LEARN Submits ESRA Recommendations to HELP Committee

LEARN submitted recommendations to the Senate Subcommittee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) regarding the reauthorization of the Education Sciences Reform Act (ESRA). Throughout, LEARN proposed bill language that would help ensure IES is well supported in providing and disseminating strong education research to communities, schools and students nationwide.

The letter can be found here: LEARN ESRA Recommendations_7.26.21

LEARN Submits Comments to U.S. Department of Education on their 2022-2026 Learning Agenda

LEARN submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) providing relevant research questions, knowledge gaps and evidence-building activities to guide ED’s 2022-2026 Learning Agenda. LEARN also proposed an additional area of focus, early childhood education, for ED to include in their Learning Agenda.

The letter can be found here: LEARN Learning Agenda Letter_9.16.21

LEARN Submits Comments to Institute of Education Sciences and National Science Foundation on Artificial Intelligence (AI) Learning

LEARN submitted a letter to representatives at the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) and National Science Foundation (NSF) sharing the work that LEARN members are doing with respect to AI in the educational space. This letter provides valuable resources to both agencies as they increase their investments in AI.

The letter can be found here: LEARN AI Letter_8.23.21

LEARN Submits Comments to National Academies of Science panel on “The Future of Education Research at the Institute of Education Sciences in the U.S. Department of Education”

LEARN wrote the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NAS) panel on “The Future of Education Research at the Institute of Education Sciences in the U.S. Department of Education” recommendations on their work as they develop improvements for the Institute for Education Sciences (IES) and its critical work. As Deans of Schools of Education from around the nation, LEARN members offered a valuable perspective on the challenges and successes facing the education research world. This letter is guided by four leading questions asked by the NAS panel: From your position in the field, what are the current knowledge gaps that could benefit from more robust research attention, where are the human capital gaps that could benefit from better or more readily available training, and what kind of training is necessary; how does the field support and sustain mutually beneficial partnerships in education research, and what are the conditions necessary for ongoing partnerships?

The NAS letter can be found here: LEARN NAS Letter_8.11.21

LEARN Submits Testimony to Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for FY22

LEARN wrote the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies regarding Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 funding for the for the Institute of Educational Sciences (IES), the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). In this testimony, LEARN advocated for increases in Fiscal Year 2022 funding for these key institutes, centers and foundations which support critical education research aimed at advancing scientific understanding of learning and development. Throughout, LEARN emphasized the importance of supporting education research in the effort to address the educational challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Specific funding requests in the letters include:

For IES, Research and Dissemination, $267.9 million
For NCSER, $70 million
For NSF’s Education and Human Resources Directorate, $1.141 billion
For NICHD, $1.94 billion
For NIMH, $2.21 billion

The Senate testimony can be found here: LEARN Senate Appropriations FY2022 Testimony

LEARN Submits Nominations for the National Board for Education Sciences

LEARN submitted 14 member recommendations from esteemed Institutes of Higher Education nationwide for appointment to the National Board for Education Services (NBES). Given the importance of IES and the current absence of any NBES members, LEARN emphasized that the Biden Administration should move quickly to populate the Board at its full level of 15 members so that it can fulfill its important guidance and oversight responsibilities.

To learn more about LEARN’s nominees, read the letter here: LEARN NBES Nomination Letter_5.26.21

LEARN Submits Testimony to House Appropriations Subcommittee for FY22

LEARN wrote the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies regarding Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 funding for the for the Institute of Educational Sciences (IES), the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). In this testimony, LEARN advocated for increases in Fiscal Year 2022 funding for these key institutes, centers and foundations which support critical education research aimed at advancing scientific understanding of learning and development. Throughout, LEARN emphasized the importance of supporting education research in the effort to address the educational challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Specific funding requests in the letters include:

For IES, Research and Dissemination, $216 million
For NCSER, $70 million
For NSF’s Education and Human Resources Directorate, $1.141 billion
For NICHD, $1.71 billion
For NIMH, $2.21 billion

The House testimony can be found here: LEARN House Appropriations FY2022 Testimony.

LEARN Supports Key Education Research Funding

LEARN wrote the Chairs and Ranking Members of the U.S. House and Senate Appropriations Committees overseeing funding for the Institute of Educational Sciences (IES), the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). In these letters, LEARN advocated for increases in Fiscal Year 2022 funding for these key institutes, centers and foundations which support critical education research aimed at advancing scientific understanding of learning and development.

Specific funding requests in the letters include:

For IES, Research and Dissemination, $216 million
For NCSER, $70 million
For NSF’s Education and Human Resources Directorate, $1.141 billion
For NICHD, $1.71 billion
For NIMH, $2.21 billion

The letter regarding IES, NCSER, NICHD and NIMH funding can be accessed here: FY22 LEARN Appropriations Letter 3.15.21. The letter pertaining to NSF funding can be accessed here: FY22 LEARN CJS House Appropriations Letter 3.15.21

LEARN Sends Letter Urging Senate Leadership to Include $100 Million for IES in Reconciliation Bill

LEARN wrote to Senate leadership expressing their strong support for the inclusion of $100 million towards IES in the House of Representatives reconciliation bill and urging the Senate to match this provision. In the letter, LEARN described how this additional funding would allow IES to conduct research on the education tools needed to respond to COVID-19’s learning loss. LEARN emphasized in their Senate request for $100 million for IES that these funds will assist in ensuring that the education recovery from COVID-19 is based on research and evidence-based practice.

You can access the letter here: LEARN Senate IES Funding Request 2.10.21

LEARN Sends Thank You Letter to House Leadership for Inclusion of $100 Million for IES in House of Representatives Bill

LEARN wrote to Representative Bobby Scott, the chair of the Education and Labor Committee in the House of Representatives. In the letter, LEARN thanks Rep. Scott for the inclusion of $100 million for IES in the Committee’s reconciliation bill. This additional funding will allow IES to conduct research on the education tools needed to respond to COVID-19’s learning loss. LEARN applauds the inclusion of this funding in the House of Representatives reconciliation bill and believes it will be key in ensuring that the education recovery from COVID-19 is based on research and evidence-based practice. 

You can access the letter here: LEARN Scott Thank You Letter 2.08.21