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August 28, 2015

REL Southeast Director’s Email – August 2015

Also from Wednesday’s inbox…

The latest news and updates from the REL Southeast
at Florida State University
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Greetings from the Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast!

We are pleased to announce the release of a new product titled Development and Examination of an Alternative School Performance Index in South Carolina. The purpose of this study was to examine the extent to which the measures that make up each of the three separate accountability indices of school performance in South Carolina could be used to create an overall, reliable index of school performance. Discover key findings or read the full report at http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/projects/
project.asp?projectID=417
.When sharing publications that were developed by the REL Southeast, we ask for feedback to guide future work. The link to a stakeholder survey for this product is below. Depending on your involvement in the development of this product, some questions in the survey may need to be marked ‘Not applicable (NA).’ Take the survey here.

We look forward to delivering more insightful, research-based products in the future, and as always, thank you for helping to improve education in the Southeast.


Barbara Foorman, Ph.D.
Director, REL Southeast

Contact Us

REL Southeast at Florida State University
http://rel-se.fsu.edu
2010 Levy Avenue, Suite 100
Tallahassee, FL 32310

Recent Product

South Carolina currently rates school performance using three indices, but the ratings are not always consistent across the indices, and the results can be confusing to educators and other stakeholders. To address this challenge, REL Southeast worked in partnership with South Carolina to determine whether the state’s measures of school performance could be consolidated into a single composite index to identify high- and low-performing schools and schools that were “beating the odds.”

The study authors used elementary, middle, and high school data from the 2012/13 school year to examine the feasibility of a single index of school performance across the state. The authors found that the measures used to calculate the state’s existing indices could be combined into an overall, reliable alternative index of school performance using a bi-factor model. Using this alternative index, about 3 percent of elementary schools, 2 percent of middle schools, and 3 percent of high schools statistically exceeded their predicted performance, after the schools’ demographic characteristics were accounted for (“beating the odds”).

Read the report at:http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/projects/
project.asp?projectID=417

This Director’s Email was developed by REL Southeast under Contract ED-IES-12-C-0011 from the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences.  The content does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of IES or the U.S. Department of Education, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. government.

August 21, 2015

McREL e-News August 2015 || We’ve Got Your Back-To-School Resources

Also from yesterday’s inbox…

August 2015

Have a great school year!  
As the school doors reopen for U.S. students, teachers, and school administrators, we want to extend our best wishes for a successful 2015-16 school year.
Are there tough challenges you’re facing this school year, or do you need some quick advice on a classroom, school, or district issue? Have you had some successes you’d like to share with us?
Using the hashtag #AskMcREL, share your questions, thoughts, challenges, and successes on social media. Our consultants will share our best advice!

Research Roundup

Report: Low impact ‘distractors’ weakening ed  
THE Journal
In a new paper published by Pearson as part of its “Open Ideas” series, Australian education researcher John Hattie identifies five popular education policy ideas that he says create distractions that ultimately weaken education reform efforts in the U.S. In a second paper, he offers eight alternative “tasks” that he thinks focus on better solutions.

Leadership coaching for teachers could impact student test scores
Education Dive
In a new study by RAND Corporation, researchers evaluate a New Orleans-based nonprofit’s teacher fellowship program, Leading Educators Fellowship, which offers two years of professional development, mentoring, and leadership coaching for mid-career teachers. Results indicate a boost in achievement scores in some curriculum areas for students taught by teachers who completed the fellowship.

Homework and family stress: With consideration of parents’ self-confidence, education level, and cultural background
The American Journal of Family Therapy
This study examines family stress related to the amount of homework assigned by teachers to early elementary students, finding that parents’ lack of confidence about their ability to help their students with homework has a detrimental effect on the family and on student achievement.

Events and Opportunities

Connect with us at the following conferences
McREL staff and partners will present at the following conferences:
Colorado Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference in Denver, Colo., September 24-25. Follow@cctmath on Twitter for conference updates.
TASA/TASB Convention in Austin, Texas, October 2-4. Follow the conference hashtag #TASATASB on social media for updates.
National Indian Education Association Conference in Portland, Ore., October 14-17. Follow the conference hashtag #NIEA2015 on social media for updates.
National Dropout Prevention Network Conference in San Antonio, Texas, October 25-28. Follow the hashtag #NDPCn on social media for updates.

