December 1 is World AIDS Day and AIR is marking the occasion by deepening its commitment to raise awareness about the disease. AIR continues work on two major initiatives: Act Against AIDS and Shine the Light!. Learn more about our work.
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The Justice Department's civil rights probe of Ferguson, Missouri's police force again rivets attention to one more American community whose police officers have lost residents' trust. Whatever the findings, experience and research suggest that five moves made now could help build trust and restore justice between police and communities they serve.
California’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) has introduced changes that alter the conditions under which educators, administrators, and community leaders approach their roles in the K-12 education system.
Far too many students see mathematics as a subject to be endured, rather than a subject of real-world importance and personal value. But when teachers use student-centered techniques to engage students in more active and authentic ways, they can transform math classrooms into lively learning environments in which students take charge of their own learning. This report describes the findings of a study of highly regarded high school math teachers who practice student-centered instruction.
Older adults are more likely to fear losing their mental abilities than their physical abilities. But a growing body of research suggests that, for most people, mental decline isn’t inevitable and may even be reversible. It is now becoming clear that cognitive health and dementia prevention must be lifelong pursuits, and the new approaches springing from a better understanding of the risk factors for cognitive impairment are far more promising than current drug therapies. This brief analyzes the evidence.
AIR recently conducted a health insurance literacy survey of 800 people to better understand the areas in which Americans need assistance and education about their healthcare services. Here are some of the results.
Teacher and principal evaluation systems now emerging in response to federal, state, and/or local policy initiatives typically require that a component of teacher evaluation be based on multiple performance metrics, which must be combined to produce summative ratings of teacher effectiveness. This paper investigates whether the bias and error introduced by these approaches erodes the ability of evaluation systems to reliably identify high- and low-performing teachers.
The Public Education Reform Amendment Act of 2007 in the District of Columbia shifted control of the city’s schools from an elected board to the mayor, created a new state department of education, established the new position of chancellor, and changed other management structures and strategies. This report presents a closer look at the student achievement trends in the District between 2006-07 and 2012-13.
Why are so many Americans more concerned about Ebola than flu, when the data doesn't support that fear? Researchers have found that unfamiliar, epidemic diseases (such as Ebola) are more likely to cause concern than familiar, endemic diseases, such as the flu. Add the high death rate of Ebola overseas and the prospect of being isolated in a hospital and treated by medical personnel in biohazard suits, and it’s only natural that people fear Ebola, even if the chance of contracting the disease is extremely small.
Trauma-informed care is a universal framework for addressing trauma that requires changes to the practices, policies, and culture of an entire organization, so all staff have the awareness, knowledge, and skills needed to support veterans. This brief provides an introduction to trauma-informed care and identifies reasons why trauma-informed care is a best practice for serving veterans experiencing homelessness.