AIR Experts to Present at the 39th Annual Fall Research Conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management

Washington, D.C. – More than 20 policy experts from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) will present at the 39th annual fall conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) taking place November 2-4 in Chicago, IL, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago hotel. APPAM is dedicated to improving public policy and management by fostering excellence in research, analysis and education.

The multi-disciplinary annual research conference attracts the highest quality research on a wide variety of current and emerging policy and management issues. This year’s conference theme, “Measurement Matters: Better Data for Better Decisions,” will focus on the importance of data and measurement, and recognize the government staff who work to improve the measures that are used every day.

Presentations by AIR staff include:

Thursday, November 2, 2017

8:30 AM-10:00 AM CDT

Roundtable: Microcredentials: Old Wine, New Bottles or Disruptive Innovation in Credentialing and How Do We Know?

Location: Picasso
AIR Presenter/Author: Stephanie Cronen

3:30 PM-5:00 PM CDT

Panel: Lessons from Teacher Evaluation Reform in U.S. Public Schools

Location: Comiskey
AIR Presenter/Author: Roddy Theobald

  • Panel Paper: The Role of School and District Implementation in Subjective Teacher Evaluations

AIR Presenters/Authors: James Cowan, Dan Goldhaber & Roddy Theobald

Panel: Technical Issues in Evaluation Design & Analysis

Location: Field

  • Panel Paper: Intraclass Correlations and Other Variance Estimates for Designing School-Climate Research Studies

AIR Presenters/Authors: Andrew P. Swanlund & Samantha Neiman

Friday, November 3, 2017

8:30 AM-10:00 AM CDT

Panel: Reforming Developmental Education: Evidence from Texas 

Location: Haymarket
AIR Presenters/Authors: Amy Feygin

  • Panel Paper: Accelerating Students into College-Level Coursework: Approaches of Community Colleges to Texas State Policy Around Co-Requisite Support Models

AIR Presenter/Author: Trey Miller

10:00 AM-11:30 AM CDT

  • Poster Paper: Time to Proficiency for English Learner Students in Texas 

Location: Regency Ballroom
AIR Presenters/Authors: Rachel Slama, Ayrin Molefe, Dean Gerdeman, Angelica Herrera, Iliana Brodziak de los Reyes, Diane August & Linda Cavazos

  • Poster Paper: Effects of National Board Certified Teachers on Student Achievement and Behavioral Outcomes: Studies Conducted in Two States

Location: Regency Ballroom
AIR Presenter/Authors: David Manzeske, So Jung Park, Feng Liu, Trisha Borman, Natalya Gnedko-Berry, Benjamin R. West & Evelyn Deng

1:30 PM-3:00 PM CDT

Panel: Coursework and Instructional Time

Location: Picasso

  • Panel Paper: Who Benefits from Additional Instruction Time? Evidence from Florida's Additional Hour of Literacy Instruction

AIR Presenter/Authors: Umut Ozek & Kristian Holden

3:15 PM-4:45 PM CDT

Panel: Addressing Crime in Developing Countries: A Focus on Evidence-Based Policies

Location: Stetson D

AIR Presenter/Author: Garima Siwach

  • Panel Paper: Crimes Against Women in India: Evaluating the Effects of a Representative Police Force

AIR Presenter/Author: Garima Siwach

Panel: Examining the Importance of Student Teaching for Student and Teacher Outcomes

Location: Wrigley
AIR Presenter/Author: James Cowan

  • Panel Paper: The Costs of Mentorship? Exploring the Impact of Student Teaching Placements on Student Achievement

AIR Presenters/Authors: Dan Goldhaber & Roddy Theobald

  • Panel Paper: Seizing a Missed Opportunity: Transforming the Placement and Evaluation of Student Teachers

AIR Presenters/Authors: Roddy Theobald & Dan Goldhaber

Saturday, November 4, 2017

8:30 AM-10:00 AM CDT

Panel: Individualized Math Instruction for Struggling Students

Location: Comiskey

AIR Presenter/Author: Christina LiCalsi

  • Panel Paper: Re-Taking Algebra: Does Online or Face-to-Face Credit Recovery Help Students Get Back on Track?

AIR Presenter/Author: Jessica Heppen

Panel: New Evidence on Teacher Effectiveness

Location: Water Tower

  • Panel Paper: Teacher Value-Added in Charter Schools and Traditional Public Schools

AIR Presenter/Author: Umut Ozek

  • Panel Paper: How Did It Get This Way? Disentangling the Sources of Teacher Quality Gaps Across Two States

AIR Presenters/Authors: Dan Goldhaber, Vanessa Quince & Roddy Theobald

  • Panel Paper: Teacher Quality and Postsecondary Outcomes for Students with Disabilities

AIR Presenters/Authors: Roddy Theobald, Dan Goldhaber & Kristian Holden

Panel: Ways to Improve Teacher Performance

Location: Picasso

  • Panel Paper: An Intervention Study to Examine the Effect of Accomplished Teaching Examples on Preservice and Early-Career Teacher Outcomes

AIR Presenters/Authors: David Manzeske, Kelly Reese & Feng Liu

  • Panel Paper: Evaluation of the Impact of a Selective Alternative Teacher Certification Program in Seven Large Urban Districts

AIR Presenters/Authors: Dean Gerdeman, Ayrin Molefe, Yinmei Wan, Johannes Bos & Bo Zhu

Panel: Economic and Productive Impacts of Anti-Poverty Policy

Location: Burnham

  • Panel Paper: Can Unconditional Cash Transfers Lead to Sustainable Poverty Reduction? Evidence from Zambia

AIR Presenter/Author: David Seidenfeld

10:15 AM-11:45 AM CDT

Panel: Implementation and Impacts of Subsidized Employment Programs

Location: Soldier Field
AIR Presenter/Author: Johannes Bos

Panel: Issues in Education Data and Testing

Location: Wrigley
AIR Presenter/Author: Umut Ozek

Panel: Accountability, Funding, and Outcomes in Education

Location: Columbian
AIR Presenter/Author: Roddy Theobald

Panel: Evaluating the Effects and Costs of Policy: Current Topics and Applications in Education

Location: Dusable

  • Panel Paper: Networked Improvement Community Approach for Improving Equal Access to Effective Teachers: Effectiveness and Cost Implications

AIR Presenters/Authors: Natalya Gnedko-Berry, Jesse Levin, Iliana Brodziak de los Reyes, Candace Hamilton Hester, Trisha Borman & David Manzeske

12:00 PM-1:30 PM CDT

  • Poster Paper: Job Satisfaction, Job Matching, and Compensation of College Graduates in a Recession

Location: Regency Ballroom
AIR Presenters/Authors: Huade Huo & Jeremy Redford

1:45 PM-3:15 PM CDT

Panel: Community, Family, and Their Impacts on Education

Location: Gold Coast

  • Panel Paper: Unwelcome Guests? The Effects of Refugees on the Educational Outcomes of Incumbent Students

AIR Presenter/Author: Umut Ozek

Panel: Big Data in Education

Location: Picasso

  • Panel Paper: The Promise of Early Warning Data in Education: Impact of the Early Warning Intervention and Monitoring System After One Year

AIR Presenters/Authors: Ann-Marie Faria, Nicholas Sorensen, Jessica Heppen, Jill Bowdon & Ryan Eisner

3:30 PM-5:00 PM CDT

Panel: Considerations in Teacher Turnover

Location: Picasso
AIR Presenter/Author: Roddy Theobald

Learn more about the conference at the APPAM Fall Research Conference website. 

About AIR
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