Practitioner Brief: Understanding the Link Between Fidelity of Implementation and Professional Development Outcomes
Alliance: Professional Learning and Development Research Alliance
This project aims to address the need for practitioner-friendly resources to support district leaders in evaluating professional development activities in their districts. The brief will introduce district leaders and others involved in professional development (PD) management to key concepts related to PD evaluation, with a special focus on implementation fidelity and the role it plays in evaluating teacher and student outcomes.
Teacher Supply in New York: Pathways, Placement, and Retention
Partnership or Research Alliance: Teacher Preparation Research Alliance
Teacher shortages are prevalent in specific districts and content areas in New York State. For this study, REL Northeast & Islands is working with the New York State Education Department to examine certification pathways by which new teachers enter the workforce, the content areas of their certificates, where new teachers are employed, and their retention rates.
Connecticut Teacher Education and Mentoring Program (TEAM): Fidelity of Implementation and Teacher Retention
Partnership: Professional Learning and Development Research Alliance
This study being conducted with the Connecticut State Department of Education (CT SDE) is investigating the extent to which a statewide teacher induction program is implemented with fidelity to the required program elements and whether the fidelity of implementation is associated with retention of beginning teachers.
From Pre-Service to Persistence: Educator Preparation and Outcomes
Alliance: Teacher Preparation Research Alliance
Education leaders in Rhode Island are concerned that many early-career teachers are leaving the profession or not teaching in the grade level or subject area in which they were initially trained and certified. To better understand these trends, the Rhode Island Department of Education has partnered with REL Northeast & Islands to investigate the mobility and retention rates of early-career teachers. Specifically, the study is exploring whether there is a relationship between where a teacher is prepared in Rhode Island and teacher mobility, retention, employment in the certificate area in which the teacher was prepared, and whether the teacher is working in a high-needs district.