For those reasons, I'm extremely interested to see how the two panels I'm going to do at the AERA conference next week in Chicago come out. The first, on Tuesday morning, focuses on how research does -- or doesn't -- get out into the education press, and what could be done to improve that situation (Communicating Your Research With The Media). The second, on Thursday morning, focuses on the interactions of the education research world and the political and policy worlds (From Research to Policy to Practice). In between, I'm going to be wandering around to other panels, schmoozing invites to the fancy receptions, and visiting some real live schools.
If you have a chance, check out the two panels I'm on, and if you happen to see me feel free to come up and say hello.