What happens when a public school district partners with a team of experts deeply experienced in local and state program evaluation and just as committed as the district to school reform? In AIR, Denver Public Schools found a team of experts who empowered their leaders to address some of the toughest issues in education reform.
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3 Nov 2015
In the Field
To stay current on the most effective strategies for school improvement, Catherine Barbour keeps a close eye on new research. At AIR, researchers and technical assistance providers collaborate to put the most authoritative and timely information to practical use.
1 May 2015
The legal and practical foundation of virtually every human capital system, from recruitment to selection to promotion, is the job analysis or competency model that defines the work. AIR works closely with organizations to develop these products in a way that ensures they are comprehensive, seen as valid by stakeholders, and that they can be used by the diverse departments in an organization that are responsible for building, implementing, and evaluating these human capital systems.
29 Nov 2015
In the Field
For managing researcher Dahlia Shaewitz, growing up a hearing person in a deaf household was a sometimes peculiar experience. She discusses her experiences and the impact of the ADA on technology for the deaf and hard of hearing. As part of our series on the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the 40th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 2015, AIR experts reflect on an era of research in the classroom and the workplace, their stories, and the future.
5 Oct 2015
AIR experts apply research-based principles to develop and evaluate tools, systems, and programs to maximize the job performance of individuals, as well as to improve the overall functioning of their employers. We provide our public and private sector clients with unique insights and solutions.
8 Dec 2015
CBAM is a conceptual framework that provides tools and techniques for facilitating and assessing the implementation of new innovations or reform initiatives. The underlying premise of CBAM is implementing a new initiative requires more than the provision of materials, resources, and training; it requires the understanding that each person involved will respond to the new initiative with unique attitudes and beliefs. The three diagnostic dimensions of CBAM provide tools and techniques that enable leaders to gauge staff concerns and program use.
1 Nov 2015
The Center for ELLs at AIR works with states, districts, and schools to collect information about current policies and practices for ELLs, evaluate those policies and practices, and formulate plans of action to make improvements in the education of ELLs.
1 Jan 2015
There has been a significant increase in school enrollment globally, yet millions of children across the world are unable to read a single word even after up to four years of schooling. AIR is focused on improving the quality of learning outcomes by enhancing the science of reading, while developing solutions for the global learning crisis.
7 Jul 2015
Making education a true engine for human and social development requires evidence-based instructional strategies and systems for students, families, and teachers. AIR integrates the science of what works with the equally complex science of implementing what works on a global scale.
1 Jan 2015
Evidence-based policy making and evaluation are a critical part of effective public management and international development. Data and metrics provide a core foundation for planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation. Governments and organizations are learning to embrace more Open Data and Big Data approaches as a way to streamline and modernize their data-driven policy approaches. AIR develops and implements these approaches to provide new insights into organizational capacity and impact.