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February 6, 2016

School Climate | Early Childhood | Mathematics and the New Standards | Achievement Gap

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R&D Alert Online

R&D ALERT ONLINEHow Campus Climate Can Help Schools Beat the Odds

This month, we circle back to one of the most popular R&D Alert Online articles from the past year. Read the article to learn how Sierra Vista Middle School focused on dramatically improving its school climate and, in the process, transformed itself into a school that beat the odds by performing better than expected on standardized tests.

Mathematics, School Turnaround, English Learners, High School Success

Arizona's Invisible Achievement Gap: Education Outcomes of Students in Foster Care in the State’s Public Schools

NEW RESEARCH STUDYArizona’s Invisible Achievement Gap: Education Outcomes of Students in Foster Care in the State’s Public Schools

This recently published research report breaks new ground in Arizona, creating the state’s first-ever education snapshot of all K–12 students in foster care. Download the report.

Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports, School Segregation, Literacy, College & Career Readiness

Promoting High-Quality, Research-Based Early Care and Education Services

EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNINGPromoting High-Quality, Research-Based Early Care and Education Services

WestEd is dedicated to helping children get a healthy and successful start in life, particularly those living in poverty, with disabilities or other special needs, and dual language learners.

Visit our Early Childhood Development & Learning page to learn about our services, research, and resources.

Understanding Proficiency: Learning from Student Work on Performance Tasks

NEW PROJECT WEBSITEUnderstanding Proficiency: Learning from Student Work on Performance Tasks

Deepen your understanding of the new standards. Visit the newly launched Understanding Proficiency website to access real student work from Smarter Balanced performance tasks; scores and annotations by practicing educators; and tools and videos to support professional learning.

WestEd Celebrates 50 Years

WestEd Celebrating 50 Years:
Advancing Excellence in Research, Development, & Service

Throughout the past five decades, WestEd has been tackling real-world challenges, often in partnership with others, to make a positive impact in the lives of children and adults. Our work is far from over as we continue to identify and develop ways to ensure all learners — especially the underserved — succeed in school and career. Learn more.

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Making Sense of SCIENCE — Genes & Traits Formative Assessment Task Bank 10% Discount

Making Sense of SCIENCE — Genes & Traits Formative Assessment Task Bank
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Augment your existing science curriculum with tasks that promote students’ reasoning, gives them a chance to explain their thinking, and asks students to communicate in several modes (e.g., words, drawings). Order this eBook.

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California Comprehensive Center at WestEd: Helping to Improve Teaching and Learning for All Students

The California Comprehensive Center at WestEd works to increase the California Department of Education’s capacity to set and support expectations for high-quality schooling, identify and share research-based and promising practices, and support high-quality local implementation of improvement strategies.

Visit the California Comprehensive Center website to learn more.

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February 1, 2016

REL Southeast Director’s Email – January 2016

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The latest news and updates from the REL Southeast
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Greetings from the Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast!

We are pleased to announce the release of our latest product, A Systematic Review of the Relationships Between Principal Characteristics and Student Achievement. More information regarding this research-based publication may be found in this email, on our website, rel-se.fsu.edu, and the IES website, ies.ed.gov.We recently completed a webinar series titled, Building Capacity Through Researcher Practitioner Partnerships. An archived version of the webinar, linked below, provides an in-depth analysis of best practices and strategies for fostering a productive researcher/practitioner partnership.

We look forward to delivering additional insightful, research-based products and resources in the future, and as always, thank you for helping to improve education in the Southeast.


Barbara Foorman, Ph.D.
Director, REL Southeast

Recent Webinar


Building Capacity Through Researcher Practitioner PartnershipsThis online webinar, originally broadcast on December 16, 2015, discusses capacity building through researcher-practitioner partnerships by exploring the example Technical Support for Content Reading Instruction project conducted by the REL Southeast Improving Literacy Research Alliance.

