Two Commission members, Denis P. Doyle and Norman E. Higgins, were particularly helpful in the development of this document. Their wise counsel helped to shape its contents.
I cannot adequately acknowledge the contributions of the Commission staff. Milton Goldberg, Executive Director, consistently provided that unique combination of creative vision, well-grounded perspective, and common sense as the work unfolded. Julia Anna Anderson, Deputy Executive Director, helped me find the precious time necessary to write this document and supported me through all phases of its development. Paul Gagnon provided invaluable advice and assistance in the preparation of Section II and helped me to frame many substantive issues. Nelson Ashline and Joseph Teresa carefully reviewed several drafts and made significant recommendations for improvement at each stage. Kelli Wilkerson and Katherine Mills also reviewed drafts of the document and had many useful suggestions to make it more readable. Emma Madison Jordan carefully monitored the publication process and transformed a draft into a publication that could be used.
While a number of individuals in the United States Department of Education were instrumental in helping to identify relevant research, special thanks are due to Joseph Conaty, Director of the Office of Research in the Office of Educational Research and Improvement, who recognized the complexity of the research questions facing the Commission, encouraged use of the talent and resources of his office to support our work, and personally shared his perspectives.
Staff at Pelavin Associates also played a significant role in the development of this document. Kerri Traylor, with the assistance of Raymond Varisco, did a masterful job of taking hundreds of research references and findings and organizing them into a sensible framework that became the first draft of chapters one through four. Sonya Gross took on the difficult job of double-checking the reference citations.
Cheryl M. Kane