American Institutes for Research Book Signing Reception Highlights Work of Several Education Experts

Washington, D.C. – The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is hosting a book signing reception honoring AIR experts involved in the release of books that examine education reform in New York City, how educational and assistive technologies are driving innovation, the impact of school leadership on teaching and learning and a guide for improving teacher quality.

Please join us to meet the authors and discuss the pressing issues that their books bring to the forefront of the national education conversation.  A limited number of complimentary books will be distributed and signed by the authors.

When: Wednesday, May 18, 2011
4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.

Where: 1000 Thomas Jefferson Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

Books that will be featured at the reception:

  • Education Reform in New York City: Ambitious Change in the Nation’s Most Complex School System, edited by AIR’s Jennifer O’Day, Catherine S. Bitter, and Louis M. Gomez, offers insights into the strengths and weaknesses of the City’s ambitious “Children First” school reform efforts conducted from 2002 through 2010 under the leadership of Joel Klein, the former chancellor. The book addresses key aspects of urban systemic reform, including governance, accountability, instruction, finance, choice and competition, and student outcomes.
  • The School Leadership Triangle: From Compliance to Innovation, by AIR author Paul L. Kimmelman, presents a three-point framework for creating the conditions that improve schools and districts: federal policy compliance, effective leadership, and innovation. It also provides leadership teams with a solid foundation for discussing key issues that can lead to substantive improvements in schools and districts while addressing the challenges of federal laws.
  • Breakthrough Teaching and Learning: How Educational and Assistive Technologies Are Driving Innovation, edited by AIR’s Tracy Gray and Heidi Silver-Pacuilla of the National Center for Technology Innovation (NCTI), looks at pioneering ideas that examine how accessible educational technologies can be harnessed for breakthrough learning for all students. The book covers technology-related educational changes and trends; how education has become increasingly intertwined with the digital consumer landscape; the use of social networking; and how digital tools can be integrated into teaching and learning. 
  • Improving Teacher Quality: A Guide for Education Leaders, by AIR author Sabrina Laine with Ellen Behrstock-Sherratt and Molly Lasagna, offers research-based tips and strategies that principals and a broad cross section of education leaders can use to recruit and retain talented teachers. The book identifies key influences on effective teaching – like working conditions and salaries – and provides strategies to address them.

To attend, please contact Liz Kershaw.

About AIR
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