ASCD Conference on Educational Leadership in San Diego, Calif., October 30-November 1. Follow the conference hashtag #ASCDEL15 on social media for updates.

Perspectives

McREL Blog | Are your school improvement efforts stuck? Try an inside-out approach
At one point or another, most educators find themselves in a school improvement effort that gets “stuck.” Frustratingly, this often happens after some initial success-and then, improvements reach a plateau or even slide backwards. In this blog post, McREL’s Bryan Goodwin looks at why this happens and what schools can do to get back on track.

McREL Blog | Siloed teacher PD: Why it doesn’t work
In this blog post, McREL consultant Cheryl Abla responds to a new TNTP report that suggests much of the professional development teachers receive is ineffective. Based on McREL’s experience working with districts and regional/state agencies, she describes what works and what doesn’t and why.

Headlines

McREL and ASCD to release new book on school leadership
On August 24, ASCD will release a new book,Balanced Leadership for Powerful Learning: Tools for Achieving Success in Your School, by McREL’s Bryan Goodwin and independent education consultant Greg Cameron, with McREL’s Heather Hein.
This book focuses on leadership practices that positively affect student achievement.
Learn how a balanced approach—-melding purposeful change with continuous maintenance—-makes school leaders more effective in implementing three fundamental components of leadership: a clear focus on issues that matter most, managing change to improve your school, and creating a sense of investment in student outcomes among teachers and staff. Pre-order your copy today!

McREL Solutions Portal: PD resources built on proven strategies
 
For decades, McREL has created a wealth of research-based materials that help teachers and leaders hone their professional practice and support higher levels of student growth. Until now, these materials have been available only through our consultants working directly with client districts.
The McREL Solutions Portal now gives district staff direct access to these materials-including training materials, presentations, videos, activity and planning guides, and much more. The materials address a wide scope of subjects, from research-based instructional strategies and leadership development to educational technology, formative assessment, and math and science education.

The Portal supplements McREL’s direct service to districts. Our skilled education consultants continue to provide client schools and districts with strategic consulting and onsite training and support.

Dr. Wesley Boykin joins McREL as chief research and evaluation officer 
 
McREL International is pleased to announce that Dr. Wesley Boykin joined McREL to serve as our chief research and evaluation officer.
Dr. Boykin will provide strategic vision and leadership to our teams of evaluators and researchers working at the federal, state, district, and school levels, and will help identify ways in which the results of McREL studies can be translated to help educators solve problems of practice.
“I am committed to providing new knowledge and enhanced understanding of the teaching-learning process and facilitating improved educational practices and student outcomes,” said Dr. Boykin. “I believe the fundamental purpose of education is to provide all learners with the knowledge, skills, and tools required to be productive citizens and to be able to successfully adjust in an ever-changing world.”
As a national leader in education research, accountability, policy, and analysis, Dr. Boykin has served in leadership roles at large public school systems in Maryland, New Jersey, and Texas, and with national organizations such as the Institute for Student Achievement, Riverdeep Interactive Learning, ACT’s National Center for Educational Achievement, and, most recently, Affective Education in Chapel Hill, N.C.

For more information, please read our press release.

In This Issue

Connect with Us on Social Media

    

For the latest in professional development opportunities, education news, research, and McREL employment opportunities, follow us on our social media channels.

 

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REL Pacific on Twitter 

Follow @RELPacific on Twitter for the latest on education research, the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, and Institute of Education Sciences projects in the Pacific region, plus engaging infographics, videos, and more.

 

North Central Comprehensive Center on Twitter

 

Follow@NorthCentralCC on Twitter for updates on work with state education agencies in Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

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August 6, 2015

Restorative Justice, English Language Learners, New Standards

Also from Tuesday’s inbox…

August 2015WestEd.org | Email to a Friend | View in browser | View Past Issues   WestEd on FacebookWestEd on TwitterWestEd on Google+WestEd LinkedIn
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E-Bulletin
Welcome to the WestEd E-Bulletin, presenting this month’s picks of the latest research-based projects and services, innovative new resources, and upcoming professional development events—all designed to help learners succeed in school and career.
R&D Alert Online

English Language Learners Need New Teaching Approach to Meet the Latest Standards

Read this new R&D Alert Online article about how to revamp instructional practices to best support English learners in light of the challenging language demands of the new content standards.

