IEL and the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) announced the 2016 Meade Fellows: Michael Figueroa and Pei Pei Liu, both HGSE doctoral candidates. The Meade Fellowship, provides the opportunity for two HGSE students to travel to Washington, D.C., visit leading education and related organizations, and meet with chief architects of change in education policy. The Fellowship was established in 1996 in honor of Edward J. Meade, Jr., who was instrumental in leading many educational reform initiatives for the Ford Foundation, including the establishment of IEL.
Figueroa’s research is focused on understanding how college and career readiness programs can be leveraged to transform student learning, particularly for the most marginalized populations. “I hope, through the Meade Fellowship, to develop lifelong connections that will lead to my future goals of transforming alternative education in California and beyond,” said Figueroa.
Liu’s research examines secondary and postsecondary classrooms as developmental settings and focuses on the role of effective instruction in building teacher-student relationships and supporting student outcomes. “I want to use the Meade Fellowship as an opportunity both to demystify policy for myself but also to illuminate areas in which I believe I can make valuable policy contributions as both a teacher and a researcher.”