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March 30, 2016

REL Midwest Research Update: College and Career Success Research Alliance

From yesterday’s inbox…

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REL Midwest Research Update
Alliance Goal:
To develop the capacity to design and implement evidence-based policies and programs that support college access, college completion, and workforce success.
 
Amy ProgerMessage From the Alliance Lead
Members of the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) MidwestCollege and Career Success Research Alliance (CCSRA) bring diverse perspectives together to achieve a common goal: to increase the number of students who graduate from high school ready for success in college and careers. Since joining CCSRA as alliance lead in fall 2015, it has been my pleasure to work with educators, policymakers, advocates, and other stakeholders from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Ohio. During the past several years, CCSRA members have played a key role in shaping REL Midwest’s research agenda on college and career success. Their partnership at every stage of the research process—from inception to the final report—has made it possible for REL Midwest researchers to consistently produce high-quality research that is both relevant and accessible.

In 2016, REL Midwest will release three Institute of Education Sciences reports related to college and career success. The first report will present findings from an analysis of the characteristics and college pathways of students who participate in acceleration programs in Minnesota. The second two reports will discuss the implementation and impact of Ramp-Up to Readiness™, a program for middle and high schools that aims to provide intensive support for college readiness. CCSRA members have served as partners in producing these reports by providing critical feedback every step of the way. In addition, planning is currently underway for the CCSRA 2016 bridge event, which will take place in May 2016. I look forward to sharing details about this exciting event in the coming weeks.

Although I have served in the role of alliance lead for only a short time, I have come to deeply value the relationships that I have built with this group of hard-working and dedicated individuals. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to work in partnership with them for the remainder of 2016!—Amy Proger, Ph.D.

 


Research Update: The Importance of Acceleration Programs in Minnesota
CCSRA is wrapping up a research study titled, Acceleration Programs in Minnesota: Characteristics and College Pathways of Students Who Participate. This study aims to provide the following information:

  • The types of students who participate in acceleration programs
  • The types of students who are awarded college credit for completing these programs
  • Participants’ postsecondary outcomes in Minnesota

This study was the first research project to use the Minnesota Statewide Longitudinal Education Data System (known as SLEDS), which houses all education data from prekindergarten through grade 20 in Minnesota. This system connects the entire educational lifespan and is a one-stop shop for researchers who want to track students longitudinally.

Read more  

 


New Podcast Series: Early Warning System Implementation in Minnesota and Wisconsin
Approximately three quarters of a million students nationwide fail to finish high school each year. That means about one of five public high school students who enter freshman year do not graduate in four years…or ever. And there are consequences. A team from REL Midwest is working on a project that addresses these issues. This three-episode podcast series explores the project.

To read more on Part 1  

To read more on Part 2  

To read more on Part 3  

 


Meet the Alliance Member: Pradeep Kotamraju
Pradeep Kotamraju, Ph.D., is the bureau chief for Career and Technical Education at the Iowa Department of Education. His role includes working with other state agencies to promote K–12 and postsecondary career education. Since joining CCSRA in 2015, Kotamraju has gleaned key takeaways from the alliance’s work. For example, REL Midwest’s dual-credit research is particularly relevant to Iowa, which has the most dual-enrollment students in the country.

Read more  

 


Meet the Researcher: Jim Lindsay
Jim Lindsay, Ph.D., is a senior researcher at American Institutes for Research (AIR). Lindsay joined AIR in 2007 and has worked primarily with REL Midwest, serving multiple roles, including researcher, project lead, and manager of REL Midwest’s research portfolio. In this interview, Lindsay reflects on his work with REL Midwest and his relationship with the researchers and practitioners who comprise CCSRA.

Read more  

 


College and Career Success Resources and Events
We rounded up new resources and upcoming events related to college and career success. Visit REL Midwest’s Newsroom to stay in the know.

Read more  

 

 
Contact Us
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We look forward to hearing from you.

