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Linda Olson: SOE Faculty 

Linda S. Olson MA

Instructor
(410) 516-6795
2701 N. Charles St.
Suite 300
Baltimore MD, 21218

Biography

Linda S. Olson is an associate research scientist with the Baltimore Education Research Consortium and the Center for Social Organization of Schools at Johns Hopkins University. Her interests center on statistical modeling and the effects of social structure on schooling outcomes. She and her colleagues at the Baltimore Education Research Consortium are analyzing several cohorts of Baltimore City school students to examine the relationship between chronic absenteeism and educational performance within city schools. Other research involves tracing the postsecondary enrollment patterns of recent Baltimore City schools graduates. With other community researchers, she is developing protocols for merging school and student-level information with data from neighborhood and community-level sources to discover relationships between urban social and economic factors and student achievement. She was associated with the Beginning School Study for over 20 years and is co-author, with Doris Entwisle and Karl Alexander, of Children, Schools, and Inequality and, most recently, The Long Shadow: Family Background, Disadvantaged Urban Youth, and the Transition to Adulthood.

Recent Publications and Presentations

Durham, Rachel E., Bell-Ellwanger, Jennifer, Connolly, Faith, Robinson, Kimberly Howard, Olson, Linda S., & Rone, Tracy. 2015. University-District Partnership Research to Understand College Readiness Among Baltimore City Students. Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk (JESPAR) 20:1-2, 120-140.

Alexander, Karl, Entwisle, Doris, and Olson, Linda. 2014. The Long Shadow: Family Background, Disadvantaged Urban Youth, and the Transition to Adulthood. Russell Sage Foundation: New York.

Connolly, Faith & Linda S. Olson. 2012. Early Elementary Performance and Attendance in Baltimore City Schools’ Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten. Pp. 99-123 in The State of Black Baltimore 2012. Greater Baltimore Urban League: Baltimore.

Connolly, Faith & Linda S. Olson.  2012. Early Elementary Performance and Attendance in Baltimore City Schools’ Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten. Pp. 99-123 in The State of Black Baltimore 2012. Greater Baltimore Urban League: Baltimore.

Alexander, Karl,  Entwisle, Doris, and Olson, Linda. In Press. The Long Shadow: Family Background, Disadvantaged Urban Youth, and the Transition to Adulthood.  Russell Sage Foundation: New York.

Complete CV

CURRICULUM VITAE

 

Name:              Linda Steffel Olson

Position:          Instructor, School of Education (retired)

Associate Research Scientist, Baltimore Education Research Consortium (BERC)

Center for Social Organization of Schools

Johns Hopkins University

2701 North Charles Street

Baltimore, MD 21218

(443) 386-9114  (cell)

E-mail: lsolson@jhu.edu

 

Education:       Wittenberg University,  B.A.   1970

Ohio State University,   M.A.  1975

Johns Hopkins University, Graduate level courses, Math Sciences Dept., 1977-78

           

Professional Positions:

      

Instructor, School of Education, 2012-2014

 

Associate Research Scientist, Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2011-2014

           

Associate Research Scientist, Department of Sociology, 2005 – 2011

 

Research Analyst, Beginning School Study, Department of Sociology, 1987-2004    

 

Research Assistant, Department of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University, 1972-1979

 

Research Experience

Associate Research Scientist, Baltimore Education Research Consortium (BERC), 2011-2014.  Conducted research in cooperation with the Baltimore City Schools.  Recent projects included analyzing data of Baltimore City school students to examine the relationship between chronic absenteeism and educational performance within City Schools.  Other research involved tracing the postsecondary enrollment patterns of recent Baltimore City Schools graduates.  With other community researchers, BERC is developing protocols for merging school and student-level information with data from neighborhood and community-level sources to discover relationships between urban social and economic factors and student achievement. 

Research Analyst, Beginning School Study (BSS), 1987 - 2011   Primary data analyst on major longitudinal study of a panel of Baltimore City School children followed from first grade to young adulthood (age 28).  Duties included:  performing statistical analyses using statistical packages such as SPSS,  LISREL, HLM, STATA, and LIMDEP;  interpreting and summarizing results and preparing tables and reports of research findings for publication; overseeing cleaning and preparation of data for BSS data archive;  development of survey instruments. 

Research Assistant, Department of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University, 1972-1979.  Managed the day-to-day operations of a 3-year longitudinal study of the expectations of parents and children in three Baltimore area schools.  Assisted with statistical analyses and preparation of research reports, as well as overseeing the work of interviewers in the field, and making contact with principals and teachers to arrange for fieldwork in the schools.

Books:

Alexander, Karl, Entwisle, Doris, & Olson, Linda. 2014. The Long Shadow: Family Background, Disadvantaged Urban Youth, and the Transition to Adulthood. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.

Entwisle, D. E., Alexander, K. L., & Olson, Linda Steffel.   1997.  Children, Schools and Inequality.  Boulder, CO:  Westview Press.

Articles:

Durham, Rachel E., Bell-Ellwanger, Jennifer, Connolly, Faith, Robinson, Kimberly Howard, Olson, Linda S., & Rone, Tracy. 2015. University-District Partnership Research to Understand College Readiness Among Baltimore City Students.  Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk (JESPAR)  20:1-2, 120-140.

Slates, S., Alexander, K., Entwisle, D., & Olson, L. S. 2012. Counteracting Summer Slide: Social Capital Resources within Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Families. Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk (JESPAR) 17: 165-185.

