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Events

Our Making Connections events are conducted in person, as webinars, or as screenings of documentary-style programs produced in partnership with public television stations. Learn about upcoming events and access archived videos, meeting materials, and related resources from past events.

Upcoming Events

Oct11

Ready for the Future: Career Preparation in Rural Communities

REL Midwest is hosting a screening of a documentary about the unique challenges facing rural communities in Minnesota as students explore and prepare for careers.

Oct23

A Well-Prepared Teacher: Aligning K–12 and Higher Education Expectations

This in-person event, co-hosted REL Midwest and the Michigan Department of Education, discusses aligning expectations for new teachers between K–12 and higher education.

Archived Events

2018

Aug1

Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) Data Use Workshop: Session 5

In this workshop, teachers have the opportunity to analyze their classrooms’ KIDS data to set education goals and action steps.

Jul26

Predicting Early College Success for Indiana’s High School Class of 2014

This REL Midwest session at the NCES STATS-DC Data Conference presents the findings of a study on early college success for Indiana’s high school class of 2014.

Jun20

Rural Postsecondary Readiness and Success in REL Midwest States

This breakout session at the Appalachian Higher Education Network Conference highlights REL Midwest studies focused on postsecondary transitions and pathways and college readiness and success in rural Minnesota and Indiana.

Jun20

The RELs: Bridging Research, Policy, and Practice

This panel at the Appalachian Higher Education Network Conference highlights the work of the regional educational laboratories (RELs), including REL Midwest studies focused on college and career readiness and success.

Jun19

Strategies to Support Evidence Use in Education

This webinar discusses barriers that may prevent education practitioners from using evidence-based practices and shares actionable strategies that researchers and other stakeholders can employ to increase evidence use.

May31

Dialogue on Difficult Conversations in Prevention Science

This roundtable discussion will explore ways researchers can engage in and facilitate respectful dialogue to improve the translation of science.

Apr26

Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) Data Use Workshop: Session 4

In this workshop, teachers have the opportunity to analyze their classrooms’ KIDS data to set education goals and action steps.

Apr24

Comprehensive Supports for College-Bound Students

This webinar highlights the effects of various college readiness supports on student success, featuring research findings on supports that only provide financial aid compared to supports that combine financial aid with academic preparation.

Apr3

Build Improvement Capacity by Leveraging the Power and Potential of Regional Educational Service Agencies

This poster session provided an overview of the Iowa Learning and Technology Networked Improvement Community (NIC), as well as strategies and lessons learned for establishing regional NICs.

Mar27

Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) Data Use Webinar: Session 2

In this webinar, teachers had the opportunity to analyze their classrooms’ KIDS data to set education goals and action steps.

Mar12

Establishing a Networked Improvement Community Focused on Personalized Learning Plans

This workshop increased participants’ knowledge of networked improvement communities (NICs) and their skills to establish a successful NIC related to personalized learning plans.

Mar8

Kindergarten Individual Development Survey Data Use Workshop: Illinois ASCD Conference

In this workshop, teachers had the opportunity to analyze their classrooms’ Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) data to set education goals and action steps.

Mar3

Building Survey Methodology Rigor in Education Agencies

This Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness conference presentation shared lessons learned from a project that provided state education agency staff with capacity-building trainings to improve survey data quality.

Mar3

What Matters for District Learning? Exploring the Conditions that Lead to Greater Use of Research in Two Research-Practice Partnerships

This Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness conference panel explored ways to engage effectively with practitioners to facilitate evidence-based decisionmaking.

Mar2

Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships and Kindergarten Entry Assessments

This Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness conference panel included presentations on three different researcher-practitioner partnerships that worked with state and local education agencies to build their capacity around using data from kindergarten entry assessments.

Mar1

Strategies for Increasing the Utility of Research

This Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness conference presentation introduced the REL program and demonstrated how to apply strategies in four key stages of the research process to affect its utility.

Feb28

Working in Partnership to Improve Educational Outcomes Among Black Students: Closing the Achievement Gap Consortium

This presentation described the current work of the Midwest Achievement Gap Research Alliance, offered perspectives from alliance members, and outlined the research and technical assistance support available to school boards through REL Midwest.

Feb27

Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) Data Use Workshop: Session 3

In this workshop, teachers had the opportunity to analyze their classrooms’ KIDS data to set education goals and action steps.

Feb16

Navigating Beyond High School: College and Career Readiness Among English Learner Students

This Cleveland Metropolitan School District Multilingual Multicultural Education Conference presentation discussed college and career readiness with a specific focus on English learner students.

Jan18

Working in Partnership to Improve Educational Outcomes among Black Students: Wisconsin State Education Convention

This presentation described the current work of the Midwest Achievement Gap Research Alliance, offered perspectives from alliance members, and outlined the research and technical assistance support available to school boards through REL Midwest.

