AIR Experts to Discuss a Wide Range of Education Issues During the Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society

Washington, D.C. – Staff from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) will discuss a wide range of education and international development issues during presentations at the 57th annual conference of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) April 22-27, 2012, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

This year’s conference theme is “The Worldwide Education Revolution,” and focuses on understanding the past, present and future of education reform in order to assist with the challenges faced by those engaged in the comparative study of education. The society’s mission is to facilitate cross-cultural understanding, scholarship, academic achievement and societal development through the international study of educational ideas, systems, and practices, and includes more than 2,000 members from around the world.

AIR presentations range from a discussion of benchmarking for education results, to designing and carrying out quality reading assessments, and research and tools that support a response to HIV/AIDS in the education sector of developing countries. Sessions include:

Sunday, April 22, 2012

1:00pm – 5:00pm
David C. Miller, Laura Warren and Tim Werwath, “Comparative International Education Research Made Easier: How To Use Several Free Online Data Tools” (workshop)

Monday, April 23, 2012

10:15am – 11:45am
Steve Leinwand, Ebru Erberber, Li-Ann Kuan and Hannah Reeves, “System Assessment and Benchmarking for Education Results (SABER) – Learning Standards: What Matters Most for Quality Education”

Mary Ann Fox and Saida Mamedova, “Academic and Social Outcomes of Immigrants and Related Policies”

1:45pm – 3:15pm
David C. Miller, “The Role of Institutional Features of Educational Systems in Student Outcomes: Cross-national Approaches”

3:30pm – 5:00pm
Jane Benbow, "New Scholars Essentials: Non-academic Careers in Comparative and International Development Education"

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

8:30am – 10:00am
Jeffery Lansdale, “Evidence-based Decision-making: Using Information and Data to Improve Student Learning”

10:15am – 11:45am
Markus Broer, Abdullah A. Ferdous, Pooja Reddy and Howard Williams, “Designing and Carrying Out Quality Reading Assessments: A Critical Investment for Achieving USAID’s Reading Strategy”

12:00pm – 1:30pm
Jane Benbow, Grace Akukwe, Christina Sobiloff and Jay Wright, “Education, Employment, and Workforce Services In International Development Contexts”

1:45pm – 3:15pm
Jane Benbow and Zarko Vukmirovic, “Worldwide Education Revolution and Assessment from the Perspectives of International Development: Are We Really Opening the Gateway to Opportunity for Masses?”

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

8:30am – 10:00am
Grace Akukwe, Olivia Padilla, David Seidenfeld and Howard Williams, “Interactive Evaluation” (group panel)

10:15am – 11:45am
Jane Benbow, “Conflict-sensitive Education Programming: Why, What, and How?”

Thursday, April 26, 2012

10:15 – 11:45am
Ariana L. Harner, David C. Miller and Laura Warren, “The Reciprocal Role of Attitudes and Education”

12:00pm – 1:30pm
Mitchell Delaney and Jeffrey M. Poirier, “Comparative Perspectives on School Climate and LGBT Students and Teachers”

3:30pm – 5:00pm
Kate Fleming, Adria Molotsky, Bradford Strickland and Jay Wright, “Research and Tools Supporting A Response to HIV/AIDS in the Education Sector in Developing Countries”

Friday, April 27, 2012

8:30am – 10:00am
Howard Williams, “Assessing the Use and Impact of the INEE Minimum Standards: The Foundational Tool for Education in Emergencies”

More information about the conference may be found online at:

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