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Letter from the Director: One REL Wraps Up, A New One Begins

Posted by Jill Weber on January 2, 2017

Happy New Year from the Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands!
For the past five years, we at REL Northeast & Islands at EDC have valued the . . .
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REL Northeast & Islands Promotes Collaboration and Coordination Among Regional and National Technical Assistance Providers

Posted by Heidi Larson on December 27, 2016

Are you a district leader looking for help in understanding the implications of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) on your district’s policies and practices? Are . . .
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REL Northeast & Islands Supports US Virgin Islands Discussion of Digital Literacy for Career Readiness

Posted by Jill Bowdon on December 21, 2016

What is digital literacy? The term might bring coding or software to mind, but digital literacy is much more than knowing or understanding any specific computer program. . . .
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REL Researcher Featured on Live EdWeek Online Chat

Posted by Ashley Gaddis on December 16, 2016

On Monday, December 19, from 2 to 3 pm ET, REL Northeast & Islands researcher Heather Lavigne will be a featured guest on an Education Week online chat, “The . . .
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REL Symposium Tackles Gaps and Challenges in Competency-Based Learning Research

Posted by Joshua Cox on December 14, 2016

On October 6, the Northeast College and Career Readiness Research Alliance (NCCRA) at REL Northeast & Islands and Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) hosted a . . .
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New REL Study Compares Two Approaches for Identifying Beating-the-Odds High Schools in Puerto Rico

Posted by Yinmei Wan on December 9, 2016

Identifying beating-the-odds schools—schools that are performing better than expected given characteristics of the students enrolled—is an opportunity to uncover . . .
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Principals Spend Nearly 60 Hours a Week on Work, REL Study Finds

Posted by Heather Lavigne on November 28, 2016

Anyone who has spent a fair amount of time around schools knows that a principal’s work is never done. But how many hours do they actually spend each week on the job? . . .
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The Logic Model Workshop: Building the Capacity of Alliance Members and Others for Effective Program Design and Evaluation

Posted by Sheila Rodriguez on November 21, 2016

As REL Northeast & Islands at EDC began its work with research alliances in 2012, our staff soon discovered that many district- and state-based alliance members . . .
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What Works Clearinghouse Launches New, Easy-to-Navigate Website

Posted by Julie Riordan on November 15, 2016

In our work at REL Northeast & Islands, we are often approached by stakeholders asking us “what will work” to help address a particular educational need or . . .
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Understanding Patterns in English Learners’ Reclassification Might Help Schools Better Serve English Learner Students

Posted by Caroline Parker on November 8, 2016

How long does it take an English learner in US schools to learn English? Not surprisingly, there isn’t a simple answer to this question.A new REL Northeast & . . .
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New REL Study Explores Relationship Between Teacher Demographics and Evaluation Ratings

Posted by Jessica Bailey on October 20, 2016

New, high-stakes educator evaluation systems have become increasingly popular in recent years; yet little is known about the link, if any, between evaluation ratings and . . .
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Letter from the Director: REL Research Generates New Knowledge for the Field

Posted by Jill Weber on October 3, 2016

With three months left in our five-year contract as REL Northeast & Islands at EDC, I look back with pride at all we have accomplished. Remember, the Regional . . .
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Continuous Improvement Work with Maine School Will Be Presented at National Rural Education Research Symposium

Posted by Peter Tierney-Fife on September 30, 2016

On October 13, I will represent REL Northeast & Islands at the 2016 Rural Education National Forum & 108th NREA Convention and Research Symposium at The Ohio . . .
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New Series Provides Tips and Guidance on Survey Development Process for Educators

Posted by Clare Irwin on September 6, 2016

At REL Northeast & Islands, we are charged with helping states and districts in our region use data and analysis to inform education policy and practice with the . . .
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REL Survey Tool Hones In on Student Experience of Competency-Based Learning

Posted by Joshua Cox on August 24, 2016

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) has released a new survey tool and guide that can help schools and districts measure student beliefs about, exposure to, and . . .
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REL Researchers Participate at NCES Summer Forum and STATS-DC Conference

