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

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Time: 1:15 p.m.–2:45 p.m. Eastern Time

Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE) Spring 2019 Conference
Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown
2401 M Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20037


This symposium explores how research-practice partnerships can help advance students’ social and emotional learning. Three research-practice partnerships are featured, including the REL Midwest Early Childhood Education Research Alliance (MECERA).

The MECERA presentation, “A Researcher-Practitioner Partnership in Illinois,” highlights how REL Midwest researchers worked with MECERA members to analyze the fall 2017 data from Illinois’ kindergarten entry assessment, the Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS). Fall 2017 marked the first year KIDS was implemented statewide. The findings include information about children’s social and emotional behaviors at the start of school and the social context surrounding this data collection. Teachers can use the results to inform the content, pacing, and differentiation of instruction, while administrators and policymakers can use the data to examine the variation—or inequalities—in children’s skill levels at the start of school across student subgroups, classrooms, schools, and districts.

Partnership: Midwest Early Childhood Education Research Alliance


  • Jill Bowdon, REL Midwest
  • Sarah Bruch University of Iowa
  • Lisa Merrill, Research Alliance for New York City Schools