they belong and are valued at school, that they can grow their ability, and that what they are doing in school matters.
The Dee-Penner project is one of six second-round projects funded with support from the Bill & Melina Gates Foundation.
The Oakland Unified School District recently established the first department within a public-school district that specifically targets its most vulnerable students: the Office of African American Male Achievement (AAMA). This project will be the first independent, quantitative assessment of the program. The team will use longitudinal student-level administrative data and quasi-experimental research designs to provide credibly causal evidence on the effects of AAMA participation with regard to key learning and engagement outcomes (e.g., attendance, grades, test scores, and disciplinary actions) and look into how social-psychological mechanisms (e.g., values affirmation and stereotype forewarning) mediate the effects of district initiatives like the AAMA.