Experts from the American Institutes for Research to Present at Comparative and International Education Society Conference

Washington, D.C.—Experts from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) will present at several sessions during the annual conference of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), being held April 14-18 in San Francisco, California.

The theme for this year’s conference is “Education for Sustainability,” and will explore questions about what type of development is spread through literacy, skills training, and formal schooling, and how that development affects society. CIES is the largest and oldest comparative and international society in the world, with more than 3,000 members representing more than 1,000 research institutes, government departments, non-governmental organizations, and multilateral agencies across the globe.

AIR experts will present on a wide range of international topics, including child literacy, assessments, adult skills and competencies, teacher preparation, research methodology and more. A list of sessions featuring AIR experts is below. See the full program on the CIES conference website.

Learn more about how AIR is supporting international development through research, evaluation, and technical assistance on the AIR website.

CIES 2019 Presentations Featuring AIR Experts

(All times are PDT)

Sunday, April 14

1:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Comparative and International Education Research Made Easy Using Free Online Data Platforms and Tools
Location: Pacific Concourse (Level -1), Pacific I
AIR presenters/authors: David C. Miller, Marissa Hall, Emily Pawlowski and Lynn Hu

Monday, April 15

8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Applied Research Results from Collaboration Between Research Institutions and Project Implementers: Child Literacy Development Pilots in Laos and Guatemala
Location: Pacific Concourse (Level -1), Pacific L
AIR presenter/author: Jamie McPike

Tuesday, April 16

8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Journey to Scale: A Comprehensive Multi-Country Research Programme to Evaluate and Inform Can’t Wait to Learn’s Development and Scale
Location: Bay (Level 1), Bayview B
AIR presenter/author: Hannah Reeves Ring

1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Disentangling Why Children Cannot Read: Introducing USAID’s New Oral Language Module
Location: Pacific Concourse (Level -1), Pacific M
AIR presenter/author: Pooja Nakamura

3:15 – 4:45 p.m.

Educational Inequalities, Student Outcomes and Societal Impact. Insights from International Large-Scale Assessments in Education
Location: Pacific Concourse (Level -1), Pacific J

Presentation: Achievement Gaps Between Immigrant and Native Students Across Education Systems: Evidence from TIMSS 2015
AIR presenters/authors: Yifan Bai and Marissa Hall

Presentation: Language at Home and Language at School: Where Does a Mismatch Matter? Cross-National Evidence from PIRLS 2016
AIR presenter/author: Yifan Bai

Poster Session 2: Exploring the Impact of Parental Education on Adults’ Skills with PIAAC
Location: Bay (Level 1), Bayview B
AIR presenter/author: Emily Pawlowski

Wednesday, April 17

8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Inequality and Attainment in Schools
Location: Bay (Level 1), Seacliff B

Presentation: Parental Labor Migration and Educational Attainment in Kyrgyzstan: An Analysis of the Data from the National Assessment of Educational Achievement
AIR presenter/author: Todd Drummond

EGRA and Beyond – What Do We Need to Know Beyond Student Performance?
Location: Pacific Concourse (Level -1), Pacific H
AIR Chair: Mohammed Elmeski
AIR presenters/authors: Zarko Vukmirovic, Belen Mekonnen, Daniel Tefera, Zewdu Gebrekidan and Solomon Areaaya

Are Teachers in Central America Being Prepared to Teach Reading? Findings from a Regional Research Study on Pre-service Teacher Education
Location: Pacific Concourse (Level -1), Pacific I
AIR presenter/author: Rebecca Stone

10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Designing, Implementing, and Learning from Mixed-Methods Randomized Controlled Trials in Humanitarian Contexts: Lessons from Remedial Education in Dadaab and Kakuma
Location: Pacific Concourse (Level -1), Pacific I
AIR presenters/authors: Thomas de Hoop, Andrew Brudevold-Newman and Hannah Ring

1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Developing Local Research Networks: A Profile from the Central American Early Grade Reading Network (RedLEI)
Location: Pacific Concourse (Level -1), Pacific M
AIR Chair: Rebecca Stone

Collaborative Impact: Experimental Evidence from IDELA Partnerships Driving ECD Effectiveness and Innovation: Assessing a Low-Cost School Readiness Program in Mozambique
Location: Pacific Concourse (Level -1), Pacific J
AIR presenter/author: Elizabeth Spier

5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Addressing Marginalization in Ethiopian Education: Relationship Between Language Transition, Social, Economic, Physical and Personal Barriers with Student Performance and Policy
Location: Pacific Concourse (Level -1), Pacific E
AIR presenter/author: Pooja Nakamura

USAID/LAC Reads Capacity Program - Behavior Change Communications (BCC) Campaigns, Capacity Building, New Media and Partnerships to Promote and Sustain Evidence-based Early Grade Literacy Initiatives
Location: Pacific Concourse (Level -1), Pacific F
AIR Discussant: Ana Gonzalez

Thursday, April 18

8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

College Students and Young Adults
Location: Pacific Concourse (Level -1), Pacific C
AIR presenter/author: Yifan Bai

11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Thinking Systemically and Sustainably About Perennial Problems: The UNICEF Think Piece Series on Education in Eastern and Southern Africa
Location: Pacific Concourse (Level -1), Pacific K

Presentation: Quality and Equitable Access Grounded in Local Knowledge: Bringing Quality Pre-Primary Education to All
AIR presenter/author: Elizabeth Spier

USAID/LAC Reads Capacity Program: Promoting Sustainable Primary Quality Education in Haiti: The Role of Targeted Teacher Interventions, Research and Formative Continuous Assessment
Location: Pacific Concourse (Level -1), Pacific L
AIR presenters/authors: Mohammed Elmeski and Rachelle Mathurin

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