Works in Progress
REL Northeast & Islands conducts applied research studies and offers training, coaching, and technical support to address our partners’ research questions, provide policymakers and practitioners with information they need to make decisions, and build individual and organizational capacity to understand and use research in education policy and practice. We invite you to learn about our projects underway.
Works in Progress are posted after project proposals have gone through a rigorous external peer review process that ensures all scientifically based REL work meets IES standards for research and evaluation.
Topic Area: Social and Emotional Learning
Measuring Social and Emotional Learning Skills among Secondary Students: A Review of Instruments
Partnership: Social and Emotional Learning Research Alliance
This study is a systematic review of instruments measuring three social and emotional (SEL) skills: self-regulated learning, collaboration, and perseverance. The report will provide information on instruments currently available to measure each of the three SEL constructs. The information will include whether or not there is evidence available on the reliability and validity of each instrument and, if so, what type of evidence is provided.
Topic Area: Teacher Preparation
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.
Topic Area: Postsecondary
Reducing Summer Melt in Rhode Island
Partnership: Rhode Island Pipelines to College and Career Research Partnership
This randomized controlled trial (RCT) is testing the effectiveness of a low-cost, text-messaging pilot intervention developed by the Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner to increase low-income students’ college enrollment and persistence.
Topic Area: Early Childhood
Unpacking Universal PreK in Vermont: Patterns of Program Enrollment
Partnership: Vermont Universal PreK Research Partnership
This study is using data from the first year (2016/17) of implementation of Vermont’s universal preK initiative to understand the characteristics of children enrolled in different preK programs (type and quality rating), the geographic characteristics of the preK programs, and the factors related to enrollment in particular program options (both type and quality rating).