In-Person Event Events

  • Addressing Problems of Practice Through Action Research

    Williamsburg, VA

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    Key Topics:

    Participants will learn how to:

    • Identify a problem of practice in their schools or classrooms; for instance:
      • Students have trouble justifying their mathematical thinking.
      • Students don’t know how to evaluate information on social media.
      • Students find history boring and irrelevant.
    • Study the problem to determine possible solutions.
    • Develop an action plan to implement a solution.
    • Systematically study the impact of the plan on the problem of practice.

    Who Should Attend:

    This workshop is appropriate for Virginia teachers at any grade level who have a passion for using research and data to improve their classroom practice.

    Agenda: Click Here

  • Powerful Practice: Effective School-Level Data Systems

    Georgetown, KY

    Event flyer.pdf

    Key Topics:

    • Implementing an effective school-level data system.
    • Use of school-level data systems for school improvement.
    • Promising data use practices and programs in Kentucky schools and districts.
    • Kentucky’s Principal Partnership Project.

    Who Should Attend:

    Kentucky principals, teacher-leaders, and central office administrators.

    Agenda: Click Here

  • Cross-REL Event: Postsecondary Readiness in Rural Communities

    Nashville, TN

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    Key Topics:

    • Research on preparing students in rural areas for college and careers.
    • Educator perspectives on/experiences with programs assisting rural students.
    • Student perspectives on barriers to college and career readiness, including their successes overcoming them.

    Who Should Attend:
    Individuals and/or teams of practitioners and leaders from rural schools and districts, as well as education researchers interested in rural education.

    Agenda: Click Here

  • Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners: Erlanger, KY

    Erlanger, KY

    Event flyer.pdf

    Key Topics:

    • Recommendations from the IES Practice Guide Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School.
    • Hands-on strategies for implementing the recommendations.
    • Guidance on facilitating a professional learning community.

    Who Should Attend:

    Individuals and/or teams of practitioners from schools and districts, who work with English learners.

    Northern Kentucky Cooperative for Educational ServicesThis workshop is held in partnership with the Northern Kentucky Cooperative for Educational Services.

  • Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners: Lexington, KY

    Lexington, KY

    Event flyer PDF

    Key Topics:

    • Recommendations from the IES Practice Guide Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School.
    • Hands-on strategies for implementing the recommendations.
    • Guidance on facilitating a professional learning community.

    Who Should Attend:

    Individuals and/or teams of practitioners from schools and districts, who work with English learners.

    Central Kentucky Educational CooperativeThis workshop is held in partnership with the Central Kentucky Educational Cooperative.

     

  • Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners: Louisville, KY

    Louisville, KY

    Event flyer PDF

    Key Topics:

    • Recommendations from the IES Practice Guide Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School.
    • Hands-on strategies for implementing the recommendations.
    • Guidance on facilitating a professional learning community.

    Who Should Attend:

    Individuals and/or teams of practitioners from schools and districts, who work with English learners.

    Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS)This workshop is held in partnership with Jefferson County Public Schools.

  • Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners: Bowling Green, KY

    Bowling Green, KY

    Event Flyer PDF

    Key Topics:

    • Recommendations from the IES Practice Guide Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School.
    • Hands-on strategies for implementing the recommendations.
    • Guidance on facilitating a professional learning community.

    Who Should Attend:

    Individuals and/or teams of practitioners from schools and districts, who work with English learners.

    Warren County Public Schools Logo: Where Children Prepare for SuccessThis workshop is held in partnership with Warren County Public Schools.

  • Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners: Nashville, TN

    Nashville, TN

    Event flyer PDF

    Key Topics:

    • Recommendations from the IES Practice Guide Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School.
    • Hands-on strategies for implementing the recommendations.
    • Guidance on facilitating a professional learning community.

    Who Should Attend:

    Individuals and/or teams of practitioners from schools and districts, who work with English learners.

    Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS)This workshop is held in partnership with Metro Nashville Public Schools.

