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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.
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