       

REL Midwest at American Institutes for Research
College and Career Success Research Alliance
1120 East Diehl Road, Suite 200
Naperville, IL 60563-1486
866-730-6735
www.relmidwest.org
 

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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February 26, 2016

REL Midwest Research Update: Virtual Education Research Alliance

From Wednesday’s inbox…

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REL Midwest Research Update
Alliance Goal:
To develop and carry out a research agenda that focuses on questions about student achievement and virtual learning conditions, particularly regarding methods through which online teachers and school staff can support student success
in online courses.
Victoria CirksMessage From the Alliance Lead
Welcome to Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest’s February 2016 newsletter featuring the Virtual Education Research Alliance (VERA). The majority of our alliance members lead virtual school programs in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Wisconsin. Our collaborative research projects focus on studies designed to inform online learning program implementation in our member states.VERA member Dawn Nordine, executive director of Wisconsin Virtual School (WVS), articulated the value of this research in her blog post for the Virtual School Leadership Alliance. “We had data that showed us what was really happening in Wisconsin,” Dawn said, noting the value of the very first research study that REL Midwest conducted with WVS. “It was time to apply what we learned to improve our program.” This research project also highlighted findings from Iowa.Over the past four years, our research studies have built upon these initial findings from Iowa and Wisconsin and have unearthed important considerations for other states in the region. In our most recent research study, due to be released in 2016, researchers analyzed data from the learning management system used by WVS to investigate patterns of student engagement in online courses. In addition, they considered the associations of this engagement with final course grades and the percentage of the online course completed. We know all of the VERA members look forward to sharing these findings with you.—Pam Jacobs

 


Virtual Education Webinar on Professional Development for Online Teachers
Interested in learning about professional development for online teachers? REL Midwest hosted a webinar on February 8, 2016, highlighting the results of a study of training and challenges as reported by online teachers in three different settings.Read more   

What Online Teachers Need to Succeed: Summary of a New Report From REL Midwest’s Virtual Education Research Alliance
VERA recently released a report titled Professional Experiences of Online Teachers in Wisconsin: Results From a Survey About Training and Challenges. The survey revealed three major findings:

  • All WVS teachers reported participating in training or professional development related to online instruction. More teachers participated in training that occurred while teaching online than prior to teaching online or during preservice education.
  • Teachers most frequently reported challenges related to student perseverance and engagement.
  • Teachers preferred unstructured professional development (e.g., mentoring, online forums, and Internet searches) to structured professional development (e.g., workshops or graduate courses) for addressing challenges related to student perseverance and engagement.

Read more  

 


Meet the Alliance Member: Mary Herring
Mary Herring, Ph.D., is a professor of curriculum and instruction at the University of Northern Iowa. She also is a VERA member. In this interview, Dr. Herring discusses the benefits of collaborating with REL Midwest researchers as well as some of the research that has resulted from this partnership.Read more   

Virtual Education Resources and Events
We rounded up recent reports and upcoming events related to virtual education. Visit REL Midwest’s Newsroom to stay in the know.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
Virtual Education Research Alliance
1120 East Diehl Road, Suite 200
Naperville, IL 60563-1486
866-730-6735
www.relmidwest.org

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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February 8, 2016

Reminder – Upcoming Webinar on Meeting the Needs of Online Teachers

Yet another reminder about this event…

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REL Webinar: Meeting the Needs of Online Teachers: Training and Challenges

Monday, February 8, 2016
1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. Central Time
2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Register online at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/818705525521891074

Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest and its Virtual Education Research Alliance are hosting an upcoming webinar discussing the alignment of virtual education professional development with the challenges and preferences expressed by teachers.

The webinar will feature Dr. Jacqueline Zweig and Erin Stafford from Education Development Center, who will present findings from a survey of Wisconsin Virtual School teachers about professional development timing and topics, top instructional challenges, and perceived needs for additional professional development. Next, Dawn Nordine andMichele Nickels from Wisconsin Virtual School will discuss the findings and how they will influence future professional development offerings. Marcel Kielkucki from Kirkwood Community College’s High School Completion Program and Gwen Nagel from Iowa Learning Online will share results and implications from administering the survey within their organizations. Participants will gain insights into challenges and preferred professional development formats reported by Wisconsin Virtual School teachers, which can be used to inform practices at their own schools, districts, or states. Participants will also be provided with information on how to access a tool to assess needs within their own programs.

