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Kaplan to deliver keynote at Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities conference

October 25, 2016

UW-Madison’s David Kaplan has been invited to present a keynote address to the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities conference, “The Initiatives for Applied Education Research,” scheduled for Dec. 19.

Kaplan will be speaking about the challenges and opportunities of using longitudinal data to inform education policy.

David Kaplan
Describing the initiative, the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities website explains: “The Initiative for Applied Education Research provides Israeli decision-makers in the field of education with the most up-to-date scientific, critically-appraised knowledge so they can better formulate policy and design interventions that improve achievements in Israeli education.”

A major role of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities is to promote and coordinate scholarly contacts between Israel and the international community, partly on the basis of bilateral agreements for scientific cooperation, and partly by representing Israel in international scientific organizations.

“It is a great honor to give the keynote address at the Israel Academy’s conference,” says Kaplan. “Longitudinal data is difficult and expensive to collect, and there are legitimate concerns about data privacy.  Nevertheless, longitudinal data, and the statistical tools that can be applied to such data, can provide a deep dive into understanding the developmental changes over time in critical education outcomes.”

Kaplan is the Patricia Busk Professor of Quantitative Methods with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors -– most recently, the Humboldt Research Award enabling Kaplan to spend his 2015-16 sabbatical year in Germany.  Kaplan also is an elected member of the National Academy of Education and an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Education at the University of Oxford.

Earlier this year, Kaplan received the Faculty Distinguished Achievement of Award from the School of Education.