Subcontractors in Our Work
Learning Point Associates has the expertise and experience needed to manage the Great Lakes West Comprehensive Center and deliver the highest quality technical assistance to Illinois and Wisconsin. Learning Point Associates has more than 20 years of experience managing efforts of this size, scope, and complexity. Together with our subcontractorsthe American Institutes for Research (AIR), Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL), Wisconsin Center for Educational Research (WCER), and the University of Michigan / Consortium for Policy Research in EducationGreat Lakes West plans to support the states in their No Child Left Behind (NCLB) implementation.
The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is one of the largest behavioral and social science research organizations in the world, with the goal to use the best science available to bring the most effective ideas and approaches to enhancing everyday life. Founded in 1946 as a nonprofit organization, AIR is a carefully designed institution motivated by the desire to enhance the human experience. AIR is committed to contributing to the science of human behavior and the development of man's capacities and potential. AIR's work spans a wide range of substantive areas, including education, student assessment, and international education.
McREL is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving education for all through applied research, product development, and service. McREL has a long history of assisting states with comprehensive planning, needs assessments, and implementing school improvement programs and processes. Incorporated in 1966 as Mid-continent Regional Educational Laboratory, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping educators bridge the gap between research and practice, McREL has grown well beyond that original scope of work during the past 39 years. A significant portion of McREL's work focuses on delivering technical assistance to a variety of client groups.
WCER is one of the nation's oldest and most highly esteemed university-based education research and development centers. A part of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education, WCER provides a productive environment where some of the country's leading scholars conduct research. WCER combines the talents of scholars from many disciplines to focus on the problems of learning, teaching, assessment, and policy in today's education system. A commitment to disseminating research findings and research-based educational interventions and products has characterized WCER from its inception.
The external evaluators will be housed at the University of Michigan, one of the leading research universities. The external evaluation also is being conducted under the auspices of the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE), a consortium of five leading educational research universities. Created in 1985, CPRE has a history of studying educational reform efforts undertaken nationally and in states and brings acknowledged expertise in examining how linkages between knowledge, reforms, and practice can be strengthened.