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Sarah Ryan

Looking Back and Preparing for the Road Ahead

Thu Sep 02 2021 by Sarah Ryan, Research Scientist
Hear reflections from our newest team member on how REL Northeast & Islands responded to the emergent needs of educators and policymakers this past year, while continuing to move our research initiatives forward.

Dr. Carrie Parker

Virgin Islands Project Supports All Educators in Instructing English Learners

Thu Jul 29 2021 by Dr. Carrie Parker, Principal Research Scientist, REL Northeast & Islands
Learn how REL Northeast & Islands has teamed up with the Virgin Islands Department of Education to ensure that all teachers use high-quality instructional practices with English learners.

Xinxin Zhang Dr. Katherine Shields

New Report Finds Accelerated College Credit Programs Have Positive Outcomes for Students

Wed Jun 30 2021 by Xinxin Zhang , Research Assistant II and Dr. Katherine Shields, Research Scientist
Read about Rhode Island's efforts to improve college and career readiness in youth through accelerated college credit programs, which students participate, and how they benefit.

Dr. Meg Caven

Understanding Teacher Turnover in Early Childhood Education

Mon Jun 21 2021 by Dr. Meg Caven, Senior Research Associate, REL Northeast & Islands
Why is teacher turnover so high in some early childcare centers and so low in others? Learn about a study that examined factors associated with turnover in the early childhood educator workforce.

Georgia Bock

Teacher Induction Program Holds Promise for Retaining Beginning Teachers

Fri May 07 2021 by Georgia Bock, Research Associate
Read about a new study that investigated the relationship between participation in Connecticut’s teacher induction program and beginning teacher retention.

Joshua Cox Dr. Meg Caven

Innovative Data Analysis Helps Boston Learn from Teachers’ Early Pandemic Experiences

Thu Feb 25 2021 by Joshua Cox, Senior Research Associate, REL Northeast & Islands and Dr. Meg Caven, Senior Research Associate, REL Northeast & Islands
Read about how REL Northeast & Islands used an innovative method to analyze Boston Public School survey data to inform Boston's remote teaching in the fall.

Dr. Ellen Mandinach

Culturally Responsive Data Literacy: Transforming Data and Information into Action

Wed Feb 24 2021 by Dr. Ellen Mandinach, Senior Research Scientist
Learn how Culturally Responsive Data Literacy can help educators support all students to continue to learn and be successful during this uniquely challenging time and into the future.

Dr. Meg Caven Nicole Breslow

Leveraging the Benefits of Collaboration for Collective Impact

Fri Jan 01 2021 by Dr. Meg Caven, Senior Research Associate, REL Northeast & Islands and Nicole Breslow, Project Director
REL Northeast & Islands and the Region 2 Comprehensive Center are collaborating to provide coordinated support to states and districts in our region. Learn about the early benefits they are seeing.

Diana Wogan

New Toolkit Helps Schools Use Continuous Processes to Solve Problems

Tue Dec 22 2020 by Diana Wogan, REL Researcher
Read about our new toolkit to help schools and districts engage in continuous improvement processes.

Dr. Jessica Bailey

Creating and Using Performance Assessments: An Online Course for Educators

Sun Nov 01 2020 by Dr. Jessica Bailey, Senior Research Associate, REL Northeast & Islands
REL Northeast & Islands is excited to release a free online course that will guide teachers in developing, scoring, and using high-quality performance assessments within a comprehensive assessment system.

Diana Wogan

New Guide Supports Educators in Selecting and Implementing SEL Interventions

Thu Oct 01 2020 by Diana Wogan, REL Researcher
Read about a new guide that helps practitioners identify evidence-based interventions to implement in their districts.

Dr. Pam Buffington

Rural Schools and Communities Pull Together During COVID-19

Sat Aug 01 2020 by Dr. Pam Buffington, Rural Education Lead, REL Northeast & Islands
Learn how rural communities throughout the REL Northeast & Islands region and beyond are coping with connectivity and access issues that disadvantage rural students.