Topics

  • Timing and topics of professional development for online teachers
  • Top challenges that online teachers face and preferred professional development formats to address those challenges
  • Strategies to incorporate teacher needs and feedback into professional development offerings

This webinar relates to the report Professional Experiences of Online Teachers in Wisconsin: Results from a Survey About Training and Challenges (Zweig, Stafford, Clements, & Pazzaglia, 2015).
To read this report, visit http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/projects/project.asp?projectID=1463.

For questions or additional information, please contact Cora Goldston by telephone (312-690-7391) or e-mail (cgoldston@air.org).

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February 4, 2016

REL Midwest Webinar: Meeting the Needs of Online Teachers: Training and Challenges

From Tuesday’s inbox…

Institute of Education Sciences - Newsflash

REL Midwest Webinar: Meeting the Needs of Online Teachers: Training and Challenges

REL-Webinar-IconYou are invited to join Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest and its Virtual Education Research Alliance for a free webinar on aligning virtual education professional development with the challenges and preferences expressed by teachers. Presenters will discuss the timing and topics of professional development, the top challenges indicated by online teachers, and the preferred delivery methods for virtual educators. Presenters will also discuss ways to incorporate teacher needs into future professional development trainings.

Speakers:
Jacqueline Zweig, Ph.D., Education Development Center
Erin Stafford, Education Development Center
Dawn Nordine, , Michigan Department of Education
Michele Nickels, , Wisconsin Department of Education
Marcel Kielkucki, , Kirkwood Community College
Gwen Nagel, , Iowa Learning Online

This webinar is designed for K-12 virtual education program staff and administrators, and state and district administrators involved with administering online learning opportunities to diverse student populations.

If you cannot attend the live webinar, register at the link below to be notified when a recording will be available online.

February 8, 2016
1:00–2:00 p.m. CT (2:00–3:00 p.m. ET)
Register here

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January 29, 2016

Reminder – Upcoming Webinar on Meeting the Needs of Online Teachers

From Tuesday’s inbox…

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REL Webinar: Meeting the Needs of Online Teachers: Training and Challenges

Monday, February 8, 2016
1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. Central Time
2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Register online at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/818705525521891074

Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest and its Virtual Education Research Alliance are hosting an upcoming webinar discussing the alignment of virtual education professional development with the challenges and preferences expressed by teachers.

The webinar will feature Dr. Jacqueline Zweig and Erin Stafford from Education Development Center, who will present findings from a survey of Wisconsin Virtual School teachers about professional development timing and topics, top instructional challenges, and perceived needs for additional professional development. Next, Dawn Nordine andMichele Nickels from Wisconsin Virtual School will discuss the findings and how they will influence future professional development offerings. Marcel Kielkucki from Kirkwood Community College’s High School Completion Program and Gwen Nagel from Iowa Learning Online will share results and implications from administering the survey within their organizations. Participants will gain insights into challenges and preferred professional development formats reported by Wisconsin Virtual School teachers, which can be used to inform practices at their own schools, districts, or states. Participants will also be provided with information on how to access a tool to assess needs within their own programs.

Topics

  • Timing and topics of professional development for online teachers
  • Top challenges that online teachers face and preferred professional development formats to address those challenges
  • Strategies to incorporate teacher needs and feedback into professional development offerings

This webinar relates to the report Professional Experiences of Online Teachers in Wisconsin: Results from a Survey About Training and Challenges (Zweig, Stafford, Clements, & Pazzaglia, 2015).
To read this report, visit http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/projects/project.asp?projectID=1463.

For questions or additional information, please contact Cora Goldston by telephone (312-690-7391) or e-mail (cgoldston@air.org).

This email was sent to: mkbarbour@gmail.com

 

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