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Regional Educational Laboratory Program

What's New for September 2016

Self-study guides for schools implementing academic interventions in elementary and secondary schools (September 22, 2016)
Three self-study guides from REL Southeast are designed to help schools and districts improve their implementation of interventions for struggling students. The guides cover literacy interventions for students in grades K–2 and 3–8, and literacy and math interventions for grades 9–12.

Using a reading screening assessment to identify students at risk in mathematics (September 21, 2016)
REL Southeast used student performance on a reading screening assessment in in grades 3 through 8 to identify students who are not likely to meet expectations on end-of-year mathematics outcomes. The findings could help districts save money and reduce testing time.

Guide on Facilitating PLCs to Support Foundational Reading Skills in K-3 (September 20, 2016)
REL Southeast's new guide provides materials to assist literacy leaders in guiding professional learning communities in applying the recommendations from the What Works Clearinghouse's newest practice guide on K-3 foundational reading skills.

Toolkit for engaging diverse families and communities in education (September 20, 2016)
This four-part toolkit includes a variety of activities to assist educators in building effective relationships with families and communities. The toolkit was developed by REL Pacific and focuses on increasing family and community engagement to support the success of students.

School Survey of Practices Associated with High Performance (September 8, 2016)
A new survey tool, developed by REL Midwest, is designed to measure the degree to which schools are engaging in practices associated with high performance. States and school districts can use survey results to identify school practices associated with high performance, compare practices across school subgroups, target schools for specific interventions, and design interventions.

A guide to developing and evaluating a college readiness screener (September 7, 2016)
REL Southeast developed a guide to assist colleges in developing and evaluating a college readiness screener to place students in developmental education or college credit courses.

What 20 Years of Research Tells Us About Adolescent Literacy Efforts (September 6, 2016)
A literature summary from REL Southeast provides findings from a comprehensive review of over 7,000 articles on adolescent literacy programs and instructional practices. The summary describes the 12 programs and practices that have positive or potentially positive effects and demonstrates the commonalities between them.