Foundations invest millions of dollars to carry out their missions and change the world. How do they know their investments are working? AIR uses the strongest research evidence and deep experience in systems change across multiple sectors to support foundations, large and small, in fulfilling their missions.
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2 Apr 2018
While states provided direct support to struggling schools in the past, ESSA places more responsibility on districts by requiring them to select evidence-based interventions—which can take the form of programs, policies, or practices—to help these schools improve.
27 Nov 2017
The Southeast Comprehensive Center publishes this biannual list of resources that focus on college- and career-readiness standards and assessment. It includes materials from the federal content centers, comprehensive centers, and regional educational laboratories, as well as other organizations with expertise in education policy, research, and technical assistance.
11 Oct 2017
The global economy is changing rapidly in response to advancements in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Nations wanting to keep pace must ensure their educational systems can continually adapt to market demands and develop technically knowledgeable workforces of sufficient size to meet the country’s needs. Our experts integrate research and evaluation to inform evidence-based STEM policies and practices, and empower leaders to effect deep change.
16 Jun 2017
The Pay for Success (PFS) model, also known as the Social Impact Bonds model, is a relatively new way to finance improvements in persistent social problems. PFS brings together investors with local, state, and federal government agencies to fund and improve education, health, and social services. AIR is implementing this approach in many communities around the country.
13 Apr 2017
AIR offers a broad range of services in areas that support our human rights and refugee initiatives. We are committed to applying and producing the best evidence and the highest quality work. Our quality assurance process encompasses all stages of a project, from research design to evidence-based conclusions and recommendations, to implementation and scale-up.
1 Feb 2017
Principals can use this tool to guide their engagement with states and districts in developing and implementing consolidated plans for ESSA. Developed through a collaborative partnership between the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, this interactive tool offers principals an overview of the concept of a well-rounded and complete education.
29 Nov 2016
Systemic challenges in the educator workforce require thoughtful and bold actions, and ESSA presents a unique opportunity for states to reaffirm, modify, or improve their vision of educator effectiveness. This discussion guide focuses on one challenge that states face as part of this work: defining ineffective teacher in the absence of highly qualified teacher requirements.
9 Oct 2016
Research alliances are long-term partnerships among researchers, policymakers, and practitioners that draw the three groups into close, sustained relationships focused on a shared set of priorities. Members negotiate a research agenda, and a subset of policymakers and practitioners maintains advisory roles on projects staffed with researchers.
23 Sep 2016
Attaining Core Content for English Language Learners (ACCELL) supports teachers in implementing routines and scaffolds that serve the dual purpose of helping ELLs meet English language proficiency standards and content standards.