Virtual School Meanderings

July 15, 2016

July REL Northwest News, Resources, and Events

From yesterday’s inbox – note the online credit recovery piece…

REL Northwest news: New guide for registering students with non-English names and online credit recovery strategies and research
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Getting it Right Guides Support Schools in Registering Students with Non-English Names

For students whose home language is not English, properly recording their information can be more difficult for school personnel who are not familiar with naming conventions from other cultural backgrounds. REL Northwest and the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) have released Getting It Right: Reference Guides for Registering Students with Non-English Names. The Getting It Right reference guides provide districts with guidance for accurately and consistently entering students’ names in school, district, and state databases. The guides are currently available for students with home languages of Cantonese, Punjabi-Muslim, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.

Successful Strategies for Online Credit Recovery

District leaders in Montana and across the country are looking for evidence on how to best support students who are using online credit recovery programs. A new report from REL Northwest examines the strategies used by six Montana schools with higher than average student passing rates in online credit recovery courses offered by the Montana Digital Academy (MTDA). The report finds that successful schools provided instructional support, consistent program structure, data monitoring tools, and built relationships with students and MTDA staff.

Study Examines Online Credit Recovery Enrollment and Passing Rates in Montana

REL Northwest and the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) have released a study examining online credit recovery through the Montana Digital Academy (MTDA), Montana’s state public virtual school. The study analyzed course enrollment and passing rates for students enrolled during the 2013-14 school year. Students in grades 10 and 11 made up the largest proportion of students, and students enrolled in English language arts more than any other subject area. The results of this study suggest that students would benefit from additional supports from schools and districts.

Summer Professional Development Opportunities

Postsecondary Readiness in Rural Communities | July 25 | Nashville, Tennessee

This free, one-day conference sponsored by Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Appalachia, REL Northwest, and REL Mid-Atlantic will spotlight innovative projects and research to improve teaching and learning in rural school settings. Researchers, practitioners, and students will share their knowledge and experiences about issues and strategies for improving postsecondary readiness in rural schools.

EWS 301: Using and Improving Interventions in Early Warning Systems | August 19 | Stevenson, Washington

EWS series logoJoin REL Northwest and national Early Warning System (EWS) and data-use initiative experts for a one-day retreat at Skamania Lodge in the Columbia River Gorge. District and school teams from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington are invited to learn strategies for effectively selecting, mapping, and assigning interventions and evaluating EWS intervention effectiveness.

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