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September 13, 2021

IES Announces FY 2021 Research Network on Building Adult Basic Skills Through Technology

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The second of two items from the folks at IES.

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IES Announces FY 2021 Research Network on Building Adult Basic Skills Through Technology

IES and the National Center for Education Research awarded six new grants for a total of approximately $20.7 million under the Building Adult Skills and Attainment Through Technology Research Network (Adult Skills Network) topic of the FY 2021 Research Networks Focused on Critical Problems of Education Policy and Practice competition (84.305N).

Research networks consist of several research teams and a network lead working on the same issue. The Adult Skills Network aims to facilitate the development and adoption of technology-supported interventions to improve the basic skills and academic attainment of adults.

Click here to see the full list of FY 2021 Adult Skills Network grants with links to project abstracts.

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.
IES Research on Facebook IES Research on Twitter
By visiting Newsflash you may also sign up to receive information from IES and its four Centers NCESNCERNCEE, & NCSER to stay abreast of all activities within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

IES Announces FY 2021 Research Network on Digital Learning Platforms

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The first of two items from the folks at IES.

 Institute of Education Sciences

IES Announces FY 2021 Research Network on Digital Learning Platforms

IES and the National Center for Education Research awarded 6 new grants for a total of approximately $13 million under the Digital Learning Platforms to Enable Efficient Education Research Network (Digital Learning Platforms Network) topic of the FY 2021 Research Networks Focused on Critical Problems of Education Policy and Practice competition (84.305N).

Research networks consist of several research teams and a network lead working on the same issue. The Digital Learning Platforms Network aims to leverage existing, widely used digital learning platforms for rigorous education research.

Click here to see the full list of FY 2021 Digital Learning Platforms Network grants with links to project abstracts.

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.
IES Research on Facebook IES Research on Twitter
By visiting Newsflash you may also sign up to receive information from IES and its four Centers NCESNCERNCEE, & NCSER to stay abreast of all activities within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

September 9, 2021

REL Webinar: Building Evidence for a State System of Support

This webinar may be of interest to some folks.

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REL Webinar: Building Evidence for a State System of Support

Join REL Northeast & Islands for a free webinar that will present findings from two studies of a statewide monitoring system for low-performing schools.

In recent years, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has made a significant investment in developing a system for supporting and monitoring its lowest-performing schools. DESE engaged REL Northeast & Islands to examine the association between monitoring system ratings and schoolwide student outcomes. This webinar will present findings from the two resulting studies:

The webinar will support state education agencies and districts in considering elements of a monitoring program and a systemic continuous improvement approach for improving low-performing schools.

During this webinar participants will—

  • Learn about DESE’s strategy to monitor and incentivize continuous improvement in Massachusetts’ low-performing schools and districts
  • Access the state system of support’s monitoring tools
  • Learn about the relationship between schoolwide student outcomes and ratings on the monitoring tools based on findings from two studies

This webinar is open to the public. State and district leaders in the Northeast & Islands region and nationally will be particularly interested. Unable to attend? Register to be notified when the webinar recording is posted.

Building Evidence for a State System of Support: Massachusetts’ Strategy for Improving Low-performing Schools 
October 7, 2021
3:00–4:30 p.m. ET 
Register here

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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.

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.
IES Research on Facebook IES Research on Twitter
By visiting Newsflash you may also sign up to receive information from IES and its four Centers NCESNCERNCEE, & NCSER to stay abreast of all activities within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

September 4, 2021

Two New What Works Clearinghouse Webinars for Educators

Filed under: virtual school — Michael K. Barbour @ 1:07 pm
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The third of three items from IES.

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Two New What Works Clearinghouse Webinars for Educators

The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) just released two webinars to introduce educators to evidence-based resources that support instruction. Given the heightened demands on educator time this school year, the webinars have been prerecorded so they are available to listen to when convenient.

What Works Clearinghouse Webinar on Evidence-Based Math, Reading, and Writing Tips for In-Person and Remote Instruction

In this webinar, educators and experts provide an overview of the different WWC resources for integrating evidence-based practices within in-person and remote instruction. Educators and experts highlight examples of math, literacy, and writing instructional tips from the following WWC resources:

The webinar and full list of resources discussed in the webinar are available on the WWC website: https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/Resources/ResourcesForEducators%7C-1

Presenters:

Jane Choi, PhD, Researcher, Mathematica
Rachel Keune-Mincey, PhD, Teacher of English language arts, Bay Haven Charter Academy
Jane Porath, Teacher of mathematics, Traverse City East Middle School
Jon Star, PhD, Professor of education and teacher of mathematics, Harvard University
Sharon Vaughn, PhD, Professor of special education, University of Texas at Austin

What Works Clearinghouse Webinar on Evidence-Based Practices and Programs in STEM

In this webinar, educators and experts provide an overview of the different WWC resources that educators can use to inform their decisions on selecting instructional programs and practices in STEM. Educators and experts highlight examples from evidence-based resources to improve math and science skills, including the new WWC practice guide for Assisting Students Struggling with Math, the Developing Fractions Instructions for K-8 practice guide, the Fraction Face Off! intervention report, and the Science Teachers Learning through Lesson Analysis (STeLLA) Professional Development intervention report.

The webinar is available on the WWC website: https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/Resources/ResourcesForEducators%7C26

Presenters:

Barbara Harris, Senior researcher, Mathematica
Lynn Fuchs, PhD, Chair in Psychoeducational Assessment, Vanderbilt University
Jon Star, PhD, Professor of education and teacher of mathematics, Harvard University
Jane Porath, Teacher of mathematics, Traverse City East Middle School
Erin Furtak, PhD, Professor of STEM education, University of Colorado Boulder

For more about WWC practice guides, intervention reports, and individual study reviews, an infographic referenced in this webinar is also available on the WWC website: https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/Resources/ResourcesForEducators%7C0. Additional resources (such as the full libraries of practice guides and intervention reports, and other resources to support educators to use evidence-based practices) are also available for free on the WWC website.

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.
IES Research on Facebook IES Research on Twitter
By visiting Newsflash you may also sign up to receive information from IES and its four Centers NCESNCERNCEE, & NCSER to stay abreast of all activities within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

REL Webinar: Broadening the Benefits of Dual Enrollment

The second of three items from IES.

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REL Webinar: Broadening the Benefits of Dual Enrollment

You’re invited to take part in a REL Central webinar exploring strategies to increase access to and participation in dual enrollment programs.

During this webinar, REL Central will facilitate the presentation of engaging research findings with opportunities for Q&A with partners from the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships, Colorado Community College System, and Nebraska Department of Education.

Participants will learn about a recent publication from REL Central, Understanding Access to and Participation in Dual Enrollment by Locale and Income Level. The report highlights the importance of dual enrollment programs for improving college readiness. Our education partners will share strategies they are using to increase access to and participation in dual enrollment programs. They will also address expanding access for underserved students and discuss how programs are responding to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Broadening the Benefits of Dual Enrollment: Strategies to Increase Program Access and Participation
September 16, 2021
12:00–1:00 p.m. CT
Register here

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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.

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.
IES Research on Facebook IES Research on Twitter
By visiting Newsflash you may also sign up to receive information from IES and its four Centers NCESNCERNCEE, & NCSER to stay abreast of all activities within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).
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