Sara Friedman

The U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences gathers a massive amount of information through data collection, surveys and funding opportunities on education research on an annual basis. However, a recent survey of educators conducted by the Jefferson Education Exchange found 42 percent of educators don’t believe research is easy to find and understand.

To open the lines of communication between educational associations and the Department of Education, JEX and IES convened a day-long meeting on Nov. 27 to reach a consensus among educators how to disseminate research.  One major takeaway from the meeting is that IES needs to do more outreach with educational associations to inform them of their research activities.

The day-long conference split association leaders into five groups that have similar interests to determine how best IES could work with their organizations.

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