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AIR’s Melissa Dodson will be the co-principal investigator on a new project awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through its NSF INCLUDES program. The project, “American STEM Alliance Network Improvement Community,” will use a rapid cycle study design to develop and test a contextually and culturally relevant approach to addressing inequities in STEM education. The NSF INCLUDES program is aimed at enhancing U.S. leadership in STEM discoveries and innovations through a commitment to diversity and inclusion. #STEM #STEMEd
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Happy International Literacy Day! Celebrated around the world, it was founded by UNESCO to actively mobilize the international community and to promote literacy as an instrument to empower individuals, communities and societies. Learn more about the AIR projects, people, research, and in-country technical assistance that are contributing to the effort.
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Education Week explored a recent CALDER Center working paper co-authored by AIR’s Umut Ozek that found no evidence that refugee students have a negative effect on the behavior or academic achievement of their schoolmates. The researchers investigated the effects of Haitian refugees on a variety of incumbent Florida students after the 2010 Haitian earthquake brought an estimated 4,000 refugee students to four south Florida school districts.
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ICYMI: Education Dive explores a new IES-funded AIR study in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) that will focus on whether online recovery classes in Algebra I and ninth-grade English are more or less effective than when students learn in the classroom. LAUSD has expanded online credit recovery classes in recent years in an effort to increase its graduation rate. The study sample will include roughly 3,000 students from 15 high schools.
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As students head back to school, school districts across the country are grappling with a growing teacher shortage, especially in key areas such as math and special education. AIR VP Dan Goldhaber recently spoke with CNN and outlined two main reasons for the shortage, as well as potential ways to address the issue. Goldhaber studies educational trends and is also the director of the National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER Center) based at AIR.
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AIR Institute Fellow Harry Holzer has co-authored a new book on practical solutions for improving higher education opportunities for disadvantaged students, out today from @brookings. Some solutions, including better financial aid or academic supports, target individual students. Other solutions, such as stronger linkages between coursework and the labor market and more structured paths through the curriculum, aim at institutional reforms. Over his career, Holzer’s research has focused primarily on the low-wage labor market, particularly the problems of minority workers in urban areas. He has also written a great deal on the employment problems of African-American youth and men (particularly those with criminal records), advancement prospects for the working poor, and workforce policy more broadly.
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Educators, parents, and communities want their schools to be safe havens for teaching and learning, free of crime and violence. Recent surveys identify specific types of crime and safety incidents and how frequently they occur at primary, middle and high schools. These reports also track how incidents are handled and those involved are disciplined. Explore some of our reports, tools and infographics to learn more about the research and evaluation, information synthesis, resource development, and technical assistance on school crime and safety.
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A recent AIR report evaluating the early years of California's newest primary grade finds that it puts kindergartners at an advantage in literacy and math. Students who attended transitional kindergarten were better at identifying letters and words and had a better grasp on addition and subtraction – even compared with students who'd been enrolled in other types of preschool programs. KPCC discussed the report with AIR's Heather Quick. #edchat
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Students who attend California’s transitional kindergarten (TK) program enter kindergarten with stronger mathematics and literacy skills and are more engaged in their learning than students who did not attend TK, according to a new AIR study out today.
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Cash transfer programs can be a cost-effective way to improve the lives of poor households in countries around the world by addressing severe budget constraints and investment needs in education, health, household, and business domains. The programs come in a myriad of designs that vary by conditionality, targeted population, size of grant, frequency of grant, and length of the program. AIR is proud to be among the forefront of those generating rigorous evidence on the latest cash transfer programs, helping stakeholders and policymakers learn how, when, and why these programs generate the desired effects. Learn more about these programs and studies.
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