Institute of Education


School-based Mentoring Relationships and Human Capital Formation

28 October 2021, 3:00 pm–4:00 pm

Male primary school teacher with two pupils reading pupils' work

In this webinar, Dr Matthew Kraft will speak on his recently published research on school-based mentoring relationships as a pathway through which schools promote human capital development.

This event is free.

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Khrystyna Myhasiuk

Formal education is the principal investment societies make in the human capital of their youth. Using longitudinal data from a large, nationally representative sample of adolescents, researchers explore the frequency, nature, and consequences of school-based natural mentorships.

Estimates across a range of fixed effect specifications consistently show that students with school-based mentors achieve greater academic success and higher levels of post-secondary attainment. These apparent benefits are evident for students across a wide range of backgrounds but are largest for students of lower socioeconomic status.

This event will be particularly useful for those interested in education policy, equal opportunities and schooling.

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About the Speaker

Dr Matthew Kraft

Associate Professor of Education and Economics at Brown University

Matthew Kraft's research and teaching interests include the economics of education, education policy analysis, and applied quantitative methods for causal inference. His primary work focuses on efforts to improve educator and organizational effectiveness in K–12 urban public schools.

He has published on topics including teacher coaching, teacher professional growth, teacher evaluation, teacher-parent communication, teacher layoffs, social and emotional skills, school working conditions, and extended learning time.

Previously, he taught 8th grade English in Oakland USD and 9th grade humanities at Berkeley High School in California.  He holds a doctorate in Quantitative Policy Analysis in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education as well as a master's in International Comparative Education and a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University.