Faculty & Staff Directory

Marc L. Stein, PhD

Associate Professor

O: (410) 516-6832

Marc Stein is an associate professor in the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University and the research co-director of the Baltimore Education Research Consortium (BERC). He is also a faculty associate with the Hopkins Population Center (HPC) and a faculty affiliate with the Center for Social Organization of Schools (CSOS). His research interests and agenda lie in quantitative and mixed methods analyses of the social contexts surrounding schools and schooling, and the role that these contexts play in the enactment of educational policy. He is especially interested in how educational policy can exacerbate or ameliorate racial-ethnic, socioeconomic and other inequalities. He has conducted experimental, quasi-experimental and mixed-methods research on a range of topics that include the instructional conditions of charter public schools, parent involvement in charter public schools, the effect of choice on student sorting by race and academic achievement and summer programs and summer learning loss.

EDUCATION

Ph.D. in Leadership and Policy Studies (2009), Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
M.S. in Secondary Education (2003), University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
B.A. in History (1998), University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

COURSES TAUGHT

Quantitative Research Methods (ED.883.710)
Evaluation of Education Policy and Programs (ED883.721)
Advanced Statistical Methods in Education Research (ED.883.720)
Graduate Project in Measurement, Research, and Statistics: Multilevel Modeling (ED.883.830)
Issues in K-12 Education Policy (ED.851.616)
Research to Policy and Practice Seminar III: Evidence-Based Practices (ED.871.835)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Associate Professor (2009-Present) School of Education, Johns Hopkins University and by courtesy Department of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University (2012-present)

Faculty Affiliate (2014-Present) Center for Social Organization of Schools (CSOS)

Affiliated Researcher (2012-Present) Baltimore Education Research Consortium (BERC)

Resource Faculty (2009- 2015) Predoctoral Training Program in Education Research, Johns Hopkins University

Research Faculty (2009-2011) National Center on School Choice, Vanderbilt University

Research Assistant (2005-2009) National Center on School Choice, Vanderbilt University

Research Assistant (2005-2009) Scaling Up Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies (PALS) to Strengthen Reading Achievement, Vanderbilt University.

HONORS AND AWARDS

Institute of Education Sciences Pre-doctoral Experimental Education Research Training (ExpERT) Fellow, Vanderbilt University, 2005 – 2009

David L. Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar in Educational Administration & Policy Scholar, 2008

Phi Beta Kappa, University of Tennessee, 1998

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

*Denotes graduate student

Stein, M., Grigg, J., Cronister, C., Chavis, C. & Connolly, F. (2017). Getting to High School in Baltimore: Student commuting and public transportation. Baltimore, MD: Baltimore Education Research Consortium.

Stein, M. (2017). Supporting the summer reading of urban youth: An evaluation of the Baltimore SummerREADS program. Education and Urban Society. 49(1), 29-52. doi: 10.1177/0013124516630595

Stein, M. & *Fonseca, E. (2016). A review and analysis of evaluations of summer programs. In K. Alexander, S. Pitcock, & M. Boulay (Eds.), The summer slide: What we know and can do about summer learning loss. New York: Teachers College Press.

Boulay, M., Alexander, K., Pitcock, S, & Stein, M. (2016). Forging a path ahead: A summer learning agenda for the 21st century. In K. Alexander, S. Pitcock, & M. Boulay (Eds.), The summer slide: What we know and can do about summer learning loss. New York: Teachers College Press.

Stein, M.  (2015). Public school choice and racial sorting: An examination of charter schools in Indianapolis. American Journal Education. 121(4), 597-627. doi: 10.1086/681920

Stein, M. & *Nagro, S. (2015). The readability and complexity of district provided school choice information. Journal of Education of Students Placed at Risk. 20(3), 199-217. doi: 10.1080/10824669.2015.1042105

*Nagro, S. & Stein, M. (2015). Measuring accessibility of written communication for parents of students with disabilities: Reviewing 30 years of readability research. Journal of Disability Policy Studies. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1044207314557489 

Durham, R., Stein, M., & Connolly, F. (2015). College opportunities and success: Baltimore City graduates through the class of 2014. Baltimore, MD: Baltimore Education Research Consortium.

*Rose, B. & Stein, M. (2014). Mechanisms for teacher outreach to parents in charter and traditional public schools. Journal of School Choice. 8(4), 589-617. doi: 10.1080/15582159.2014.973780

Mavrogordato, M. & Stein, M. (2014). Accessing choice: A mixed methods examination of how Latino parents engage in the educational marketplace. Urban Education. 59(9), 1031-1064.

