THE SPEAKER: Teny Shapiro, Santa Clara University
TITLE: "The Causal Effect of the School Day Schedule on the Academic Achievement of Adolescents"
ABSTRACT: How a student's classes are scheduled throughout the day is often determined by necessity, but can have a meaningful impact on academic performance. Acknowledging student's internal clocks and making small changes to scheduling patters could be a relatively low-cost method for administrators to improve performance. This paper builds on literature that has shown the negative effects of early morning classes to consider the influence the school-day schedule has throughout the day. Our data is five cohorts of college freshman at the United States Air Force Academy who face randomized scheduling and largely take a common set of classes. We find the largest impact of the schedule is in the early morning, but also find evidence of academic fatigue and asymmetric effects among STEM, non-STEM, and physical education courses that vary over the day.
Teny's research focuses on health and education policy. You can find more information here: http://tenym.weebly.com/research.html