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Southeast
Southeast: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, & South Carolina

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Educators in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina face many challenges and opportunities. The states in REL Southeast's region include schools in rural, suburban, and urban settings which face high poverty, growing populations of English learners, and low graduation rates. At the same time, states are committed to meeting the challenge of higher student standards.

Research Alliances

REL Southeast's research alliances include:

  • Improving Low-Performing Schools: The Improving Low-Performing Schools in the Southeast Research Alliance is comprised of all six states in the southeastern region. Membership is mostly state departments' staff members who are responsible for school improvement, including SIG and RTTT initiatives. The goal is to assist them in the use of research and data to plan, support, and monitor improvements in low-performing schools.
  • Improving Low-Performing Schools in Mississippi Research Alliance: School districts with SIG schools are invited to participate in this alliance and to form a professional learning community to address their continued improvements. These school districts will examine research and data to plan, support, and monitor improvements in their SIG schools.
  • Improving Mathematics Instruction: All states have committed to upgrading their academic standards. This alliance researches ways to substantially upgrade instruction and student learning to meet demands of higher standards in mathematics.
  • Southeast Region Charter School Effectiveness Research Alliance: The Determining Charter School Effectiveness and Improving Charter School Performance research alliance is focused on determining charter school effectiveness and identifying promising practices to improve charter school performance. The alliance is comprised of state departments, higher education, charter schools and state charter associations in Georgia and South Carolina. The goal of the alliance is to provide alliance members with tools to understand charter school research as well as conducting specific charter school effectiveness research.
  • Georgia Charter School Research Alliance: The Georgia Charter School Research Alliance is focused on determining charter school effectiveness and identifying promising practices to improve charter school performance. The alliance is comprised of state departments, higher education, charter schools and state charter association in Georgia. The goal of the alliance is to provide alliance members with tools to understand charter school research as well as conducting specific charter school effectiveness research.
  • South Carolina Charter School Effectiveness Research Alliance: The South Carolina Determining Charter School Effectiveness and Improving Charter School Performance Research Alliance is focused on determining charter school effectiveness and identifying promising practices to improve charter school performance. The alliance is comprised of state departments, higher education, charter schools and state charter association in South Carolina. The goal of the alliance is to provide alliance members with tools to understand charter school research as well as conducting specific charter school effectiveness research.
  • Determining Charter School Effectiveness and Improving Charter School Performance: With a rapid increase in the number of charter schools and unclear information about effective charter school approaches, this alliance seeks solid information to guide state charter school policies and implementation to assure student learning.
  • Improving Literacy Research Alliance: The Improving Literacy Research Alliance is focused on improving literacy outcomes for all students in K–12 schools across several Southeastern states, with a focus on prevention and early intervention. The alliance is comprised of members from state departments of education, higher education institutions, nonprofit foundations, and local education agencies.
  • School Leadership Research Alliance in North Carolina:The major goal of the School Leadership Research Alliance in North Carolina is to learn about and improve the quality of principals and assistant principals in North Carolina's educator workforce, particularly principals leading low-performing schools. The alliance is currently comprised of members from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI), North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals Association (NCPAPA), and the Friday Institute of Educational Innovation located at North Carolina State University.
  • Improving Low-Performing Schools in Alabama: The Improving Low-Performing Schools in Alabama alliance is focused on improving student outcomes in K–12 schools that are identified as low-performing (Priority Schools). The alliance is comprised of 12 core members (Regional Planning Team facilitators, turnaround specialists, and university faculty members). The alliance will form a Research Learning Community, and its efforts will focus on using the results of research to support the improvement of the state's lowest performing schools.

Corporate Experience:

REL Southeast brings together the critical elements for success: a thorough knowledge of the region's education systems and contexts; a history of responding to the needs of state and local educators within the region; deep understanding of the critical issues to be addressed; and extensive expertise in research, analytical technical support, and dissemination. Our strengths include a strong presence in each state served and long-standing working relationships with state and local educators throughout the region.

Lab Director:
Dr. Barbara Foorman
Governing Board


Contractor:
Florida State University
2010 Levy Avenue
Suite 100
Tallahassee, FL 32310
(850) 644-9352
rel-se@fsu.edu
http://rel-se.fsu.edu
Key Subcontractors/Partners:
  • Instructional Research Group
  • RMC Research Corporation
  • Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL)
  • Decision Information Resources, Inc.