Events in Ferguson and the Justice Department’s new report on policing raise questions about fragile police-community relationships in vulnerable communities. AIR expert Patricia Campie asks, "are we measuring the right things?" Over time, combining measures of what matters to community members with conventional crime data could help restore two-way trust and combat the hopelessness many now feel.
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9 Mar 2015
In an OpEd for the Los Angeles Times, AIR expert Dan Goldhaber advises that "Educational opportunity is knocking," urging California to try out the high-pay/high-performance teacher model. "If results here match those in New York, California will have a path forward to achieve big student gains for a fairly small taxpayer investment."
19 Feb 2015
Research shows that the mere presence of a weapon in a car can intensify deadly aggression. In this commentary for CNN, AIR expert Mary Vriniotis addresses the recent road rage death of a 44-year-old mother and the complex relationship between guns and cars.
15 Jan 2015
Governors are called upon to lead and improve their states' education systems, addressing a number of diverse and changing issues. In this open letter, AIR's Angela Minnici, director of the Education Policy Center and the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, sets out seven action steps for 2015 to help governors address the needs of students from early childhood through workforce.
14 Jan 2015
Workers with disabilities have more to worry about on the job than those without disabilities. They earn less than their similarly educated colleagues without disabilities, and this gap widens as they climb the educational ladder. On top of that, new research shows, states and the nation pay a steep price in tax-revenue losses.
25 Nov 2014
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.
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.
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.