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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

Sep28

Kindergarten Individual Development Survey: Ins and Outs of Observation Training (Chicago)

This workshop shares research-driven best practices for conducting Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) observations. Designed for kindergarten teachers and administrators, it focuses on practical strategies to incorporate KIDS observations into daily instruction.

Oct23

Supporting Students with Disabilities to Become College- and Career-Ready

Join REL Midwest and the Minnesota Department of Education for an in-person event on effective strategies to prepare students with disabilities to become college- and career-ready.

Archived Events

2019

Sep19

Examining Trends in Teacher Supply and Demand in Michigan

This session at the Michigan Association of Superintendents and Administrators Fall 2019 Conference examines the findings from a recent REL Midwest study on teacher shortages and surpluses.

Aug1

Play-Based Learning in Kindergarten: Ready…Set…Teach! Summer Institute

This workshop at the Ready…Set…Teach! Summer Institute explores the advantages associated with a play-based approach in kindergarten.

Aug1

Kindergarten Individual Development Survey Data Use Workshop: Ready…Set…Teach! Summer Institute

This workshop at the Ready…Set…Teach! Summer Institute builds Illinois educators’ confidence and skills in using Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) data to improve their practice.

Jul30

School Boards and Educational Equity: Bridging Research, Policy, and Practice (Virtual)

This training raises awareness about opportunity and achievement gaps experienced by Wisconsin’s Black students and helps identify resources and potential strategies to increase educational opportunities for students.

Jul26

Student and School Characteristics Associated with Academic Outcomes for English Learner Students

This session at the National Center for Education Statistics STATS-DC Data Conference discusses the findings of a study on English learner student achievement in Cleveland, Ohio.

Jul24

Using Data to Drive Native American Student Success

This session at the National Center for Education Statistics STATS-DC Data Conference discusses how states are using data to drive education success for Native students.

Jul18

‘Making It: Latino Students’ Pathway to College’ Documentary Screening: College Changes Everything Conference

This REL Midwest session at the 2019 College Changes Everything Conference explores the challenges Latino students face when preparing for and entering college and supports to encourage their success.

Jul18

What Predicts Early College Success?

This REL Midwest session at the 2019 College Changes Everything Conference presents the findings of a study on early college success for Indiana’s high school class of 2014.

Jul9

Unpacking the Arrows in Logic Models: Converting Assumptions to Realities

Join researchers from five RELs at the National Network of Education Research-Practice Partnerships Annual Forum to learn about the benefits and shortcomings of logic models, how to unpack the arrows within logic models, and recommendations for measuring short-term or intermediate outcomes.

Jun21

School Boards and Educational Equity: Bridging Research, Policy, and Practice (Madison)

This training raises awareness about opportunity and achievement gaps experienced by Wisconsin’s Black students and helps identify resources and potential strategies to increase educational opportunities for students.

Jun20

School Boards and Educational Equity: Bridging Research, Policy, and Practice (Pewaukee)

This training raises awareness about opportunity and achievement gaps experienced by Wisconsin’s Black students and helps identify resources and potential strategies to increase educational opportunities for students.

May29

World’s Best Workforce 2018 Summary Scan Training for District Staff

This training session provides an overview of a scan of 200 World’s Best Workforce district submissions for district staff in Minnesota.

May29

Evidence-Based Practices Training for Michigan Data Hub

REL Midwest is facilitating a training session to help Michigan Data Hub staff learn about the Every Student Succeeds Act tiers of evidence and how clearinghouses’ evidence ratings align with ESSA.

May8

Wisconsin Technical College System Research Methods Training Session 2: Reporting Research and Data Visualization

REL Midwest is providing two training sessions for institutional researchers from the 16 colleges in the Wisconsin Technical College System. This session covers strategies for communicating research findings.

May17

World’s Best Workforce 2018 Summary Scan Training for State Staff

This training session provides an overview of a scan of 200 World’s Best Workforce district submissions for Minnesota Department of Education staff.

Apr17

Supporting Equity and Social and Emotional Learning Webinar

This webinar showcases how practitioners can implement equitable practices to support students’ social and emotional development.

Apr9

‘Kindergarten: Where Play and Learning Can Meet’ Documentary Screening: Tefft Middle School

REL Midwest is hosting a screening of a documentary about the advantages associated with a play-based approach in kindergarten.

Apr8

ISBE Research Methods Training Session 5: Research Designs

REL Midwest is facilitating a five-part training series to build staff capacity at the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to understand and apply research. This session covers quantitative and qualitative research designs.

Apr6

A Research-Practice Partnership for Improved Understanding of Teacher Supply and Demand in Minnesota

At this American Educational Research Association conference presentation, REL Midwest discusses its partnership with the Minnesota Department of Education to redesign the state’s teacher supply and demand study to increase its utility for stakeholders.

Mar7

Advancing Social and Emotional Learning in Educational Settings with Research-Practice Partnerships

This symposium at the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness 2019 Conference explores the use of research-practice partnerships, including the Midwest Early Childhood Education Research Alliance, to advance students’ social and emotional learning.

Mar4

ISBE Research Methods Training Session 4: Research Reports and Data Visualization

REL Midwest is facilitating a five-part training series to build staff capacity at the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to understand and apply research. This session covers best practices in developing effective research reports and using data visualization tools.

Feb26

A REL Midwest Research-Practice Partnership in Illinois

This virtual brown bag with the National Network of Education Research-Practice Partnerships examines how REL Midwest researchers worked with alliance members to analyze data from Illinois’ kindergarten entry assessment.

Feb16

Supporting Black Students’ Excellence: Connecting Research to Practice

This workshop at the Black History Education Conference explores promising practices for supporting black students, including mentoring, student-teacher relationships, and high expectations.