Posted by Julie Riordan on August 15, 2016

In July, I joined nine Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) colleagues from across the country for a cross-REL presentation held at the annual meeting of the National Forum on Education Statistics (Forum) in Washington, D.C.
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Continuous Improvement Projects Test New Interventions to Tackle District and School Priorities

Posted by Karen Shakman on August 8, 2016

REL Northeast & Islands has been partnering this year with three districts in our region to build their capacity to engage in continuous improvement (CI) to address priorities and solve problems.
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Principal Leadership Is Key Factor in Teachers’ Satisfaction with Evaluation Systems

Posted by Jessica Bailey on July 21, 2016

As an educator, researcher, or someone interested in the field of education, have you ever wondered whether teachers are satisfied with their evaluation process? How . . .
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REL Northeast & Islands and CASDA Put the Spotlight on Rural School and Community Well-Being at Albany Symposium

Posted by Heidi Larson on July 6, 2016

Since it formed in 2012, the Northeast Rural Districts Research Alliance at REL Northeast & Islands has been providing research to support rural school and district . . .
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Early Warning Systems: Massachusetts, Minnesota, and the State Role in Implementation

Posted by Susan Therriault on June 29, 2016

The creation of an early warning system (EWS) is an evidence-based strategy that districts and schools can use to both identify and subsequently support students at risk . . .
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States, Districts, and Higher Ed Meet at REL Roundtable on Teacher Preparation

Posted by Dana Ansel on June 7, 2016

In recent years, members of the Governing Board for REL Northeast & Islands have observed similar challenges related to teacher preparation and discussed the . . .
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Do You Need to Localize Research Findings to Your Own Context? Use the Discussion Tree Template

Posted by Maria-Paz Avery on May 19, 2016

Practitioners and policymakers across our region often tell us that they struggle to make research and data from other states and districts relevant to their own . . .
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English Learners and Data Gathering: Connecticut Revises Home Language Survey Guidance with REL Alliance Support

Posted by Maria-Paz Avery on May 11, 2016

A major goal of the English Language Learners Alliance at REL Northeast & Islands at EDC is to build the capacity of its members to make research- and . . .
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Review of Key 2015 Accomplishments for the English Language Learners Alliance

Posted by Maria-Paz Avery on May 9, 2016

The English Language Learners Alliance (ELLA) had a busy year in 2015, completing two high-leverage projects in Connecticut. One project was a follow-up to work done . . .
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Urban District Research: How Much Do Teachers’ Evaluations and Professional Learning Align?

Posted by Karen Shakman on March 15, 2016

When the Northeast Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance created its research agenda in 2012, its core planning group wanted to study educator evaluation not as an . . .
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Puerto Rico Research Alliance for Dropout Prevention: Review of 2015 Accomplishments

Posted by Claire Morgan on March 14, 2016

The Puerto Rico Research Alliance for Dropout Prevention (PR Alliance) had a busy year pursuing its goal to support the Puerto Rico Department of Education (PRDE) and . . .
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Review of Key 2015 Accomplishments for the Urban School Improvement Alliance

Posted by Anthony Petrosino on March 11, 2016

This has been another full year for the Urban School Improvement Alliance, and we are grateful for the support and engagement of our members. On behalf of our core . . .
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Review of Key 2015 Accomplishments for the Early Childhood Education Research Alliance

Posted by Jacqueline Bourassa on February 29, 2016

Over the past four years, the Early Childhood Education Research Alliance (ECEA) has grown from launching its core planning group (CPG) and agreeing on a research agenda . . .
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US Virgin Islands College and Career Readiness Research Alliance Review of Key 2015 Accomplishments

Posted by Claire Morgan on February 29, 2016

In 2015, the US Virgin Islands College and Career Readiness Research Alliance (USVI Alliance) continued to pursue its goal to support the USVI Department of Education . . .
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Review of Key 2015 Accomplishments for the Northeast Rural Districts Research Alliance

Posted by Pam Buffington on February 26, 2016

Northeast Rural Districts Research Alliance (NRDRA) members and REL staff were deeply engaged during 2015 in projects that support rural education stakeholders’ use . . .
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Review of Key 2015 Accomplishments for the Northeast College and Career Research Alliance

