REL Appalachia is hosting a webinar on the research-based evidence on increased learning time (ILT) and how it may inform implementation models. This webinar is intended to (1) promote awareness of ILT models, (2) increase knowledge of the current research on ILT, (3) deepen the understanding of the importance of aligning ILT programs with student data, and (4) demonstrate the range of academic and nonacademic student outcomes that can serve as key indicators of success for ILT programs. The REL Appalachia report The Effects of Increased Learning Time on Students’ Academic and Nonacademic Outcomes and the IES Practice Guide, Structuring Out-of-School Time to Improve Academic Achievement will be the event’s focal points.
This webinar presented strategies and tools Local Education Agencies (LEAs) can use to effectively and efficiently process research requests. The webinar included discussion of practices recommended in the National Forum on Education Statistics (NFES) publication “Forum Guide to Supporting Data Access for Researchers: A Local Education Agency Perspective” and REL Northeast and Islands’ Toolkit for Districts Working with External Researchers.
This webinar provided educators with an understanding of student engagement, the role it plays in college and career readiness, and how it can be measured. The 1-hour session reviewed student engagement research, how it can inform practice, and 21 measurement tools.
REL Appalachia hosted a webinar focused on equipping elementary and middle school mathematics teachers and curriculum coaches with: 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. The IES practice guide, Assisting Students Struggling with Mathematics: Response to Intervention (RtI) for Elementary and Middle Schools, and its eight recommendations were the event’s focal points.
REL Appalachia hosted a webinar, Increasing Student Engagement in Low Performing Schools, on December 11, 2012. The panel included presentations by both a researcher and practitioners. Dr. Chris Hulleman, a nationally recognized researcher on student engagement, began the webinar by discussing current research on types of student engagement, the relationship between student engagement and student achievement, and associated challenges. Dr. Patrick Murphy, superintendent of the Arlington Public School district in Virginia, reviewed his experience with student engagement, speaking to examples of strategies he has promoted. Dr. Murphy was joined by Ms. Maureen Nesselrode, who is the principal of Campbell Elementary School in Arlington, VA.
REL Appalachia hosted an informative presentation on the latest research pertaining to dual enrollment programs and their relationship to high school graduation, college enrollment, and college retention. The panel included both dual enrollment research experts and school administrators with hands-on experience in dual enrollment programs. The presenter discussed common challenges that can arise in the implementation of dual enrollment programs and strategies for addressing those challenges; they also responded to questions from the audience. The interactive session focused on resources available to school districts to support their dual enrollment efforts.
Education Week’s blog focusing on rural education also covered and summarized the webinar. Access the Article.