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VPR Research Seminar: Elizabeth R. Albro, US Dept. of Education, "Funding for Education Research"
Thursday, March 16, 2017
11:00 a.m.
Banneker Room (2212) Stamp Student Union
For More Information:
Danica Lovelace
301 405 3712

Seeking Funding for Education Research at the Institute of Education Sciences

Elizabeth R. Albro, Ph.D.
Associate Commissioner of Teaching and Learning
National Center for Education Research
Institute of Education Sciences
U.S. Department of Education


Building bridges between basic science and education practice is the focus of Dr. Elizabeth Albro’s research. Trained in the behavioral and social sciences, with an emphasis on psychology, cognition, and communication, she brings expertise in the basic sciences of learning to education practice. Since 2002, she has been part of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), the independent research arm of the U.S. Department of Education. She sought to integrate basic and applied work initially as a AAAS/SRCD Policy Fellow, then as a program officer overseeing several research grant portfolios, and in her roles as Associate Commissioner of Teaching and Learning and as Acting Commissioner of Education Research. She had an early hand in building the Cognition and Student Learning, and Reading and Writing research portfolios. Recently, she has played a role in several large scale research efforts, including the National Research and Development Centers on Cognition and Science Instruction, and on Cognition and Math Instruction, as well as in the Reading for Understanding Research Initiative. She also identified and worked closely with the expert panel who wrote one of the first IES Practice Guides, Organizing Instruction to Support Study and Learning. 

Prior to joining IES, Dr. Albro was a faculty member at two liberal arts colleges, Whittier College and Wheaton College (Norton, MA). Her desire to build bridges was clear during her faculty tenure – at Whittier, she was a Child Development faculty in the Department of Education, while at Wheaton, she was a member of the Psychology Department. At both colleges, her responsibilities included preparing students who intended to be PK-12 teachers. Her goal was to ensure that her students knew what we currently understood about how children learn, and to make sure that these students had the skills they would need to continue to learn about learning once they were in the classroom. All of her work in teacher preparation was grounded in her own experience as a preschool teacher in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

This Event is For: Graduate • Undergraduate • Faculty • Staff • Post-Docs • Alumni

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