Member Since: 2010
Valerie E. Lee is an Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Michigan, as well as a faculty associate at the University’s Institute for Social Research. She taught courses in the sociology of education, program evaluation, and quantitative research methods. Her research focuses on issues of educational equity, particularly on identifying characteristics of schools that make them simultaneously excellent and equitable. Much of this research is oriented to public policies that relate to educational equity. Although much of her research has focused on secondary schools, she has also been studied similar issues in the early grades. “Equity” she defines in terms of socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, and gender. Her graduate work was completed at Harvard University; before coming to Michigan she had a two-year fellowship at the Educational Testing Service. She was associated with the Center for the Organization and Restructuring of School, directed by Fred M. Newmann at the University of Wisconsin (CORS; 1990-95) and with the Chicago Annenberg Research Project (CARP; 1995-2001), located within the Consortium for Chicago School Research. She has also served in an advisory capacity on several federal policy initiatives. Her research has been published in books, journal articles, and reports. Besides her focus on U.S. schools, she has also studied school effects in Brazil, sub-Saharan Africa, and Portugal.