Dr. Clare Irwin Audrey Gallo

Early Childhood Education Research Alliance Members Share Strategies in Response to COVID-19 Crisis

Mon Jun 01 2020 by Dr. Clare Irwin, Research Scientist, REL Northeast & Islands and Audrey Gallo, Research Associate, REL Northeast & Islands
Learn how states in the Northeast & Islands region are engaging families and their children from birth to age 5, supporting their ECE workforce, and making plans to reopen ECE centers in the fall.

Sheila Rodriguez

New Project Supports U.S. Virgin Islands’ English Learner Program to Ensure Equitable Access to High-Quality Instruction

Fri May 01 2020 by Sheila Rodriguez, Research Associate, REL Northeast & Islands
The number of English learners in the Virgin Islands has almost doubled since 2011. Learn how REL Northeast & Islands has partnered with the Virgin Islands Department of Education to improve academic achievement and ensure equitable access to high-quality instruction for English Learners.

Dr. Julie Riordan

Resources for Schools and Districts Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis

Wed Mar 25 2020 by Dr. Julie Riordan, Director of REL Northeast & Islands
With widespread school closures, educators and district leaders are working non-stop to ensure all students have access to learning opportunities and other services that schools provide—all while taking steps to stop the spread of COVID-19. To support your efforts, we share these timely resources.

Kellie Kim

Bringing Professional Development Research to Light

Sun Mar 01 2020 by Kellie Kim, Researcher, REL Northeast & Islands
Professional development for educators is a key means of improving classroom instruction and students’ learning. Find out how REL Northeast & Islands conducted a review of research on professional development topics, culminating in an infographic on instructional coaching.

Dr. Karen Shakman

What We Have Learned from Our Work with Teachers

Sat Feb 01 2020 by Dr. Karen Shakman, Research Scientist, REL Northeast & Islands
REL Northeast & Islands researchers work with educators to help them use data and evidence to arrive at the best instructional approaches for their students. This blog discusses some important lessons learned.

David Blumenthal David English

State Report Cards Go Digital in the Northeast

Fri Nov 01 2019 by David Blumenthal, Researcher, REL Northeast & Islands and David English, Senior Technical Assistance Consultant, REL Northeast & Islands
The state-issued school report card as we know it is transforming to a richer and more detailed picture of district- and school-level performance. Learn how REL Northeast & Islands is helping states use data from these online report cards for school improvement planning.

Heidi Larson Dr. Carrie Parker

Supporting Dual Language Learners in the PreK Classroom

Thu Aug 01 2019 by Heidi Larson, REL Northeast & Islands Cross-REL/TA Outreach Coordinator and Dr. Carrie Parker, Principal Research Scientist, REL Northeast & Islands
Bilingualism carries a number of advantages to children—including social, linguistic, cognitive, and cultural benefits. Learn about strategies to help young dual language learners succeed.

Diana Wogan

Ask A REL Answers Your Important Research Questions

Mon Jul 01 2019 by Diana Wogan, REL Researcher
Learn how one district leader, tasked with exploring the benefits and drawbacks of later school start times, used the REL Northeast & Islands Ask A REL service to inform her district’s decision.

Dr. Candice Bocala

Supporting Districts’ Efforts to Evaluate Professional Development

Sat Jun 01 2019 by Dr. Candice Bocala, Senior Research Associate, REL Northeast & Islands
Two REL Northeast & Islands projects are building the capacity of district leaders to evaluate their own teacher professional development (PD) efforts, whether they decide to hire an external evaluator or conduct PD evaluations internally.

Joshua Cox

Webinar Highlights Family and Community Engagement in Social and Emotional Learning

Wed May 01 2019 by Joshua Cox, Senior Research Associate, REL Northeast & Islands
Learn about the important role family and community partnerships play in successful school-based social and emotional learning programs.

Sheila Rodriguez

Partnership Project Supports New Data Coaches in Puerto Rico

Fri Feb 01 2019 by Sheila Rodriguez, Research Associate, REL Northeast & Islands
We partnered with the Puerto Rico Department of Education to provide training for new data coaches hired to work with school leaders and teachers to help build their capacity to analyze and use their own classroom data to plan lessons and differentiate instruction.

Jill Marcus

How Can We Better Translate Education Research into Action?