Posted by Joshua Cox on February 9, 2016

As the New Year begins, my colleague Jessica Brett and I would like to take a moment to reflect on another productive year for the Northeast College and Career Readiness . . .
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Review of Key 2015 Accomplishments for the Northeast Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance

Posted by Susan Mundry on February 1, 2016

The Northeast Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance had a busy year supporting its members with new research, convening stakeholders on topics of interest, and . . .
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Letter from the Director: Indicators of Alliance Success

Posted by Jill Weber on January 20, 2016

The end of the year is a time for reflection, and as REL Northeast & Islands at EDC approaches the final year of our five-year work cycle for the Department of . . .
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Lessons from REL Alliances Support Three New Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships in the Region

Posted by on January 15, 2016

The REL Northeast & Islands Governing Board often learns firsthand about the work of the eight research alliances supported by REL researchers across our region . . .
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REL English Learners Survey for Principals Administered by Connecticut Association of Schools

Posted by Sarah Ryan on December 22, 2015

One goal of the English Language Learners Alliance (ELLA) at REL Northeast & Islands is to use data to better understand English learner populations and to inform . . .
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REL Educator Effectiveness Alliance Co-Hosts Regional SEA Meeting on Equity Gaps and Plans

Posted by Karen Shakman on December 21, 2015

One of the most challenging goals in education today is ensuring that every student in every classroom has access to a great teacher. Schools and districts in wealthy . . .
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REL Puerto Rico Alliance Examines Bilingual Survey Validity in Research Efforts on Dropouts

Posted by Claire Morgan on December 21, 2015

REL Northeast & Islands participated in this year’s Puerto Rico’s Statistics Expo 2015 on October 9, which is World Statistics Day. The Expo was hosted by . . .
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REL Urban School Alliance Report Examines Data Use and Discipline Policy in Syracuse

Posted by Andrew Seager on December 21, 2015

What is a comprehensive strategy for moving from a zero-tolerance student discipline policy to one based in an approach that (1) involves victims, offenders, and the . . .
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Communicating About Data and Selecting Assessments: A Challenge for Early Childhood Educators

Posted by Jacqueline Zweig on November 2, 2015

Since the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) published the REL Northeast & Islands report “Data Collection and Use in Early Childhood Education Programs: . . .
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Do REL English Learner Study Findings Apply to My District? New Tool Can Help

Posted by Maria-Paz Avery on November 2, 2015

The REL Northeast & Islands Making Connections report “The Correlates of Academic Performance for English Language Learner Students in a New England District” . . .
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Connecticut Adapts and Administers REL Early Childhood Research Alliance Surveys

Posted by Clare Irwin on October 23, 2015

When the Early Childhood Education Research Alliance (ECEA) at REL Northeast & Islands first convened three years ago, the members created a research agenda to try . . .
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Early Childhood Research Alliance and Comprehensive Center Meet on Kindergarten Entry Assessments

Posted by Jacqueline Bourassa on September 28, 2015

On July 30, the Early Childhood Education Research Alliance (ECEA) at REL Northeast & Islands and the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO)—one of . . .
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Massachusetts Special Educators Learn from REL to Use the Data-Inquiry Cycle

Posted by Candice Bocala on August 17, 2015

This past April, REL Northeast & Islands delivered two data-use workshops to more than 100 educators at the request of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and . . .
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New Hampshire Department of Education Presents REL Study at Annual Principals Meeting

Posted by Natalie Lacireno-Paquet on July 23, 2015

On June 24, 2015, New Hampshire Commissioner of Education Virginia Barry and Educator Effectiveness Lead Karen Soule provided the keynote address at the annual . . .
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REL Northeast & Islands and Northeast Comprehensive Center Highlight Educator Effectiveness at the Leveraging Resources Conference

Posted by Heidi Larson on June 9, 2015


On May 6 in Bethesda, Maryland, Susan Mundry, facilitator of the Northeast Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance (NEERA) at REL Northeast & Islands at EDC, and . . .
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REL Study Examines Pilot Implementation of New Teacher Evaluation Systems in NH

Posted by Julie Riordan on June 2, 2015

Educator evaluation systems are undergoing radical transformation across the country, and the Northeast and Islands Region is no exception. As districts and schools . . .
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Study: Credit Recovery Is Key Reason for Online Course Enrollment in New York’s Capital Region

