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National Board for Education Sciences
March 23, 2011 Meeting Agenda

Institute of Education Sciences Board Room
80 F Street NW, 1st Floor
Washington, DC 20208

All sessions are open to the public.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011
8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Call to Order, Approval of Agenda, Chair Remarks
Jon Baron, National Board for Education Sciences (NBES) Chair
Introduction of Monica Herk, NBES Executive Director
8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Swearing-in of New NBES Members
Tony Miller, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Education
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Overview of Recent Developments at the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), including the IES Centers
John Q. Easton, IES Director
IES Commissioners Jack Buckley, Rebecca Maynard, Lynn Okagaki
11:00 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. Morning Break
11:10 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. How Can IES Research/Evaluation Increase the Likelihood of Identifying Interventions That Produce Important Positive Effects?

How Can the Policy/Research Community Make Better Use of Well-Designed Studies Showing No Effects or Adverse Effects?
Opening remarks by Rebecca Maynard, Commissioner, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance

Roundtable discussion by NBES members
12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Box Lunch and Ethics Training for NBES members
Marcia Sprague, Ethics Division, Office of the General Counsel
1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Advanced Research Projects Agency-Education (ARPA-Ed), a new White House initiative to "catalyze the development and deployment of new tools and technologies that could significantly improve student learning."
Introductory remarks by James H. Shelton III, Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement, followed by roundtable discussion.
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Afternoon Break
3:00 p.m. – 4:40 p.m. Increasing the Effectiveness of Federal Education Programs Through Development/Use of Rigorous Evidence About “What Works.”
NBES discussion of how IES, the Department, and Congress can best accomplish this objective in the context of reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
4:40 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Closing Remarks, including Next Steps
John Q. Easton, IES Director
Jon Baron, NBES Chair
5:00 p.m. Adjournment