Where Should I Send My Child to School?
Advice from a Researcher and Parent
Many parents feel tremendous pressure to select the “right” high,
middle, and elementary schools for their children. In the past, local
opinion and reputation often guided school selection. Today, parents can
supplement the personal anecdotes with an immense amount of
readily-available performance data about private, parochial, charter,
and public schools. Although such data can help inform their decisions,
it can both overwhelm and mislead parents. To help parents with their
selection process, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership Craig
Hochbein will offer insights from his professional expertise as an
educational researcher and his role as a parent of two children on the
verge attending elementary school.
About the speaker:
Craig Hochbein is an assistant professor
of Educational Leadership in the College of Education at Lehigh
University. In his research, Hochbein utilizes quantitative statistical
analyses to examine the longitudinal development of school performance.
He has specifically investigated factors associated with declining
academic achievement and the effectiveness of educational policies and
reforms to improve school performance. His research has been published
in numerous scholarly journals and he serves as the assistant editor for
the international journal School Effectiveness and School Improvement.
In addition his scholarly work, Hochbein has published several op-eds
in popular media outlets. He discussed the process of choosing schools
in a piece entitled, “An Average School I Would Want My Children to
Attend”, which appeared in The Answer Sheet section of the Washington Post. He also debated school choice in “Benefits, Pitfalls of Buying School like Groceries”, which was published in The Morning Call.
Hochbein is the father of four year-old Sully and two year-old
Dempsey. He is married to Kelly, an author and writer for Lehigh
University, who wrote a piece about Sully’s current school on her blog Write, Read, Smile.
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