American Institutes for Research Expert Rebecca Herman Participates in Hope Foundation Forum on Improving Schools

Washington, D.C. – Rebecca Herman, an expert on school improvement issues at the American Institutes for Research (AIR), will participate in a panel discussion and town hall meeting sponsored by the Hope Foundation in Washington, D.C., on May 16, 2011. Leading education, policy, business and philanthropic leaders from across the United States will attend the forum.

The panel will discuss a recently released report by AIR on the correlation between gains in student achievement and innovative practice. Alan Blankstein, founder of the HOPE Foundation, will discuss his new book, The Answer Is in the Room: How Effective Schools Scale Up Student Success.

In addition to Herman, a managing research analyst at AIR, other panelists include:

  • Dan Domenech, Executive Director, American Association of School Administrators
  • Rick Hess, Director of Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
  • Sarah Jandrucko, Area Superintendent, Mansfield Independent School District, TX
  • Carolyn Powers, Director of Elementary Administration, Ft. Wayne Community Schools
  • Rory Pullens, Head of School, Duke Ellington School of the Arts
  • John Wilson, Executive Director, National Education Association
  • Deborah Wortham, President and CEO of Wortham Educational

The forum, which begins at 11 a.m., will be held at the National Education Association, 1201 16th Street NW, Washington, D.C.

About AIR
Established in 1946, with headquarters in Washington, D.C., the American Institutes for Research (AIR) is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance both domestically and internationally in the areas of health, education and workforce productivity. For more information, visit