Experts from the American Institutes for Research to Present at the Annual Association for Education Finance and Policy Conference

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) February 25, 2015

Experts with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) will explore a multitude of education research topics during the 40th annual Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) conference taking place at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C., February 26-28.

The theme of the conference is Research Informing Practice, Practice Informing Research and will examine trends in the education sector, with a focus on practice and policy-making. Participants will present, discuss and evaluate the latest research on education topics from pre-K to postsecondary, and look at how research can help make sense of the fast-changing education environment.

Presentations by AIR staff include:


Session 1 | 10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

1.01 Accountability for Students

Taylor Room

“Early Grade Retention and Student Misbehavior”

AIR Presenter: Umut Özek

1.05 Initial Teacher Assignments

McKinley Room

“A Foot in the Door: Exploring the Role of Student Teacher Assignments in Teachers’ Initial Job Placements”

AIR Co-Author: Dan Goldhaber

1.09 Teacher and Principal Incentive Pay

Harding Room

AIR Discussant: Kristian Holden

Session 2 | 2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

2.03 Educator Pensions: Investigating Labor Market Effects and Plan Costs

Coolidge Room

“Teacher Pension Systems and Mobility Decisions: Evidence from Washington State”

AIR Presenter: Dan Goldhaber

AIR Co-author: Kristian Holden

2.07 Labor Markets and Education: Global Perspectives

Wilson Room A

AIR Chair: [Michael Hansen

AIR Discussant: Michael Hansen

2.12 Spillover Effects within Family

Hoover Room

“Back to School: Increases in Maternal Education and Infant Health”

AIR Presenter: Christina Licalsi Labelle

Session 3 | 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

3.11 Teacher Labor Market

Madison Room B

“Lessons Learned from the Great Recession: The Case of Teacher Layoff Threats”

AIR Co-Author: Dan Goldhaber

A full list of AIR staff presentations for the three day conference – including topics such as screening for and retaining effective teachers; new research on vocational and career education in America; educator networks; English Language Learners; teacher evaluations; accountability and testing; school finance; and the labor market of post-secondary college completers – is available on the AIR website.

More information about the conference may be found at

About AIR

Established in 1946, with headquarters in Washington, D.C., the American Institutes for Research (AIR) is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance both domestically and internationally in the areas of health, education and workforce productivity. For more information, visit

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