American Institutes for Research Experts to Present at Annual APPAM Research Conference

Washington, D.C. – Experts from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) will present at several sessions during the annual Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) research conference, being held November 8-10 in Washington, D.C. APPAM is a professional organization dedicated to improving public policy and management by fostering excellence in research, analysis and education.

AIR experts will present on a variety of topics, mainly in the areas of education and workforce development, including educator recruitment, hiring and evaluation; school accountability; credit recovery; student outcomes and equity; job opportunities for people with disabilities; and social and emotional learning.

Image of Garima SiwachDuring the conference, Garima Siwach, an economic researcher at AIR, will receive APPAM’s PhD Dissertation Award, which recognizes emergent scholars in the field. Dr. Siwach, who earned her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Albany, State University of New York, is being honored for her dissertation, Impact of Employment Barriers on Individuals with Criminal Records: An Econometric Evaluation of Criminal Background Checks in New York.

Dr. Siwach’s work at AIR focuses on research and evaluation of employment-related interventions for marginalized populations, including those with disabilities, criminal convictions, and individuals from low-income households, across domestic and international fields. She will be honored at an awards breakfast on Friday, November 9.

This is APPAM’s 40th annual Fall Research Conference and has the theme “Evidence for Action: Encouraging Innovation and Improvement.” It is being held at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C.

Sessions featuring AIR experts and/or AIR work are listed below, and can be found on the APPAM conference website (scroll down to the American Institutes for Research).

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Public Spending on Children: Patterns and Implications for Policy (Panel)
8:30 – 10:00 a.m. EST | Tyler - Mezz Level (Marriott Wardman Park)

  • How Much Does It Cost to Provide an Adequate Educational Opportunity to All Students in California? (Panel Paper)
    AIR Presenters/Authors: Jesse Levin, Iliana Brodziak de los Reyes, Drew Atchison, Karen Manship, Melissa Arellanes and Lynn Hu

How a Second Language Impacts Learning (Panel)
8:30 – 10:00 a.m. EST | Truman - Mezz Level (Marriott Wardman Park)

AIR Discussant:  Diane August

  • An Extra Year to Learn English? Early Grade Retention and the Human Capital Development of English Learners
    AIR Presenter/Author: Umut Özek

Improving Teacher Screening and Hiring in U.S. Public Schools (Panel)
1:45 – 3:15 p.m. EST | 8206 - Lobby Level (Marriott Wardman Park)

AIR Panel Chair: Roddy Theobald

  • Learning from the Source: Can We Elicit Better Applicant Information Directly from Professional References?
    AIR Presenter/Author: Dan Goldhaber

Improving the Educator Recruitment and Retention Pipeline (Panel)
1:45 – 3:15 p.m. EST | Jefferson - Mezz Level (Marriott Wardman Park)

AIR Discussant: Umut Özek

Thursday Poster Happy Hour (Poster)
3:30 PM-5:00 PM | Exhibit Hall C - Exhibit Level (Marriott Wardman Park)

Friday, November 9, 2018

Evaluating Principal Quality and Measures of Effectiveness (Panel)
8:30 – 10:00 a.m. EST | Hoover - Mezz Level (Marriott Wardman Park)

AIR Discussant: Roddy Theobald

Changing the Rules for Teachers: Empirical Evidence on the Effects of Teacher Labor Market Reforms (Panel)
10:15 – 11:45 a.m. EST | Taft - Mezz Level (Marriott Wardman Park)

  • Does Licensure Testing Affect the Composition of the Teaching Profession? Evidence from Washington's Professional Teacher Certification
    AIR Presenters/Authors: James Cowan and Dan Goldhaber

New Evidence on School Accountability: Outcomes and Policy Differences (Panel)
10:15 – 11:45 a.m. EST | 8222 - Lobby Level (Marriott Wardman Park)

AIR Discussant: Roddy Theobald

  • Is the Pen Mightier Than the Keyboard? the Effect of Online Testing on Measured Student Achievement
    AIR Presenters/Authors: Benjamin Backes and James Cowan

