This year, the Association of Latino Administrators & Superintendents (ALAS) will be holding its 8th annual summit on Hispanic Education in San Francisco. Participants will have the opportunity to attend speaker sessions, roundtable discussions, and network with fellow attendees. Denis Newman, CEO of Empirical Education, together with John Sipe, Senior Vice President and National Sales Manager
at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Jeannetta Mitchell, eight-grade teacher at Presidio Middle school and a
participant in the pilot study, will take part in a 30-minute discussion reviewing the study design and
experiences gathered around a one-year study of Algebra on the iPad. The session takes place on
October 13th at the Salon 8 of the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco from 10:30am to 12:00pm.
Also this year, the American Evaluation Association (AEA) will be hosting its 25th annual conference from November 2–5 in Anaheim, CA. Approximately 2,500 evaluation practitioners,
academics, and students from around the globe are expected to gather at the conference. This year’s
theme revolves around the challenges of values and valuing in evaluation.
We are excited to be part of AEA again this year and would like to invite you to join us at two
presentations. First, Denis Newman will be hosting the roundtable session on Returning to the Causal Explanatory Tradition: Lessons for Increasing the External Validity of Results from Randomized Trials. We examine how the causal explanatory tradition—originating in the writing of Lee Cronbach—can inform the planning, conduct and analysis of randomized trials to increase external validity of findings. Find us in the Balboa A/B room on Friday, November 4th from 10:45am to
Second, Valeriy Lazarev and Denis Newman will present a paper entitled, “From Program Effect to
Cost Savings: Valuing the Benefits of Educational Innovation Using Vertically Scaled Test Scores And
Instructional Expenditure Data.” Be sure to stop by on Saturday, November 5th from 9:50am to 11:20am
in room Avila A.
Furthermore, Jenna Zacamy, Senior Research Manager at Empirical Education, will be presenting on two topics at the National Staff Development Council (NSDC) annual conference taking place in Anaheim, CA from December 3rd to 7th. Join her on Monday, December 5th at 2:30pm to 4:30pm when she will talk about the impact on student achievement for grades 4 through 8 of the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative, together with Pamela Finney and Jean Scott from SERVE Center at UNCG.
On Tuesday, December 6th at 10:00am to 12:00pm Jenna will discuss prior and current research on the effectiveness of a large-scale high school literacy reform together with Cathleen Kral from WestEd and William Loyd from Washtenaw Intermediate School District.