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.

June 11, 2019

REL Southeast: VirtualSC Partnership on Student Success in Online Learning

This was an item that came out of the REL Southeast Director’s Email—June 2019 from last week.

VirtualSC Partnership on Student Success in Online Learning

The VirtualSC Partnership on Student Success in Online Learning studies issues specific to improving student outcomes in VirtualSC’s online courses for grades 7-12.

The goal of the partnership is to form a professional learning community around research that informs the improvement of student outcomes in online learning.

Members

  • Bradley Mitchell
    Director
    Office of Virtual Education, South Carolina Dept. of Education
  • Beverly Myers
    Research and Planning Administrator
    Office of Virtual Education, South Carolina Dept. of Education

Contact

Diana Sharp
Diana Sharp

June 8, 2019

Podcast: REL Southeast – Tracking Evidence

This scrolled through my Twitter stream late last week.

In this audio interview, Dr. Kathryn Kennedy, co-editor of the freely-available Handbook of Research on K-12 Online and Blended Learning, answers questions about connections between research, policy, and practice in the area of virtual education. This video was prepared by REL Southeast under a contract with the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES), Contract ED-IES-17-C-0011, administered by Florida State University. Its 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.

June 5, 2019

REL Southeast Director’s Email—June 2019

Note the “VirtualSC Partnership on Student Success in Online Learning” item in this month’s newsletter.

June 2019
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Greetings from REL Southeast!

This month I am excited to share information about two upcoming events in our region. We’ve also released several new products that we’re pleased to tell you about. More information about these items can be found below.

The REL Southeast continues the development of many more evidence-based products and resources to be released in the coming months.  Thank you for helping to improve education in the Southeast.


Dr. Barbara Foorman
Director, REL Southeast

Upcoming Events


REL Southeast Training on Career Counseling in Rural Schools

June 10, 2019
3:35–4:45 p.m. ET
Adult and Community Educators of Florida (ACE) Conference
Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside
122 Soundings Ave.
Jupiter, FL 33477

This conference breakout session will provide an overview of evidence-based career counseling strategies with a focus on rural schools. Participants will receive an overview and discuss the areas shown from the research to be important to the implementation of career counseling and work to develop an implementation plan. Participants will reflect upon their experience and discuss application of the strategies in their local settings.

Click here for more information.


Improving Understanding and Instruction of Probability and Statistics for Middle and High School Teachers

June 21, 2019
8:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m. ET
Viera High School
6103 Stadium Parkway, Lab 4-114
Viera, FL 32940

During this full-day event, in-service teachers will enhance their content knowledge related to key concepts and ideas in statistics. Models of sample problems, student assessments, and resources from the What Works Clearinghouse, the American Statistical Association, and the National Council for the Teachers of Mathematics will be provided.

Click here for more information.

Partnership Spotlight


VirtualSC Partnership on Student Success in Online Learning

The VirtualSC Partnership on Student Success in Online Learning studies issues specific to improving student outcomes in VirtualSC’s online courses for grades 7-12.

The goal of the partnership is to form a professional learning community around research that informs the improvement of student outcomes in online learning.

Learn more here.

Product Spotlights


School Leader Recruitment and Retention in Rural Schools

School leader recruitment and retention in rural schoolsWhile there are many barriers to retaining and recruiting high quality principals to rural school districts, there are many ways that these challenges can be overcome. To address the high-leverage need to identify factors that may improve the pipeline and retention of leaders in rural schools, the REL Southeast School Leadership in North Carolina Research Alliance created the infographic, “School Leader Recruitment and Retention in Rural Schools.” This infographic describes evidence-based practices used to recruit and retain leaders, with a specific focus on rural leaders.

Download the infographic here.


Preparing a School Ready Child: The Ready Family and The Ready Community

School readiness is an important issue for stakeholders across the country. Despite increased investments in interventions to support school readiness for children, large achievement gaps exist across income groups at school entry. Research and theory support the need to conceptualize school readiness as more than just children’s readiness for school. Multiple aspects of readiness such as ready children, ready families, ready schools and ready communities should also be included.

This video includes information pertaining to school readiness as a whole as well as the ready family and the ready community, both critical components of school readiness. The video contains a short description of each area, topics pertaining to each area, and resources designed to support each topic.

Watch the video here.

Ask A REL

Ask A REL is a collaborative reference desk service provided by the 10 regional educational laboratories (REL) that by design, functions much in the same way as a technical reference library. It provides references, referrals, and brief responses in the form of citations on research-based education questions.

To submit your question to Ask A REL, click here. Explore Ask A REL responses here.

You are receiving this email because you opted in at our website or provided your information at a REL Southeast sponsored event.

Our mailing address is:

REL Southeast at Florida State University

2010 Levy Avenue
Suite 100

TallahasseeFL 32310

May 20, 2019

REL Southeast Director’s Email—May 2019

Note the item below entitled “Tracking the Evidence, Guiding the Future: How Can SEAs and LEAs Apply Research on K-12 Online and Blended Learning to Policy and Practice? .”

May 2019
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Greetings from REL Southeast!

This month I am excited to share information in our “On the road with REL Southeast” feature about two wonderfully successful events we recently hosted in our region. We’ve also released several new products that we’re pleased to tell you about. More information about these items can be found below.

