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REL Northeast & Islands Event: Bridge Event: Schools Beating the Odds: Implications for Research and Practice
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December 7, 2016

Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET

Location: Webinar

Description: Join the Puerto Rico Research Alliance for Dropout Prevention for a virtual discussion of current research and practice on how "Beating the Odds" (BTO) schools can be identified and the factors that contribute to their success in serving vulnerable populations. BTO schools demonstrate better academic outcomes for students at risk of not graduating when compared with schools that serve similar populations. A team of panelists will present current research—including a PR Alliance study—on odds-beating schools in three REL Northeast & Islands jurisdictions: New York, Maine, and Puerto Rico. They will discuss appropriate methodologies for identifying schools and analyzing outcomes, as well as the implications of the research for policy and practice. A moderated Q&A session will allow participants to explore how the presented research may apply within their own contexts.

Research Alliance: Puerto Rico Research Alliance for Dropout Prevention (PR Alliance)

Audience: State and district policymakers, school leaders and practitioners, and professionals interested in dropout prevention.

Speakers: Panelists

  • Kristen Wilcox, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Theory and Practice, University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY)
  • Kathryn Schiller, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Educational Administration and Policy Studies, University at Albany, SUNY
  • Erika Stump, PhD, Research Associate, Maine Education Policy Research Institute, University of Southern Maine; REL Northeast & Islands Governing Board
  • Yinmei Wan, PhD, Senior Researcher, REL Northeast & Islands, American Institutes for Research


  • Sandra Espada-Santos, Facilitator, Puerto Rico Research Alliance for Dropout Prevention, REL Northeast & Islands
  • Coby Meyers, PhD, Chief of Research, Partnership for Leaders in Education; Associate Professor of Education, University of Virginia

Report Citation: Meyers, C. (in press). Identifying Beating-the-Odds High Schools in Puerto Rico. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands.

Silvernail, D., & Stump, E. (2012). More efficient public schools in Maine: Learning communities building the foundation of intellectual work. Portland, Maine: Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation.

Schiller, K.S., Durand, F., Wilcox, K.C., & Lawson, H.A. (2014). Identification of “odds-beating” and “typically performing” elementary and middle schools: Sampling methodology report. A report for the New York State Education Department as part of the School Improvement Study. University at Albany, State University of New York. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.1644.4323

Wilcox, K.C., Lawson, H.A, &. Angelis, J.I. with Durand, F., Schiller, K, Gregory, K., & Zuckerman, S (in press) Innovation in odds-beating schools. Rowman & Littlefield.

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