     

  • West Virginia Learning Schools and Growth Mindset

    Summersville, WV

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    Key Topics:

    • Growth mindset, how it affects achievement, and how educators can develop a growth mindset within their environment.
    • Concrete practices that promote a growth mindset in students.
    • How a growth mindset relates to practitioners’ experiences with the transition to Learning Schools.

    Who Should Attend:

    West Virginia school teams of teachers, principals, administrators, and county office staff.

  • Understanding the West Virginia Growth Model Follow-Up Event

    Charleston, WV

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    Key Topics:

    • Strategies for using WV Growth Model and summative assessment data in your school(s).
    • State-level resources and support for using growth and assessment data.
    • How data from your school(s) and from other states can inform future planning.

    Who Should Attend:

    Teachers as well as district- and school-level data staff and leadership.

  • What Do We Do When Middle School Students Can't Read the Text? Can't Solve the Math Problem?

    Roanoke, VA

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    Key Topics:

    • The most effective instructional strategies for addressing locally identified student learning challenges in math and reading.
    • Concepts and skills students need in order to comprehend academic vocabulary and informational text.
    • Foundational skills students need for middle school mathematics.

    Who Should Attend:
    General and special education teachers, key instructional leaders, curriculum coaches, and principals for grades 5-8.

  • Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners

    Erlanger, KY, Louisville, KY

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    Audience:

    • Elementary and middle school practitioners who work with English learner students. School/district teams are encouraged!

    Learn about:

    • Four research-based recommendations from the IES Practice Guide Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School.
    • Strategies for implementing the recommendations in the classroom.

  • Improving Teaching and Learning through Action Research

    Hazard, KY

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    How do you conduct action research, and how is it used?

    Audience:

    Teachers and other educators interested in action research.

    Learn about:

    • Action research and its relationship to data-based decisionmaking.
    • Steps in the action research cycle.
    • How to develop an action research project of your own to address specific problems of practice in your classroom/school.

  • Understanding the West Virginia Growth Model

    Morgantown, WV

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    What is the West Virginia Growth Model, and what are its applications in schools?

    How can I learn more about the Smarter Balanced Assessments and what resources are available to me for my school or classroom?

    Audience:

    County-level administrators, principals, and teachers in the West Virginia public education system.

  • Principal Leadership Strategies for Promoting Teacher Data Use

    Nashville, TN

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    What strategies can principals employ in leading teachers and staff in using data?

    How can district leaders, teachers, and school support staff support principals in doing so?

    Audience:

    School leaders and school and central office staff from Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools and across Tennessee.

    Learn about:

    • Ten leadership strategies that principals can use to lead staff in using data to improve instruction.
    • Practice-based activities that can help staff discuss and develop common understandings about teaching, learning, and data use. 

    Opening remarks by:

    Dr. Candice McQueen, Tennessee Commissioner of Education

  • Using Data to Improve Instructional Practice to Tackle Student Learning Challenges

    Roanoke, VA

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    **DATE ADDED: April 17, 2015**

    Because interest in this workshop is so great, it will be held TWICE, once on April 16 and again on April 17. Thank you for participating!

    How can examining student work in collaborative teams help teachers identify learning challenges, improve their instruction, and monitor students’ progress?

    Audience:

    Middle school teams of 

    • Administrators
    • Key instructional leaders
    • Teachers
    • Curriculum specialists
    • Special education specialists
    • ELL specialists

    Learn:

    • How to identify underlying sources of student learning challenges—using samples of your own students’ work.
    • How to engage as teams in collaborative, data-driven dialogue to identify potential instructional solutions to students’ learning challenges.
    • From staff at Benjamin Franklin Middle School, how to successfully use data to address students’ learning challenges.

  • Principal Leadership for Effective Use of PGES Data

    Louisville, KY

    Event flyer PDFThe Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES) will inform personnel decisions in Kentucky schools next year. Do you have a plan for your school?

    Audience:

    Principals, instructional staff, and central office staff.

    Learn about:

    • How to tell your school’s story with PGES data.
    • How to conduct teacher conferences to effectively provide feedback.
    • Research-based leadership strategies that support ongoing PGES implementation.
    • How to distribute leadership and leverage expertise in your schools to support PGES data use.