The REL Southeast continues the development of many more evidence-based products and resources to be released in the coming months.  Thank you for helping to improve education in the Southeast.


Dr. Barbara Foorman
Director, REL Southeast

On the road with REL Southeast


Florida

On April 18in partnership with Hillsborough County Public Schools, REL Southeast hosted the Early Learning Symposium in Tampa, Florida. Over 200 early childhood and K–12 educators and leaders convened with a common focus on early learning and school readiness. Dr. Nicole Patton Terry’s energizing keynote presentation, Are the Children Ready? The Challenges and Opportunities of Early Childhood Education, preceded an informative panel discussion with Superintendent Eakins of Hillsborough County Public Schools, Gordon Gillette, Executive Director of the Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County, Kelley Parris, Executive Director of the Children’s Board Hillsborough County, and Jane Murphy, Executive Director of the Healthy Start Coalition of Hillsborough County. Afternoon breakout sessions – The Ready ChildThe Ready FamilyThe Ready Community, and The Ready School – were based on the infographics in the Preparing a School-Ready Child series. Tracye Brown, Hillsborough County Public Schools’ Assistant Superintendent for Academic Support and Federal Programs, delivered an inspirational speech to close the symposium. The event’s success can be attributed largely to Lynn Dougherty-Underwood and Linda Gaughan of Hillsborough County Public Schools. Lynn and Linda are also members of the REL Southeast Improving Literacy Research Alliance.


South Carolina


In late March, REL Southeast staff presented multiple sessions for South Carolina Department of Education administrators and literacy specialists at the South Carolina Department of Education Literacy Specialist Coaching Conference. Literacy specialists from throughout the state participated in several activities throughout the three-day professional development training sessions. REL Southeast staff shared literacy tools based on rigorous research to be shared with district- and school-level practitioners. These interactive sessions focused on the research-based roles of literacy coaches and tools for coaches such as the Foundational Skills to Support Reading for Understanding in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade practice guide and accompanying Professional Learning Communities Facilitator’s Guide. Additional sessions focused on the School Leader’s Literacy Walk Through Tool for Grades K-3, the Self-Study Guide for Implementing Literacy Interventions in Grades 3-8, and the Rubric for Evaluating Reading/Language Arts Instructional Materials for Kindergarten to Grade 5.

Ask A REL

Ask A REL is a collaborative reference desk service provided by the 10 regional educational laboratories (REL) that by design, functions much in the same way as a technical reference library. It provides references, referrals, and brief responses in the form of citations on research-based education questions.

To submit your question to Ask A REL, click here. Explore Ask A REL responses here.

Product Spotlights


Considerations for Scheduling Early Literacy Interventions

Considerations for Scheduling Early Literacy InterventionsMembers of the REL Southeast Governing Board recently suggested the development of an infographic addressing evidence-based considerations for scheduling early literacy interventions to assist stakeholders when scheduling time blocks for instructional interventions. Therefore, we developed the infographic, Considerations for Scheduling Early Literacy Interventions, based on the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance resource Self-Study Guide for Implementing Early Literacy Interventions.

Download the infographic here.


The Ready School

The Ready School infographicThrough the collaborative effort of the Cross-REL School Readiness Working Group, the REL Southeast has designed a suite of infographics to provide state-, district-, and school-level educators with information on evidence-based research and resources related to school readiness. The first infographic of the suite, Preparing a School-Ready Childfocuses on school readiness as a whole and answers the question of “What is school readiness?” The other infographics explore the components of school readiness: the ready child, the ready school, the ready community, and the ready family. This month we’re spotlighting The Ready School. Explore resources embedded within the infographic that will help prepare families and educators to support a successful school-ready child.

Download the infographic here.


Tracking the Evidence, Guiding the Future: How Can SEAs and LEAs Apply Research on K-12 Online and Blended Learning to Policy and Practice?

It is critical for states to have access to current research about online learning’s impact on students with different needs and maximizing virtual education’s quality and effectiveness. The REL Southeast region is home to the nation’s largest state virtual school (Florida Virtual School), and every state served by the REL Southeast has a state virtual school that is facilitated by the SEA. States and districts also need resources that are geared toward applying research to policy and practice as they continue to work toward improving their online offerings and policy decisions related to virtual education. REL Southeast produced the audio file, Tracking the Evidence, Guiding the Future: How Can SEAs and LEAs Apply Research on K-12 Online and Blended Learning to Policy and Practice?, to address this need.

This audio file is moderated by Dr. Diana Sharp, manager of the REL Southeast’s partnerships with Florida Virtual School and South Carolina’s state virtual school (VirtualSC). Featured is Dr. Kathryn Kennedy, co-editor of the freely-available Handbook of Research on K-12 Online and Blended Learning, and a member of the REL Southeast’s Technical Working Group for a project of the Florida Virtual School Partnership on Student Success in Online Learning. Dr. Kennedy answers questions about the need for explicit connections between research, policy, and practice in the area of virtual education, especially for state and district staff, and how her team approached this need.

Listen to the audio file here.

You are receiving this email because you opted in at our website or provided your information at a REL Southeast sponsored event.

Our mailing address is:

REL Southeast at Florida State University

2010 Levy Avenue
Suite 100

TallahasseeFL 32310

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