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Director, Academic Improvement and Teacher Quality Programs

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Dr. Joseph Conaty is the Director of the Academic Improvement and Teacher Quality Programs in the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. This office administers programs to improve academic achievement and teacher quality: Title II Part A Teacher Quality Program, afterschool 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, the Mathematics and Science Partnership Program, Comprehensive School Reform Program, Advanced Placement Programs, Drop Out Prevention Program, Smaller Learning Communities Program, Javits Gifted and Talented Program, Native Hawaiian Education, Alaska Native Education, and Improving Literacy Through School Libraries Program.

Following receipt of a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1977, Dr. Conaty was a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Utah. Before joining the Department in 1987, Dr. Conaty spent two years at the University of Chicago as a Visiting Professor of Sociology and Statistics. His publications on statistics, education, and organizations have appeared in such journals as the American Statistician, the Journal of Business Research, Social Forces, the Journal of Social Psychology, and Demography.

In previous assignments, Dr. Conaty served the Department of Education's Acting Director of the Office of Research; Director of the National Institute on Student Achievement, Curriculum, and Assessment; and Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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