Watch the presentation at: https://youtu.be/qf_E_hu8w8U

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Recent Product

A Systematic Review of the Relationships Between Principal Characteristics and Student AchievementThis systematic review of the relationships between principal characteristics and student achievement was created for educators, administrators, policy-makers, and other individuals interested in a comprehensive catalogue of research on relations between principal characteristics and student achievement. It synthesizes what is known about associations between principal characteristics and student achievement; specifically it summarizes the studies, highlights the effects found by the studies, and describes the steps of the systematic review process used. Of the 52 studies included in the comprehensive review, only one used an experimental design, and a positive effect was found. An additional 38 quantitative and two mixed method studies provided evidence that some principal characteristics are positively correlated with student achievement. However, causal relationships could not be established. The remaining eleven qualitative studies mirrored the quantitative findings.

Read the report at: http://1.usa.gov/1Plpym2

This Director’s Email was developed by REL Southeast under Contract ED-IES-12-C-0011 from the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences.  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.

January 23, 2016

McREL e-News January 2016 | Transforming The Lives Of Students

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January 2016

Happy New Year from McREL International!
As we celebrate our 50th year of serving educators, we want to pause to wish you a very Happy New Year! We have been fortunate to work with so many distinguished educators who are transforming the lives of students around the globe every day. We have high ambitions for our next 50 years of service and are looking forward to working with schools and organizations to help students and staff learn, succeed, and flourish.

Research Roundup
The Road Less Traveled: Changing Schools from the Inside Out
McREL International
In this new white paper, McREL’s Bryan Goodwin urges education leaders and policymakers to rethink the way we’ve been approaching reform for the past three decades and consider what might happen if we improved schools not from the top down but instead from the inside out-putting curiosity at the center of learning and unleashing a powerful, more engaging system of schooling. Goodwin shows how schools can flip the top-down paradigm by taking a few key, consistent actions that put student engagement, motivation, and true problem-solving at the heart of teaching and learning to create new, more powerful outcomes that set students up for lifelong success.

Stanford study suggests academic benefits to ethnic studies courses
Stanford Graduate School of Education

In a recent study of high school students who were at risk of dropping out, researchers from the Stanford Graduate School of Education found that those who enrolled in an ethnic studies course that examined race, nationality, and culture as they relate to identity had higher rates of attendance and performed better academically.

Quality Counts 2016: Rankings put states, nation to the test
Education Week

Education Week‘s 2016 Quality Counts report ranked U.S. states from first to last, focusing on academic standards and accountability as measured in three categories: chance-for-success, K-12 achievement, and school finance. While Massachusetts ranked highest in both school performance and student achievement, a majority of states (32) earned grades in the “C” range across the board.

Events & Opportunities

Podcast | Whole Child Podcast: Every teacher is a leader
ASCD Director of Outreach Sean Slade hosts a monthly podcast, which focuses on ASCD’s Whole Child approach to education. January’s podcast guests—-Bryan Goodwin, McREL president and CEO; Fred Ende, director of curriculum and instructional services of Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES; and Maddie Fennell, Omaha Public Schools elementary teacher and U.S. Dept. of Education Classroom Teacher Ambassador Fellow—-will explore the topic of teacher leadership.Learn more, listen to the podcast, and subscribe for free.

Carnegie Foundation Summit on Improvement in Education
San Francisco, California, Mar. 22-24, 2016
Join McREL staff at this annual conference for collaborative conversation and insightful presentations about transforming teaching, leading, and learning. Learn more and register.

Pre-Conference Institute | ASCD Annual Conference
Atlanta, Georgia, Apr. 2-4, 2016
Pre-Conference Institute
Balanced Leadership for Powerful Learning
Date/Time
Mar. 31-Apr. 1, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
The role of school leader has never been more challenging, with many leaders trying to juggle too many balls at once. Effective leaders, though, learn how to increase the “signal-to-noise” ratio of their efforts by focusing themselves and their teams on doing what matters most. In this institute, McREL President and CEO Bryan Goodwin and education consultant Greg Cameron offer practical insight from research and real-life experiences that will help you to create a “stop-doing” list, focus on doing a few things well, overcome resistance to change, and develop a school culture where everyone works together to effect change so you don’t have to go it alone. Learn more and register.

