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March 31, 2018

How To Help Educators Use Research

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REL Midwest Research Update
How can states equip school districts to adopt evidence-based interventions?

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires districts to use evidence-based interventions in low-performing schools. But how do districts know which programs meet ESSA’s evidence threshold? Learn how one state department of education is approaching this challenge with help from REL Midwest.

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Introducing the Midwest Alliance to Improve Knowledge Utilization

REL Midwest’s newest research alliance aims to learn more about effective strategies for increasing the uptake of research results by state and local education agency staff.

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What predicts early college success in Indiana?

Our new report helps stakeholders understand the early college success of students entering Indiana’s public 2- and 4-year colleges, with a specific focus on students receiving financial aid.

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Interested in digging deeper on this topic? Our next webinar on April 24 will discuss financial aid and college readiness supports.

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Ask A REL resource roundup

Look no further than the Ask A REL reference desk for your education research questions. Check out this compilation of our most recent Ask A REL responses across a variety of topics.

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Education Week spotlights researcher and practitioner perspectives on online teacher survey

Check us out in Education Week! Colleagues from REL Midwest’s earlier work on virtual education wrote about our study on online teachers’ experiences to illustrate a research-practice partnership in action.

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February 2, 2018

How Do We Improve Education For Students Of Color?

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REL Midwest Research Update
 
Culturally responsive practices bring educators together

REL Midwest and a regional education agency in Wisconsin convened educators to learn more about the research on culturally responsive practices to help schools improve educational outcomes for Black students.

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New videos dive into developing research alliances and collaborative research agendas

Our newest videos highlight the role practitioners play in driving REL Midwest’s education research. Watch the research alliance video to learn more about our work with practitioners and the research alliance structure. Watch the research agenda video for an overview of our research agenda-setting process and tips on how you, too, can develop a collaborative research agenda.

 


Workshops help expand data capacity

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction collects a substantial amount of data on students, teachers, schools, and libraries. To help staff effectively use these data, REL Midwest is leading a workshop series on best practices for collecting and sharing data.

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Resource roundup: Improving outcomes for students of color

Want more information on how to better support students of color? We have rounded up high-quality resources on the topic, including a recent REL Midwest blog series on cultural awareness in the classroom.

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Get the facts on education in the REL Midwest region

Want to know how many of Iowa’s schools are in a rural setting? How about Michigan’s high school graduation rate or the number of public school students in Illinois? Our new state profile infographics outline the data for each of the seven states in the REL Midwest region.

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November 22, 2017

Building A Strong Foundation For 2018 And Beyond

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REL Midwest Research Update
 
Chad DuhonMessage from the deputy director
At Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest, we’re using the final months of 2017 as an opportunity to take stock of our completed projects, continue progress on our current commitments, and develop new connections and work for 2018 and beyond.

In this newsletter, you’ll find some examples of our recent work, including a preview of resources being developed in partnership with the Midwest Achievement Gap Research Alliance on closing the Black-White achievement gap in Wisconsin and information on various engagement activities that highlight our work throughout the region.

Currently, we are engaged in a number of training and coaching initiatives, including a coaching project on continuous improvement cycles in Iowa and a two-part training exploring the potential for clinically oriented teacher preparation programs in Michigan. Through our Ask A REL service, we compile relevant research to answer questions posed by educators and policymakers. In addition, we continue to work on several applied research projects, such as a study of postsecondary pathways in Minnesota, designed to answer stakeholders’ questions identified in research agenda-setting discussions.

Finally, we also are looking forward to new opportunities to serve our stakeholders in 2018. In some cases, we aim to build off prior work in our partnerships and collaborations. In other cases, we will identify emerging needs in the region and design approaches to best fill those gaps.

If there are ways in which we can better communicate our work and meet your needs, please be sure to let us know.—Chad Duhon, deputy director

 


Top 7 facts about REL Midwest in 2017
For a by-the-numbers overview of the year, check out these top facts you should know about REL Midwest’s work in 2017.

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A year of work toward closing the achievement gap
The Midwest Achievement Gap Research Alliance has had a busy first year of work, including producing an environmental scan, a literature review, and an in-person event.

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Sharing RELevant research: The Ask A REL reference desk
Looking for education research? Learn how our Ask A REL reference desk can help you find relevant research in a snap.

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Education research resource roundup
In case you missed them, we compiled a list of REL Midwest reports and other resources that were published in 2017.

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Chicago, IL 60606

                        

 
This material was prepared under Contract ED-IES-17-C-0007 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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November 3, 2017

Responding To Your Pressing Research And Training Needs

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REL Midwest Research Update
 
Message from the collaboration and coordination lead
REL Midwest’s research alliances and networked improvement communityare focusing their efforts on early childhood, the Black-White achievement gap, career readiness, technology, and teacher preparation. Although their work is relevant to countless local, regional, and national conversations, many educators and policymakers in the Midwest have unique, pressing needs that do not necessarily align with the scope of our current partnerships’ work.

Therefore, REL Midwest is forming other collaborations with districts, states, and other education stakeholders to respond to their immediate research and training needs. For example, we currently have collaborations with state education agency staff in Wisconsin and Ohio to build research capacity and foster sustainable strategic planning. In Indiana, we are working with the state’s Management Performance Hub—a group formed by the legislature—to identify predictors of early college success at the K–12 level using the state longitudinal data system. With the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, we facilitated a research agenda-setting workshop focused on addressing the needs of English learner students. And many new collaborations are forming across the region as this newsletter goes to press.

