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Helping states and districts in the Northeast and Islands use research and data to improve student outcomes.
Helping states and districts in the Northeast and Islands use research and data to improve student outcomes.

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States and districts are increasingly focused on the effective use of early childhood student data to improve child outcomes, and many education agencies administer assessments to obtain such data. For these efforts to be effective, however, they must involve families as well as practitioners and policymakers—all of whom play a key role in young children’s development and education.

Cohosted by the early childhood research alliances at REL Northeast & Islands and REL Southwest, this Bridge Event Webinar will examine the strategies that the Research Program Partnership at the University of Kansas employs to promote the use of education data at multiple levels, particularly families. The event will build participants’ awareness of these strategies as well as provide opportunities for participants to engage with the presenters through structured Q&A sessions.
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Co-hosted by the Northeast Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance at REL Northeast & Islands and the National Center for Teacher Effectiveness at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, this daylong event will examine the successes and challenges related to the implementation of teacher evaluation systems. NCTE Principal Investigator Dr. Tom Kane will present research on factors related to educator evaluation systems, including capacity, measurement, impacts on practice, and school climate and culture. Through structured Q&A and breakout sessions, the event is designed to build meaningful connections between educators and researchers around the use of research to inform decision-making about teacher evaluation systems.
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Join Dr. Neal Gibson, Director of the Arkansas Research Center, and members of the Urban School Improvement Alliance at this webinar to examine both the potential and the traps of longitudinal data systems; meeting FERPA requirements; and creating secure, private, and agile databases that require a minimum of capital investment and humanpower to maintain. This Bridge Event is one in a series hosted by USIA designed to help build capacity among local education agency (LEA) members to use and access data to address questions around improving low-performing schools. Paul Schlichtman, District Coordinator for Research, Testing, and Assessment at Lowell Public Schools, in Massachusetts, will provide a response.

Who Should Attend?

District and school leaders across the Northeast and Islands Region and the United States, as well as state-level officials who manage or advise districts on the use of state and local longitudinal databases.
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Proficiency- and competency-based learning has generated a great deal of interest among states, districts, and high schools seeking to meet the needs of individual students more effectively as well as to boost graduation rates. Because research on the implementation and outcomes of this reform is still limited, the Northeast College and Career Readiness Research Alliance has focused its long-term research agenda on P/CBL. Join the alliance at a Bridge Webinar to explore emerging research on P/CBL and its implications for practice in states, districts, and schools.  Jennifer Steele at RAND Corporation and Erika Stump at the University of Southern Maine’s Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation will present findings from their newly published studies.

Who Should Attend?

SEA and LEA officials, district and school administrators, teacher leaders, researchers, and state-level policymakers across the Northeast and Islands Region with an interest in proficiency-based learning and its implications and outcomes. 
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While participation in Part 1 is not required to register, all registrants are strongly encouraged to review the materials and recording from Part 1, “Logic Models to Support Effective Program Development and Evaluation in Urban Districts.”

In this workshop webinar, participants will be reintroduced to logic models, specifically as a tool in developing a program or policy evaluation. Presenters will provide guidance on how to determine the appropriate evaluation for a specific program or policy and invite participants to practice using logic models to develop evaluation questions and indicators of success. Participants may come to the workshop with a draft logic model for a particular program or policy to use as a resource throughout this interactive workshop. 

Who Should Attend?

State-, district-, and school-level leaders responsible for designing, implementing, and evaluating educator effectiveness initiatives, as well as members of school districts across the region who are eager to build their capacity to design and evaluate their own programs, and work more effectively with evaluators.
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Hear from REL-NEI research alliances, board members, and staff on the benefits of collaborative research.
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Multi-Tiered Systems of Support that deliver high-quality, research-based instruction and interventions can support the growing English language learner population in general and in special education. On this Bridge Webinar, Claudia Rinaldi, Assistant Director of the Urban Special Education Leadership Collaborative at EDC, and Julie Esparza-Brown, Assistant Professor and Project Director for Portland State University’s Bilingual/Special Education Program, present research on a culturally and linguistically appropriate model for MTSS and provide examples of instructional planning, assessment, and intervention across the tiers. Rinaldi and Esparza-Brown will present concrete examples of preventive assessment measures, collaboration structures, data-informed problem solving, and instruction and intervention planning and delivery to support ELLs. The presenters will highlight the importance of collaboration and joint responsibility among ELL, special education, and general education educators in meeting the needs of all English language learners, including those with disabilities.
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This 90-minute interactive webinar is designed to introduce school-, district-, and state-level leaders to logic models as an effective tool for the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of educator effectiveness initiatives. Logic models provide a theory of action, a tool for communication, a map for program development and implementation, and a starting point for identifying indicators of success and plans for evaluation. Elements of a logic model will be reviewed and activities will allow participants to experiment with developing their own logic model. The session will close by identifying the links between logic models and evaluation design. 
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Part 1 of the “Developing Savvy Students: College and Career Readiness Bridge Event Series” Co-Hosted by REL Northeast and Islands and REL Northwest.

Proficiency-based learning and graduation requirements is a new approach to assessing student learning and reporting on student progress. The goal of proficiency-based learning policies is to meet the needs of students more effectively than current Carnegie unit and seat-time requirements, and could increase high school completion rates and help ensure students are ready for life after graduation. REL-NEI’s Northeast College and Career Readiness Research Alliance hosts this Bridge Webinar with Dr. Thomas Guskey to explore emergent research on proficiency-based grading. Dr. Robert Marzano, Director of REL Central, serves as a discussant. Both presenters will speak to the challenges and essential components of this reform.
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Register for this event: http://www.relnei.org/events/21st-century-skills-research-and-practice.html

The Northeast Rural Districts Research Alliance hosts this Bridge Webinar to discuss the challenges of assessing 21st Century Skills in rural schools in the context of the Common Core State Standards. Participants will engage with current research and deepen their knowledge of principles of teaching and assessing 21st Century cognitive, interpersonal, and intrapersonal skills.

Featured presenter Dr. Joan Herman, Co-Director Emeritus of the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing at U.C.L.A., will review the development and assessment of 21st Century Skills and how they connect to the Common Core. Her presentation will be followed by perspectives from research alliance members on teaching, learning, and assessing these skills in small rural schools and districts in the Northeast.
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