AIR Policy Experts Present on Big Data, Higher Education, International Issues, at Annual APPAM Conference

Washington, D.C. – Policy experts from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) will present at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management’s (APPAM) annual conference, being held November 6-8, 2014, in Albuquerque, NM, at the Albuquerque Convention Center and Hyatt Regency Hotel. 

The conference’s theme, “Complex Challenges, New Perspectives,” focuses on how policymakers can address everyday challenges–such as rising health care costs, population aging, changes in family formation, and increased economic, political and social inequality–by drawing on current public policy analysis and management, as well as new perspectives.

AIR presentations include:

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Effects of Educational Accountability Policies
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Aztec (Convention Center)
AIR Panel Chair: Michael Hansen

Friday, November 7, 2014

Big Data, and Policy: Use of Administrative Data to Guide Workforce Development Program Planning and Research
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. | Isleta (Convention Center)
AIR Panel Discussant:  Julia Lane

Community College Pathways: Factors Affecting Persistence and Degree Attainment at Public Two-Year Colleges
10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | Aztec (Convention Center)

Who Transfers and Where Do They Go? Community College Students in Florida
AIR Presenters: Ben Backes

STEM Policy: Women and the STEM Workforce
10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | Estancia (Convention Center)
AIR Panel Organizer & Chair: Julia Lane
AIR Discussant: Rebecca Rosen

School Accountability and Standardized Testing
10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. | Dona Ana (Convention Center)

The Effects of Interim Assessments on Low-Achievers: Evidence from a Field Experiment
AIR Authors: Shazia R. Miller & Arie van der Ploeg

Policy Efforts to Turnaround Persistently Low-Achieving Schools
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Dona Ana (Convention Center)
AIR Panel Chair: Christina LiCalsi-Labelle

Examining the Impacts of Teachers’ Unions’ Collective Bargaining Agreements on District Outcomes
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Galisteo (Convention Center)

Inconvenient Truth? Do Collective Bargaining Agreements Help Explain the Mobility of Teachers within School Districts?
AIR Presenter: Dan Goldhaber

Immigrants, Migrants and Schooling: International Perspectives
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Laguna (Convention Center)

Immigrants in Public Education: A Closer Look at Cross-Generational Differences
AIR Presenter: Umut Ozek

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Consequences of Grade Retention and Academic Probation
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. | Dona Ana (Convention Center)
AIR Panel Organizer: Christina LiCalsi-Labelle
AIR Discussant: Kris Holden

The Uneven Implementation of Universal School Policies: Maternal Education and Florida's Mandatory Grade Retention Policy
AIR Presenter: Christina LiCalsi-Labelle

Hold Back to Move Forward? Early Grade Retention and Student Misbehavior
AIR Presenter: Umut Ozek

Are Cash Transfers the Silver Bullet? Evidence from Africa
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. | San Juan (Convention Center)

Are Cash Transfers the Silver Bullet? Evidence from an Unconditional Cash Transfer in Zambia
AIR Presenter: David Seidenfeld

Schedules, Learning Time, and Mentors: Effects on Student Achievement
10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | Galisteo (Convention Center)

Check & Connect: Impacts of a High School Dropout Prevention Program on At-Risk Youth
AIR Presenters: Mindee O’Cummings, Jessica Heppen & Laura E. Hawkinson

Assessing the Effects of the Great Recession on the Teacher Labor Market
10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | Aztec (Convention Center)
AIR Panel Organizer: Dan Goldhaber

The Impact of Layoff Threat on Teacher Mobility
AIR Presenter: Dan Goldhaber

Minimizing Harm from Teacher Layoffs through Strategically Allocating Class Sizes Based on Performance
AIR Presenter: Michael Hansen

(Poster) Charter School Teachers: Effectiveness, Entry and Exit
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Ballroom B (Convention Center)
AIR Presenter: Umut Ozek

Race, Class, and Immigration Status in Higher Education
1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | Brazos (Convention Center)
AIR Discussant: Ben Backes

New Perspectives on Improving Teacher Quality: Evidence from DC Public Schools
1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | Aztec (Convention Center)
AIR Discussant: Dan Goldhaber

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About AIR
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