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February 3, 2018

REL Southeast Director’s Email – January 2018

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February 2018
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Greetings from the REL Southeast!

This month I am excited to share a set of intervention self-study guides the REL Southeast developed to provide research-based evidence to facilitate discussions about student identification, assessment selection and data use, content and instruction, scheduling of instruction, selection of intervention teachers, professional development and ongoing support, and characteristics of supportive learning environments. These products build a strong, research-based foundation for selecting interventions across multiple grades.

The REL Southeast is working on many more research-based products and resources that will be released in the coming months. Thank you for helping to improve education in the Southeast.

Barbara Foorman, Ph.D.
Director, REL Southeast

Self-study guide for implementing literacy interventions in Grades 3-8

The Self-study guide for implementing literacy interventions in Grades 3-8 was developed to help district- and school-based practitioners conduct self-studies for planning and implementing literacy interventions. It is intended to promote reflection about current strengths and challenges in planning for implementation of literacy interventions, spark conversations among staff, and identify areas for improvement. This guide provides a template for data collection and guiding questions for discussion that may improve the implementation of literacy interventions.

Self-study guide for implementing high school academic interventions

This Self-study guide for implementing high school academic interventions was developed to help district- and school-based practitioners plan and implement high school academic interventions. It is intended to promote reflection about current district and school strengths and challenges in planning for implementation of high school academic interventions, spark conversations among staff, and identify areas for improvement. The guide provides a template for data collection and guiding questions for discussion that may improve the implementation of high school academic interventions and decrease the number of students failing to graduate from high school on time.

Self-study guide for implementing early literacy interventions

The Self-study guide for implementing early literacy interventionsis a tool to help district and school-based practitioners conduct self-studies for planning and implementing early literacy interventions for kindergarten, grade 1 and grade 2 students. This guide is designed to promote reflection about current strengths and challenges in planning for implementation of early literacy interventions, spark conversations among staff, and identify areas for improvement. This self-study guide provides a template for data collection and guiding questions for discussion.

Summer reading camp self-study guide

This guide is designed to facilitate self-studies of planning and implementation of state-required summer reading camp programs for grade 3 students who scored at the lowest level on the state reading assessment. It provides a template for data collection and guiding questions for discussion that may improve instruction and increase the number of students meeting the grade-level standard by the end of the summer reading camp.

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February 2, 2018

New Quick Guide! Help Your Students Commit To Mastery

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New from McREL!

 
Unleashing Curiosity by Helping Students Commit to Mastery
We want all our students asking, “What’s next?”Desire to learn —- the essence of curiosity —- is sparked when students are clear about what to learn, how to learn it, and why to learn it. Our newest 8-page guide offers tips and ideas teachers can use to encourage curiosity and propel students to want to master their learning.
Learn ways to motivate students and gently nudge them toward a path where learning satisfies their curiosity, bringing them closer to their learning goals. This guide also has a rubric you and your colleagues can use to reflect on your progress.

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Unleashing Curiosity Quick Guide Series
Our Unleashing Curiosity guides are part of McREL’s Curiosity Works™ resources. These 8-page resources give teachers and school leaders tips and ideas to encourage professional dialogue with other teachers and increase student curiosity. Drawing on McREL’s analysis of best education practices from around the world, our Curiosity Works resources support a better way of transforming schools —- not through top-down pressure, but through helping teachers and school leaders work together to develop shared professional expertise and leverage the power of motivation and curiosity.
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Unleashing Curiosity with Feedback That Motivates
We may love it, we may fear it, but one thing’s for sure, all learners need feedback to improve. This 8-page guide offers tips and ideas teachers can use to give students effective feedback that builds competence, confidence, and curiosity. Learn how to strike the right chord with feedback, both with students and with peers, to encourage a growth mindset among students and staff.

 
Unleashing Curiosity with Challenging Learning Tasks
What would happen if you unleashed curiosity in your classroom? This 8-page guide introduces four key elements that are integral to creating challenging learning tasks for students. Learn effective ways to work with your colleagues to support professional reflection and dialogue that helps everyone develop instructional expertise without prescribing a lock-step, one-size-fits-all program.
As a nonprofit, mission-directed organization, proceeds from our book sales help us deliver services to teachers and school leaders across the U.S. and around the world. We appreciate your support!
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January 28, 2018

Are You On Course For Success In 2018? | McREL eNews

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January 2018

Are you on course for success in 2018?
Are your students engaged in deep learning every day? Do you want to take your classroom instruction to the next level? We have new resources to deepen your instructional practice, sparking curiosity in both you and your students! Check out our new book, quick guide, and white paper for inspiration. Join the conversation and share your insights online using#CuriosityWorks on Twitter.