Posted by Peggy Clements on May 13, 2015

Over the past 15 years, the number of students enrolling in online courses has increased dramatically, and district and states realize that it will be important to . . .
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REL Competency-Based Learning Study Finds Common Policy Elements, Needs in Northeast

Posted by Joshua Cox on April 16, 2015

Published April 16, "Competency-Based Learning: Definitions, Policies, and Implementation" is the first REL Northeast & Islands publication stemming from . . .
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REL Primer Helps District Staff Untangle Nested Data to Increase Accuracy of Research Analyses

Posted by Laura O'Dwyer on February 17, 2015

Educators and evaluators often want to know how the characteristics of classrooms, schools, and districts are related to the academic outcomes of students. At the same . . .
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REL New Hampshire Teacher Evaluation Study at American Evaluation Association Conference

Posted by Natalie Lacireno-Paquet on February 5, 2015

In mid-October, I represented REL Northeast & Islands and our New Hampshire Educator Evaluation Implementation Study Team at the American Evaluation Association . . .
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Educators Respond to REL Study of English Learners in a New England District

Posted by Caroline Parker on February 3, 2015

In the study "Making Connections: The Correlates of Academic Performance for English Language Learners in a New England District," published by the Institute of . . .
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REL Northeast & Islands Targets Data Use for School Boards

Posted by Sarah Ryan on January 9, 2015

While much of the attention to data-driven decision-making at the local level tends to focus on the practices of school and district staff, school board and school . . .
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What's the Ask A REL Reference Desk?

Posted by Heidi Larson on January 6, 2015

Have you ever gone into a library and asked the Reference Desk librarian to look something up for you? It could be about anything—how many residents are in the state . . .
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REL English Learners Bridge Event Draws 100 to Hartford

Posted by Maria-Paz Avery on January 5, 2015

On November 6, 2014, the English Language Learners Alliance hosted a day-long Bridge Event featuring the Institute of Education Sciences Practice Guide Teaching . . .
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Support for Puerto Rico: Selecting Appropriate Interventions for At-Risk Students

Posted by Jenny Scala on December 3, 2014

On October 10, 2014, REL Northeast & Islands conducted a workshop in Puerto Rico on how to select appropriate interventions for at-risk students. More than 60 . . .
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Visualizing the Creation of a REL Northeast & Islands Research Alliance

Posted by Rebecca Carey on November 10, 2014

Are you curious about how our research alliances formed? Check out this graphic representation of how researchers and practitioners came together to form long-term . . .
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English–Spanish Webinar Events Extend REL Reach, Flexibility

Posted by on November 7, 2014

One of two major REL Northeast & Islands goals for dissemination is to expand ongoing engagement with education research and data in our region by facilitating . . .
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Open to the Region: Symposium for Rural Educators and Researchers on October 30

Posted by Jessica Bailey on October 27, 2014

This Thursday, October 30, the Northeast Rural District Research Alliance (NRDRA) is excited to be hosting a Bridge Event and research symposium at Granite State . . .
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REL Northeast & Islands Supports SLO Implementation in Manchester

Posted by Erin Stafford on October 24, 2014

For the past two years, REL Northeast & Islands teams have been delivering customized data-use workshops to district and school-level audiences across the region. In . . .
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Educator Evaluation: What We're Learning from Research!

Posted by Karen Shakman on October 22, 2014

This is a big week in the Boston area for educator evaluation research and practice. The Northeast Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance at REL Northeast & . . .
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REL Northeast & Islands Research Collaborations Featured at SREE Fall Conference

Posted by Angela Pazzaglia on October 3, 2014

The theme of this fall's Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE) conference, held in Washington, DC, on Sept. 4–6, was "Common Ground for . . .
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REL Northeast & Islands Alliance Members, Researchers at Federal Education Statistics Meetings in Washington

Posted by Julie Riordan on August 29, 2014

I recently attended the National Forum on Education Statistics 2014 Summer Forum and NCES "STATS-DC" Data Conference in Washington DC, July 28–Aug. 1. The Forum . . .
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ECEA Data Working Group to Present at STATS-DC Data Conference