PRESENTATIONS

Conference Presentations

Stein, M. (2014). Supporting the summer reading of urban youth: an evaluation of the Baltimore SummerREADS Program. Paper presented at the Annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Davis, M., MacIver, M., Stein, M., & Fox, J. (2014). Implementing an early warning indicator and intervention system in southern high schools: First year findings. Poster presented at the Annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Sandmel, K., Stein, M., & *Nagro, S. (2013). The effect of videotaped lessons and university supervisor feedback on student interns’ written self-reflections. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children. Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Sandmel, K., Stein, M., & *Nagro, S. (2013). The effect of videotaped lessons and university supervisor feedback on student interns’ written self-reflections. Poster presented at Office of Special Education Programs Director’s Conference. Washington, D.C.

Stein, M. (2012) Do parents get what they want? An investigation of alignment between parent preferences and actual characteristics of chosen charter schools. Paper presented at the Annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Stein, M., & Smrekar, C. (2012) Unpacking the social context of school choice for parents: preferences, information networks and participation in charter schools. Roundtable session presented at the Annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Stein, M. (2012). The construction of choice: how parents assemble information and make school choices. Paper presented at the Annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Mavrogordato, M. & Stein, M.  (2012). An examination of what informs Latino parents’ decisions to choose a charter school. Paper presented at the Annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Stein, M., Goldring, E., & Cravens, X. (2012). Academic preferences in choosing charter schools: Do parents do as they say? Paper presented at the Annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

*Rose, B. & Stein, M. (2012) Mechanisms for teacher outreach to parents in charter and traditional public schools. Paper presented at the Annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Stein, M. & *Rose, B. (2011) Choosing more school: Extended time policies and student achievement across seasons in charter and traditional public schools. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA.

Berends, M., Cannata, M., Cravens, X., Goldring, E., Penaloza, R. & Stein, M. (2011). Charter schools, instructional conditions, and student achievement gains. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA

Stein, M. & *Rose, B. (2011). Choosing more school: Extended time policies and student achievement across seasons in charter and traditional public schools. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, Washington D.C.

Stein, M. (2010). The role of neighborhood and school contexts on seasonal inequalities in student academic achievement.  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Denver, CO.

Cannata, M., Berends, M., Stein, M., Penaloza, R., & Smithson, J. (2010).  Professional development and mathematics instruction. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Denver, CO.

Berends, M., Stein, M., Cannata, M., Penaloza, R., & Smithson, J. (2010). How different are charter and traditional public school classrooms? an examination of mathematics Instruction.  Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association, Denver, CO.

Stein, M., Goldring, E., & Cravens, X. (2009) Choosing Indianapolis charter schools:  espoused versus actual academic preferences. Paper presented at the National Center on School Choice Second National Invitational Conference. School Choice and School Improvement: Research in State, District and Community Contexts. Nashville, TN.

Berends, M., Cannata, M., Cravens, X., Goldring, E., Peñaloza, R., & Stein, M., (2009). School choice options, instructional conditions, and student achievement gains. Annual Meeting of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management. Washington, DC.

Stein, M. Choice patterns in Indianapolis charter schools: where are students coming from and where are they going? (2009).  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, San Diego, CA

Berends, M., Stein, M., & Smithson, J. (2009). Mathematics and reading instruction in charter and traditional public schools: Content, cognitive complexity, and alignment to standards and assessments in Indiana. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, San Diego, CA

Berends, M., Stein, M. & Smithson, J. (2009). Mathematics and reading instruction in charter and traditional public schools: Content, cognitive complexity, and alignment to standards and assessments in Indiana. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Finance Association, Nashville, TN.

Stein, M. & Stuit, D. (2008). Do faculty unions benefit students? Union differentials in tenure-track faculty and academic support spending (1989-1999). Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York.

Stein, M., Goldring, E. & Zottola, G. (2008). Charter school effects in an urban school district: An analysis of student achievement growth, parent involvement and school climate. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York.

Berends, M. & Stein, M. (2008). Factors related to fidelity of a peer-assisted learning strategies intervention for kindergarten reading. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York.

Kearns, D., Stein, M., & Meyers, C.V. (2008). Factors predicting sustainability of K-PALS. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York.

Stein, M., Goldring, E. & Zottola, G. (2008). Charter school effects in an urban school district: An analysis of student achievement growth, parent involvement and school climate. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, Washington D.C.

Berends, M. & Stein, M. (2008). Differences between charter school and traditional public schools in instructional practices and curricular alignment to standards and tests. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, Washington D.C.

