Regional Educational Lab (REL) Northeast & Islands partners with key stakeholders in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virgin Islands to develop evidence that can inform consequential decisions about policy, programs, and practice. Key stakeholders include organizations with decision-making authority and the ability to influence education policy and practice, such as state and local education agencies, school boards, institutes of higher education, and student, family, and community organizations. RELs partner with these organizations on applied research and development; training, coaching and technical supports; and dissemination. Click here to learn more about the REL Program.
REL Northeast & Islands is led by EDC with support from the following partners:
The REL Governing Board helps REL Northeast & Islands prioritize the education needs of the region, provides strategic guidance on REL work to maximize local effectiveness, and leverages members’ regional networks to amplify and disseminate REL products. REL Northeast & Islands Governing Board members represent diverse expertise and experience.
The Massachusetts Dyslexia Guidelines were published in 2021 to support districts’ development of screening procedures for identifying dyslexia and other neurological learning disabilities. After their publication, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) received feedback from stakeholders that the guidelines do not adequately address considerations for multilingual and bidialectal learners. In response to this feedback, this project will gather stakeholder and expert feedback, review existing state dyslexia guidelines for content on dyslexia screening for these student groups, and review additional research to revise and expand the chapter of the guidelines which focuses on multilingual and bidialectal learners. A slide deck based on the new chapter will be created to support Massachusetts DESE in training its staff and state stakeholders on the new chapter content. The project will also provide training to DESE staff on the content and resources of the revised chapter.
In this series of training, coaching, and technical support activities, REL Northeast & Islands is supporting the Puerto Rico Department of Education (PRDE) in building the capacity of leaders and educators to design and implement clear, data-driven communication with families about students’ academic and behavioral progress. The REL Northeast & Islands team is supporting PRDE in developing goals and identifying evidence-based strategies to effectively involve families in their students’ learning and incorporate those strategies into action plans. These action plans will include the district’s professional development needs (such as teacher planning time), family engagement practices, the infrastructure needed to support the new practices, and ways to monitor these practices.
This project included a series of meetings to lead the Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES and partner districts through a process to identify learner outcomes of interest and related indicators and measures of personalized learning. REL Northeast & Islands researchers, along with district staff, inventoried data systems, assessed the availability of student indicators, identified gaps, and discussed action steps to address these gaps. The data catalog documents administrative data, assessment data, and digital platform data. The final catalog is a flexible-use Excel workbook that provides a shell for organizing and tracking student data relevant for measuring learner outcomes related to personalized learning which could be used across other districts and states.
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