And check out the latest print edition of R&D Alert. Engaging students to address school problems, using data to transform teaching, helping early childhood educators address challenging behavior, and closing the achievement gap in science are covered.

Further ResearchNEW RESOURCE

Restorative Justice in Schools: The Need for More Research

Restorative justice is a non-punitive approach to dealing with conflict that is being implemented in a growing number of schools nationwide. But more research and evaluation is needed to gain a better understanding of this approach.

Download this paper to learn more.

Education ResearchNEW RESOURCE

WestEd at AERA: Staff Research Presentations Now Online

Close to 50 WestEd staff members participated in 31 sessions during this year’s annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

Visit this WestEd.org page to access WestEd’s AERA papers online and read about our research topics ranging from school climate to formative assessment.

Justice and Prevention NEW PROJECT WEBSITE

WestEd Justice & Prevention Research Center

The WestEd Justice & Prevention Research Center highlights research and evaluation work we are conducting in school safety, violence and crime prevention, juvenile and criminal justice, and public health.

Visit the Center’s new website to learn more about our team of researchers and our work.

Underuse of Title VIINEW RESEARCH

Underuse of Title VII Funding for Indian Education in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah

Some schools and districts never access federal Title VII funds for which they are eligible, potentially resulting in American Indian/Alaska Native students missing out on programs targeted to their needs.

Download this report to find out why.

Group of happy studentsHEALTH, SAFETY, & WELL-BEING

Building Safe and Healthy Environments for Young People

WestEd helps schools, communities, and policymakers create safe, healthy environments so that young people succeed in school and in life. We focus on a range of issues, including school climate, crime and justice, and family and community engagement.

Visit WestEd’s Health, Safety, & Well-Being web page to learn about our research, services, resources, events, and other news in this high priority area of work.

EL Learners New StandardsEnglish Language Learners and the New Standards — Developing Language, Content Knowledge, and Analytical Practices in the Classroom: 20% Discount!

How can teachers engage English language learners in simultaneously learning subject-area content, analytical practices, and language?

This new resource explores ideas and practices that transform educators’ perspectives on language, language learning, assessment, and policy. Order today!

Toddler and TeacherProgram for Infant/Toddler Care: Promoting Responsive, Caring Relationships for Infants and Toddlers

WestEd’s Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC) seeks to ensure that America’s infants get a safe, healthy, emotionally secure, and intellectually rich start in life. PITC aims to:

  • Increase the availability and quality of child care for all children under age three
  • Disseminate information that increases the practice of responsive, respectful, and relationship-based infant and toddler care
  • Influence national, regional, and local policies and practices so that the needs and interests of individual infants, toddlers, and their families are the foundation for all curriculum development and program activity

Visit the PITC website to learn more about trainings, resources, and projects.

August 2015

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July 29, 2015

REL Southeast Director’s Email – July 2015

From yesterday’s inbox…

The latest news and updates from the REL Southeast
at Florida State University
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Greetings from the Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast!

As summer comes to a close and educators throughout the region return to classrooms, we invite you to explore the info-graphics recently added to our homepage. These info-graphics illustrate key concepts and findings in a fun and informative way. Look for additional info-graphics to be added throughout the year and as always, we thank you for continuing to improve education in the southeast.
                              

Barbara Foorman, Ph.D.
Director, REL Southeast

Contact Us

REL Southeast at Florida State University
http://rel-se.fsu.edu
2010 Levy Avenue, Suite 100
Tallahassee, FL 32310
This Director’s Email was developed by REL Southeast under Contract ED-IES-12-C-0011 from the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences.  The content does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of IES or the U.S. Department of Education, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. government.

July 23, 2015

McREL e-News July 2015 || Connecting Vision With Action

Trying to get caught up a bit from the lack of traffic due to the guest blog entry yesterday.  Another one from Monday’s inbox…

Improve educational outcomes. McREL e-News online.

