AIR has released Title I at 50: A Retrospective, a paper that traces the history of the landmark federal program and provides background as Congress considers changes to that section of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
Experts with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) developed and wrote a planning guide for educators aimed at promoting positive school climates and ending disparities in administering student discipline. The guide was released July 22 during a Rethink School Discipline event at the White House. Addressing the Root Causes of Disparities in School Discipline, An Educator’s Guide, helps schools and districts address persistent disparities in school discipline. It includes tools to assess and systematically address disparities in a data informed manner that looks at causes that go beyond discipline and may begin earlier in a student’s life.
International experts on the subjects of numeracy and math education will convene in Alexandria, Va. July 13-15 for the 22nd Annual Conference of Adults Learning Maths – An International Forum, sponsored by AIR. The conference features several AIR researchers, and focuses on the importance of math literacy in everyday life. Topics include diversifying the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields and advancing mathematics teaching and learning in all education sectors in the U.S.
AIR and the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) at Georgetown University are partnering to offer the first School-Justice Partnerships Certificate Program: Fostering Success for Youth at Risk. AIR experts will serve as faculty along with CJJR instructors. The program will prepare school and district staff, law enforcement, juvenile justice and other youth-serving community leaders to limit the flow of young people entering the juvenile justice system, a trajectory that can derail their future opportunities and well-being. Curriculum topics include culture change and leadership, family and youth engagement, cross-systems practices and policies, and school-based practices and policies.
AIR experts played a key role in producing America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being 2015, a biennial report focusing on children up to 17 years old. The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics released the report. The report uses data from nationally representative, federally sponsored surveys, grouped by seven areas (family and social environment; economic circumstances; health care; physical environment and safety; behavior; education; and health) with a special focus on health care quality. Presenting timely data and topics, the report provides statistics on children’s lives in a nontechnical, easy-to-understand format.
Research findings continue to point to the importance of social and emotional learning in children's lives. In this response to David Bornstein's 7/24/15 New York Times article, David Osher describes initiatives in Cleveland and other districts that have improved students' social and emotional competence and school test performance. The key, he notes, is building the capacity of teachers and schools to implement the programs.
Attaining some kind of college degree is the surest way to improve one’s earnings in the United States. But many college students earn credentials with little labor market value or don’t attain any credential at all. Many—especially in our community colleges—could get into better colleges than they end up attending. In this commentary, AIR Institute Fellow Harry Holzer offers suggestions for a widening the range of pathways into the labor market and boosting performance and completion rates for students.
Medicare is nearly always a target of federal budget-cutting efforts. AIR Institute Fellow Marilyn Moon says we need a thoughtful debate about how to pay for healthcare for older adults and people with disabilities into the future. Her analysis addresses past and future changes to the program and revenue options.
Bullying is on the decline, but evidence is mounting that it is even more toxic for children and adolescents than previously thought. In this commentary, David Osher suggests the need for an interim strategy until anti-bullying efforts are in full force, such as the infusion approach, which integrates anti-bullying initiatives into other school-wide activities.
Dr. Mark Schneider, President of College Measures and a Vice President at AIR, testified May 6, 2015 before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions on the need to make consumer information more readily available for those pursuing a postsecondary education, including associate’s degrees and certificates.These are his remarks.