The National Board for Education Sciences is Back

Nearly 6 years after their last meeting, a national board that helps guide federally funded education research will become active again.  

President Biden appointed 14 new members to the National Board for Education Sciences, which advises the Department of Education’s research agency, the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). FABBS members will be excited to learn that among the appointees include individuals from the behavioral and brain sciences. The following serve as nonvoting ex officio members: The Director of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), each of the four Commissioners of the National Education Centers, the Director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the Director of the Census, the Commissioner of Labor Statistics, and the Director of the National Science Foundation. 

  • Douglas Fuchs, Ph.D., is an Institute Fellow at the American Institutes for Research and Research Professor in the Departments of Special Education and Psychology and Human Development at Vanderbilt University. Fuchs has been a first-grade teacher in a private school for children with behavior problems, a fourth-grade classroom teacher in a public school, and a school psychologist and is distinguished in social science research.  
  • Carol Lee, Ph.D., is the Edwina S. Tarry Professor Emerita at Northwestern University, School of Education and Social Policy (Learning Sciences Program). Her research focuses on cultural supports for literacy and ecological supports for youth holistic learning and development. 
  • Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Ph.D., is a community and developmental psychologist who studies the effects of public policies and programs on young children and adolescents, particularly in the contexts of migration, forced displacement, sexuality, and poverty reduction. Yoshikawa also previously served on the board during the Obama-Biden administration.  

This announcement comes just in time for IES to celebrate its 20th anniversary.  

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