How can we leverage federal investments in education innovation to expand opportunities and improve outcomes for all children?

Is it possible to scientifically assess what works to drive student achievement?

How can we use data and evidence to provide what works so that all children receive the education they deserve?

How can we ensure that investments lead to successful outcomes?

WestEd’s Ruth Schoenbach, whose academic literacy framework received a five year Investing in Innovation (i3) grant in 2010, and fellow panelists will address these and other questions when they participate in a panel at an Education Innovation Briefing on Capitol Hill.

The panelists will also share the results of the independent evaluations of their grants and how they use successful, innovative solutions to address persistent challenges in our education system.

Details of the briefing, “Evidence at Work — Success Stories from Federally Funded Investments in Education Innovation”

Thursday, October 29, 2015, Capitol Visitor Center, Room SVC-209-08, 2:30-3:30pm (Eastern Time)

The panel will be led by Sarah Sparks, Assistant Editor at Education Week, and includes other recipients of i3 grants.

This public briefing* is hosted by the Center for Research and Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University, with support from The Annie E. Casey Foundation.


Ruth Schoenbach, Co-Director, Strategic Literacy Initiative, WestEd
Reading Apprenticeship Improving Secondary Literacy (RAISE): 2010 Validation Grant

Joel Zarrow, Director, Children’s Literacy Initiative
Children’s Literacy Initiative (CLI): 2010 Validation Grant

Maryann Corsello, Corsello Consulting, Professor Emeritus at the University of New England, Independent Evaluator for Building Assets Reducing Risks
Building Assets Reducing Risks (BARR): 2010 Development Grant

Pat Marcus, Director of Program Development, Early Childhood Education, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee
Milwaukee Community Literacy Project (MCLP) — SPARK Early Literacy Program: 2010 Development Grant

Nancy Brynelson, Co-Director, Center for the Advancement of Reading, California State University, Chancellor’s Office
From Rhetoric to College Readiness — The Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC): 2011 Development Grant

* Please RSVP by Tuesday, October 27, 2015, to Susan Davis at