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REL Southwest Roundup: Voices, Views, & News

Shared Insights on Using Knowledge to Improve Lives

Welcome to our blog, where we round up evidence, knowledge, and viewpoints from across the field of education, including insights from practitioners, administrators, and researchers. Have a story idea? Contact us!


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Ensuring an equitable education for all students: Remembering the Little Rock Nine

Joni Wackwitz | Aug. 30, 2019

To mark the 65th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education, our spring Governing Board meeting in Arkansas began with a tour of Little Rock Central High School. Learn how the event is inspiring our work.

Working toward student success: REL Southwest Governing Board meeting

Leslie Nail | Aug. 19, 2019

At our spring Governing Board meeting in Little Rock, board members and staff worked together to ensure our work is relevant and actionable for educators in our region.

The power of logic models

Angelica Herrera, Jenna Zacamy, and Robin Means | Aug. 7, 2019

REL Southwest designed hands-on logic model training to help guide a school improvement program underway in Texas, as well as to support the state’s school improvement strategy and future initiatives.

Research-based, trauma-responsive education practices

Shannon Lasserre-Cortez | May 29, 2019

Looking for research and strategies on creating a trauma-sensitive classroom? This post presents information from three research experts and a teacher experienced in trauma-responsive practices.

Resource roundup: Trauma-responsive practices

Joni Wackwitz | May 29, 2019

Understanding trauma and its effects is critical for supporting student success. To assist educators, we rounded up resources on trauma-responsive practices from across the REL Program.

All aboard: Improving English learner instruction

Renee Russ | May 29, 2019

Learn how Clovis Municipal School District has redefined its approach to serving English learner students, in this final series installment from our Southwest English Learners Research Partnership.

Demystifying ESSA tiers of evidence and the selection of evidence-based practices

David English | Apr. 23, 2019

REL Southwest and the Oklahoma State Department of Education are partnering to help local education service providers and districts understand and apply tiers of evidence.

Educators explore integrated and designated English language development instruction for English learners

Brenda Arellano | Apr. 15, 2019

The latest post in the blog series from our Southwest English Learners research partnership highlights key learnings from a REL Southwest event on English language development.

Resource roundup: Social and emotional learning and school climate

Cora Goldston | Mar. 15, 2019

What does the research say about strategies to support students’ social and emotional development and sense of belonging? Check out our roundup of REL network resources on social and emotional learning and school climate.

Farmington Municipal Schools’ journey: Implementing an English language development program

Karen Garcia Brown | Mar. 15, 2019

A new series from our Southwest English Learners partnership explores English Language Development (ELD) models and implementation.

Working together: Building a foundation for college and career readiness in Arkansas

Helen Duffy, Candace Hester, Stephen Plank, and Laura Stein | Jan. 9, 2019

Learn how REL Southwest and the Arkansas Department of Education are addressing the need for evidence-based and locally relevant support for improving students’ college and career readiness.

Richardson Independent School District: Where all means all

By Jeannie Stone | Dec. 17, 2018

The blog series from our Southwest School Improvement Research Partnership wraps up with this post by a district superintendent. Read about her district’s approach to removing barriers to student learning.

How long does it take Hispanic English learner students to reach English proficiency?

By Lacy Wood | Nov. 20, 2018

Our latest video highlights factors that influence the time it takes Hispanic English learner students to gain English language and academic proficiency. The video is the second in a two-part series.

Fostering the champion that students (and schools) deserve

By Levi Patrick | Nov. 19, 2018

Levi Patrick, assistant executive director of curriculum and instruction for the Oklahoma State Department of Education, describes how the Southwest Networked Improvement Communities research partnership is supporting Oklahoma’s Champions of Excellence Program.

Using research to support a System of Great Schools strategy

By Susan Bowles Therriault, Ph.D | Oct. 15, 2018

A REL Southwest researcher adds her voice and perspective to our Southwest School Improvement Research Partnership blog series on supporting district and school improvement.

Cultivating English learner students’ home language reaps benefits for learning English

By Marguerite Huber | Sep. 11, 2018

We highlight the relationship between English learner students’ initial Spanish proficiency and English language development in this video, the first in a two-part series.

How Louisiana supports new teachers with hands-on residencies

By Cora Goldston | Sep. 11, 2018

Sara DeLano, executive director of Education Workforce for the Louisiana Department of Education, describes the agency’s efforts to implement a statewide residency program to support new teachers.

Resource roundup: Accelerating improvement through networked improvement communities

By Joni Wackwitz | Sep. 11, 2018

Explore how to quickly test, refine, and scale up promising interventions through networked improvement communities. Get started with these curated resources from the REL Program and the Carnegie Foundation.

Taking an innovative approach: A System of Great Schools

Paul Pastorek and Duncan Klussmann | Aug. 27, 2018

Learn how Texas is empowering schools by supporting district leaders in this second post in our series from the Southwest School Improvement Research Partnership.

Midland on the move: Call for quality schools

Orlando Riddick and Elise Kail | June 28, 2018

Midland Independent School District is on the forefront of school improvement in Texas. This post kicks off a series from the Southwest School Improvement Research Partnership.

Research with impact: The RELs' field-initiated and high-leverage approach

Michael Vaden-Kiernan | June 28, 2018

REL Southwest's work focuses on education issues that are field-initiated and high leverage. But what does that mean? Learn more as we unpack the REL approach to research with impact.

Meet research partnership member Jessica Villalobos

Leslie Nail | June 28, 2018

Jessica Villalobos, who leads English learner programs and services for Albuquerque Public Schools, describes why she values the collaborative environment of the Southwest English Learners Research Partnership.

Federal network of education support

Cora Goldston | June 28, 2018

Learn more about the federally funded support available through U.S. Department of Education centers, including research, training, and coaching for state and local education staff.

AERA annual meeting showcases REL Southwest research

Marguerite Huber | June 28, 2018

REL Southwest researchers presented the results of six studies at the AERA annual meeting in New York City in April 2018.

REL Southwest Roundup: Bridging the gap from research to practice and policy

Leslie Nail | June 28, 2018

Welcome to the REL Southwest Roundup! Learn more about our goals for this blog, which will feature diverse insights on using education research.