Mon Oct 01 2018 by Jill Marcus, Research Assistant II, REL Northeast & Islands
Despite the growth in the number of education researcher-practitioner collaborations, gaps in knowledge remain about how to translate research into action effectively.

Dr. Candice Bocala

Research Study Examines Relationship Between Teacher Induction Program and Teacher Retention

Sat Sep 01 2018 by Dr. Candice Bocala, Senior Research Associate, REL Northeast & Islands
Teacher turnover is a problem across the United States, with about 17 percent of teachers leaving within the first five years in the profession. This turnover rate costs states and districts money and time, and negatively affects student outcomes.

Pradipti Bhatta

Bridge Event Explores Research on Teacher Preparation for Equity and Diversity

Wed Aug 01 2018 by Pradipti Bhatta, Project Coordinator, REL Northeast & Islands
Racial diversity has been increasing for decades in U.S. public schools, and students of color now account for 52 percent of total enrollment.

Dr. Pam Buffington

REL Reports Explore Calculating and Using Expenditure-to-Performance Ratios

Sun Jul 01 2018 by Dr. Pam Buffington, Rural Education Lead, REL Northeast & Islands
Like many government-funded entities, public school districts are increasingly asked to “do more with less.”

Dr. Kyle DeMeo Cook Dr. Karen Shakman

Four Questions to Ask About Your Data: An Example from a Data Coaching Project with Boston Public Schools

Fri Jun 01 2018 by Dr. Kyle DeMeo Cook, Research Associate, REL Northeast & Islands and Dr. Karen Shakman, Research Scientist, REL Northeast & Islands
As part of our mission to advance the use of data in educational decision-making, REL Northeast & Islands provides customized training, coaching, and technical support to partners in the region seeking assistance with data use.

Dan Mello

Researcher-Stakeholder Engagement Guides Development of Tool to Improve Identification of English Learner Students

Tue May 01 2018 by Dan Mello, Researcher, REL Northeast & Islands
At REL Northeast & Islands, we are charged by the Institute of Education Sciences to work with educators, school leaders, policymakers, and others to use data and evidence to improve student outcomes. In doing this, we are encouraged—in fact, required—to work in close partnership with regional stakeholders to ensure the research we conduct and the training and technical support we offer are of use and relevant to practitioners in our communities.

Dr. Clare Irwin

Research Partnership Looks at Universal PreK Enrollment Patterns in Vermont

Sun Apr 01 2018 by Dr. Clare Irwin, Research Scientist, REL Northeast & Islands
Decades of research have shown that participation in high-quality prekindergarten (preK) is associated with better outcomes for young children. Supported by the evidence base, overall state funding for preK programs increased by 47 percent nationwide over the last five years.

Dr. Candice Bocala

Research Agenda Workshops Help Alliances and Partnerships Zero In on Research Needs and Questions

Thu Mar 01 2018 by Dr. Candice Bocala, Senior Research Associate, REL Northeast & Islands
REL Northeast & Islands is coordinating 10 research partnerships and alliances, each focused on one of four high-priority areas: (1) early childhood education and school readiness; (2) college and career readiness; (3) professional development and teacher preparation for effective instruction; and (4) educational equity for access and attainment.

Dr. Julie Riordan

Technical Working Group Helps Keep REL Research Rigorous and Relevant

Thu Feb 01 2018 by Dr. Julie Riordan, Director of REL Northeast & Islands
At REL Northeast & Islands, one of our most important jobs is to ensure that the research we develop and use in partnership with our stakeholders is rigorous and relevant. Our applied research studies must be methodologically sound, and our training, coaching, and technical support projects must be informed by current and credible research. Additionally, we want our projects to meet local needs and contribute to broader conversations about critical challenges facing U.S. schools.

Ashley Gaddis

Collaborative Webinar Focuses on Managing Student Data in Times of Crisis

Mon Jan 01 2018 by Ashley Gaddis, Dissemination Manager
On December 18, 2017, REL Northeast & Islands collaborated with three federally funded technical assistance programs to present a public webinar that explored how state education agencies (SEAs) and local school districts can manage student data in times of crisis.