Virtual School Meanderings

September 9, 2019

REL Southeast Director’s Email—September 2019

Note the VirtualSC item in the newsletter below.

September 2019
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Greetings from REL Southeast!

This month I am excited to share several new products and events in our region. More information about these items may be found in the features below. Be sure to explore the links for even more content.

The REL Southeast is also excited to announce two new website features: a new quarterly blog article and a new page housing our audio files and videos. We invite you to explore both of these new features, and encourage you to check back often as the site grows.

The REL Southeast continues the development of many more evidence-based products and resources to be released in the coming months. Thank you for helping to improve education in the Southeast.

Dr. Barbara Foorman
Director, REL Southeast

Product Spotlight

Math course sequences in grades 6–11 and math achievement in Mississippi

The purpose of this study was to examine how students in Mississippi met their mathematics requirements and the extent to which their mathematics sequence is related to student performance and demographic characteristics such as race and ethnicity.

Download the report here.

Upcoming Events

Mississippi Literacy Summit: Training on REL Southeast Literacy Tools

September 13, 2019
1:15–2:30 p.m. CST
Jackson Convention Complex
105 E Pascagoula St, Jackson, MS 39201

In this session, the REL Southeast will share a series of literacy self-study guides that are based on rigorous research. These REL Southeast developed tools can be used by state-, district-, and school-level practitioners as well as university faculty to support implementation of K-12 literacy interventions.

Click here for more information.

Mississippi Department of Education Literacy Summit

September 14, 2019
Session 1: 10:15–11:30 a.m. CST
Session 2: 1:00–2:15 p.m. CST
Jackson Convention Center
105 E Pascagoula St, Jackson, MS 39201

The goals for this presentation are to (a) enhance participant knowledge of evidence-based literacy practices that support school readiness, (b) share infographics containing evidence-based resources that support school readiness, and (c) discuss potential obstacles impacting school readiness and identify potential solutions for these obstacles.

Click here for more information.

Product spotlight

The REL Southeast has recently released two infographics designed to help practitioners effectively review the research base and determine the credibility of a research study. Explore the infographics below.

Access the Sources of educational research infographic here.

Evidence-based teaching practices

Access the Key components of a research paper infographic here.

Blog Spotlight

Assessment for Personalized Learning: A Race? An Art? Insights from VirtualSC’s Deep Dive into Strategic Change

This blog post describes how VirtualSC’s explorations into personalized assessment have the potential to bring new answers – and new questions – into the dialogue on how virtual schools can transform traditional assessment practices and achieve increased learning engagement and success.

Read the full blog post here.


Ask A REL is a collaborative reference desk service provided by the 10 regional educational laboratories (REL) that by design, functions much in the same way as a technical reference library. It provides references, referrals, and brief responses in the form of citations on research-based education questions.

To submit your question to Ask A REL, click here. Explore Ask A REL responses here.

You are receiving this email because you opted in at our website or provided your information at a REL Southeast sponsored event.

Our mailing address is:

REL Southeast at Florida State University

2010 Levy Avenue
Suite 100

TallahasseeFL 32310

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