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November 2009

Grants, Training & Conferences

2010 Research Conference & Poster Exhibition

The planning has shifted into high gear for the Institute's fifth annual research conference for IES grant awardees, contractors and expert data users. Organized around the theme Connecting Research, Policy and Practice, the conference will be held June 28–30 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center at National Harbor, MD. This meeting represents the broadest gathering of researchers conducting studies funded by IES and the Department of Education. Last year's conference was attended by more than 1,000 researchers and policymakers. This year's conference features an opening plenary presentation by IES Director John Q. Easton. Attendees can look forward to 36 panel and open forum sessions, some 500 poster presentations, and many opportunities for dialog and collaboration during the conference. For more about the conference visit:

Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems Competition Deadline Extended

December 4 is the new deadline for submitting applications for the Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) competition under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. The deadline extension allows states more time to coordinate their development of applications under the SLDS program with other stimulus fund applications such as the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund and the Race to the Top. For further information, contact Tate Gould at the National Center for Education Statistics ( or 202-219-7080).

Resources for Researchers

Getting geared up to submit your next IES research grant application? Check out our resources for researchers to learn more about preparing an application, methodological resources, and available datasets and tools. You can also view current and past research funding opportunities webinars.

2010 Management Information Systems (MIS) Conference DESERTech

Join your colleagues who work with information collection, management, transmittal, and reporting in school districts and state education agencies at the annual MIS conference March 3–5, 2010, in Phoenix. Co-sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and the Arizona Department of Education, this year's 3-day conference features more than 80 presentations, demonstrations, and workshops conducted by practitioners from K–12 information systems. MIS provides you with information about best practices, innovative ideas, current issues, and practical how-to advice about data systems for K–12 education. NCES also is sponsoring a 2-day meeting of the membership of the National Forum on Education Statistics, which precedes the MIS conference. For more information about registering for the conference: