|For Immediate Release: February 9, 2015|
Boston, MA—Two new products from REL Northeast & Islands are designed to help teachers and administrators use education data more systematically and accurately in districts, schools, and individual classrooms:
The “Practitioner Data Use Workshop Toolkit” introduces teams of practitioners to a data inquiry cycle and provides a set of structured activities to identify and investigate specific questions and make decisions to inform instructional planning. The workshop guides participants through the creation of a personal data use plan.
Following a simple registration process, “Understanding Data Use to Improve Instruction” introduces educators to the same material but in a self-paced online environment. After completing the free one-hour course, including multimedia demonstrations and interactive exercises, course-takers receive a professional-development certificate.
The workshop toolkit and online course answer to requests from several REL Northeast & Islands research alliances to build the capacity of school-based educators to understand, interpret, and use education data to improve instruction,” said REL Northeast & Islands Research Director Julie Riordan. “We are pleased to provide districts with these customizable and self-paced materials to help practitioners begin to answer questions using student data in their own local contexts.”
The workshop toolkit consists of a facilitator guide and workshop handouts. Materials include a step-by-step agenda for a full-day professional development session (or a series of shorter sessions), guiding ideas to scaffold participant learning, suggestions for activities, and suggestions for ways to facilitate and customize the workshop.
Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands (REL-NEI) is one of 10 Regional Educational Laboratories funded by the Institute of Education Sciences at the US Department of Education, under Contract ED-IES-12-C-0009. REL-NEI is led by Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) in partnership with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and WestEd.
EDC is a global nonprofit organization that develops innovative programs to solve some of the world’s most urgent challenges in education, health, and economic development.