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July 7, 2021

On-Demand Webinar: Research to Accelerate Pandemic Recovery in Special Education (84.324X)

This on demand event may be of interest to some readers.

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On-Demand Webinar: Research to Accelerate Pandemic Recovery in Special Education (84.324X)

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) has posted an on-demand webinar that provides an overview of the new Research to Accelerate Pandemic Recovery in Special Education grants program. Under this program, the National Center for Special Education Research will support research that directly addresses a pandemic-related problem, issue, or intervention (program, policy, or practice); has the potential to significantly and rapidly improve outcomes for students with or at risk for disabilities; and will provide actionable and timely results to districts and schools. The webinar is now available on the IES Webinar Series website.

IES will be posting a series of on-demand webinars for those who are interested in Fiscal Year 2022 funding opportunities and learning more about IES. These pre-recorded webinars are hosted by the National Center for Education Research and the National Center for Special Education Research and you can access them on the IES Webinar Series website.

 

The Institute of Education Sciences is the independent research, evaluation, and statistics arm of the U.S. Department of Education. Visit the IES website, sign up for the IES news flash or follow IES on Twitter and Facebook to learn more.

The Institute of Education Sciences, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the nation’s leading source for rigorous, independent education research, evaluation and statistics.
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REL Guide: Identifying Similar Schools to Support School Improvement

This guide focuses on school improvement in general, but I think the strategies/tips are useful for school improvement around finding similar schools/programs to improve remote, distance, online, and blended learning.

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REL Guide: Identifying Similar Schools to Support School Improvement

To support school improvement efforts, school leaders and education agencies might need to identify groups of schools that are similar so that schools can compare their performance or share practices with other schools in the same group. This could also allow education agencies to provide tailored supports to a group of schools.

A new guide from REL Central describes how education agencies can select a distance measure (a statistical rather than a geographic measure) to identify schools that are similar to a target school using a variety of characteristics that enable school leaders to better understand their school’s relative performance. This guide is based on work done with the Nebraska Department of Education and is designed to help staff in other education agencies who are interested in implementing a similar approach to support school improvement.

The guide describes four steps in the Nebraska-based approach for identifying similar schools:

  • Identify a set of variables that meets key considerations
  • Choose a suitable distance measure and calculate the distance between every pair of schools
  • Match schools to each target school
  • Evaluate the quality of matches produced by a matching option

Access the guide at: https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/projects/project.asp?projectID=6691

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The Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs) build the capacity of educators to use data and research to improve student outcomes. Each REL responds to needs identified in its region and makes learning opportunities and other resources available to educators throughout the United States. The REL program is a part of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) in the U.S. Department of Education. To receive regular updates on REL work, including events and reports, follow IES on Facebook and Twitter. To provide feedback on this or other REL work, email Contact.IES@ed.gov.

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July 2, 2021

From the IES Director: To Build a STEM Workforce, We Must Invest in Education Science

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Note this blog post from the folks at IES that may be of interest to some readers.

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From the IES Director: To Build a STEM Workforce, We Must Invest in Education Science

In a new post in The 74, Director Mark Schneider argues that a bill Congress is considering doesn’t go far enough:

Efforts are underway in Congress to enhance the scientific competitiveness of the nation. These efforts are laudable, but I fear they do not do enough to establish the necessary educational foundation in science, technology, engineering and math, especially for Black and Hispanic youth.

The United States Innovation and Competition Act (USICA), recently passed by the Senate and now being considered in the House of Representatives, would expand the National Science Foundation to include a new Technology and Innovation Directorate. The goal is to advance research and development in key technology areas, including artificial intelligence, semiconductors, quantum computing, advanced communications, biotechnology and advanced energy.

As a major effort to boost the future of American technology, USICA is a good start — but it’s incomplete. Attention to applied education research is missing, meaning the very foundation for so much of the work that USICA will support is weak. As a nation, there is a great deal that we need to learn about how to improve instruction in math and science.

Read the full post.

The Institute of Education Sciences, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the nation’s leading source for rigorous, independent education research, evaluation and statistics.
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July 1, 2021

Complete Six-Part Webinar Series on the WWC Practice Guide: Designing and Delivering Career Pathways at Community Colleges Available Now

Note this webinar from the folks at IES.