  • Uncovering the Sources of Student Learning Challenges: Analyzing and Interpreting Data

    Roanoke, VA

    Event flyer PDFHow can middle school teachers and leaders use data to uncover the sources of students learning challenges?

    What do schools need in order to effectively use data to improve student achievement?

    Learn about:

    • How to identify, analyze, and interpret data to determine the sources and causes of students’ learning challenges.
    • How to intervene with struggling students and monitor their progress.
    • What school leadership can do to facilitate and improve teachers’ data use.

  • Action Planning for Schoolwide Student Engagement Strategies

    Roanoke, WV

    Event flyer PDFWhat is student engagement, and how can educators collect and manage student engagement data?

    What strategies can West Virginia educators use to improve student engagement?

    Learn about:

    • Student engagement measures included in the West Virginia School Climate Survey.
    • Strategies to address needs identified through the West Virginia School Climate Survey.
    • Developing an action plan to improve student engagement.

     

  • Five Steps for Structuring Data-Informed Conversations and Action in Education

    Nashville, TN

    Event flyer PDFHow can educators hold productive conversations about survey results and other kinds of data?

    How can data-informed conversations lead to strategic decisionmaking and action?

    Learn about:

    • Practical strategies for holding conversations about data.
    • How to examine data and understand findings.
    • Steps, sample questions, and resources for using data more systematically and rigorously in education decisionmaking.
    • REL Pacific’s report, Five Steps for Structuring Data-Informed Conversations and Action in Education.

  • Measuring and Improving Student Engagement

    Lexington, KY

    This workshop is designed to equip educators with the knowledge and skills needed to measure student engagement. Participants will learn about the types of student engagement educators seek to measure, how to select an appropriate measurement survey, and survey administration procedures. After the event, REL Appalachia will follow up with participants to assist in analyzing student engagement data from their schools/districts and interpreting survey results to inform practice.

  • Data Use Primer: Starting With the End in Mind

    Roanoke, VA

    This workshop will connect the research about educators’ data use with real-life examples from teachers, school leaders, and division administrators. Participants will learn and share strategies about the use of data to identify at-risk students and continually monitor their progress. The workshop will focus on: (1) steps that school leaders can take to build teachers’ knowledge and skills in using data, (2) why both the central office and school leaders are essential for creating and sustaining a culture that supports effective data use, and (3) where you are in the process of developing knowledge and experience using data in your division and supporting data use in your schools. Please attend in teams of division and school leadership!

    Sheraton Roanoke Hotel & Conference Center, 2801 Hershberger Rd NW, Roanoke, VA 24017

  • Collaborative Inquiry for Data Use in Adolescent Literacy Instruction

    Nashville, TN

    The goal of this two-part workshop series for the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools Data Use Research Alliance was to develop participants’ knowledge and skills related to the collaborative inquiry process for data use in adolescent literacy instruction.

    The first workshop focused on best practices in data use for literacy instruction, and the second focused on best practices for building and sustaining a collaborative inquiry process.

  • Building a Culture of Collaborative Inquiry to Improve Adolescent Literacy

    Nashville, Tennessee

    This workshop series for the Metro Nashville Public Schools Data Use Research Alliance introduced participants to the process of collaborative inquiry and demonstrated how it can be used to improve adolescent literacy instruction.

    Activities helped attendees identify root causes of challenges they face, desired outcomes, and best practices.

  • Planning a System of Interventions to Prepare Students for College and Careers: Lessons from Research and Practice

    Lexington, KY and Bowling Green, KY

    This event was designed to increase participants' capacity to design and implement effective interventions that help students prepare for college and careers. The speakers described current interventions and explained how to select appropriate interventions for their schools and districts. The topics covered in this event were relevant to elementary, middle, and high schools.

  • Improving Mathematical Problem Solving in Grades 4 Through 8

    On November 6, 2013, REL Appalachia partnered with the University of Kentucky, the Kentucky Department of Education, the Kentucky Association of School Administrators, and the Kentucky Center for Mathematics to offer a full-day bridge event in Louisville, Kentucky, for area educators. The IES practice guide, “Improving Mathematical Problem Solving in Grades 4 Through 8,” and its five recommendations, were the main focus of the event. The event gave participants: (1) research-based recommendations (approved by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, or IES) for identifying students struggling with mathematics, and (2) guidance on strengthening mathematics instruction and support for these students.

