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What's New for December 2021

Supporting Integrated English Learner Student Instruction: A Guide to Assess Professional Learning Needs Based on the Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School Practice Guide (December 7, 2021)
This guide from REL West offers two tools and a ten-step process to help district and school site leaders assess the professional learning needs of elementary school teachers to implement research-based recommendations for the instruction of English learner students.

Principal Retention Patterns in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah (December 6, 2021)
This study by REL West found that fewer than half of principals in each state remained at the same school from fall 2016 to fall 2020 and turnover was higher among principals at lower-performing schools. Principals who moved to a new school tended to stay in the same local education agency.

Estimating Changes to Student Learning in Illinois Following Extended School Building Closures due to the COVID-19 Pandemic (December 1, 2021)
REL Midwest examined data from 17 Illinois school districts over five years, including four years prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, to measure how student learning changed in fall 2020 relative to fall terms prior to the pandemic.