The Effects of Private School Choice Policies on High School Graduation, College Enrollment, and Degree Attainment (Panel)
1:30 – 3:00 P.M. EST | Wilson B - Mezz Level (Marriott Wardman Park)

AIR Discussant: Dan Goldhaber

Saturday, November 10, 2018

New Evidence on the Impact of Reforms to Teacher and Principal Evaluation and Compensation on Teacher, Principal, and Student Outcomes (Panel)
8:30 – 10:00 a.m. | Marriott Balcony B - Mezz Level (Marriott Wardman Park)

Innovative Approaches to Fostering Social and Emotional Learning (Roundtable)
10:15 – 11:45 a.m. EST | Coolidge - Mezz Level (Marriott Wardman Park)

AIR Presenter: David Osher

The Effects of District, State, and National Policies on Academic Performance (Panel)
10:15 – 11:45 a.m. EST | Marriott Balcony B - Mezz Level (Marriott Wardman Park)

AIR Panel Chair: Umut Özek

New Approaches to Academic Remediation for College Students (Panel)
10:15 – 11:45 a.m. EST | Lincoln 3 - Exhibit Level (Marriott Wardman Park)

Does Online and Personalized Instruction in High Schools Hold Promise for Reducing Inequality and Improving Educational Outcomes? (Panel)
10:15 – 11:45 a.m. EST | Wilson A - Mezz Level (Marriott Wardman Park)

  • What Are the Effects of Online Credit Recovery on Academic Outcomes for at-Risk Students?
    AIR Presenters/Authors: Jessica Heppen and Jordan Rickles

Saturday Poster Luncheon (Poster)
12:00 – 1:30 p.m. EST | Exhibit Hall C - Exhibit Level (Marriott Wardman Park)

  • Jobs for Maine’s Graduates and Schooling Outcomes for Students with Disabilities (Poster Paper)
    AIR Presenters/Authors: Garima Siwach and Michelle Yin

What Comes Next?: Preparing Students for Life After High School (Panel)
1:30 – 3:00 p.m. EST | Lincoln 3 - Exhibit Level (Marriott Wardman Park)

  • Improve College Readiness through High School Remediation: The Impact of Targeted Interventions in Kentucky
    AIR Presenters/Authors: Zeyu Xu, Benjamin Backes, Amanda Oliveira and Dan Goldhaber

It's Who You Know: Spillover and Cross-Generational Effects in Education (Panel)
3:15 – 4:45 p.m. EST | Harding - Mezz Level (Marriott Wardman Park)

  • Setting a Good Example? Examining the Heterogeneous Spillover Effects of Sibling Academic Performance Using Regression Discontinuity Design
    AIR Presenter: Umut Özek

Evaluating Student Teaching and Evaluating Student Teachers (Panel)
3:15 – 4:45 p.m. EST | Wilson C - Mezz Level (Marriott Wardman Park)

AIR Panel Chair: James Cowan

  • Effective Like Me? Does Having a More Productive Mentor Improve the Productivity of Mentees?
    AIR Presenters/Authors: Dan Goldhaber and Roddy Theobald
  • Identifying Promising Clinical Placements Using Administrative Data: Preliminary Results from Isti Placement Initiative Pilot
    AIR Presenters/Authors: Dan Goldhaber and James Cowan

Improving College Persistence and Attainment (Panel)
3:15 – 4:45 p.m. EST | Coolidge - Mezz Level (Marriott Wardman Park)

AIR Panel ChairAndrew P. Swanlund
AIR Discussant:  Jane Hannaway

Evidence to Help Build Coherent Teacher Staffing Policy: Strategies from Pipeline through Retention (Panel)
3:15 – 4:45 p.m. EST | Marriott Balcony A - Mezz Level (Marriott Wardman Park)

  • Straight from the Source: What Can Preservice Surveys Tell Us about Future Teacher Quality
    AIR Presenters/Authors: Bingjie Chen, James Cowan, Dan Goldhaber and Roddy Theobald

About AIR
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