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Washington-Based Scholars to Join Federal Education Research Board

The next meeting of the National Board for Education Sciences, the federal education research advisory group, to be held in Washington on Feb. 6, is expected to welcome two local education researchers as new members and discuss how to improve the Institute of Education Sciences grants.

Michael Feuer, an education policy professor and the dean of George Washington University's graduate school of education, and Deborah A. Phillips, a psychology professor at Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute and a co-director of the university's Center for Research on Children in the United States, were appointed by President Obama this fall, but the board is still waiting to fill one seat.

The White House also reappointed several board members: Judith D. Singer and Bridget Terry Long, both of Harvard University; Darryl J. Ford of the William Penn Charter School in Pennsylvania, Kris D. Gutiérrez of the University of Colorado at Boulder; Robert A. Underwood of the University of Guam; and Margaret R. (Peggy) McLeod, an education research consultant.

While there is no official agenda yet, the board is expected to see and discuss the findings of two IES technical working groups, one focused on improving the relevance and reach of federal education research, and the other focused on ways to improve the agency's research and training grants. For example, the groups recommended that IES provide more training to researchers early in their careers to build up the field; and called for IES research to give educators more detail on not just what works, but which components of an intervention work for different students in various conditions.

The agenda is expected to be posted soon on the board's site.

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