Mark Kutner is an AIR senior vice president. Previous leadership positions held by Dr. Kutner include director of AIR’s Workforce, Research, and Analysis Program and deputy director of Education, Human Development, and the Workforce Program. Dr. Kutner has also directed research, evaluation and technical assistance projects related to adult education and adult ESL for over 25 years. These projects have centered on a variety of issues, including developing instructional services for adults in ESL and basic literacy programs; developing appropriate assessment and evaluation systems for these learners and programs; and planning and conducting effective professional development for adult ESL and basic literacy instructors.
Most recently, Dr. Kutner directed the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy, which emphasized analyses related to low-literate adults, especially those whose first language is not English. Dr. Kutner directed the national Study of ABE/ESL Instructor Training Approaches, and PRO-NET, a national professional development network for adult ESL and basic literacy instructors, which stressed the need for multi-session professional development opportunities to allow time for participants to reflect and practice instructional techniques and content. This has led to significant changes in professional development for adult literacy instructors. Dr. Kutner’s work was also the basis for CALPRO, California’s professional development system for adult education professionals, which AIR has been operating for more than a decade.