Virtual School Meanderings

June 20, 2019

Ask A REL: What Does The Research Say About Practices To Authorize, Monitor, And Oversee Virtual Schools?

This scrolled through my Twitter stream last week sometime.

You can view the response at https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/regions/midwest/askarel/2019/authorizing-virtual-schools.aspx

The response isn’t bad.  They did miss the following (although the bottom one wasn’t published at the time of the response):

Barbour, M. K., Clark, T., DeBruler, K., & Bruno, J. A. (2014). Evaluation and approval constructs for online and blended courses and providers. Lansing, MI: Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute at MVU. Retrieved from http://media.mivu.org/institute/pdf/eval_constructs.pdf

Barbour, M. K., Clark, T., DeBruler, K., & Bruno, J. A. (2016). Evaluation and approval constructs for online and blended courses and providers: A national overview. Journal of Applied Educational and Policy Research, 2(1), 32-47. Retrieved from https://journals.uncc.edu/jaepr/article/view/469

Barbour, M. K., Clark, T., Siko, J. P., DeBruler, K., & Bruno, J. A. (2019). Evaluation and approval constructs for online and blended courses and providers: Examining individual cases. Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 22(1). Retrieved from https://www.westga.edu/~distance/ojdla/spring221/barbour_clark_siko_debruler_bruno221.html

But beyond these three, a pretty good list of resources.

April 16, 2019

REL Webinar: Using Teacher Feedback in School Leader Evaluations

This webinar may be of interest to some readers.

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REL Webinar: Using Teacher Feedback in School Leader Evaluations

Join REL Mid-Atlantic on May 13, 2019, for a free webinar on using teacher feedback in school leader evaluations.

School leader evaluation systems must be objective, fair, and apply to a range of leadership styles. They must also differentiate between effective and ineffective school leaders. Yet many existing evaluation systems fail to do so.

This free webinar will review some measures of school leader performance that may successfully differentiate principals and provide valuable feedback for improving leadership. Presenters will discuss (1) teacher survey instruments districts and states are using as input for school leader evaluations and (2) notable research on the characteristics, use, and effects of these instruments. They will also review the experience of one district with a teacher survey instrument for evaluating school leaders.

This webinar is designed for superintendents and assistant superintendents, state and local education agency staff, principals, and others interested in school leader evaluations. Submit your questions for the presenters in advance by emailing RELmidatlantic@mathematica-mpr.com. You will also have an opportunity to ask the presenters questions during the webinar’s Q&A session.

Using Teacher Feedback in School Leader Evaluations
May 13, 2019
1:00–2:00 p.m. ET
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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.
By visiting Newsflash you may also sign up to receive information from IES and its four Centers NCESNCERNCEE, & NCSERto stay abreast of all activities within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

To obtain hard copy of many IES products as well as hard copy and electronic versions of hundreds of other U.S. Department of Education products please visit http://www.edpubs.org or call 1-877-433-7827 (877-4-EDPUBS).

April 6, 2019

REL Webinar: Using Evidence-Based Research In Different Contexts

This webinar may be of interest to some folks.

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REL Webinar: Using Evidence-Based Research in Different Contexts

Join the REL Program’s upcoming webinar to learn about a new tool designed to help schools and districts review research literature and select evidence-based interventions that are appropriate for their local context.

The U.S. Department of Education’s non-regulatory guidance on how to identify interventions based on the Every Student Succeeds Act’s (ESSA) four levels of evidence recommends that schools consider not only the strength of the evidence supporting a particular intervention, but also the relevance of the evidence – specifically the extent to which the settings and/or populations used in research studies are similar to one’s own school and students. This is especially important for small, rural, or Native-serving schools, which are often underrepresented in education research.

The ninety-minute webinar will provide an overview of the draft tool, Applicability of Evidence-Based Interventions in Different Contexts. This tool presents a series of key considerations and related questions, aligned to eight important contextual factors, to help users examine how similar their context is to that of the research and assess whether a particular intervention might meet their needs.

