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April 30, 2016

REL Midwest Research Update: Rural Research Alliance

More from Wednesday’s inbox…

REL Midwest Research Update
Alliance Goal:
To increase awareness of rural-specific issues related to postsecondary access and success in the Midwest and to help improve stakeholder capacity to most effectively target resources
for rural populations.
Victoria CirksMessage From the Alliance Lead
Welcome to Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest’s April 2016 newsletter featuring the Rural Research Alliance. Our researchers and alliance members address the issue of postsecondary access and success for rural students through research projects investigating their postsecondary aspirations, academic preparation, college eligibility, and college enrollment.This year, in addition to postsecondary access and success, our alliance members are exploring topics related to rural educator preparation, recruitment, and retention. Across the Midwest region, states and districts face challenges in filling high-need rural teaching and administrative positions. The Rural Research Alliance will collaborate with REL Midwest’s Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance , as well as other research alliances within the REL program, to address this topic.This spring, our rural research team presented at the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE) Spring Conference and the American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2016 symposium. At SREE, REL Midwest presented findings from our report, College Enrollment Patterns for Rural Indiana High School Graduates, and copresented with REL Northwest and REL Northeast and Islands on collaborative research. At AERA, our team joined researchers from REL Mid-Atlantic and REL Northwest to share research findings on rural students’ college-going and persistence patterns in Indiana, Oregon, and Pennsylvania. We value these opportunities to share our research findings to increase awareness of rural-specific issues and to improve outcomes for rural students and communities.—Victoria Cirks


SREE Conference UpdateSREE Conference Update
Interested in REL Midwest’s presentations at the SREE 2016 conference? Visit REL Midwest’s Newsroom for more information about our sessions on the college enrollment patterns of rural Indiana high school graduates and the collaborative nature of REL Midwest’s workRead more   

Meet the Alliance Member Kim KauklMeet the Alliance Member: Kim Kaukl
Kim Kaukl is the executive director of the Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance and a member of REL Midwest’s Rural Research Alliance. In this article, Kaukl discusses his organization’s goals, his passion for rural issues, and his interest in the research conducted with REL Midwest.Read more   

Meet the Researcher Lyzz DavisMeet the Researcher: Lyzz Davis
Lyzz Davis, Ph.D., is a senior researcher at American Institutes for Research (AIR). Dr. Davis joined AIR in 2012 and has worked primarily as a researcher with REL Midwest’s Rural and College and Career Success Research Alliances. In this interview, Davis reflects on her work with REL Midwest and her relationship with the researchers and practitioners.Read more   

Rural Education Resource and EventsRural Education Resource and Events:
We rounded up recent reports, resources, and archived and upcoming events related to rural education. Check it out! And save the date: The National Rural Education Association is hosting its annual conference October 13–15, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio.Read more   
Contact Us
Please contact us for more information
about any of the items in this newsletter
or to speak to a member of our staff.
We look forward to hearing from you.       
REL Midwest at American Institutes for Research
Rural Research Alliance
1120 East Diehl Road, Suite 200
Naperville, IL 60563-1486

This material was prepared under Contract ED-IES-12-C-0004 by Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest, administered by American Institutes for Research. The content of the publication does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) or the U.S. Department of Education, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. government.


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