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REL Northeast & Islands Bridge Event: Using Cost Analysis to Inform Decisions About Professional Learning
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January 11, 2018

Time: 12-1:30 p.m. Eastern

Location: Webinar

Description: This webinar will explore cost analysis methods in educational decision making and how districts can use these methods to select programs or inform resource allocation.

Drawing from resources such as a recently published REL report, “The Critical Importance of Costs for Education Decisions,” and CostOut, an online toolkit developed by Columbia University and funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, Dr. Fiona Hollands will discuss why cost analysis is important, the types of cost metrics that are useful for decision making, and four methods for cost analysis. Two district leaders from Maine will share a professional learning intervention they are considering, and Dr. Hollands will use the scenario to demonstrate how cost estimates can be combined with other information to answer different types of policy and practice questions.

If you cannot attend the live event, register at the link below to be notified when a recording of the webinar is available online.

Partnership or Research Alliance: Professional Learning and Development Research Alliance

Audience: This webinar is designed for district-level leaders who make decisions about resource allocation for professional learning and development programming; state-level leaders who make resource allocation decisions; and researchers and others interested in a basic introduction to cost analysis and related methods.

Speakers: Dr. Fiona Hollands, Associate Director, Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
Anita Bernhardt, Director of Curriculum, York School Department, York, Maine
Heidi Early-Hersey, Director of Professional Development, MSAD #60, North Berwick, Maine
Nicole Breslow, Associate Project Director and Alliance Co-Lead, REL Northeast & Islands
Dr. Candice Bocala, Senior Research Associate and Alliance Co-Lead, REL Northeast & Islands

Report Citation: Hollands, F. M., & Levin, H. M. (2017). The critical importance of costs for education decisions (REL 2017–274). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Analytic Technical Assistance and Development. Retrieved from

Shanna Russ
(617) 618-2736
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