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Gilbert Valverde Heads Leading Society for Global Scholarship In Education

Gilbert A. Valverde, chair of the Department of Educational Administration and Policy Studies (EAPS) at the University at Albany's School of Education, has been elected the 2013-2014 president of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES). (Photo by Mark Schmidt)

Gilbert A. Valverde, chair of the Department of Educational Administration and Policy Studies (EAPS) at the University at Albany's School of Education, has been elected the 2013-2014 president of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), the premier scholarly organization dedicated to fostering cross-cultural understanding, societal development, and academic achievement.

The election follows the relocation of the CIES Secretariat to the School of Education in 2010.

Valverde specializes in scholarship and applied research in international assessment, curriculum policy, and development assistance for education.He researches the role of large-scale, cross-national studies of education in the national and state policy debates across the globe.He is director and principal investigator of the Educational Evaluation Research Consortium, which has conducted a series of longitudinal studies of educational opportunities in mathematics and reading comprehension from fourth to seventh grade in the Dominican Republic.Valverde is a member of the Working Group on Standards and Evaluation of the Program to Promote Educational Reform in Latin America (PREAL).

He has also consulted on testing, standards, and educational indicators policies for NASA, UNESCO, United Nations Development Program, World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, and the U.S. Agency for International Development  and a number of ministries, foundations, school districts, non-governmental organizations, and research institutions throughout the Americas. Valverde has just concluded service on the CIES Board of Directors, to which he was elected in 2008. He is a J. William Fulbright Senior Specialist Program recipient.

SUNY Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs Mitch Leventhal said, "Professor Valverde is a leader in the field of comparative and international education, and his election as president of CIES affirms this recognition internationally. We are fortunate to have Professor Valverde as chair of the Department of Educational Administration and Policy Studies and expect that his leadership will bring that department to even greater global prominence."

Founded in 1956, CIES is the largest scholarly organization in the world dedicated to fostering cross-cultural understanding, scholarship, academic achievement and societal development through the international study of educational ideas, systems, and practices.The Society's members include more than 2,000 scholars, practitioners, and students from around the world. Further, the Society publishes the prestigious journal Comparative Education Review with the University of Chicago Press. Professor Aaron Benavot, from EAPS, serves as the co-editor of the CER.

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