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Communities around the world are embracing the philosophy of "open" to crowdsource knowledge and resources to fuel solutions to intractable problems. The 2017 SDP Convening will be about sharing data tools, research, ideas, and insights in order to make our own collective work better for kids. Join us from May 17 - 19, 2017 at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel (606 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210).

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Thursday, May 18 • 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Never Judge a Book by Its Cover: Building an Evidence Base on (Open and Closed) Instructional Materials Limited seats remain

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Each year, schools and districts spend roughly $12 billion on textbooks and other instructional materials. How much do we know about whether these large investments pay off for students?

Panelists in this moderated discussion will examine the research agenda on instructional materials, including efforts to understand content alignment, adoption and use, and, ultimately, the impact of specific materials on students’ academic performance. Participants will explore how these questions are evolving in the age of the Common Core, amidst the growth of open educational resources (OER). This session will consider how emerging evidence can inform decisions by key stakeholders, including the districts who purchase materials and the publishers who create them.

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David Blazar

Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Education Policy Research
David Blazar is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He received his doctorate from Harvard in 2016 in quantitative policy analysis in education, with a disciplinary focus in economics. His research and teaching interests include education policy... Read More →
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David Blazar

Assistant Professor, University of Maryland College Park
David Blazar is an Assistant Professor of Education Policy and Economics at the University of Maryland. His research examines teacher labor markets, with a focus on professional learning, organizational contexts of schools and districts, and accountability policy. Current projects... Read More →

Eric Hirsch

Executive Director, EdReports
High quality, standards aligned curriculum
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Morgan Polikoff

Associate Professor, University of Southern California, Rossier School of Education
Conversation Starter: Which states and districts are most effectively implementing Common Core?Morgan Polikoff is an assistant professor of education at the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education. His research focuses on the design and effects of standards... Read More →

Thursday May 18, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm EDT
Atlantic 3 606 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210