Briefings and Events
Briefings and Events
FIES Briefings and Events

Research that Informs Resilient Education Systems: The Role of the Federal Investment in IES
Thursday, October 14, 2021
12:00-1:15 pm EDT
Virtual Briefing

The federal investment in the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) has resulted in research-based interventions, statistics, and evidence-based tools that support teachers, students, administrators, and families. As the nation continues to recover from the unprecedented challenges borne by the COVID-19 pandemic, the role of research and data to support teaching and learning is even more critical to address persistent and emerging needs in education. This briefing will highlight the importance of IES-supported initiatives in driving evidence-based decision-making in education, leveraging research-practice partnerships, and scaling up promising programs.


  • Catherine P. Bradshaw, Ph.D., University of Virginia (slides)
  • Elizabeth Talbott, Ph.D., William and Mary (slides)
  • Fiona Helsel, Ph.D., Education Northwest (slides)


Advances in Educating Underprepared College Students: Knowledge, Policy and Practice
Monday, February 26, 2018
3:00 – 4:00 pm
485 Russell Senate Office Building

Students are well aware of the benefits of a higher education, yet too many students – particularly those who start off underprepared - struggle to complete their degrees. IES funded research has shed tremendous light on both successful and unsuccessful practices to support students entering community college. Working collaboratively with policymakers and practitioners, research is helping to inform advances in developmental education at community colleges.

Thomas Bailey, Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University
Michelle Hodara, Education Northwest
Scott Ralls, Northern Virginia Community College
Moderated by Joanna Gorin, ETS

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Transitioning to Adult Productivity:
Supporting Secondary Students with Disabilities in Successful Movement to College and Career

March 4, 2016
10:00 am - 11:15 am
Capitol Visitors Center, SVC-203 

The Institute of Education Sciences’ National Center for Special Education Research has funded research that has identified interventions that can prepare students with disabilities for postsecondary education and the workforce. These programs have helped students with disabilities gain employment, succeed academically, and socially thrive after graduating from high school. This briefing focused on the latest research in special education by national experts in the field that improve transition outcomes.





Mary Wagner, Ph.D., SRI International
David Test, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Laurie Powers, Ph.D., Portland State University
Erik Carter, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
Moderated by Deborah Ziegler, Ed.D., Council for Exceptional Children 

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Read a Q&A with each of the presenters from the Council for Exceptional Children

Building Strength in Numbers:
How Do Early Interventions in Math Instruction Add Up?

September 25, 2015
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Dirksen Senate Office Building: SD-562






Advancing STEM education is arguably our nation’s top educational priority, given its crucial role in producing a workforce that can compete in the global economy. Yet, before developing learners can tackle science, technology, or engineering, they must first gain fluency in math. For this reason researchers have been hard at work investigating how young learners acquire mathematical knowledge, and the impact of factors such as curricula, approaches to teaching, and socio-economic background on math literacy.

Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Ph.D., New York University
Prentice Starkey, Ph.D., WestEd
Douglas Clements, Ph. D., University of Denver
Taniesha Woods, Ph.D.
Deborah Phillips, Ph.D., Georgetown University

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