Posted by Clare Irwin on July 21, 2014

Early Childhood Education Research Alliance member Kathleen Paterson, consultant to Building Bright Futures, Vermont’s Early Childhood State Advisory Council, along . . .
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REL Data Coaches Support Yonkers Teams Analyzing and Using Student Learning Data

Posted by Nancy Gerzon on July 10, 2014

For the past two years, REL Northeast & Islands coaches have been delivering customized data-use workshops to district and school-level audiences across the region. . . .
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A New Tool for States: The English Language Learner Program Survey for School Principals

Posted by Laura O'Dwyer on June 23, 2014

This June, the Institute of Education Sciences published a new tool from the English Language Learners Research Alliance (ELLA): English Language Learner Program . . .
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EdWeek's Early Years Blog Highlights Early Childhood Alliance Educator and Administrator Surveys

Posted by Clare Irwin on June 13, 2014

Our Early Childhood Education Research Alliance's newly published Early Childhood Educator and Administrator Surveys were the focus of an EdWeek Early Years blog posted . . .
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REL Team Helps Teachers Craft Student Learning Objectives in Manchester, New Hampshire

Posted by Natalie Lacireno-Paquet on May 27, 2014

For the past two years, REL Northeast & Islands teams have been delivering customized data-use workshops to district and school-level audiences across the region. In . . .
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NCCRA's Researcher Group Spurs Collaboration on Proficiency- and Competency-based Learning Research

Posted by Aubrey Scheopner Torres on May 15, 2014

The Northeast College and Career Readiness Research Alliance (NCCRA) started hosting a Proficiency- and Competency-based Learning Researchers group almost a year ago, . . .
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NEERA Support Team at Learning Forward New England Conference

Posted by Karen Shakman on May 6, 2014

At the Learning Forward New England conference on April 11 in Marlborough, MA, the Northeast Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance support team—Susan Mundry and . . .
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Oklahoma Department of Education Uses REL-NEI Report in Reviewing Educator Effectiveness Plan

Posted by Claire Morgan on April 29, 2014

We are pleased to learn about the usefulness of our recent publication on student learning objectives (SLOs) to the Oklahoma Department of Education. Oklahoma Assistant . . .
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What Are Strategies to Support Students and Families Living in Rural Poverty? Attend the NRDRA Webinar

Posted by Pam Buffington on April 29, 2014

The Northeast Rural Districts Research Alliance (NRDRA) is hosting a webinar on May 7 to address a central question for rural school districts and educators: What does . . .
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NCCRA Hosts Research Webinar on Proficiency-Based Learning

Posted by Aubrey Scheopner Torres on April 17, 2014

NCCRA will host a webinar on May 5 exploring the latest research on proficiency- and competency-based learning (also known as P/CBL), a reform expected to increase high . . .
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Collaborative Research Structures: What Have We Learned?

Posted by Rebecca Carey on April 15, 2014

Join REL-NEI on May 12 at 2:00 p.m. ET as we welcome REL Southwest and REL West in a discussion about the affordances and challenges of different research alliance . . .
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ECEA's Data Working Group Picks Up Steam

Posted by Clare Irwin on April 7, 2014

The Early Childhood Education Research Alliance (ECEA) Data Working Group formed in May 2013 to bring together regional early childhood leaders in charge of developing . . .
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REL-NEI Creating a Principal Survey for English Learners Alliance

Posted by on April 1, 2014

REL-NEI researchers and the English Language Learners Alliance are developing a survey to gather information from principals about school English language learner (ELL) . . .
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REL-NEI Report for NEERA Examines SLOs Across the Country

Posted by on April 1, 2014

To learn the full range of state policies governing the use of student learning objectives (SLOs) in educator evaluation systems, REL-NEI researchers conducted a . . .
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ECEA: Vermont Interest in Early Childhood Surveys

Posted by on April 1, 2014

Clare Irwin, the REL researcher supporting our Early Childhood Education Alliance, just returned from meeting with constituents across multiple Vermont state agencies to . . .
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USIA, REL-NEI to Study Administrators’ Data-Driven Decision-Making

Posted by Shanna Russ on April 1, 2014

REL Northeast and Islands and the Urban School Improvement Alliance have launched a new study on research and data use in school districts. The study will examine the . . .

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