REL Midwest’s state liaisons are visiting education organizations across the region to identify opportunities for other collaborations. If you have an immediate research or training need, please contact your state liaison so she may determine how best to support your request.

We look forward to the many collaborations to come!—Carrie Scholz, collaboration and coordination lead

 


Collaborating for English learner student success in Cleveland
REL Midwest and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District are collaborating to study the district’s Multilingual Multicultural Education Program and its quickly growing population of English learner students.

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Policymaking in Indiana benefits from cross-agency data collaboration
The Indiana Network of Knowledge (INK), part of the state’s Management Performance Hub, develops structures, rules, and processes for the state’s longitudinal data system. Using data from this system, REL Midwest partnered with INK to explore the relationship between financial aid and early college success for disadvantaged students.

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Research methods workshop series: Building Wisconsin educators’ research capacity
Educators rely on data and research evidence to understand what works. Learn how the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is partnering with REL Midwest on a workshop series to build educators’ capacity to conduct, understand, and apply research.

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State liaisons available to discuss new REL Midwest collaboration opportunities
REL Midwest’s state liaisons work to make sure that stakeholders who are not currently involved in our collaborative research partnerships can take advantage of our free research, coaching, training, and technical support. If you are interested in pursuing a pressing research or training collaboration such as those outlined previously, our state liaisons can help.

 


New video: What is REL Midwest?
Check out our new video to learn all about what we do. REL Midwest conducts applied research and provides technical assistance to help our partners meet their goals and improve education for all students.

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October 5, 2017

Toward Technology-Infused, Transformative Teaching In Iowa

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REL Midwest Research Update
Message from the partnership facilitator and research liaisons
Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest is working with the Central Rivers Area Education Agency (AEA) in north-central Iowa to develop and facilitate a networked improvement community (NIC) focused on improving the fidelity and rigor of integration of learning technologies to support classroom instruction. A NIC brings together stakeholders to solve a problem of practice using rapid continuous improvement cycles (Plan-Do-Study-Act). Using this approach, the NIC studies the effects of small-scale interventions that focus on a single aspect of the defined problem.In conjunction with the REL Midwest team, the Central Rivers AEA worked to unpack data and narrative observations around how teachers were, and were not, using technology in classrooms. With several one-to-one districts and schools (i.e., one computing device for every student) across the AEA, and many technology resources, the group of leaders from Central Rivers sought to explore why most technology integration merely featured an app or a device substituting a part of a lesson or activity that previously would have been done with analog, or non-digital, resources. They wanted to figure out a way to get more teachers to redefine instruction and teach in a way previously inconceivable without the infusion of innovative technology.

In spring 2017, the REL Midwest team facilitated a root-cause analysis to unpack this problem. Through that structured exercise, the NIC landed on two root causes: (1) the vision and expectations for technology integration across the AEA are not clearly articulated to practitioners, and (2) educators lack sufficient capacity-building opportunities to develop expertise in technology-infused, transformative teaching.

At a face-to-face convening in September 2017, the NIC developed a theory of action around one of the root causes that will drive the development of interventions and research methods and instruments to study the effects of that intervention. Following that, the NIC will kick off its first Plan-Do-Study-Act cycle in which practitioners will employ the intervention in schools, collect data, and work with the REL Midwest team to analyze the data and make decisions about what to do next.

The timing of this NIC is advantageous for many reasons, not the least of which is its alignment to current efforts in Iowa to develop a statewide digital learning plan. The Iowa Department of Education and several AEAs are articulating the state’s vision for how the recommendations and ideas presented in the U.S. Department of Education’s 2016 National Educational Technology Plan can be put into action in Iowa.

We look forward to the work ahead and invite you to learn more about the NIC, continuous improvement research, and the use of education technology in Iowa. —Tori Cirks, partnership facilitator, and Marshal Conley and Jonathan Margolin, research liaisons

 


A partner in continuous improvement: Central Rivers Area Education Agency
Iowa’s AEAs work to ensure the provision of equitable and high-quality education services across the state. Learn more about these agencies and the role of the Central Rivers AEA in the Iowa NIC.Read more  Read more

 


Upcoming documentary connects the research on education technology to stories from Iowa
REL Midwest has been working with Iowa Public Television to produce a short, documentary-style program on the research on education technology, highlighting examples from Iowa schools. This article previews what the upcoming program will cover.Read more  Read more

 


Meet the NIC member: Michelle Cowell
Michelle Cowell is an instructional technology consultant for the Central Rivers AEA in Iowa. Cowell tells us how she anticipates the work of the Iowa NIC will complement the AEA’s efforts to improve technology integration in rural districts.Read more  Read more

 


Collaboration for success: Networked improvement communities
Did you know REL Midwest has previous experience with NICs and continuous improvement research? Read this article to learn about past work that informs our approach to the Iowa NIC.Read more  Read more

 


Education technology and continuous improvement resources and events
A number of high-quality resources related to continuous improvement and education technology are available online. We curated the following resources, including several from REL Midwest.Read more  Read more

 

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REL Midwest at American Institutes for Research
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Chicago, IL 60606                        
This material was prepared under Contract ED-IES-17-C-0007 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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