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July 30, 2016

New Report, TV Program, And More From REL Midwest

From Thursday’s inbox…

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Dropout Prevention Research Alliance: Research Update
Alliance Goal
To increase graduation rates and reduce persistent disparities in graduation and dropout rates among student subgroups.
Emily LoneyMessage From the Alliance Lead
Welcome to the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest July newsletter featuring the Dropout Prevention Research Alliance. Our research alliance includes individuals working in a variety of roles to reduce disparities in high school graduation rates and encourage more students to successfully complete a high school diploma.One of our current collaborative research projects involves alliance members from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Both Minnesota and Wisconsin have statewide early warning systems (EWS), tools that use existing data on students to identify students who are at risk of dropping out. REL Midwest researchers worked in partnership with these alliance members and their colleagues to develop and administer surveys with the goal of better understanding how these EWS are being used by schools and school districts. Read this newsletter to learn more about the project, and hear from researchers and alliance members as part of REL Midwest’s podcast.We appreciate how active our alliance members have been in sharing their expertise and partnering with REL Midwest. Read on to learn more about our work.—Emily Loney


Identifying Early Warning Indicators in Three Ohio School DistrictsNew Report! Identifying Early Warning Indicators in Three Ohio School Districts
Check out the latest report and infographic from REL Midwest’s Dropout Prevention Research Alliance. These resources share findings from a study that sought to develop a set of locally tailored early warning indicators for students at different grade levels in each school district and to examine the accuracy of the indicators for predicting failure to graduate on time.Read more   

Lets Talk About DataLet’s Talk About Data: Collaborative Interpretation
A project that examines early warning systems in Minnesota and Wisconsin is nearing its end, but it is not merely concluding with a big report on all the study findings. Instead, the project team held a collaborative interpretation session with stakeholders to dive into the data and explore the findings. Learn more about what this process is like.Read more   

Spotlight on Grand Rapids Public SchoolsSpotlight on Grand Rapids Public Schools: A Conversation With Walter DeBoer and Katherine Pitsch
Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) is implementing new programs to increase attendance, prevent students from dropping out, and improve the district’s data sharing practices. REL Midwest caught up with two GRPS staff members who are leading the charge.Read more   

Journeys to a High School DegreeSet Your DVR! Back on Track: Journeys to a High School Degree
Over the past 5 years, REL Midwest has partnered with public television stations across the Midwest to produce programs on pressing issues in education. Learn about their upcoming program with Twin Cities Public Television on re-engaging high school dropouts and at-risk students.Read more   

Meet the Researcher Ann-Marie FariaMeet the Researcher: Ann-Marie Faria
Ann-Marie Faria, Ph.D., is a principal researcher at American Institutes for Research who has been involved with  in a number of roles. She is working on a major study being conducted under the Dropout Prevention Research Alliance. Learn more about Dr. Faria and her work.Read more   

Resources and EventsDropout Prevention Resources and Events
Want more information about dropout prevention? We rounded up recent resources and upcoming events on the topic, including the Institute of Education Science’s Early Warning Systems Learning Series.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
Dropout Prevention 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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