Division of Research Featured on Friends of the Institute of Education Sciences Briefing
On Thursday, the Friends of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Coalition, of which CEC is a member, hosted a briefing titled "Research that Informs Resilient Education Systems: The Role of the Federal Investment in IES." This briefing highlighted the importance of IES-supported initiatives in driving evidence-based decision-making in education, leveraging research-practice partnerships, and scaling up promising programs.
Felice J. Levine, Ph.D., executive director of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), moderated a panel that included CEC Division for Research CAN Coordinator Elizabeth Talbott, Ph.D., of William and Mary along with Catherine P. Bradshaw, Ph.D., of the University of Virginia and Fiona Helsel, Ph.D., of Education Northwest.
During the panel, Dr. Talbott built a compelling case for increasing funding at the National Center for Special Education Research. She outlined in practical terms how past research has played a critical role in the education of infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities; stressed that the role of research and data to support teaching and learning is critical to address persistent and emerging needs in education; and brought forward pressing questions the field has yet to explore, including areas of research related to the pandemic.
Panelists were united in support of the need for investments in future research to continue to inform the field.
A recording of the briefing will be available on the AERA website early next week.