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March 1, 2016

REL Program to Sponsor Events on Helping Newcomers Succeed and Rural Education

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Institute of Education Sciences - Newsflash

REL Program to Sponsor Events on Helping Newcomers Succeed and Rural Education

WebinarsBridgeeventsThe REL Program is hosting the following in-person events in March. For more details and registration information, see the IES Calendar. Invite a friend and join us at these events:

REL Southwest Event: Helping Newcomers Succeed Through Effective Programs and Practices
March 8, 2016, 9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m. CT
Houston, Texas

You are invited to join REL Southwest in Houston, TX, for a free all-day program on supporting newly arrived immigrant children.

This event will bring together experts to discuss important issues for those who work with newcomer students and newly arrived immigrant students who need to learn English. The day will end with an informal World Café, allowing participants the opportunity to meet colleagues, share ideas, and discuss those topics most important to them.

Participants will increase their working knowledge of the following:

• Newcomer program models, academic literacy development strategies, numeracy skills, curriculum and instructional practices, material selection, and other program design features;

• Case study research to examine family and community connections and partnerships in newcomer programs; and

• Evidence-based practices for newcomers that districts are implementing.

Click here for more information and to register.

REL Northeast & Islands Research Symposium: Rural Schools and Community Well-Being
March 22, 2016, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. ET
Albany, New York

Join experts and colleagues for a critical discussion about rural education, with a strong focus on school-community relationships. This free Bridge Event and research symposium is being hosted by the Northeast Rural Districts Research Alliance at REL Northeast & Islands and the Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA) at the University at Albany. It is designed to bring practitioners and researchers together for a critical dialogue about priority issues in rural education.

The day will begin with a REL Northeast & Islands Bridge Event that will explore emerging research and policy on this issue. Keynote speaker Dr. Kai Schafft, associate professor of education and director of the Center on Rural Education and Communities at Penn State, will begin with a presentation on the rural school-community relationship and research on the impact of outmigration. A series of breakout sessions will address, among other topics, higher education aspirations and success, kindergarten preparedness, and the development and sustaining of systems needed to support rural schools and districts.

The event is open to the public. Education researchers, policymakers, and practitioners with an interest in rural issues are invited to attend.

Click here for more information and to register.

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