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Ensuring college and career readiness

Date Question
3/20/2014 Are there models or examples of college level courses or certification programs for school counselors that focus on college and career readiness (CCR)? The purpose is to inform a Regional Cooperative’s conversation with a local Institute of Higher Education (IHE) to develop such programs with a goal to provide CCR counselor certification program to its existing counselors.
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7/03/2013 What do we know about early high school graduation programs? Do we have evidence that such programs (1) increase graduation rates overall; (2) increase the number of graduations among at-risk students.
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1/02/2013 Are there any studies on the effectiveness of transitional courses (i.e., developmental or remedial courses to prepare students for college) on postsecondary enrollment, persistence, outcomes, and/or job placement?
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Improving low-achieving schools

Date Question
1/24/2016 What research is there on the relative equity of access to digital devices based on the socio-economic status of students?
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8/28/2015 What are strategies that are working in rural education across the US (i.e. overcoming rural barriers)?
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8/28/2015 I am trying to determine how effective digital portfolios are in student learning. Do you have any research that pertains to student success and digital portfolios?
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8/27/2015 What research is available on best practices and models for effective literacy programs in rural areas?
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8/27/2015 Our school is trying to decide on a new math program. We are wanting the program that is most aligned to the CCSS but also the most complete. What program would you suggest? We are narrowed to enVision or Eureka. Any research on these?
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8/27/2015 What research documents support blended learning in the elementary classroom?
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8/27/2015 Does regularly assigned math homework in middle school positively impact student learning and achievement?
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8/27/2015 What research is available on project-based learning (i.e., effective practices, outcomes, etc.)?
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8/27/2015 What research has been done on non-traditional approaches for continuing instruction during weather-related school cancellations (e.g., snow days)? Are there identified best practices related to non-traditional instruction?
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8/27/2015 What research is available on school programs and best practices for teaching World Languages and global competencies?
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8/21/2015 Which states have formalized “school to prison pipeline” initiatives (e.g., strategic plan, chartered committee, dedicated resources)?
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1/01/2015 We are working on expanding tier 2 interventions in our multi-tiered systems of support model. According to your research, what are the most effective intervention programs in math and reading at elementary, middle, and high school levels?
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3/20/2014 Closing the achievement gap for students with disabilities and from low socioeconomic backgrounds.
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1/02/2014 Do you have any reliable information about writing screeners for grades K–3?
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1/02/2014 Research on the impact of six instructional practices—universal design for learning, differentiated instruction, formative classroom assessment, scaffolding strategies, cognitive strategy instruction, and vocabulary interventions—on increasing student achievement, particularly for students with disabilities
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12/20/2013 Math Interventions for Students with Disabilities in K-4 settings
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6/04/2013 What is the impact on student achievement as a result of increased planning time? 1. Is there an appropriate duration of planning periods? 2. What types of planning models are used in schools and supported by research to have an impact on outcomes?
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Supporting effective teachers and leaders

Date Question
11/16/2015 What research is there on strategies to prepare educators to teach in rural schools and incorporating rural-specific instruction into teacher preparation programs?
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10/01/2015 What research is there on the teaching skills and supports necessary to be successful in low-performing schools?
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8/27/2015 What are effective strategies for redesigning professional development to meet teachers’ needs?
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7/29/2015 What resources are available on successful teacher retention programs in rural school districts?
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5/22/2015 Resources on action research, collaborative inquiry, and data-based decisionmaking
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8/08/2014 Are there any resources on world language programs? The purpose is to support local districts and schools in their efforts to provide quality world language instruction.
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5/22/2014 "I could really use your advice as to how to locate a research partner in my state of Kentucky. We are serving a large ELL population in a rural school with limited resources. I am connected with our state’s ELL coordinator, but specific questions (i.e. progress monitoring, best research- based programs, etc.) keep arising."
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1/02/2014 Do you have empirical research on PLCs for science teachers?
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8/09/2013 Effective Leadership Practices Related to the Implementation of Planning Time
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