Webinar Events

  • Webinar: Principles of Innovation Configuration Mapping

    Innovation Configuration Maps (IC Maps) are tools that describe the major components of a program or practice (i.e., an “innovation”) and how they can vary when implemented. IC Maps and are used by educators and school leaders to provide a picture of ideal implementation and to support and guide individuals in reaching that ideal.

    How can an IC Map help educators in managing, guiding, and sustaining implementation of new initiatives?


    MNPS Data Use Research Alliance members, other MNPS teachers and leaders, and educators across the country.

    Learn about:

    • The theory behind IC Maps.
    • Steps in developing an IC Map.
    • Using IC maps to understand how new initiatives are being implemented, as well as next steps for reaching implementation goals.

  • How Do We Use Student Engagement Data to Improve Instruction?

    What research-based strategies to improve student engagement are available?

    How can teachers and schools use data to monitor engagement over time?

    Learn how to:

    • Target individual and groups of students for engagement strategies at the student, classroom, and school levels.
    • Tailor strategies to specific engagement dimensions (academic, affective, behavioral, and cognitive).
    • Monitor student engagement through multiple types of data.

    Email us at relappalachia@cna.org to request closed-captioning for this event.


  • REL Appalachia Cross-Alliance Webinar Series

    Join members of REL Appalachia’s six research alliances to share experiences, take away new ideas, and network around common interests.

    Learn about:

    • REL Appalachia’s alliances in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
    • Best practices, resources, research results, and lessons learned by other alliances.

    Spotlight on the Kentucky College and Career Readiness Alliance (KyCCRA):

    • KyCCRA’s priorities, structure, and projects.
    • How KyCCRA’s work can inform your own efforts. 

  • Online and distance learning in southwest Tennessee: Implementation and challenges

    What were the findings from REL Appalachia’s study of online and distance learning courses in districts surrounding Memphis, Tennessee?

    Learn about:

    • Online and distance learning course availability in high schools in southwest Tennessee.
    • The types of online and distance learning courses offered in high schools in southwest Tennessee, and the schools’ reasons for offering these courses.
    • What schools perceive as the greatest challenges to offering and expanding online and distance learning courses.

  • Webinar: Improving Mathematical Problem Solving in Grades 4 through 8

    Join REL Appalachia for a webinar on how including problem solving in daily instruction can enhance mathematics learning.

    Learn about:

    • The relationship between the Virginia Standards of Learning, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' Process Standards, and the Common Core State Standards for Mathematical Practice.
    • The importance of including problem solving in the daily middle school mathematics curriculum.
    • The research-based foundation for the CCSS Mathematical Practice Standards.
    • The IES Practice Guides, Improving Mathematical Problem Solving in Grades 4 through 8 and Assisting Students Struggling with Mathematics: Response to Intervention (RtI) for Elementary and Middle Schools.

  • Using Student Surveys as a Measure of Teacher Effectiveness

    Join REL Appalachia for a webinar on the research base that supports the use of student surveys as a measure of teacher effectiveness.   

    Learn about:

    The research base that supports the use of student surveys as a measure of teacher effectiveness.

    • Practices for using student survey data.
    • The strengths and limitations of using student voice data to measure teacher effectiveness.
    • Kentucky's statewide student voice survey.
    • Perspectives on using student survey data from education professionals at various levels.

  • Meeting Students' Needs Through Increased Learning Time

    Join REL Appalachia for a webinar on the evidence supporting increased learning time programs, and hear from educators about putting the programs into practice. 

    Learn about:

    • The REL Appalachia report, The Effects of Increased Learning Time on Students' Academic and Non-Academic Outcomes.
    • Resources to tailor ILT programming to the needs of specific students.
    • How to use the IES Practice Guide, Structuring Out-of-School Time to Improve Academic Achievement.
    • Lessons learned in implementing ILT programs from The National Center on Time & Learning and the Virginia Partnership for Out-of-School Time (VPOST).

  • Managing Research Requests in a Local Education Agency

    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.

  • What Is Student Engagement and How Do We Measure It?

    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.


  • Identifying and Assisting Elementary and Middle School Students Struggling with Mathematics

    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.

  • Increasing Student Engagement in Low Performing Schools

    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.

  • Increasing Access to College Preparatory Courses in Rural Communities Through Dual Enrollment

    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.