Summer PD | Balanced Leadership® Institute | School-Level Leaders
Denver, Colorado, Jul. 18-21, 2016
In this four-day institute, discover the leadership responsibilities that research shows are most strongly connected to student achievement. Learn practical strategies you can use in your school to develop a purposeful, positive school community, initiate and manage change within your school, and choose the right focus for your school’s improvement initiatives. If you cannot attend all four days, you can register for individual days of your choice. Register by April 30, 2016, to receive a 10% discount per person. Learn more and register.

Summer PD | Classroom Instruction That Works® | Workshop
Denver, Colorado, Jul. 25-27, 2016
Learn research-based, practice-proven instructional strategies and ways to implement them in the classroom. Discover how each strategy can be effective with any student, at any grade level, and in any subject area, to enhance student achievement.
  • Learn new, evidence-based insights from the most recent, rigorous research
  • Get an instructional framework to strengthen instructional design
  • Discover the reasons for choosing certain strategies for certain situations
  • Connect the strategies to essential 21st century skills

Whether the strategies are new to you or something you already use every day, this workshop will help you raise your level of effectiveness. Register by April 30, 2016, to receive a 10% discount per person. Learn more and register.

Summer PD | Classroom Instruction That Works | Authorized Facilitator Training
Denver, Colorado, Jul. 25-29, 2016
Attend our Classroom Instruction That Works (CITW) workshop and authorized facilitator training to learn effective research-based instructional strategies and methods to help teachers learn and implement these strategies in their classrooms.

The first three days of this training will solidify your understanding of the nine CITW categories of instructional strategies and an instructional planning framework that maximizes the strategies’ effectiveness. The final two days will prepare you to become an authorized facilitator of CITW workshops in your own district or region. Register by April 30, 2016, to receive a 10% discount per person. Learn more and register.

Perspectives

Blog Post | A step-by-step guide to building your intervention systems
In this blog post, McREL consultant and RtI/MTSS expert Adena Miller offers a step-by-step guide for school and district administrators seeking to implement a learning intervention program. Dr. Miller suggests starting with data and then performing an audit of current intervention needs.

Headlines

Student curiosity offered as key spice in latest reform recipe
THE Journal writer Dian Schaffhauser reviews McREL’s latest white paper, The Road Less Traveled: Changing Schools from the Inside Out, outlining author Bryan Goodwin’s seven-step plan for promoting student curiosity as the basis for school reform efforts.

Wah.Zha.Zhi Education Leadership Academy selects McREL framework
The Osage Nation in northern Oklahoma, in partnership with Kansas State University, announced that it will launch a new leadership academy in 2016 which will focus on the 21 principal leadership responsibilities found in McREL’s Balanced Leadership® Framework.

Digital game designed to motivate students is under development
The University of Southern California (USC) announced  the development of a new project, “Identity-Based Motivation Journey to Academic Success”, a digital game based on USC Dean’s Professor of Psychology Daphna Oyserman’s work on student identity-based motivation. The project, worth $2.7 million and funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation (i3) Grant Program, will be developed and tested by educational game developer, Filament Games, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and McREL. The South Central Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Services will also participate.

Leadership matters at all levels
On Education Week‘s Leadership 360 Blog, guest blogger, Dr. B.J. Worthington, director of schools for the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System in Tennessee, shares his thoughts on why leadership matters at all levels, and how McREL’s Balanced Leadership approach, “embedding leadership through all levels of the organization,” helps everyone share a vision of success.

