Supporting Students Through Response to Intervention

Response to intervention (RTI) is a multi-level prevention system to maximize student achievement and reduce behavioral problems. With RTI, schools use data to identify students at risk of poor learning outcomes, monitor student progress, provide and adjust evidence-based interventions when needed, and identify students with learning disabilities or other disabilities. In this video, Dia Jackson describes the importance of implementing RTI with fidelity and how she provides RTI coaching and professional development to schools so that they see gains in student achievement.

The Art of Coaching Better Math Instruction

Instructional coaching can promote more effective and engaging learning in the classroom. In this video, Kirk Walters, AIR principal researcher and instructional math coach, shows how he supports teachers and helps students learn critical math skills. Walters, whose research primarily focuses on ways to improve K-12 math teaching, examines why it’s important to teach students not only how to do mathematical procedures but also to understand the concepts behind them.

Dual Language Programs Explained

In recent years, there has been an increased interest in dual-language programs, in which students receive instruction in both English and a partner language to help them acquire both. In this video, Diane August, AIR managing researcher, explains the benefits of dual language programs and some of the challenges to implementing them.

Cash Transfers Explained: How Cash Empowers Poor Families in Zambia

Cash transfers are international development programs where donors or governments can give cash directly to targeted groups. In this video, David Seidenfeld, vice president of AIR's international research and evaluation, dispels the myth that such programs create dependency and are a waste of money. Instead, Seidenfeld explains the positive outcomes from AIR’s impact evaluations of two large cash transfer programs in Zambia. The evaluations included some of the largest randomized control trials of cash transfer programs in Africa and gives evidence that such programs can help alleviate poverty and improve the lives of the country’s poorest and most vulnerable people.

A Voice for Sickle Cell Disease

Adults are living longer with sickle cell disease, but healthcare providers often lack the knowledge and training to appropriately care for them. In this video, Mandy David, a certified physicians assistant and senior communications specialist at the American Institutes for Research (AIR), talks about issues that adult patients face as she evaluates and treats them at the Johns Hopkins Sickle Cell Center for Adults. She currently treats patients at the center, which she used to manage for six years, on Mondays and works at AIR on national sickle cell issues Tuesday through Friday.