The Institute of Education Sciences (IES), the research arm of the US Department of Education, has issued a request to the field for feedback (http://ies.ed.gov/pdf/2014-NCERfeedback.pdf) on the work of its two research centers: the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) and the National Center for Education Research (NCER). IES intends to use the input it receives to help plan the future work of these research centers. The deadline for submitting comments to IES is October 31, 2014.
This is an important opportunity for researchers to help shape the future direction of federal education research programs and priorities. IES is asking the field to reflect on special education studies conducted over the last decade that have influenced policy and practice, and to identify critical issues for which research is needed and how NCSER resources should be deployed to meet these needs (e.g., types of grants and goal structures that should be employed to most effectively address critical issues in policy and practice).
CEC strongly encourages members to respond to IES’s invitation, either as individuals or as part of cooperative efforts with research and school colleagues who have shared interests. As the ground-level experts, your voices will carry the most weight with IES and, therefore, are essential. In addition, DR and the Council for Exceptional Children are forming a workgroup that will develop organizational responses. Please share with DR and CEC the comments you will be submitting to IES so that our workgroup is fully informed of your perspectives. Send your comments to Deb Ziegler (firstname.lastname@example.org) by October 10, 2014.
Finally, please share this information with your colleagues and encourage them to respond to the IES request for feedback.