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Appendix A Workshop Agenda Randomized Field Trials (RFTs) in Education: Implementation & Implications--September 24, 2003 The National Academies--Keck 100 8:00 am Continental Breakfast 8:30 am Workshop Objectives & Overview Lauress (Laurie) Wise, HumRRo, Committee Chair Lisa Towne, National Research Council, Study Director Session 1. RFTs in Context What is the role of RFTs in research and research methods? And how are they implemented in social settings, including educational sites? Two lead presentations will place the role of RFTs in context for the day's discussion. Committee Moderator: Brian W. Junker 8:45 am Nature of Education Research & Methodology Richard J. Shavelson, Stanford University 9:15 am Implementing RFTs in Social Settings Judith Gueron, MDRC 9:45 am Q&A 10:30 am Break 37
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38 IMPLEMENTING RANDOMIZED FIELD TRIALS IN EDUCATION Session 2. RFTs in Educational Settings: Lessons Learned This session will explore implementation issues associated with RFTs in educational settings, with a focus on how implementation influences the provision of education (e.g., student access to interventions, teacher/ administrator workloads) as well as research process and products (e.g., design features, data collection, nature of inferences). Discussions of three studies--led by researcher/policymaker/practitioner teams--will address these issues by describing relevant political, policy, legal, and ethical contexts, outlining research questions and methods, and participant recruitment, costs, and attrition. Committee Moderator: Jack Fletcher 10:45 am Case 1: Baltimore After-School Program Study Olatokunbo (Toks) Fashola, Johns Hopkins University Loretta McClairn, Baltimore City Public School System 11:15 am Case 2: Power4Kids Study David Myers, Mathematica Policy Research Donna Durno, Allegheny Intermediate Unit 11:45 pm Case 3: Baltimore Whole-Day First-Grade Program Study Sheppard Kellam, American Institutes for Research Linda Chinnia, Baltimore City Public School System 12:15 pm Lunch and Q&A Session 3. Implications for Research & Practice Given the current push for more RFTs in federal education law, what do these implementation issues mean for education and education research? Experts will address this question with respect to a handful of key stakeholder groups: education researchers, states, urban districts, and student populations who have been traditionally underserved. Committee Moderator: Robert E. Floden
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APPENDIX A 39 1:45 pm Implications for Education Research & Researchers Robert Boruch, University of Pennsylvania Anthony (Eamonn) Kelly, George Mason University 2:15 pm Q&A 3:00 pm Break 3:15 pm Implications for States Wesley Bruce, Indiana Department of Education 3:30 pm Implications for Urban Districts Sharon Lewis, Council of the Great City Schools 3:45 pm Implications for Traditionally Underserved Populations Vinetta C. Jones, Howard University 4:00 pm Q&A 4:30 pm Wrap-Up Discussion of Themes & Implications Kay Dickersin, Committee Member 5:00 pm Adjourn