New from McREL

New Book! | Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works

Get 50+ classroom-ready tools to easily implement the effective teaching strategies from our bestselling book, Classroom Instruction That Works (2012). Each tool includes a summary of its research-based benefits, implementation guidance and examples, and a “Teacher Talk” section with lesson planning tips. Turn your classroom into a place where high levels of engagement and deep learning happen every day!

Free White Paper | Curiosity Works: Moving your school from improvement to innovation
 
What if every student were curious, self-motivated, and passionate about their learning? Wouldn’t our classrooms be more joyful and dynamic and our schools more innovative? In this free white paper, Kristin Rouleau outlines a powerful new model for school improvement —- an inside-out, curiosity-driven approach that builds on schools’ bright spots in ways that go beyond improvement and help unleash both student and educator curiosity. This innovative approach relies on a school’s readiness to commit to shared values within a purposeful community, a focus on teaching and learning, support for professional growth among teachers using a triad peer coaching model, and a consistent, deep practice that weathers the storms of change.

Quick Guide | Unleashing Curiosity with Feedback That Motivates

We may love it, we may fear it, but one thing’s for sure, all learners need feedback to improve. Our second 8-page guide in the Unleashing Curiosity series has tips and ideas teachers can use to give students effective feedback that builds competence, confidence, and curiosity. Learn how to strike the right chord with feedback, both with students and with peers, through supportive reflection that encourages a growth mindset.

Events & Opportunities

2018 Professional Learning Events

New this year!
Participants in our 2018 professional learning events will receive extended virtual coaching during the 2018-19 school year to support your continued growth as an educator and leader. Join us this summer in Denver for dynamic professional learning sessions that dig deep into research-based instructional and leadership practices that spark curiosity, positively influence achievement, and help transform your teaching and leading.
Registrants will also receive a McREL Bookstore discount code for 20% off the suggested book or guide for each event.
BOOK INCLUDED
Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works Academy (Denver)
Learn 50+ practical instructional tools from our book, Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works (2018). Aligned with McREL’s renowned Classroom Instruction That Works strategies and framework, this two-day academy will be an intensive learning, working, and planning session. Participants will receive a personal copy of Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works.
JUNE 13-14
OCTOBER 18-19
SUGGESTED READING

Helping ELLs Flourish With Academic Language Development (Denver)

Teachers —- general education and ELL specialists —- will learn how to apply effective research-based instructional strategies to the five stages of language acquisition and develop students’ academic language during subject-matter instruction, using McREL’s Academic Language Framework.
SUGGESTED READING
School Leadership That Works: Evidence-Based Strategies for Sharpening Instructional Focus, Managing Change Processes, and Creating Shared Vision (Denver)
Discover the leadership responsibilities that are most strongly connected to student achievement and learn practical strategies to develop a purposeful, positive school community, initiate and manage change within your school, and choose the right focus for your school’s improvement initiatives.
 
District Leadership That Works: Connecting Strategic Vision, Action, 
and Results Across Your System (Denver)
Learn the principles of high-reliability systems and the actions used in health care, aviation, and other complex industries, and how these principles can be effectively applied to education systems. Determine the current state of your district’s systems and begin to map steps toward improving instructional quality and reducing variability in instructional quality within and among your schools.
 
SUGGESTED READING

Unleashing Student Curiosity to Learn (Denver)

Explore why and how curiosity can be sparked and sustained within your students, helping them become engaged, motivated, self-directed learners who “own” their educational journeys. Get tools, tips, and ideas for creating challenging learning tasks and higher-order questions that push students to deeper levels of content understanding and application.
 
JULY 10-11
OCTOBER 25-26
SUGGESTED READING

Managing Change: Evidence-Based Strategies for Starting and Sustaining New Policies, Practices, and Processes (Denver)

Change is constant in schools: Every new program, policy, or procedure comes with the need to implement and manage change well. Attend this research- and evidence-based session to learn the keys to helping your school team not just survive change, but thrive in it.
 
JULY 12-13
OCTOBER 11-12
Instructional Coaching That Works (Denver)
Learn a new, more effective approach to instructional coaching that is focused on “inside-out,” strengths-based peer coaching that brings small teams of teachers together, building on bright spots while learning and growing as peers and professionals. You’ll leave this session knowing how to create belief among your school team that personal and collective growth is possible, and how to use data to drive coaching decisions that improve outcomes that matter to all.
 