Entwisle, D. R., Alexander, K. L., & Olson, L. S. 2010. Socioeconomic Status, Its Broad Sweep and Long Reach in Education.  Pp. 237-255 in Handbook of Research on Schools, Schooling, and Human Development, edited by Judith L. Meece and Jacqueline S. Eccles.

Entwisle, D. R., Alexander, K. L., & Olson, L. S. 2007.  Early Schooling: The Handicap of Being Poor and Male. Sociology of Education 80(April): 114-138.

Alexander, K. L., Entwisle, D. R., & Olson, L. S. 2007. Lasting Consequences of the Summer Learning Gap. American Sociology Review 72(2): 167-180.

Alexander, K. L., Entwisle, D. R., & Olson, L. S. 2007.  Summer Learning and Its Implications: Insights from the Beginning School Study.  New Directions for Youth Development 114(Summer 2007): 11-32

Entwisle, D. R., Alexander, K. L., & Olson, L. S. 2006. Educational tracking within and between schools: From first grade through middle school and beyond. In A. Huston & M. Ripke (eds.), Developmental Contexts in Middle Childhood: Bridges to Adolescence and Adulthood. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Entwisle, D. R., Alexander, K. L., & Olson, L. S. 2005. Urban teenagers: Work and dropout. Youth and Society 37(1): 3-32.

Entwisle, D. R., Alexander, K. L., & Olson, L. S. 2005. First grade and educational attainment by age 22: A new story. American Journal of Sociology 110(5): 1458-1502.

Entwisle, D. R., Alexander, K. L., & Olson, L. S.  2004.  Young Children’s Achievement in School and Socio-economic Background.  Pp. 86-108 in D. Conley and K. Albright (eds.) After the Bell – Family Background, Public Policy, and Educational Success.  New York: Routledge.

Entwisle, D. R., Alexander, K. L., & Olson, L. S.  2004.  Temporary as Compared to Permanent High School Dropout.  Social Forces 82(3): 1181-1205.

Entwisle, D. R., Alexander, K. L., & Olson, L. S.  2003.  The First Grade Transition in Life Course Perspective.  Pp. 229-250 in J. T. Mortimer and M. J. Shanahan (eds.) Handbook of the Life Course.  New York:  Kluwer Academic/Plenum.

Alexander, K. L., Entwisle, D. R., & Olson, L. S.  2003.  School Achievement and Inequality: A Seasonal Perspective.  In G. Borman and M. Boulay (eds.) Summer Learning: Research, Policies and Programs.  Mahwah, NJ:  Lawrence Erlbaum, in press.

Entwisle, D. R., Alexander, K. L., & Olson, L. S.  2002.  The Baltimore Beginning School Study in Perspective.  Pp. 167-193 in E. Phelps, F. F. Furstenberg, and A. Colby (eds.) Looking at Lives:  American Longitudinal Studies of the Twentieth Century.  Thousand Oaks, CA:  Russell Sage Foundation.

Entwisle, D. R., Alexander, K. L., & Olson, L. S. 2001.  Smoking and the Adult Transition among Urban Teenagers.  Adolescent and Family Health 2(3):108-122.

Alexander, K. L., Entwisle, D. R., & Olson, L. S.  2001.  Schools, Achievement and Inequality: A Seasonal Perspective.  Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis 23:171-191.

Entwisle, D. R., Alexander, K. L., & Olson, L. S.  2001.  Keep the Faucet Flowing:  Summer Learning and Home Environment.  American Educator Fall:10-15, 47.

Entwisle, D. R., Alexander, K. L., & Olson, L. S.  2000.  Summer Learning and Home Environment.  Pp. 9-30 in Richard D. Kahlenberg (ed.) A Notion at Risk: Preserving Public Education as an Engine for Social Mobility. New York: Century Foundation Press.

Entwisle, D. R., Alexander, K. L., & Olson, L. S.  2000.  Early Work Histories of Urban Youth.  American Sociological Review 65:279-297.

Entwisle, D. R., Alexander, K. L., Olson, L. S., & Ross, K.  1999.  Paid Work in Early Adolescence.  Journal of Early Adolescence 19:363-388.

Entwisle, D. R., Alexander, K. L., & Olson, L. S.   1994.  The Gender Gap in Math: Its Possible Origins in Neighborhood Effects.  American Sociological Review 59: 822-838.

 Reports:

Connolly, F., Olson, L. S., Durham, R. E., & Plank. S. B. 2014. Indicators of College Readiness: A Comparison of High School and College Measures. Baltimore, MD: Baltimore Education Research Consortium.

Olson, L. 2014. Family A First Look at Community Schools in Baltimore. Baltimore, MD: Baltimore Education Research Consortium.

Olson, L. 2014. Why September Matters: Improving Student Attendance (Policy Brief). Baltimore, MD: Baltimore Education Research Consortium.

Olson, L., Connolly, F., & Kommajesula, A. H. 2013. Family League 2011-12 Out of School Time Programs in Baltimore City. Baltimore, MD: Baltimore Education Research Consortium.

Durham, R. & Olson, L. 2013. College Enrollment and Degree Completion for  Baltimore City Graduates through the Class of 2012. Baltimore, MD, United States: Baltimore Education Research Consortium.

Connolly, Faith & Linda S. Olson.  2012. Early Elementary Performance and Attendance in Baltimore City Schools’ Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten. Baltimore Education Research Consortium, March 2012.