Feb12

Play-Based Learning in Kindergarten: Illinois ESSA Conference

This workshop at the Illinois Annual Statewide Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Conference explores the advantages associated with a play-based approach in kindergarten.

Feb1

Play-Based Learning in Kindergarten: Ready…Set…Teach! Winter Institute

This workshop at the Ready…Set…Teach! Winter Institute explores the advantages associated with a play-based approach in kindergarten.

Feb1

Kindergarten Individual Development Survey Data Use Workshop: Ready…Set…Teach! Winter Institute

This workshop at the Ready…Set…Teach! Winter Institute builds Illinois educators’ confidence and skills in using Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) data to improve their practice.

Jan29

ISBE Research Methods Training Session 3: Interviews and Observations

REL Midwest is facilitating a five-part training series to build staff capacity at the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to understand and apply research. This session covers interview protocols, coding structures, and rubrics.

Jan25

‘Ready for the Future’ Documentary Screening: Minnesota Career and College Readiness Workshop

REL Midwest is hosting a screening of “Ready for the Future: Career Preparation in Rural Communities,” a documentary about the unique challenges facing rural communities in Minnesota, as students explore and prepare for careers.

2018

Dec13

Power of Translating Data to Improve Classroom Outcomes: 2018 Mastering KIDS Summit

This workshop at the Mastering KIDS Summit guides Illinois kindergarten teachers in using data from the Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) to inform instruction.

Dec12

Kindergarten: Where Play and Learning Can Meet

REL Midwest is hosting a screening of a documentary about the advantages associated with a play-based approach in kindergarten.

Nov28

ISBE Research Methods Training Session 2: Surveys and Focus Groups

REL Midwest is facilitating a five-part training series to build staff capacity at the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to understand and apply research. This session covers surveys and focus groups.

Nov14

Making It: Latino Students’ Pathways to College

REL Midwest is hosting a screening of a documentary about challenges Latino students face when preparing for and entering college and supports to encourage their success.

Nov8

Lakes Country Service Cooperative Research Methods Training

This session aimed to improve Lakes Country Service Cooperative staff members’ understanding of research methods as they make programmatic decisions and provide training to educators on developing curriculum and using evidence-based practices and programs.

Oct23

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

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

Oct22

Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) Data Use Train-the-Trainer Workshops

These train-the-trainer workshops on October 22, October 24, and November 5, 2018, build the content knowledge, facilitation skills, and confidence of a cadre of trainers who present KIDS data use workshop materials to kindergarten teachers.

Oct17

Wisconsin Technical College System Research Methods Training Session 1: Data, Research, and Evidence

REL Midwest is providing two training sessions for institutional researchers from the 16 colleges in the Wisconsin Technical College System. This session gives an overview of research methodology.

Oct11

Iowa Learning and Technology Networked Improvement Community

As part of a cross-REL panel at the National Forum to Advance Rural Education, REL Midwest describes the use of a networked improvement community to support education technology use in Iowa’s rural high schools.

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.

Oct9

Conducting Relevant Research through Networked Improvement Communities

This webinar addresses how researchers and practitioners can form networked improvement communities (NICs) to study high-priority questions about education practice.

Oct3

Transforming Professional Learning: Meeting the Needs of Online and Blended Educators

This webinar, sponsored by the Wisconsin Digital Learning Collaborative, describes a survey tool to help align and improve professional development for online teachers.

Oct2

ISBE Research Methods Training Session 1: Data and Evidence

REL Midwest is facilitating a five-part training series to build staff capacity at the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to understand and apply research. This session provides an overview of data, research, and evidence.

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.

Jul30

Cleveland Research Agenda-Setting Train-the-Trainer Workshop

This workshop trains researcher-practitioner partnership leaders to conduct their own research agenda-setting workshops for schools throughout the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

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.

Jul12

Learning from the RELs: What Can We Learn from Their Theories of Action?

REL Midwest staff participate in a cross-REL panel discussion on the RELs’ theories of action for promoting the use of research evidence in education policy and practice.

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.

May16

World’s Best Workforce 2016 Summary Scan Regional Training (Sartell)

In this training, REL Midwest and the Minnesota Department of Education provide hands-on, tailored technical support and a chance for district and charter leaders to reflect on the work to address World’s Best Workforce goals in their local context.

May14

Research Methods Session 6: Reporting and Using Quantitative Data

REL Midwest is providing a six-part training series for staff at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. This session covers reporting and using quantitative data.

May14

World’s Best Workforce 2016 Summary Scan Regional Training (Thief River Falls)

In this training, REL Midwest and the Minnesota Department of Education provide hands-on, tailored technical support and a chance for district and charter leaders to reflect on the work to address World’s Best Workforce goals in their local context.

May8

World’s Best Workforce 2016 Summary Scan Regional Training (Marshall)

In this training, REL Midwest and the Minnesota Department of Education provide hands-on, tailored technical support and a chance for district and charter leaders to reflect on the work to address World’s Best Workforce goals in their local context.

May7

World’s Best Workforce 2016 Summary Scan Regional Training (Roseville)

In this training, REL Midwest and the Minnesota Department of Education provide hands-on, tailored technical support and a chance for district and charter leaders to reflect on the work to address World’s Best Workforce goals in their local context.

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

Research Methods Session 5: Data Analysis

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

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.

Mar28

World’s Best Workforce 2016 Summary Scan Webinar

In this virtual training, REL Midwest and the Minnesota Department of Education share information with school district staff to ensure a common understanding of the Minnesota World’s Best Workforce legislation and requirements for districts.

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.

Jan17

Research Methods Session 4: Observations and Rubric Development

REL Midwest is providing a six-part training series for staff at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. This session covers observations and rubric development.

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.