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National Board for Education Sciences
February 24, 2012 Meeting Agenda

Institute of Education Sciences Board Room
80 F Street NW, 1st Floor
Washington, DC 20001

All sessions are open to the public.

For further information, please contact Monica Herk at (202) 208-3491 or

Friday, February 24, 2012
8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Call to Order, Approval of Agenda, Chair Remarks
Bridget Terry Long, National Board for Education Sciences (NBES) Chair
8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Update: Recent Developments at the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), including the Centers for Evaluation (NCEE), for Research (NCER), for Special Education Research (NCSER), and for Statistics (NCES)

John Q. Easton, IES Director

IES Commissioners Rebecca Maynard, Elizabeth Albro (Acting), Deborah Speece, and Jack Buckley
9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. NBES 2012 Annual Report: Review of initial draft

Introduction and Framing by Bridget Terry Long, Chair, NBES

Presentation of draft by Monica Herk, Executive Director, NBES

NBES members present comments on their assigned section
10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Morning Break
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The Importance of Disseminating Research Results: How can we better reach practitioners and policy-makers?

Ruth Neild, Associate Commissioner, NCEE on the new Regional Educational Laboratory contracts and their implications for dissemination

Diane Massell, Research Associate, School of Education, University of Michigan on how SEAs use evidence in decision-making

Commentary by Margaret (Peggy) McLeod, NBES member

NBES roundtable discussion and feedback
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Box Lunch and Ethics Training for NBES members

Marcia Sprague, Ethics Division, Office of the General Counsel
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Scaling up Promising Models: What can the field of education learn from the experiences of other federal agencies?

Naomi Goldstein, Director, Office of Policy Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services

Paul Carttar, Director, Social Innovation Fund, Corporation for National and Community Service

Commentary by Robert Granger, NBES member

NBES roundtable discussion
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. IES Funded Research: Reviewing Current Activities and Considering Avenues for Improvement

Introduction by Bridget Terry Long, Chair, NBES

Presentation on NCER's Research Portfolio by Elizabeth Albro, NCER Commissioner (Acting)

Presentation on NCSER's Research Portfolio by Deborah Speece, NCSER Commissioner

NBES roundtable discussion
3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Afternoon Break
3:45 – 4:45 Legislative Update: Status of IES appropriations and the Reauthorizations of: (1) the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and (2) the Education Sciences Reform Act (ESRA)

Gabriella Gomez or Lloyd Horwich, Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs, US Department of Education

NBES roundtable discussion
  • What role should the Board to take in advocating for education research?
  • Should the Board be involved in advocating for the use of research in forming policy legislation?
4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Closing Remarks, including Next Steps

John Q. Easton, IES Director

Bridget Terry Long, NBES Chair
5:00 p.m. Adjournment