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National Board for Education Sciences
October 14, 2011 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, October 14, 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
8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Update: Recent Developments at the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), including the Centers for Evaluation, for Research, for Special Education Research, and for Statistics

John Q. Easton, IES Director

Introduction of Deborah Speece, Newly-Appointed Commissioner of the National Center for Special Education Research

IES Commissioners Rebecca Maynard, Liz Albro (Acting), and Jack Buckley
9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Peer Review of Research Proposals: The IES approach, and possible refinements to increase findings of policy importance

Opening remarks by Anne Ricciuti, IES Deputy Director for Science

Opening remarks by Deborah Gorman-Smith, Senior Research Fellow, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, and President, Society for Prevention Research

NBES roundtable discussion
10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Morning Break
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The Administration's "Tiered" Evidence Initiatives in Education and Other Areas: New Approach to Stimulating Development and Use of Rigorous Evidence

Opening remarks by Kathy Stack, Deputy Associate Director for Education and Human Resources, Office of Management and Budget

Opening remarks by Saskia Levy Thompson, Chief Executive Officer, Office of School Support, New York City Department of Education

NBES roundtable discussion
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Box Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. The Congressionally-established Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education (CoSTEM): Developing a strategic plan for federal STEM education

Opening remarks by Carl Wieman, Associate Director for Science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Co-Chair of CoSTEM

NBES roundtable discussion
2:00 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. Continuous Improvement Research: Is it a path for achieving program effectiveness in large-scale implementation?

Opening remarks by Gilbert Botvin, Chief, Division of Prevention and Health Behavior, Weill Cornell Medical College

Opening remarks by Anthony Bryk, NBES member and President, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

NBES roundtable discussion
3:20 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Afternoon Break
3:30 p.m. – 4:10 p.m. NBES Annual Reports: How to ensure their independence and usefulness, consistent with Congressional authorizing language

Opening remarks by Monica Herk, Executive Director, NBES

NBES roundtable discussion
4:10 p.m. – 4:40 p.m. Election of Board Officers
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. Adjourn