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September 17, 2012 The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) recently launched an innovative education database system, the Education Resource Information Navigator Project (ERIN Project). The web-based system is free and open to the public.

As part of LJAF's Technology & Innovations Initiative, the ERIN Project provides a broad overview of the national education landscape. ERIN, which is currently in beta mode, provides user-friendly information in five key areas, including: education research, education policy, reform organizations, education technology, and philanthropic support across 13 key topics ranging from issues such as blended learning to teacher evaluations.

The ERIN Project gives users the opportunity to dive into important issues and questions in education reform such as, charter school effects on student performance, the laws shaping teaching and recruitment, the top 20 philanthropic organizations working to improve curriculum, and many others.

"ERIN is the first of many examples of how the Laura and John Arnold Foundation will create and foster innovative ways to transform how policymakers and the broader public make decisions about major issues," said Caprice Young, LJAF Vice President for Education Initiatives. "In order to help the education community have a transformational impact on education, ERIN provides a multidisciplinary perspective that looks at the current educational environment and helps us identify where we can progress together."

Some of the foremost experts in education contributed to the creation of the ERIN Project in order to make it a cutting-edge, functional information source. These researchers include some of the leading authorities in education reform, including: Dan Goldhaber, Director of the Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings; Jay P. Greene, Head of the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas and Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute; Robert Siegler, Professor of Cognitive Psychology at Carnegie-Mellon University; Grover Whitehurst, Director of the Center for Education Data & Research and Professor in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell, and more.

To begin using the ERIN Project database, visit: www.erinproject.org.

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