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Searching for Solutions: An Evidence- Based Dialogue on Teacher Quality


The Searching for Solutions forum attracted more than 100 invited guests from the U.S. Congress, nationally recognized academic and private sector research organizations, and leading education policymaking groups.

Kerstin Carlson LeFloch of AIR gave a presentation summarizing the latest national research available on the state of teacher quality as defined by the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The information was drawn from studies funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Lynn Olson of Education Week served as the moderator of the discussion. Panelists included:
  • Beatrice Birman, AIR

  • Alice Johnson Cain, Senior Education Policy Advisor, Committee on Education and Labor, U.S. House of Representatives

  • Dan Goldhaber, University of Washington

  • Susan Moore Johnson, Harvard University

  • Michelle Rhee, Chancellor, District of Columbia Public Schools

  • Brad Thomas, Professional Staff Member, Committee on Education and Labor, U.S. House of Representatives

The following video segments are available on the AIR website:
  • Welcoming Remarks

  • Teacher Quality and NCLB

  • Teacher Quality Panel