JULY 17-18
SEPTEMBER 20-21
How to Move Your School from Improvement to Innovation: 
A Guided Pathway for Success (Denver)
Learn why curiosity is an important lever for learning and how to cultivate it in teachers, leaders, and learners using the five improvement and innovation pathways in McREL’s Curiosity Works™ approach. You’ll leave this intensive two-day session with an understanding of the important differences between an inside-out, curiosity-driven approach to school improvement and an outside-in or top-down approach. Learn how to focus for improvement or innovation, and how to identify high-leverage strategies for action. You’ll also gain an understanding of the importance of monitoring change, both for the organization and for individuals.
 
JULY 19-20
SEPTEMBER 27-28

Conferences & Sessions
ASCD Empower18 National Conference
March 24-26 Boston, Massachusetts
Join McREL staff for informative conference sessions and visit with us in the exhibit hall to learn about our curiosity-driven, inside-out approach to school improvement and innovation.
Moving English Learners (ELs) from Speaking to Writing
Presenter: Jane Hill
Date and time: Saturday, March 24, 3:30 p.m.
Out of Curiosity: Restoring Joyful Learning with an ‘Inside-out’ Approach to School Change
Presenters: Bryan Goodwin and Kristin Rouleau
Date and time: Sunday, March 25, 1:30 p.m.
Dynamic, Engaging Classrooms: How They Look, Feel, and Sound
Presenter: Cheryl Abla
Date and time: Monday, March 26, 8:00 a.m.

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Weeklong Chats on Twitter

Looking to grow your professional learning network? Join us for our weeklong Twitter chats, where participants share best practices, strategies, and common (or uncommon) struggles and successes. Follow us on Twitter and use the hashtag #McRELchat to share your thoughts and ideas on each week’s theme with other educators.
Topic | Mid-year check-in
January 29-February 4

Have your goals changed since the beginning of the school year? If so, why?

Topic | Teaching diversity
February 5-11

What resources do you use to teach diversity?

Topic | Love of teaching
February 12-18

What do you love about teaching?

Topic | Supporting ALL learners
February 19-25

How do you support ALL students in mainstream classrooms (e.g., ELL, Special Education, Gifted-Talented)?

Visit our Events page or contact McREL to learn more
about other upcoming conferences and events.
McREL is hiring!
We are seeking candidates for several research positions in our Denver and Honolulu offices. Our research and evaluation teams give our clients and partners a big-picture view of existing improvement initiatives to determine what’s working, what’s not, and what to do next. We also offer support and guidance for managing systemic change, capacity-building, and proposal development, and provide independent evaluation of grant-funded programs.
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“Each of [McREL’s] resources and products has allowed our staff to grow professionally and have an impact on student learning
across our small rural district.”
Darrel Kohlman, Superintendent, Nemaha Central Schools —- USD 115, Kansas
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January 19, 2018

How Students Gained Six Months Of Additional Science Learning

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IN THIS ISSUE  STEM  Special Education  Standards Implementation

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, & MATHEMATICSMaking Gains in Science: From Teacher Learning to Student Learning

Achieving measurable improvement in students’ test scores is one of the ultimate — and always challenging — goals of almost any teacher professional learning program, and it’s one that WestEd’s Making Sense of SCIENCE (MSS) has achieved repeatedly. Most recently, it did so in a randomized controlled trial that used state standardized tests to demonstrate student gains. Read the latest R&D Alert article to learn about MSS and how its influence moves from teacher to classroom to student.

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SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, & MATHEMATICSSTEMworks Joins WestEd: Supporting Strategic STEM Investments

WestEd is the proud new home for STEMworks, a searchable online honor roll of high-quality STEM education programs. STEMworks helps companies, states, and individuals invest in their communities by evaluating and cataloging programs that broaden the base of students who are inspired by and do well in STEM.

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SPECIAL EDUCATIONWebinar, January 19: California School Dashboard & Beyond — Thinking Systemically About Improving Outcomes for Students with Disabilities, Register Today

The California School Dashboard provides educators with data about how schools and districts are performing to identify strengths and weaknesses, and highlights performance gaps among student groups. This two-hour webinar will examine how utilizing California School Dashboard data (in addition to other data) can be part of a systemic plan to improve academic outcomes for students with disabilities.

