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2006Research Conference | June 15–16

This conference highlighted the work of invited speakers, independent researchers who have received grant funds from the Institute of Education Sciences, and trainees supported through predoctoral training grants and postdoctoral fellowships. The presentations are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the U.S. Department of Education or the Institute of Education Sciences.
Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue, N.W.
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Welcome from the Director

Grover J. (Russ) Whitehurst, Director of the Institute of Education SciencesIt is my pleasure to welcome you to the Institute of Education Sciences' 2006 Research Conference.

The Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002 established a new organization within the U.S. Department of Education, the Institute of Education Sciences. The Institute funds hundreds of research projects that aim to enhance academic achievement and gain fundamental understanding of learning and instruction, conducts large-scale evaluations of federal education programs, and reports a wide array of statistics on the condition of education.

After a necessary building period we are now beginning to see the fruits of our investments in research. The time is right to provide a forum for dialogue and exchange among the researchers we support through our first national research conference.

This event showcases the education research activities that are supported by the Institute. Here, you have an opportunity to meet and interact with fellow IES supported researchers, and to hear from prominent practitioners and policymakers. Building a community of education researchers committed to rigorous and relevant research has been at the core of the IES agenda. This conference recognizes and celebrates the emergence and productivity of that community.

Thank you for your work and your attendance. My colleagues and I at IES look forward to an exciting two days.

Grover J. (Russ) Whitehurst
Washington D.C., June 2006