The Justice Department's civil rights probe of Ferguson, Missouri's police force again rivets attention to one more American community whose police officers have lost residents' trust. Whatever the findings, experience and research suggest that five moves made now could help build trust and restore justice between police and communities they serve.
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14 Nov 2014
Why are so many Americans more concerned about Ebola than flu, when the data doesn't support that fear? Researchers have found that unfamiliar, epidemic diseases (such as Ebola) are more likely to cause concern than familiar, endemic diseases, such as the flu. Add the high death rate of Ebola overseas and the prospect of being isolated in a hospital and treated by medical personnel in biohazard suits, and it’s only natural that people fear Ebola, even if the chance of contracting the disease is extremely small.
25 Sep 2014
Learning more about the lifelong shadow of early life experiences is a challenge that can’t be met without longitudinal data. AIR and the University of Southern California are mining Project Talent's data to identify risk and protective factors for differential outcomes at older ages, to learn about the life trajectories of the baby-boom generation, and to align public policy and programs with research evidence and real-world opportunities and needs.
19 Sep 2014
Accurately measuring an educator's effectiveness is a complex and difficult task. This guide can be used by states and districts to explore various evaluation methods and tools that represent the "puzzle pieces" of an evaluation system. The guide includes detailed descriptions of more than 75 educator evaluation tools that are currently implemented and tested in districts and states throughout the country.
17 Sep 2014
American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten is on record saying that teaching is “harder now than ever before, with less and less respect.” The view that teaching’s curb appeal isn’t what it used to be is widely shared, but is it right?
10 Sep 2014
Drawing on his own experiences as a math teacher, Kirk Walters, a principal researcher at AIR, explores how to help teachers teach math effectively. He stresses the importance of understanding teachers’ dispositions towards learning and how these dispositions develop.
2 Sep 2014
Renewing the conversation on teachers’ role in educational reform, the U.S. Department of Education’s new Excellent Educators for All Initiative requires states to consult with teachers when creating new plans to ensure students have equitable access to educators. The Department also recently launched a website to encourage educators to share ideas for teacher leadership. AIR's Ellen Sherratt notes that teacher voices are left out of conversations over major policy changes and provides core principles for collaborative problem-solving for sustainable policies.
4 Aug 2014
College students now expect tuition bills 4 to 6 percent higher than they paid the year before. That often means students in four-year public universities pay several hundred dollars more annually while students at private universities shell out upwards of a thousand dollars more each year. What is all this extra money buying?
16 Jul 2014
The growing furor over the cost of college has spawned various explanations of why tuitions have escalated much faster than inflation and family income. Often, “administrative bloat” is blamed. It is easy to find examples of college presidents with exceptionally high salaries and other senior staff who don’t teach, and it is true that the numbers of non-teaching staff at our colleges and universities have risen markedly. But is it also true that our colleges are being overrun with administrators? Not necessarily.
5 Jun 2014
Medicare expert and Institute Fellow Marilyn Moon offers her thoughts on program reforms and urges new HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell to defend beneficiaries against unintended harm: “never forget that Medicare is a program for the elderly and disabled.”