Virtual School Meanderings

July 7, 2021

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.

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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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).

March 24, 2021

REL Webinar: Leveraging Partnerships to Address Unfinished Learning in K-3

The third of three REL/IES webinars/items that may be of interest to readers.

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REL Webinar: Leveraging Partnerships to Address Unfinished Learning in K-3

You’re invited to take part in a REL Central webinar exploring the development and rollout of Rocky Mountain PBS’s innovative Colorado Classroom programming, which addresses unfinished learning for students in kindergarten through grade 3. Presenters will share strategies and resources that participants can use to proactively address unfinished learning in their districts, schools, classrooms, or homes.

The webinar will be in a Q&A format with Colorado Classroom developers, partners from Rocky Mountain PBS and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and a practitioner from a Colorado school district. REL Central will frame the conversation about Colorado Classroom by using research on what constitutes effective summer learning programs and school-community based partnerships. The event will provide:

  • An overview of the materials and resources available on Colorado Classroom
  • Strategies that educators, families, and caregivers can use to address student learning needs over the summer
  • Lessons learned from developing the Colorado Classroom and how community-based organizations can partner with state and local education agencies to support students and families
  • Recommendations for how community-based organizations can partner with families and how schools and districts can leverage community systems to address unfinished learning

Leveraging Community Partnerships to Address Unfinished Learning in Kindergarten Through Grade 3 Due to COVID-19
April 7, 2021
12:00–1:00 p.m. MT
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).

January 26, 2021

REL Report: How Nebraska Teachers Use and Perceive Data

I always find these issues interesting, and have very definite opinions on the topic.

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REL Report: How Nebraska Teachers Use and Perceive Data

Teachers have access to more data than ever before, including summative (state-level), interim (benchmark-level), and formative (classroom-level) assessment data. Yet research on how often and why teachers use each type of data is scarce. A new report from REL Central provides information about Nebraska teachers’ use and perceptions of summative, interim, and formative data. The report also describes teachers’ perceptions of their competence in using data, their attitudes toward data, and their perceptions of organizational supports for using data, including professional learning, principal leadership, and computer systems. The report details how teachers’ perceptions are associated with using data to inform instruction, and how data use varied by teacher characteristics such as academic degree and years of experience in education.

Key findings include:

  • Not all Nebraska teachers used summative, interim, and formative data to inform instruction, but teachers who did use data used formative data more often than interim and summative data.
  • Principals had more positive perceptions of and attitudes toward data than teachers did.
  • Teachers’ self-reported use of data was positively associated with their perceived competence in using data, their attitudes toward data, and their perceptions of organizational supports for using data.
  • Teachers’ highest degree earned was positively associated with their perceived competence in using data and their attitudes toward data.
  • Teachers with fewer years of experience in education reported using formative data more often than teachers with more experience did.

Read the report at: https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/projects/project.asp?projectID=5683

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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).

April 11, 2020

REL Webinar: Strategies To Support Remote Learning Along A Continuum Of Internet Access

Another webinar from one of the RELs.

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REL Webinar: Strategies to Support Remote Learning Along a Continuum of Internet Access

You are invited to attend a REL Central quick chat that will present strategies for bridging the digital divide faced by many districts:

  • REL Central presenters will introduce the need for strategies to support the development of remote learning plans along a continuum of internet access–from high-speed internet to no access.
  • Morris Lyon, superintendent of Hawkins Independent School District, a rural district in Texas serving 740 students, will share his district’s remote learning plan for reaching all students regardless of internet access.
  • Andrew Moore, Chief Information Officer of Boulder Valley School District, serving more than 31,000 students in Boulder, Colorado, will address participant questions related to technology and share ideas to leverage new and emerging technologies to address internet connectivity gaps.

This webinar is designed for administrators from state education agencies, districts, and schools; teachers; school board members; and others interested in strategies to support remote learning through internet connectivity and without connectivity.

Strategies to Support Remote Learning Along a Continuum of Internet Access
April 16, 2020
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. MT
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, & NCSER to 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).

October 4, 2017

Webinar: Studying Educational Effectiveness in Rural Settings Through Research-Practice Partnerships

Another rural education item.

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Webinar: Studying Educational Effectiveness in Rural Settings Through Research-Practice Partnerships

Join Regional Educational Laboratory Central for a webinar designed to help educators learn strategies that promote productive partnerships between practitioners and researchers. This session is aimed at educators and researchers working in rural settings, in order to study the effectiveness of educational practices and interventions.

Webinar participants will:

• Become familiar with factors to consider when conducting research in rural settings, including strategies for planning, recruitment, supporting and monitoring implementation, and data collection; and

• Learn strategies for creating productive collaborations between practitioners and researchers conducting rural research.

The presenters will be Susan Sheridan, professor and director of the National Center for Research on Rural Education, University of Nebraska, and James Bovaird, associate professor and director of the Nebraska Academy for Methodology, Analytics, and Psychometrics, University of Nebraska. Mary Piontek, senior researcher at REL Central, will facilitate the webinar.

This webinar is intended for practitioners at school, district, state, and regional levels in rural areas who routinely collaborate with researchers to design and implement educational research activities.

Studying Educational Effectiveness in Rural Settings
October 18, 2017
10:00–11:00 a.m. MT
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, & NCSER to 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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