The webinar will be highly interactive. Participants will be presented with a scenario and set of guiding questions to work through the tool in small breakout groups. As a result of the webinar, participants will:

  • Understand how to examine an intervention to determine its applicability to their context; and
  • Discuss potential uses of the tool and offer feedback for refining it.

This webinar is designed for educators looking to choose evidence-based interventions that will be applicable to school settings less often included in the research sample for impact studies, such as small schools, rural schools, and/or Native-serving schools. Both local educators and state or regional service providers who work with those educators may be interested in this event.

Considerations for the Applicability of Research to Different Contexts
April 16, 2019
12:00–1:30 p.m. PT
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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.
By visiting Newsflash you may also sign up to receive information from IES and its four Centers NCESNCERNCEE, & NCSERto stay abreast of all activities within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

To obtain hard copy of many IES products as well as hard copy and electronic versions of hundreds of other U.S. Department of Education products please visit http://www.edpubs.org or call 1-877-433-7827 (877-4-EDPUBS).

September 19, 2018

REL Webinar: Micro-Credentialing And Teacher Professional Learning

This is likely applicable to many K-12 distance, online, and/or blended learning teachers.

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REL Webinar: Micro-Credentialing and Teacher Professional Learning

Join REL Northeast & Islands for a free webinar about micro-credentials and the research base on how they are used to support teacher learning.

As district leaders seek new and improved ways to advance educator professional development, many are considering incorporating micro-credentials into their districts’ professional learning systems or are in the early stages of piloting them. Micro-credentials are a digital form of certification that reflects demonstrated competency in specific skills based on formal or informal professional learning experiences.

Jennifer Kabaker, Director of Educator Micro-credentials at Digital Promise, will provide an overview of micro-credentials—including why they were developed, how they work, and which states and districts are using them—and will discuss recent and emerging research on micro-credentialing. The webinar will also explore lessons learned from early adopters about the design and implementation of these programs.

The webinar is open to the public. District leaders who make decisions about professional learning and development programming may be particularly interested in this event. If you are unable to attend, register to be notified when the webinar recording is posted.

Micro-Credentialing and Teacher Professional Learning
October 17, 2018
1:00–2:30 p.m. ET
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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.
By visiting Newsflash you may also sign up to receive information from IES and its four Centers NCESNCERNCEE, & NCSERto stay abreast of all activities within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

To obtain hard copy of many IES products as well as hard copy and electronic versions of hundreds of other U.S. Department of Education products please visit http://www.edpubs.org or call 1-877-433-7827 (877-4-EDPUBS).

June 9, 2018

REL Webinar: Early Learning Inventories

Note this REL webinar that may be of interest.

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REL Webinar: Early Learning Inventories

Join Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest for a free webinar on selecting and implementing early learning inventories (ELIs), including advice and lessons learned from three states.

Early learning inventories, also known as kindergarten entry or readiness assessments, help educators understand children’s knowledge, skills, and behaviors at the start of kindergarten and target areas that may need support. In this interactive webinar, a panel of state education leaders from California, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania will share their experiences, decisionmaking processes, and lessons learned around selecting and implementing state ELIs. In addition, Eboni Howard, Ph.D., a managing researcher for REL Southwest at American Institutes for Research will provide an overview of the research base behind ELIs and guide the conversation.

Participants will gain a better understanding of the types of ELIs available and the benefits and challenges associated with adoption and implementation of each. This webinar is designed for state and district early childhood program directors and coordinators as well as other early childhood practitioners interested in this topic.

Early Learning Inventories: Insights from State Colleagues
June 18, 2018
2:00 – 3:30 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.
By visiting Newsflash you may also sign up to receive information from IES and its four Centers NCESNCERNCEE, & NCSERto stay abreast of all activities within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

To obtain hard copy of many IES products as well as hard copy and electronic versions of hundreds of other U.S. Department of Education products please visit http://www.edpubs.org or call 1-877-433-7827 (877-4-EDPUBS).

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