July 2015

Research Roundup

Mapping State Proficiency Standards Onto NAEP Scales: Results from the 2013 NAEP Reading and Mathematics Assessments  

National Center for Education Statistics
A new report from the National Center for Education Statistics compares 4th and 8th grade students’ performance on the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) with their performance on their own state tests in 2013, finding that definitions of proficiency continue to vary state by state; what one state might consider proficient might be significantly higher or lower than another state or the NAEP.

Why many students with A’s in math don’t major in it

The Hechinger Report
A recent study, in which more than 9,000 college calculus students were surveyed, reveals that public recognition for math abilities and interest in math play a larger role in a student becoming a “math person” than do the student’s math abilities or grades.

Study: Smartphones without directed learning activities may be detrimental to learning

THE Journal
A yearlong study on technology by the National Science Foundation reveals that first-time smartphone users at the university level who were not given directed learning activities related to smartphone use found the phones to be a distraction from learning.

Events and Opportunities

Destination Denver: McREL’s summer professional development

 

Our summer professional development is underway in Denver! We’re still accepting registrations for our remaining workshops and institutes. Gain insights and learn best-practice strategies you can apply right away. You’ll leave knowing how to make changes in teaching, leading, and learning that result in better outcomes.

 

Bring your colleagues: Groups of three or more people from the same district receive a 10% discount on registration.

 

Classroom Instruction That Works with English-Language Learners

July 27-28

Using Technology with Classroom Instruction That Works 

July 29-30

 

Upcoming conferences

 

Visit with our researchers and consultants at the following conferences to hear the latest insights and discoveries we’ve made:

Alabama Department of Education MEGA Summer Conference in Mobile, Ala., July 22-24

 

Pacific Education Conference in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, July 28-31

 

Colorado Association of School Executives Conference in Breckenridge, Colo., July 29-31

 

Nebraska Administrators’ Days in Kearney, Neb. July 29-31

Perspectives

 

Headlines

Introducing the McREL Solutions Portal: Your toolkit for in-house professional development

We are pleased to announce the launch of the McREL Solutions Portal, a comprehensive online library of resources designed to help professional development leaders enhance workshops and meetings held in their school districts.

 

For decades, McREL has created a wealth of research-based materials that help teachers and leaders hone their professional practice and support higher levels of student growth. Until now, these materials have been available only through our consultants working directly with client districts. The Solutions Portal now gives district staff direct access to these materials-including training materials, presentations, videos, activity and planning guides, and much more. The materials address a wide scope of subjects, from research-based instructional strategies and leadership development to educational technology, formative assessment, and math and science education.

 

Access to materials on the Portal is tiered. Some materials are accessible to anyone visiting the site, but complete access to the entire library of resources requires an annual subscription. New resources will be added continually to the Portal.

 

The Portal supplements McREL’s direct service to districts. McREL’s skilled education consultants continue to provide client schools and districts with strategic consulting and onsite training and support.

BrightBytes partners with McREL to release Leadership module 

BrightBytes, an award-winning educational research and analysis organization, is pleased to announce the addition of a Leadership module to its Clarity platform. Created in partnership with McREL, the Leadership module empowers educational organizations to grow and develop exceptional leaders and track the progress of their improvement initiatives.

 

The Leadership module is based on McREL’s research and training program on the school-level and district-level leadership practices that have the largest impact on student outcomes. The module provides personalized, actionable next steps for leadership teams based on data collected from staff regarding their perceptions of purposeful community, managing change, and focus of leadership.

 

BrightBytes’ Clarity platform has a variety of solutions that help educational leaders make better, data-driven decisions for student learning. Each module on the platform gives schools, districts, and states very specific next steps on how to use their strengths to address gaps, enabling them to prioritize learning initiatives and allocate investments for maximum impact.

 

Read our complete press release.

In This Issue

Connect with Us on Social Media

    

For the latest in professional development opportunities, education news, research, and McREL employment opportunities, follow us on our social media channels.

 

Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter View our profile on LinkedIn

 

Find us on Google+ View our videos on YouTube Visit our blog

REL Pacific on Twitter 

Follow @RELPacific on Twitter for the latest on education research, the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, and Institute of Education Sciences projects in the Pacific region, plus engaging infographics, videos, and more.

 

North Central Comprehensive Center on Twitter

 

Follow@NorthCentralCC on Twitter for updates on work with state education agencies in Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

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