American Institutes for Research Staff to Participate in the Association for Education Finance and Policy’s Annual Conference

Washington, D.C. – Staff from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) will discuss school research and its application during the Association for Education Finance and Policy‘s 37th Annual Conference, to be held March 15-17, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Boston in Boston, MA.

The theme for this year’s conference is Education Finance, Policy and Practice: The Role of Evidence in a Dynamic World. The focus of the event is to bridge the gap between research and its applications, and to expand the focus of education policy and finance. Presentations by AIR staff will highlight issues such as school finance formulas; teacher incentives, preparation and productivity; school turnaround; and out-of-school effects on learning.

Sessions with AIR presenters include:

Concurrent Session II
Thursday March 15, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

2.07 - Schools and Childhood Obesity
Lu (Michelle) Yin, "Are School Accountability Systems Contributing to Adolescent Obesity?"

Concurrent Session III
Friday March 16, 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

3.02 - Topics in Higher Education
Lu (Michelle) Yin, "Constructing Cohort Default and Repayment Rate Metrics Taking into Account Student and Institutional Characteristics." (Co-author: Mark Schneider)

3.07 - School Finance Formulas - Constructing the Weights
Jay Chambers, "A Case Study of Title I Comparability in Three California School Districts." (Co-authors: Jesse Levin, Clarisse Haxton, Iliana Brodziak, and Lisa Cruz)

Concurrent Session IV
Friday March 16, 10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

4.05 - Teacher Incentives, Preparation and Productivity
Chair: Michael Hansen

Poster Session
Friday, March 16, 3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Participant: Jane Hannaway

Concurrent Session VI
Saturday, March 17, 2012: 8:00am - 9:30am

6.05 - Principal and Teacher Human Resource Issues
Discussant: Michael Hansen

Concurrent Session VII
Saturday, March 17: 9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

7.07 - Schools and Student Mobility
Umut Ozek, "A Leg Up or a Boot Out? Student Achievement and Mobility under School Restructuring." (Co-authors: Michael Hansen and Thomas Gonzalez)

Lu (Michelle) Yin, "A Closer Look at Military-Connected Students: Achievement, Discipline, Attendance, and Mobility." (Co-authors: Sami Kitmitto and Jamie Shkolnik)

7.10 - Organizational and Ecological Features: Impact on Schooling
Austin Lasseter, "The Social Organization Of Schools And Its Effect On Teachers’ Job Satisfaction."

Concurrent Session VIII
Saturday, March 17, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

8.03 - Teacher Sorting
Zeyu Xu, "Can Teachers Retain Their Effectiveness in Different School Settings. (Co-author: Matthew Corritore and Umut Ozek)

8.07 - School Turnaround
Mette Huberman, "Identifying and Profiliing Turnaround Schools." (Co-author: Larisa Shambaugh and Tom Parrish)

8.09 - Impacts of Accountability and Choice
Umut Ozek, "Public School Choice and Student Achievement in the District of Columbia

8.10 - Beyond the School: Out-of-school Effects on Learning
Jesse Levin, "Metrics for Measuring Student Poverty and Relationships to Other Measures of Student Needs and Outcomes." (Co-author: Jay Chambers)

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