  • 2013 Virginia Association of School Superintendents Conference: Assessment and Accountability That Make Sense

    REL Appalachia’s Deborah Jonas presented at the Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS) conference. The presentation, “Considerations When Selecting Student Assessments,” included a framework for developing a ‘Theory of Action’ as a way to articulate the purpose and expected outcomes of implementing new assessments to educators and other stakeholders. Jonas also reviewed summative and formative assessments, discussed the importance of choosing assessments that are aligned with the specific needs of local school divisions, and detailed different ways to measure student growth.

  • Preparing Students for College and STEM Careers Beyond High School

    Wytheville Meeting Center, Wytheville, Virginia REL Appalachia, in collaboration with the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA), hosted a workshop on March 20 focused on better preparing students for college and STEM careers. Dr. Laura Holian, an expert in college and career readiness, shared data and led interactive activities with more than 85 local Virginia school board members and division leaders.

    VSBA Hot Topic Conference on Understanding Outcomes of VA’s College and Career Readiness Initiative

    “Participants were asked to identify gaps in information, gaps in the theory of change or logic, and examples of ways that school divisions have successfully improved STEM course taking and college readiness. The goal after the discussion was for each school division to have a draft logic model of their college and career readiness activities and to learn how to use the logic model to identify gaps in information and ways to obtain the data to inform their work.”

  • Tennessee Path to College: A Bridging Research to Practice Event

    SCORE Center, Nashville, TN

    In response to Tennessee’s First to the Top Initiative, this event engaged school and district leadership teams in exploring evidence-based recommendations on college readiness. The event was organized around the IES (Institute of Education Sciences) Practice Guide, Helping Students Navigate the Path to College: What High Schools Can Do. The event included presentations by expert researchers, policy makers, and practitioners, as well as school/district team discussion, reflection, and planning to boost college readiness and access in Tennessee secondary schools. Both CEO and TASL (Tennessee Academy for School Leaders) credit were available.

  • Virginia Path to College: A Bridging Research to Practice Event

    Hilton Norfolk Airport, Norfolk, VA

    REL Appalachia, The Center for Educational Partnerships at Old Dominion University, and The EdVenture Group hosted a Bridging Research to Practice symposium on best practices in providing successful transitions into post- secondary education for high-school graduates.

  • Kentucky Path to College: A Bridging Research to Practice Event

    Berea College, Berea, Kentucky

    Through the lens of college readiness in Kentucky and with an emphasis on SB1, this event set context for exploring the evidence-based recommendations in the IES (Institute of Education Sciences) Practice Guide, Helping Students Navigate the Path to College: What High Schools Can Do. Participants compared current practices in their schools to the recommendations identified in the research and heard from Kentucky school practitioners as they shared their experiences in preparing all students for college. The day’s events were structures to balance expert perspective with school team reflection, sharing, and planning to boost college access and readiness work in Kentucky middle and high schools. EILA (Effective Instructional Leadership) credit was available.

  • Using Data to Inform Middle School Improvement in Virginia

    On Friday, June 21, REL Appalachia partnered with the Office of School Improvement (OSI) at the Virginia Department of Education to host a workshop on using data to inform middle school improvement. The purpose of this workshop was to provide participants with the opportunity to review their own schools’ data and learn more about how it could be used to inform school improvement planning and activities. REL Appalachia introduced and modeled a process for reviewing, analyzing, and synthesizing school-level data, offering participants time to work in small groups to apply the process to their own data. Participants also discussed the practical aspects of improving student achievement at the middle school level, with an emphasis on the role data play in the process.

    REL Appalachia provided participants with student outcome data for their schools. Participants received mathematics and reading assessment pass rates for all students and student-subgroups as defined in the state’s No Child Left Behind Accountability waiver; grade level retention rates; school wide attendance data; and data on teacher credentials.