New from McREL
GreenSTEM: Inspiring and empowering learners to change the world

GreenSTEM is a project-based model that uses science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) content and practices to investigte local environmental problems and implement solutions. We work with schools and districts to create place-based GreenSTEM programs that are engaging, standards-based, and empowering because of their direct and visible effects on students and the community. Contact us and we’ll partner with you to customize and integrate a GreenSTEM model in your school or district. Learn more about GreenSTEM.
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Darrell Kohlman, Superintendent, Nemeha Central Schools, Kansas
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January 14, 2016

Teacher Performance|Family Engagement|Science Learning & Assessment Through Simulation

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Empowering Families to Improve Student Learning

WestEd’s Academic Parent–Teacher Teams approach gives families concrete information on their children’s academic progress and provides them with strategies and resources to use with their children to reinforce grade-level learning goals. Learn more in the latest R&D Alert Online article.

Also, check out the latest print edition of R&D Alert, highlighting teacher leadership development, improving instruction of English learners, and school district turnaround.

Measuring Teacher Performance

RESEARCHMeasuring Teacher Performance With Student Learning Objectives

This new REL West research report offers state and district leaders new insights into the use of student learning objectives (SLOs) to evaluate teacher performance.

Download the REL West report as well as the latest REL West Research Digest.

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PROFESSIONAL LEARNINGImproving Teaching Skills and Student Academic Performance

Register for these upcoming professional learning opportunities to gain the expertise to engage English learners in deep, transferable learning; build a scientific way of thinking in both teachers and students; provide effective early care and education; and increase academic literacy.

2016 Catalogs Now Available

RESOURCES2016 Catalogs Now Available!

WestEd’s resources and services draw on the best from research and practice in education and human development. Download our 2016 catalogs:

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COLLEGE & CAREERSecondary Education, Community Colleges, Universities, Adult Education, and Workforce Development

WestEd provides research-based expertise on effective practices and transition strategies designed to help students and adults succeed in college and/or career, develops measures of college and career readiness, and partners with workforce development stakeholders to address challenges facing job seekers and employers.

Visit our College and Career page to learn about our related research, services, resources, and news and events.

WestEd Celebrates 50 Years

WestEd Celebrating 50 Years:
Advancing Excellence in Research, Development, & Service

WestEd’s roots extend back to 1966 when Congress first funded Regional Educational Laboratories across the country to help improve the education of the nation’s children. Since then, we’ve committed ourselves to tackle real-world challenges, often in partnerships with others, to make a positive difference in the lives of millions of children and adults.

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Moving Leadership Standards Into Everyday Work

Moving Leadership Standards Into Everyday Work: Descriptions of Practice, Second Edition — eBook Now Available!
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Designed to develop and assess education leaders’ practice, this newly updated guide enhances the usefulness of the California Professional Standards for Education Leaders, identifying key knowledge and strategies administrators use to support all students to learn and thrive.

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SimScientists

SimScientists: Enriching Science Learning and Assessment Through Simulations

SimScientists designs and tests exciting new ways of promoting and assessing student learning, bringing together the latest research and best practices from model-based reasoning, cognition and learning, e-learning design, and education measurement.

Visit the SimScientists website to learn more about this project’s research and development studies.

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January 5, 2016

Free white paper | The Road Less Traveled: Changing Schools from the Inside Out

Yet another item from yesterday’s inbox…

The Road Less Traveled: Changing Schools from the Inside Out
What might happen if we improved schools not from the top down but instead from the inside out—-putting curiosity at the center of learning and unleashing a powerful, more engaging system of schooling? In this white paper, McREL’s Bryan Goodwin urges education leaders and policymakers to rethink the way we’ve been approaching reform for the past three decades. Goodwin shows how schools can flip the top-down paradigm by taking a few key, consistent actions that put student engagement, motivation, and true problem-solving at the heart of teaching and learning to create new, more powerful outcomes that set up students for lifelong success.
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