I am scheduled to participate in an NSF policy planning workshop to
establish priorities for future funding in the social sciences and
education, including K-12 and community colleges. Please open the
attachment, review the preliminary areas that involve our SACC interests
and perspectives, and send me your ideas so that I can contribute our
best thinking to this June session. Thanks, Mark
From: sbeedworkshop [mailto:sbeedworkshop@...
Sent: Wednesday, May 07, 2003 4:50 PM
Subject: June NSF Workshop
May 6, 2003
Thank you for agreeing to participate in the June 12-13, 2003 National
Science Foundation (NSF) Workshop on Improving Education in the Social,
Behavioral, and Economic Sciences: A National Dialogue. We are pleased
to be able to serve as co-chairs. We very much look forward to working
with you to produce a creative and compelling action plan.
Attached to this e-mail is a summary of an initial meeting of scientific
society representatives held on January 16, 2003. The participants at
the January meeting identified shared needs and critical issues for
different levels of social and behavioral science education. This
meeting was only a first step to help launch the National Workshop. It
was, however, useful in identifying the types of needs that will be
important for all of us to consider as we undertake our work in June and
develop a report and recommendations for NSF.
We are now in the process of preparing background materials in
preparation for the Workshop. We will provide selected data on trends
in education and in the workforce in the social and behavioral sciences.
We will also provide some readings that we hope will additionally
stimulate your thinking in advance of our meeting. Since you have
already received a conference agenda and outline of what we will be
doing in June, we welcome your input now as we refine issues with
panelists and provide greater definition to the breakout sessions
planned for June 13. Please do not hesitate to e-mail us with your
comments, ideas, or what you consider to be the threshold problems that
you hope will be addressed at this meeting. Your thoughts are very
timely as we further plan the meeting and the contours for our report.
The advance materials will be sent to you the week of May 19. In
addition to selected readings and data, we will also be sending you the
briefing book from the January 16, 2003 meeting that includes the
materials submitted by each of 15 scientific societies. At this point,
in addition to soliciting your ideas, we would like you to submit a
biographical sketch of no more than 150 words. Since we are a big group
for a "working meeting," we thought it would help acquaint us with each
other to have a brief sketch. Please send this statement to Felice
Levine via e-mail (sbeedworkshop@...
>) no later than Friday, May 16, 2003.
Once again, we want to reiterate how much we welcome NSF's turning its
attention to this important issue. While the two of us have
responsibility for preparing a report to NSF by September 15, 2003, it
is the work of the June meeting that will structure this report and
recommendations. As a participant at the Workshop, you will have an
opportunity to provide comments on a draft before it is transmitted to
We welcome hearing from you soon.
With best wishes,
Felice J. Levine
Ronald F. Abler
American Educational Research Association
1230 Seventeenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036-3078
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