Jan18

Navigating Evidence-Based Clearinghouses

This Ohio Department of Education Literacy Academy session provided an overview of the Every Student Succeeds Act tiers of evidence and how they align with three existing evidence-based clearinghouses.

Jan17

Selecting Evidence-Based Practices

This Ohio Department of Education Literacy Academy session highlighted the Every Student Succeeds Act tiers of evidence, the criteria that make up each tier, and how they align with the standards of evidence from two evidence-based clearinghouses.

2017

Dec14

Training to Support Design of a Study to Cost Out an Appropriate Education for Ohio’s Gifted and Talented Students

The goal of this training was to help participants gain an understanding of the most up-to-date methods used to determine how much it costs to provide an adequate education to students.

Dec14

Kindergarten Individual Development Survey Data Use Workshop: Mastering KIDS Summit

In this workshop, teachers had the opportunity to analyze their classrooms’ Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) data to set education goals and action steps.

Dec14

Power of Translating Data to Improve Classroom Outcomes

This panel at the Mastering KIDS Summit discussed how research can advance outcomes for kids from the perspectives of a state agency, applied research, and an advocacy/policy organization.

Dec13

Supporting STEM in Rural Contexts

This webinar covers strategies to support science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning opportunities in rural contexts.

Dec12

Learning Upgrade: Technology in Iowa Schools

REL Midwest produced an informational video with Iowa Public Television that covers research-based strategies for the successful use of education technology.

Nov29

Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) Data Use Webinar: Session 1

In this webinar, teachers have the opportunity to analyze their classrooms’ KIDS data to set education goals and action steps.

Nov15

Research Methods Session 3: Interviews and Focus Groups

REL Midwest is providing a six-part training series for staff at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. This session covered interviews and focus groups.

Nov14

State of Teacher Preparation: Research and Stories from Early Years in the Classroom

In partnership with Detroit Public Television, REL Midwest created a 30-minute, documentary-style public television program that covers evidence-based best practices for new teacher preparation and support.

Nov9

Acceleration Programs in Minnesota: Characteristics and College Pathways of Students Who Participate

This Illinois Education Research Council Annual Symposium presentation shared results and implications of a REL Midwest study on acceleration programs in Minnesota.

Nov9

Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) Data Use Workshop: Session 2

In this workshop, teachers had the opportunity to analyze their KIDS data to set education goals and action steps.

Nov8

Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) Data Use Workshop: Session 1

In this workshop, teachers had the opportunity to analyze their KIDS data to set education goals and action steps.

Oct26

Training for Minnesota Department of Education Staff on World’s Best Workforce

REL Midwest is working with the Minnesota Department of Education to better understand how state-level staff can support districts in implementing their World’s Best Workforce plans.

Oct24

Research Methods Session 2: Surveys

REL Midwest is providing a six-part training series for staff at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. This session covered surveys.

Oct23

Exploring the Potential of Clinically Oriented Teacher Preparation Programs for Michigan: Session 2

The Michigan Department of Education and REL Midwest conducted a two-part training to explore the potential of clinically oriented teacher preparation programs, or teacher residencies, in Michigan.

Oct12

Culturally Responsive Practices to Close the Achievement Gap

This in-person event focused on culturally responsive practices that show promise in closing achievement gaps and the research that supports these practices.

Oct4

Exploring Educator Movement Between Districts

This webinar focuses on research addressing the teacher pipeline and the mobility of teachers between schools and districts.

Sep28

Research Methods Session 1: Overview

REL Midwest is providing a six-part training series for staff at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. This session overviewed the fundamentals of research and evidence.

Sep13

Learning English: Diverse Students in American Classrooms

In partnership with WVIZ/PBS ideastream, REL Midwest created a 30-minute, documentary-style public television program that presents the research on academic supports for English learner students.

Aug17

Preparing American Indian Students for College and Careers

This webinar shares information and resources on culturally responsive strategies to promote college and career readiness for American Indian students.

Jul27

Exploring the Potential of Clinically Oriented Teacher Preparation Programs for Michigan: Session 1

The Michigan Department of Education and REL Midwest conducted a two-part training to explore the potential of clinically oriented teacher preparation programs, or teacher residencies, in Michigan.

Jun27

Real-Life Research: The Value of Partnerships to Inform Quality Improvement in QRIS

This session at the Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) National Meeting described two research partnerships in Iowa and Minnesota and shared real-life tips and tools for developing partnerships and conducting research with a focus on quality improvement.

Jun1

Impacts of the Early Warning Intervention and Monitoring System after One Year

This Society for Prevention Research Annual Meeting session covered REL Midwest’s examination of the impact and implementation of one early warning system—the Early Warning Intervention and Monitoring System.

May17

Equipping Parents to Support Kindergarten Readiness

This webinar explores the non-academic components of school readiness and addresses how childcare providers can help parents prepare children for the non-academic components of kindergarten.