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How can ARRA Funds Be Wisely Applied? How Researchers Can Help. Fourth Annual IES Research Conference Marriott Wardman Park Hotel Maryland Suite June 8, 2009 5:00 – 6:30 pm. Lou Cicchinelli, Ph.D. Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning. Guiding Principles.

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How can ARRA Funds Be Wisely Applied?

How Researchers Can Help

Fourth Annual IES Research Conference

Marriott Wardman Park Hotel

Maryland Suite

June 8, 2009

5:00 – 6:30 pm

Lou Cicchinelli, Ph.D.

Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning


Guiding Principles

Spend Quickly to Save and Create Jobs

Ensure Transparency and Accountability

Thoughtfully Invest One-time Funds

Advance Effective Reforms


Stimulus Allocation

Approximately $100 billion total

State Fiscal Stabilization $53.6 billion

Title I$13 billion

Teacher, Tech, & Data$1.2 billion

Pell and Work Study$17.3 billion

Other$13.05 billion


Incentive grants to states and groups of states that have shown progress in the 4 Core Education Reforms areas

  • Reward innovation and change
  • Support the next steps

Invest in What Works and Innovation Fund$650 million

  • Awards to LEAs & non-profits that have made significant gains in closing achievement gaps
  • To expand their work in partnership with private organizations & philanthropic community
    • By identifying & documenting best practices that can serve as models for best practices and taken to scale

Teacher Quality Enhancement$100 million

  • Grants to non-profits & IHEs
  • Improve teacher preparation & professional development activities
  • Hold teacher preparation programs accountable
  • Recruit highly qualified individuals into teaching force

Grants to non-profits & IHEs

  • Develop and implement performance-based teacher & principal compensation systems in high-need schools

Teacher Incentive Fund$200 million


Statewide Data Systems

$250 million

  • Grants to SEAs
  • Design, develop, and implement statewide, longitudinal data systems to efficiently and accurately manage, analyze, disaggregate and use individual student data

Grants to SEAs

  • Improve student academic achievement through the use of technology
  • Help students become technologically literate by the end of eighth grade
  • Encourage the effective integration of technology with teacher training & curriculum development

Ed Technology State Grants$650 million

world caf process a conversational process
World Café ProcessA Conversational Process
  • An innovative yet simple methodology for hosting conversations about questions that matter.
  • Conversations link and build on each other as people move between groups,
the caf process
The Café Process
  • Assign a table facilitator/recorder
  • Share thoughts, questions; doodle freely
  • After 15 minutes move to another table
  • Facilitator summarizes key conversation points to restart the conversation
  • After 15 minute move to 3rd and final table conversation
  • Facilitator summarizes to restart conversation
  • Choose a key point to share with entire group

Researcher Roles

Possible Research & Evaluation Efforts

  • Background information
  • How is the program going
  • What have we learned from the program/
  • intervention
  • What we can take forward or generalize

Action Steps

Getting Involved

  • Identify programs of interest
  • Identify eligible partner organizations
  • Assess your capacities
  • Initiate conversations ASAP
  • Define roles and scope of work
  • Prepare and submit proposals
discussion question at your tables
Discussion QuestionAt Your Tables

What can researchers do to participate in ARRA and how do we become involved?

share with the group
Share with the Group?
  • Insight
  • Question
  • Comment
department of education arra resources
Department of Education ARRA Resources



Lou Cicchinelli 303.632.5509

Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning

Matt Dawson 630.649.6500Learning Point Associates

Catherine Walcott 415.615.3184


Grant partner