Berends, M., Goldring, E., Stein, M., & Cravens, X. (2008). Instructional conditions in charter schools and student achievement gains. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, Washington D.C.

Berends, M., Stein, M., & Nicotera, A.. (2007). Instructional conditions in charter schools and student achievement growth. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago.

Fuchs, D., Berends, M., Yen, Fuchs, L., Compton, D., McMaster, K., Sáenz, L., & Stein, M. (2007). Scaling up peer-assisted learning strategies in Minneapolis, South Texas, and Nashville: A multi-method and longitudinal randomized control trial. Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago.

Berends, M., & Stein, M. (2007). Teacher responses to peer-assisted learning strategies. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association, Chicago.

Invited Presentations

Opening the black box of charter schools: Unpacking the process and consequences of school choice for parents and schools. Center for Talented Youth Colloquium Series, Baltimore, MD, April 2015

Building better summers through better evaluation practices and reporting. National Summer Learning Association, New Vision for Summer School Network Meeting, San Antonio, TX. November 2014.

Unpacking the social context of school choice for parents: Preferences, information networks and participation in charter schools. Program on Social Inequality Seminar, Department of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University. May 2012

Summer learning research. National Summer Learning Association: Birmingham Summer Learning Forum. Birmingham, AL. April 2012

Charter school research, practice and policy. National School Choice Conference: Improving Student Opportunities with Systemic School Choice. National Charter School Resource Center, Washington, DC. March 2012

Seasonal inequalities in student academic achievement: The role of school and neighborhood contexts. Center for Research on Educational Opportunity, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN. October 2009

GRANTS AND CONTRACTS AWARDED

2017-2021 “Baltimore City Summer and Out-of-School Time Integrated Data System” The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Abell Foundation & The Annie E. Casey Foundation. Co-PIs: Faith Connolly, Marc L. Stein

2017-2022 “Educating a Stronger Workforce Integrated Data System.” Baltimore’s Promise. PI: Faith Connolly; Co-PIs: Jeanetta Churchill, Rachel Durham, Marc L. Stein

2017-2018 “Investigating youth commuting to school, violence exposure and school avoidance” Hopkins Population Center. PI: Marc L. Stein, Co-PIs: Julia Burdick-Will, Jeffery Grigg, Jian Ni.

2017 -2018 “The School and Housing Market Relationship in an Era of Choice” Johns Hopkins 21st Century Cities Initiative Seed Grant. PI: Jeffery Grigg; Co-PIs: Marc L. Stein, Robert Pipik (Baltimore City Planning Department), Nichole Stewart (Baltimore City Public Schools Department of Planning).

2016-2019 “Support for Leadership and Effectiveness.” Baltimore Community Foundation. PI: Faith Connolly; Co-PIs: Rachel Durham, Marc L. Stein

2016-2017 “So You Want to be an Engineer? Summer Program Evaluation” Fund for Educational Excellence. PI: Marc L. Stein

2015-2016 “OneCard Pilot Study” Annie E. Casey Foundation, Aaron Straus & Lillie Straus Foundation, Clayton-Baker Trust, Open Society Foundations. PI: Marc L. Stein

2015-2016 “Raising a Reader Summer Pilot Program Evaluation.” The Abell Foundation. PI: Marc L. Stein

2015-2016 “Evaluation of SummerREADS/Weinberg Library Summer Program.” The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc. PI: Marc L. Stein

2015-2016 “Supporting Schools in Implementing Improvement Science.” Mid-Atlantic Regional Education Laboratory. PI: Faith Connolly; Co-PI: Marc L. Stein

2012-2016 “Getting Students to the Finish Line:  An Efficacy Study of a Ninth Grade Early Warning Indicator Intervention.” U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences. PI: Robert Balfanz; Evaluator: Marc L. Stein

2014-2015 “Evaluation of SummerREADS/Weinberg Library Summer Program.” The Abell Foundation. PI: Marc L. Stein

2011-2014 “Evaluation of the SummerREADS Book Distribution Program.” The Abell Foundation. PI: Marc L. Stein

2012 “Supporting University Supervision of Pre-service Special Educators through Video Reflection and Feedback.”  Subcontract with JHU Special Education Pre-service Improvement Grant, U.S. Department of Education. Role: Co-PI

2009-2011 “Opening the Black Box in Choice and Regular Public Schools – What Makes Schools Work.” Subcontract with the National Center on School Choice, funded by the Institute for Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. PI: Ellen Goldring; Study Team Member: Marc L. Stein

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