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Complete Six-Part Webinar Series on the WWC Practice Guide: Designing and Delivering Career Pathways at Community Colleges Available Now

Practice Guide PDF CoverThe What Works Clearinghouse recently released a new practice guide, Designing and Delivering Career Pathways at Community Colleges. The guide will help administrators, staff, and faculty at community colleges develop and implement career pathways associated with improving postsecondary student learning and labor market outcomes.

Watch the final three of six on-demand webinars about implementing the evidence-based practices. These three webinars are from the Practitioners’ Perspectives Video Series. Each session from the five-part video series explores a practice guide recommendation and features practitioners sharing their experience implementing the recommendation.

  • Recommendation 3: Offer flexible instructional delivery schedules and models to improve credit accumulation and completion of non-degree credentials along career pathways. This webinar features practice guide panelist Dr. Eric Heiser, Provost of Central Ohio Technical College and Donna Diller, Academic Fellow at Central New Mexico Community College.
  • Recommendation 4: Provide coordinated comprehensive student supports to improve credit accumulation and completion of non-degree credentials along career pathways. This webinar features practice guide panelist Dr. Debra Bragg, President of Bragg & Associates; Jennifer Foster, Deputy Executive Director at the Illinois Community College Board; and Dr. Mike Potter, Dean of Instruction at Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Washington State; and Katie Peacock, Director of Student Development at Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Washington State.
  • Recommendation 5: Develop and continuously leverage partnerships to prepare students and advance their labor market success. This webinar features practice guide panelist Dr. Darlene G. Miller, Executive Director of the National Council for Workforce Education; Dr. Ken Warden, Dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith; and Ne’Keisha Stepney, Executive Dean of Business, Technology and Workforce Development at Waubonsee Community College in Illinois.

The Designing and Delivering Career Pathways at Community Colleges Practice Guide along with the complete six-part webinars series is now available on the WWC website.

Designing and Delivering Career Pathways at Community Colleges is one of more than 20 Educator’s Practice Guides published by the WWC. To view these guides and learn about other resources, visit https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/PracticeGuides.

The Institute of Education Sciences, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the nation’s leading source for rigorous, independent education research, evaluation and statistics.
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June 29, 2021

NCES Releases Revised 2020-21 Common Core of Data Preliminary Files

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Some of these files may be of interest to some researchers out there.

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NCES Releases Revised 2020-21 Common Core of Data Preliminary Files

Today, the National Center for Education Statistics released the revised 2020-21 Common Core of Data (CCD) Preliminary Files, the product of the CCD data collection for the 2020-21 school year. Data are reported at district and school levels as of October 1, 2020.

Overall, student membership decreased by 3 percent across the 49 states (excluding Illinois) and the District of Columbia from SY 2019-20 to SY 2020-21.  States with the largest decreases were Kentucky, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Washington, which each reported 5% decreases in overall student membership.

When viewed by grade, the largest decrease was in pre-Kindergarten, where the reported student membership decreased by 22 percent nationwide.  At the elementary level (grades Kindergarten through 5) the overall number of students dropped by 4 percent.

The revised SY 2020-21 CCD Preliminary Files include updated directory files (version 0b) as well as the preliminary membership files (version 0a).

Preliminary school and LEA directory files include basic identifying information for each public school and LEA, including the NCES identification numbers, location and mailing address and some limited attributes about the school or LEA, such as type, operational status, the lowest and highest grade offered, and whether a school is a charter school. However, the preliminary directory does not include information regarding the mode of instructional delivery (for example, in person or virtual) used at the school for the 2020-21 school year.

Preliminary LEA membership files includes the total student count for each entity, while the preliminary state membership includes student counts by grade, race/ethnicity, and sex. While the preliminary membership files have been reviewed to verify that the counts are within expected ranges, the data in this release has not yet undergone the full data quality follow-up process and may contain errors that have not yet been resolved.  They are meant to provide data users with a timely release of basic membership data at the LEA and state levels. Illinois was not able to submit membership data as of the submission deadline. Due to the preliminary nature of the data, users should analyze the data with caution.

View the data files by clicking here.

The Institute of Education Sciences, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the nation’s leading source for rigorous, independent education research, evaluation and statistics.
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