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October 2, 2020

Addressing Teacher Turnover, Responding to COVID-19 & More

A newsletter from one of the RELs.

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With the goal of helping educators and policymakers use data and evidence to improve student outcomes, we are pleased to share the following REL Northwest research and resources.


Teacher Turnover and Suggestions for Retention

Across the country, many states are working to lower teacher turnover and improve retention. Our new infographic provides a snapshot of teacher turnover across four Northwest states—Alaska, Idaho, Montana, and Washington—as well as potential strategies education leaders and policymakers may consider to address teacher shortages and turnover. Check out the infographic.


Helping Families Teach Math to Their Young Children

How can educators and schools support parents and caregivers who have unexpectedly become their young children’s math teacher during the COVID-19 pandemic? Our recent blog post shares a set of activities and videos we compiled with REL Appalachia and REL Central. These research-based math resources are geared toward children ages 2 to 8, and they are designed to reassure families that they don’t need any specialized training or materials to teach their young children math. Learn more.


Culturally Responsive Ways to Promote SEL

A stakeholder recently asked, “What does the research say about the use of effective culturally responsive strategies for promoting student social and emotional learning (SEL)?” Our Ask A REL librarian searched the literature on this topic and compiled a list of recent, publicly available references and resources. Check out REL Pacific’s related blog post on promoting culturally relevant SEL during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Evidence-based Resources on Remote Learning from RELs Across the Country

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 10 Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs) produced evidence-based, thoroughly vetted resources and guidance about teaching and learning in a remote environment. These resources include infographics, blog posts, webinars, videos, activities, and FAQ documents covering a wide range of topics (such as early childhood education, English learner students, remote learning strategies, equitable learning opportunities, and students with disabilities). Here is a curated list of resources that district administrators may find useful this school year:

New resources are added regularly in response to education stakeholders’ needs. Find all resources on our website.

REL Northwest’s goal is to deepen collaboration and evidence use among educators and policymakers on important educational issues identified by stakeholders across the Northwest region. Together, we are putting research into action.

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This newsletter was prepared under Contract ED-IES-17-C-0009 by Regional Educational Laboratory Northwest, administered by Education Northwest. The content does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of 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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