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Regional Educational Laboratory Program

What's New for July 2014

Speak Out, Listen Up! Tools for Bringing Student Ideas into School Change (July 29, 2014)
REL West developed a toolkit for educators to elicit student' ideas about school-related issues and use their input for school improvement efforts.

Request for Feedback on the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Program (July 15, 2014)
IES is seeking feedback about what is working in the current REL contracts, what needs to be improved, and the kinds of resources and services related to data and research that are most needed by educators and policymakers.

Lessons Learned in Helping State and District Leaders and Researchers Set Education Research Agendas (July 10, 2014)
This new REL Northeast & Islands report describes how they have guided their research alliances toward collaboratively identifying a shared research agenda. The report links to workshop materials that readers can use with their own research partnerships.

The Effects of Increased Learning Time on Students’ Academic and Non-Academic Outcomes (July 9, 2014)
A new REL Appalachia evidence report presents findings about the effects of after-school, summer school, and extended school days on student outcomes.

Pittsburgh Uses Professional Practice, Student Survey, and Value-Added Measures to Create a Comprehensive Measure of Teacher Effectiveness (July 8, 2014)
REL Mid-Atlantic analyzed data on three new measures of teacher effectiveness that have recently been implemented in the Pittsburgh Public Schools: professional practice measures, student survey measures, and teachers’ “value added” contributions to student achievement growth. This study describes how the ratings on the three measures are distributed across teachers and how the ratings are correlated.