Kraft will use this award to develop his ability to mentor junior scholars, help junior scholars make strategic choices between multiple research opportunities, and gain a stronger sense of the career development issues facing junior colleagues of color.
Matthew Kraft is a third-year William T. Grant Scholar who has mentored junior researchers at the undergraduate and graduate levels. As a faculty member at Brown University he has directed eight undergraduate training awardees, employed over thirty undergraduate research assistants, and served as a senior advisor to graduate students. He identifies four learning goals related to mentoring: 1) develop his ability to mentor junior scholars to lead a series of research projects; 2) help junior scholars make strategic choices between multiple research opportunities; 3) gain a stronger sense of the career development issues facing junior colleagues of color; and 4) enhance his understanding about how issues of race and class inform teacher effectiveness and school organizational practices. The award will support his mentee, Benjamin West, a second year doctoral student in the Education Policy and Program Evaluation program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. West’s research seeks to improve measures of non-cognitive skill development and to build understanding of racial, gender, and socioeconomic disparities in non-cognitive skill development. He aims to improve the measurement of inequality and enhance efforts to reverse negative trends at an early age.