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How School Districts Mentor New Teachers: What a Multistate Survey Reveals (September 12, 2016)

The webinar will present data and information contained in REL Central’s April 2016 report How Do School Districts Mentor New Teachers? The presentation will begin with an introduction by Dale DeCesare, the principal investigator for this work. He will explain the need for a survey that gathers information from districts regarding their mentoring policies for new teachers.

Success and lessons learned: A district’s perspective on early warning systems (April 19, 2016)

This webinar provides a case summary of one district’s personal use of an early warning system (EWS). Learn about Washoe County School District’s (Reno, NV) use of EWS, including how the need for EWS developed and steps they took to analyze student risk factors and develop early warning indicators. The webinar also covers barriers and challenges encountered along the way.

Reporting on Teacher Preparation Program Performance: A Look at State Approaches (October 13, 2015)

States in the Central Region are making changes to how they report and share data in efforts to evaluate and continually improve teacher preparation programs. This event helps attendees understand issues related to the reporting and use of teacher preparation program evaluation results.

Coaching to Assist Teachers of Students Struggling in Mathematics (September 17, 2015)

This webinar provides participants with a deeper understanding of how mathematics coaching can support teachers with students who are struggling to learn mathematics. This coaching increases teacher knowledge about intervention instruction in mathematics and the impact of monitoring students’ progress through available resources, and warns against content and instructional practices that actually interfere with struggling students learning mathematics. Barbara Dougherty, PhD, the Richard G. Miller Endowed Chair for Mathematics Education and a Research Professor in Mathematics Education at the University of Missouri–Columbia, presents her research on strategies to support struggling learners and assessments to support progress monitoring in algebra.

Practices for Raising Student Achievement in Rural Districts (May 24, 2016)

This webinar from REL Central provides research on practices for raising student achievement in rural districts. Presenters share work on the use of online learning in rural schools and findings from an experimental study on the effects of an on online mathematics course for grade 8 students in rural schools. Implications for practice in rural schools are discussed by each presenter.

Sustainable Coaching for Science Teachers (May 12, 2015)

This webinar, presented by Gwen Nugent, Gina Kunz, and Jim Houston from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, engage participants to increase their knowledge about a peering coaching research project, Coaching Science Inquiry in Rural Schools. The project examined how professional development and follow-up coaching efforts influenced teachers’ knowledge and implementation of guided scientific inquiry with science content to help students learn the methods that scientists use to study the natural world.

Closing the Achievement Gap in Rural Districts (March 4, 2015)

This webinar provides participants with research related to teaching and learning practices in rural districts that have been successful in closing the achievement gap between students who qualify for free/reduced-price lunch and those who do not, and between students with disabilities and students without disabilities.

Building a Better Survey (November 18, 2014)

REL Central and Ellen Mandinach present important information on survey development. Mandinach discusses the characteristics of good survey items, the use of cognitive interviewing to improve survey items, and how to test survey data for reliability. REL Central researchers discuss the different types of validity and how statistical tests and modeling are used to examine survey data for construct validity.

The Essence of Formative Assessment: Creating a Common Understanding of the Formative Assessment Process (August 27, 2014)

REL Central hosts this webinar in which Susan Brookhart defines formative assessment as a process used by educators to identify learning targets, check for understanding, facilitate student involvement, analyze evidence, and provide and use feedback. Participants view and reflect on examples of research-based formative assessment strategies as used in classroom practice.