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May 2, 2020

REL Southeast Director’s Email—May 2020

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REL Southeast

Director’s Email

May 2020

Greetings from the REL Southeast,

With teachers, students, and parents shifting to distance learning in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, REL Southeast remains committed to providing relevant and rigorous resources for all of our stakeholders. This month we have several new products to announce including resources to support your child’s reading at home, as well as blog posts related to remote teaching. We look forward to sharing more resources with you in the future, and as always, thank you for helping to improve education.

Dr. John Hughes
Director, REL Southeast

Product Spotlight


A mother reading with her daughterSupporting Your Child’s Reading at Home

These videos and activities provide families with information about how to support children as they practice foundational reading skills at home. Materials are currently available for kindergarten and grade 1.

Explore the resources here.

Product Spotlight


Remembering Social Presence: Higher Education Remote Teaching in COVID-19 Times

This blog post describes how suddenly teaching remotely in a time of crisis, the concept of social presence, or connectedness, becomes even more important.

Read the full blog post here.

Product Spotlight


Literacy Coaching Models in the Southeast

This blog post describes the implementation of a number of coaching models with the goal to improve the quality of literacy instruction and to ensure that it is evidence-based.

Read the full blog post here.

Partner Spotlight


Creating Social Presence Amid Social Distance

This recent blog post by Florida Virtual School Research and Evaluation Administrator April Fleetwood expands upon the topic of social presence, offering definitions and examples of key terms.

Read the full blog post 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.

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April 30, 2020

REL Webinar: Adapting Instruction for English Learner Students During Distance Learning

Note this up-coming webinar.

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REL Webinar: Adapting Instruction for English Learner Students During Distance Learning

Join REL Southwest for a free webinar on adapting instruction for English learner (EL) students in a distance learning environment during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this interactive webinar, Rachel Garrett, PhD, senior researcher at REL Southwest, will provide an overview of promising practices and resources to support remote instruction of ELs. Afterward, Brenda Arellano, PhD, senior researcher at REL Southwest, will facilitate a question-and-answer session with EL teachers and specialists to discuss ways that they have leveraged strategies and resources to engage EL students in remote instruction.

Participants will—

  • Understand how to adapt instructional supports for EL students in a distance learning environment
  • Increase their understanding of resources and strategies available to support EL students who are receiving instruction through distance learning
  • Become aware of ways in which English as a second language teachers can collaborate with content teachers in a distance learning environment
  • Consider insights, ideas, and implications for implementing EL support strategies in different distance learning settings

This webinar is designed for a broad national audience of teachers, principals, instructional coaches, district superintendents, and state education staff.

If you cannot attend the live event, register at the link below to be notified when the webinar archive is available online.

Adapting Instruction for English Learner Students During Distance Learning: Perspective From Practitioners
May 5, 2020
3:00–3:45 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, & 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).

April 23, 2020

New Remote Learning Resources From The REL Program

Note that one of these webinars is tomorrow.

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New Remote Learning Resources from the REL Program

In response to COVID-19, the 10 Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs) have collaborated to produce a series of evidence-based resources and guidance about teaching and learning in a remote environment, as well as other considerations related to the pandemic. See below for a roundup of upcoming REL events and recently published resources on this topic.

Upcoming Webinars

Friday, April 24: Refining Your Distance Learning Strategies Using a Data-Driven Approach: The Evidence to Insights Coach: REL Mid-Atlantic will discuss a free tool that districts and schools can use to test and identify—in real time—which online learning approaches work best for their own students. The webinar will discuss what you’ll need to make the tool work for you and how you can be strategic about using existing data.
Audience: State leaders, district leaders, school boards, school leaders

Wednesday, April 29: Strategies for Districts to Support Self-Care for Educators During the COVID-19 Pandemic: REL West, the Region 15 Comprehensive Center, and the National Center to Improve Social & Emotional Learning and School Safety, will offer practical information and guidance backed by research to help school staff cope with the stresses of school closures, service provision, and quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Audience: District leaders

New Resources

How can Districts Promote a Safe and Secure Digital Learning Environment?
FAQ | REL West
Audience: District leaders, school leaders, teachers

Research-Based Resources, Considerations, and Strategies for Remote Learning
Webinar recording | REL Midwest
Audience: School leaders, instructional coaches, teachers

Resources for Schools and Districts Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis
Topics covered on this page include providing high-quality instruction to English learners in an online environment, engaging families to support student learning, alternative approaches to graduation ceremonies, and more.
FAQs | REL Northeast & Islands
Audience: District leaders, school leaders, teachers

Strategies to Support Learning Along a Continuum of Internet Access [PDF]
Fact sheet | REL Central
Audience: District leaders, school leaders

Supporting Your Child’s Reading at Home: Kindergarten and First Grade
Videos and activities | REL Southeast
Audience: Families, caregivers

Using Transparency to Create Accountability When School Buildings Are Closed and Tests Are Cancelled
Blog | REL Mid-Atlantic
Audience: District leaders, school leaders

*****

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).

April 16, 2020

Sorry You Couldn’t Attend This Webcast – Learning Remotely In The Age Of COVID-19: Lessons From Evidence And Concerns For Equity

Another webinar recording.

Thank you for registering for the Learning Remotely in the Age of COVID-19: Lessons from Evidence and Concerns for Equity webinar. This webcast is now on-demand, should you like to view it again.

Please find an updated copy of the presentation attached for your reference.

Use the link below to enter the webcast at any time.

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April 10, 2020

REL Webinar: Refining Distance Learning Strategies Using A Data-Driven Approach

And another webinar that might be of interest to some.

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REL Webinar: Refining Distance Learning Strategies Using a Data-Driven Approach

Join REL Mid-Atlantic for a webinar that will discuss the Evidence to Insights Coach, a free tool that districts and schools can use to test and identify—in real time—which online learning approaches work best for their own students. Schools and districts are currently facing the challenge of transitioning their students to distance learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This approach to learning is new for many, and it is important to figure out quickly and efficiently what works in this evolving landscape.

This webinar will:

  • Discuss key questions to consider when it comes to achieving the best outcomes with distance learning
  • Walk through how the Evidence to Insights Coach can help answer some of these questions
  • Offer insights into what kinds of data you can use to answer these questions
  • Describe other conditions needed to conduct rapid cycle evaluations of distance learning strategies

Brian Gill, Director of REL Mid-Atlantic, and Mikia Manley, a researcher with REL Mid-Atlantic, will lead this webinar.

The webinar is open to the public. This webinar is for administrators from state education agencies, districts, and schools; teachers; school board members; and others interested in effective distance learning. Submit your questions for the presenters in advance by emailing RELmidatlantic@mathematica-mpr.com. You can also ask questions during the webinar.

Refining Your Distance Learning Strategies Using a Data-Driven Approach: The Evidence to Insights Coach
April 24, 2020
1:00–2:00 p.m. ET
Register here

*****

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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