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STANDARDS, ASSESSMENT, & ACCOUNTABILITYCalifornia Standards Implementation: What Educators Are Saying

How are new college- and career-readiness standards influencing educators’ work? This new brief summarizes findings from recent surveys of California teachers and offers lessons learned from WestEd’s ongoing research and technical assistance initiatives.

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SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, & MATHEMATICSLeading Next Generation Science Standards Implementation: A New Framework

When it comes to transforming science learning in ways envisioned by the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), leaders play an essential role that up until now has not been clearly defined. This new framework provides insight into the full array of what leaders need to know — and be able to do — to lead NGSS implementation.

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SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, & MATHEMATICSNew Technology in Assessment Development, Modeling, and Scoring:
New Resource

This new resource describes some of the ways in which educators are developing and using new virtual technology to assess student work. In a key chapter, Edys Quellmalz and Matt Silberglitt of WestEd’s SimScientists discuss simulation-based assessments designed to supplement middle school science curriculum.

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EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT & LEARNINGTrauma-Informed Practices in Early Childhood Education: New Service

WestEd’s Trauma-Informed Practices in Early Childhood Education (TIP-ECE) supports early childhood teachers, providers, caregivers, administrators, and infrastructure staff to become informed about trauma and its effects; sensitive to those effects; and equipped with skills and knowledge that promote caring and responsive programs for children, from prenatal through 8 years old, who are affected by trauma in any form.

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HEALTH, SAFETY, & WELL-BEINGSchool Climate and Wellness: Toward Happier and Healthier School Communities Webinar Series

This webinar series aims to help school leaders plan and implement policies and practices that improve school climate, engage students and staff, and support the needs of all members of the school community.

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January 17, 2018

New Book! Get 50 Instructional Tools To Use With Your Students

A REL notice from yesterday’s inbox.

New from McREL & Thoughtful Education Press

 
Tools for Classroom Instruction
That Works: Ready-to-Use Techniques for Increasing Student Achievement 
Get more than 50 classroom-ready tools to easily implement the nine categories of effective teaching strategies from our bestselling book Classroom Instruction That Works (2012).
Each tool includes a summary of its research-based benefits, the 3-7 basic steps for using the tool, concrete examples that model how to use the tool in classrooms, and a “Teacher Talk” section that gives tips on lesson planning and implementation. Turn your classroom into a place where high levels of engagement and deep learning happen every day!

Testimonials
“Harvey Silver and colleagues have made a great framework even better.”
—- Robert Marzano, co-founder and Chief Academic Officer, Marzano Research
“This book is packed with powerful, easy-to-use tools. Anyone who wants to improve teaching —- teacher, coach, administrator, anyone —- will find it incredibly useful.”
—- Jim Knight, author of The Impact Cycle and Better Conversations
“This book is an ideal resource for meeting the growing call for ‘best first instruction.’ It is strongly aligned to the Classroom Instruction That Worksresearch base, and it provides high-impact tools that help educators turn the research into powerful classroom practice.”
—- Bj Stone, co-author, Classroom Instruction That Works (2nd Edition)

About the Authors
Harvey F. Silver has more than 40 years of experience as a teacher, administrator, and consultant, and is the co-author of education bestsellers including Tools for Thoughtful AssessmentTools for a Successful School Year, and The Core Six.
Cheryl Abla is a 20-year veteran teacher who now trains and coaches K-12 teachers and school leaders on effective instructional strategies, classroom technology, teacher coaching, English-language-learner supports, and creating engaging school cultures and climates.
Abigail L. Boutz has taught, tutored, and mentored students at the elementary through college levels, and has designed training modules and workshop materials on classroom tools and strategies, learning styles, and instructional leadership. She is co-author of the award-winning Tools for Thoughtful AssessmentTools for Conquering the Common Core, and Tools for a Successful School Year.

Matthew J. Perini has written numerous books, curriculum guides, and articles on topics such as reading instruction, formative assessment, and effective teaching practices, including Tools for a Successful School Year, winner of both a Teachers’ Choice Award and an Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY).

The Classroom Instruction That Works Series
The Classroom Instruction That Works book series is one of the most widely used resources for increasing student achievement for good reason: Each book provides evidence-based insights to strengthen teachers’ instructional planning and delivery.
As a nonprofit, mission-directed organization, proceeds from our book sales help us deliver services to teachers and school leaders across the U.S. and around the world. We appreciate your support!
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