RISE Online Presentation Series

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RISE is pleased to announce that we will curate a series of online presentations related to education systems research during the months of July and August.

Each session will feature four to five speakers and chair, with a pre-recorded overview of each paper available prior to the live Q&A via Zoom webinar. Individual session registration links are listed below; pre-registration is required to join the event. All sessions will be live-streamed via the RISE YouTube channel and this event page.



Learning Inequalities and Social Mobility

Registration Link

  • Wednesday, 15 July 2020
  • 15:00-16:00 (UK)
  • Chair: Caine Rolleston (University College London; RISE Ethiopia; RISE Vietnam)


The Long-Term Impacts of Girl-Friendly Schools: Evidence from the Bright School Construction Program in Burkina Faso

  • Speaker: Harounan Kazianga (Oklahoma State University; RISE Nigeria)
  • Co-authors: Nicholas Ingwersen, Leigh L. Linden, Arif Mamun, Ali Protik, Matthew Sloan
  • Presentation (link coming soon)

Inequalities in Learning in Vietnam: Teachers’ Beliefs About and Classroom Practices for Ethnic Minority Students?

(Note: the above linked paper is currently under review and is subject to changes based on reviewers' feedback)

  • Speaker: Bich-Hang Duong (University of Minnesota; RISE Vietnam)
  • Co-authors: Joan DeJaeghere, Vu Dao, Bich-Hang Duong, Phuong Luong
  • Presentation (link coming soon)

Improving Early-Childhood Human Development Outcomes: Experimental Evidence from India

  • Speaker: Alejandro Ganimian (New York University)
  • Co-authors: Karthik Muralidharan, Christopher Walters
  • Presentation (link coming soon)

Persistent Inequalities in Early Learning Opportunities: Evidence from a Large-scale Expansion of Pre-Primary Education in Ethiopia / Contributions of Preschool on School Readiness: Evidence from Research on Improving Systems of Education (RISE) in Ethiopia

  • Speakers: Belay Hagos Hailu (Addis Ababa University; RISE Ethiopia) and Janice Kim (REAL Centre, University of Cambridge; RISE Ethiopia)
  • Co-authors: (Paper 1) Janice Kim, Jack Rossiter, Belay Hagos, Tassew Woldehanna, Tirussew Teferra (Paper 2) Mesele Araya, Tassew Woldehanna, Janice Kim, Pauline Rose
  • Presentation (link coming soon)

Curriculum and Assessment

Registration Link


Is Nigeria Experiencing a Learning Crisis: Evidence from Curriculum-matched Learning Assessment

  • Speaker: Adedeji Adeniran (Centre for the Study of the Economies of Africa; RISE Nigeria)
  • Co-authors: Joseph Ishaku, Lateef Akanni
  • Presentation (link coming soon)

Assessing the Assessments: Learning Outcomes Data in India

  • Speaker: Doug Johnson (consultant)
  • Presentation (link coming soon)

Too Little, Too Late: Improving Post Primary Learning Outcomes in India

  • Speaker: Diva Dhar (University of Oxford)
  • Co-authors: Gaurav Chiplunkar, Radhika Nagesh
  • Presentation (link coming soon)

Do Voters Reward Service Delivery? Experimental Evidence from Liberia

  • Speaker: Wayne Sandholtz (University of California, San Diego)
  • Presentation (link coming soon)

Evaluating Curriculum Reforms in Developing Countries: Evidence from Tanzania

  • Speaker: Isaac Mbiti (University of Virginia; RISE Tanzania)
  • Co-authors: Daniel Rodgriguez-Segura
  • Presentation (link coming soon)

Teachers and the Teaching Profession I: Training and Coaching

Registration Link

  • Thursday, 30 July
  • 16:00 - 17:00 (UK)
  • Chair: Joe DeStefano (RTI International)


Harnessing Technology to Improve Teaching at Scale: Experimental Evidence from South Africa

  • Speaker: Janeli Kotze (Department of Basic Education, Government of South Africa; RISE Fellow)
  • Co-authors: Jacobus Cilliers, Brahm Fleisch, Nompumelelo Mohohlwane, Tshegofatso Thulare, Stephen Taylor
  • Presentation (link coming soon)

Learning by Doing? Experimental Evidence on Activity-based Instruction

  • Speaker: Andy de Barros (Harvard University)
  • Co-authors: Johanna Fajardo-Gonzalez, Paul Glewwe, Ashwini Sankar
  • Presentation (link coming soon)

Entrepreneurship Education and Teacher Training in Rwanda

  • Speaker: Todd Pugatch (Oregon State University)
  • Co-authors: Moussa Blimpo
  • Presentation (link coming soon)

Teacher Collaborative Learning: The Role of System Level Actors

  • Speaker: Charlotte Jones (Education Development Trust)
  • Co-authors: Irina Kudenko
  • Presentation (link coming soon)

Teachers and the Teaching Profession II: Motivation and Overcoming Constraints

Registration Link

  • Wednesday, 5 August 2020
  • 14:00-15:00 (UK)
  • Chair: Emiliana Vegas (Brookings Institute; RISE Intellectual Leadership Team)


Sink or Swim: Indonesia’s Beginning Teachers’ Stories in the First Year of Teaching

  • Speaker: Shintia Revina (SMERU; RISE Indonesia)
  • Presentation (link coming soon)

Overcoming Adverse Selection Through Performance Pay: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Pakistan

  • Speaker: Christina Brown (RISE Pakistan)
  • Co-authors: Tahir Andrabi
  • Presentation (link coming soon)

Are Teachers in Africa Poorly Paid? Evidence from 15 Countries

  • Speaker: David Evans (Center for Global Development)
  • Co-authors: Fei Yuan, Deon Filmer
  • Presentation (link coming soon)

Teacher Careers

  • Speakers: Yue-Yi Hwa (Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford; RISE)
  • Co-authors: Lant Pritchett
  • Presentation (link coming soon)