Our research alliances meet regularly. Contact the research alliances lead, Ada Muoneke, for more information, or visit one of the alliance web pages below.

Past REL Southwest Events

REL Southwest EventNov. 8, 2017

Bridge Event: Closing the Achievement Gap: Research From New Mexico

Webinar
1:30–3:00 p.m. MDT / 2:30&

Join REL Southwest for a free webinar examining how New Mexico high school students’ advanced course completion and graduation rates changed after the state adopted more rigorous requirements.

Archived resources for <a href=http://relsouthwest.sedl.org/bridge_events/2017-11-08-nmag/index.html class=swevent  title=Open a new window with the event website for Bridge Event: Closing the Achievement Gap: Research From New Mexico>Bridge Event: Closing the Achievement Gap: Research From New Mexico</a>

Contact: Jackie Burniske
Email: jburniske@air.org

Nov. 3, 2017

REL Southwest Poster Session: Time to Proficiency for English Learner Students in Texas
2017 APPAM Fall Research Conference

Hyatt Regency, Chicago, IL
10:00–11:30 a.m. CT

Learn about the findings of a research study that REL Southwest conducted in partnership with practitioners in our English Learners Research Alliance. The study drew on eight years of data to examine factors that influence the time it took a group of Texas students identified as English learners in grade 1 to attain English proficiency and to meet academic content-area standards.

Contact: Jackie Burniske
Email: jburniske@air.org

Nov. 1–4, 2017

REL Southwest Session: Graduation Exam Performance and Course-Taking of English Learner High School Students in New Mexico
La Cosecha Dual Language Conference

Convention Center, Albuquerque, NM

Learn about a REL Southwest research study conducted in partnership with the New Mexico Achievement Gap Research Alliance. The study looked at the high school graduation exam performance of the 2011–2015 graduation cohorts, enrollment in algebra II and lab science for the 2014–2015 cohorts, and the relationship of exam performance and course enrollment with later graduation outcomes. Results for English learner students will be presented.

Contact: Jackie Burniske
Email: jburniske@air.org

Oct. 31, 2017

New Mexico Achievement Gap Research Alliance Meeting

1–5 p.m. MT

Alliance members will convene to receive and discuss the results of alliance studies, review other alliance work, and continue planning for sunsetting the alliance after the REL contract ends.

Contact: Carmen Martinez, Alliance Liaison
Email: cmartinez@air.org

REL Southwest EventOct. 24, 2017

Bridge Event: Building a System of Great Schools: The What, So What, and Now What?

Webinar
12:00–1:30 p.m. EDT

Do you know how many students in your district attend high-quality schools? And how can you systematically increase that number? Join us for a free webinar presenting actionable guidance on how to build a system of great schools through school portfolio management.

Archived resources for <a href=http://relsouthwest.sedl.org/bridge_events/2017-10-24-portfolio/index.html class=swevent  title=Open a new window with the event website for Bridge Event: Building a System of Great Schools: The What, So What, and Now What?>Bridge Event: Building a System of Great Schools: The What, So What, and Now What?</a>

Contact: Jackie Burniske
Email: jburniske@air.org

Oct. 13, 2017

REL Southwest Session: Teacher Professional Development in Rural Schools: Building Connections
National Forum to Advance Rural Education

Round Room, Ohio Union at Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
2:55–3:15 p.m. ET

How does research focused on professional development practices in Oklahoma inform state policy and practice? How does this information spark change in the provision of equitable professional learning opportunities across the state? A research study that REL Southwest conducted in partnership with practitioners in the Oklahoma Rural Schools Research Alliance generated data the led to a shift in the state's delivery of professional learning. Discover how you can use this information in your state.

Contact: Jackie Burniske
Email: jburniske@air.org

Oct. 12, 2017

REL Southwest Session: Quality Teachers in Rural Schools: Lessons Learned in Oklahoma
National Forum to Advance Rural Education

Rosa Ailbouni Room, Ohio Union at Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
1:15–2:15 p.m. ET

Learn about two research studies that REL Southwest conducted in partnership with practitioners in the Oklahoma Rural Schools Research Alliance. The studies examine (1) teacher recruitment and retention (2) and professional development. This informal discussion with the researchers and Oklahoma practitioners will focus on how you can use the information from these studies in your own state and school district.

Contact: Jackie Burniske
Email: jburniske@air.org

Oct. 12, 2017

REL Southwest Session: Recruiting and Retaining Quality Teachers in Oklahoma
National Forum to Advance Rural Education

Great Hall, Room 2, Ohio Union at Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
2:30–3:00 p.m. ET

Learn about a research study REL Southwest conducted in partnership with practitioners in the Oklahoma Rural Schools Research Alliance. The study identified teacher, district, and community characteristics that are predictors of successful teacher recruitment and retention in rural Oklahoma. Join the researchers and alliance members who guided the research and discover how you can use the information to guide policy and practice in your school district.

Contact: Jackie Burniske
Email: jburniske@air.org

Oct. 10, 2017

English Learners Research Alliance Quarterly Meeting – South Texas

Region 1 Education Service Center, Edinburg, TX
9 a.m.–12 p.m. CT

Alliance members will convene to receive and discuss the results of the alliance's studies and technical assistance projects, review other alliance work, and continue planning for sunsetting the alliance after the REL contract ends.

Contact: Dalia Zabala, Alliance Liaison
Email: dzabala@air.org

Oct. 9, 2017

English Learners Research Alliance Quarterly Meeting – Central Texas

AIR Austin Office, Austin, TX
9 a.m.–12 p.m. CT

Alliance members will convene to receive and discuss the results of the alliance's studies and technical assistance projects, review other alliance work, and continue planning for sunsetting the alliance after the REL contract ends.

Contact: Dalia Zabala, Alliance Liaison
Email: dzabala@air.org

Oct. 5, 2017

REL Southwest Session: Graduation Exam Performance and Course-Taking of Native American High School Students in New Mexico
National Indian Education Association Convention and Trade Show

Caribe Royale Resort, Orlando, FL
2:00–3:15 p.m. ET

Learn about two research studies that REL Southwest conducted in partnership with the New Mexico Achievement Gap Research Alliance. The studies examine disparities for high school student subgroups, including Native Americans, with a focus on advanced course enrollment, Algebra II and lab science enrollment, high school graduation exam performance, and high school graduation outcomes.

Contact: Jackie Burniske
Email: jburniske@air.org

REL Southwest EventOct. 4, 2017

Bridge Event: Exploring Educator Movement Between Districts
REL Midwest with REL Southwest

Webinar
12:00–1:30 p.m. CT

This webinar focuses on research addressing the teacher pipeline and the mobility of teachers between schools and districts. Presenters will discuss two published REL Midwest research studies on teacher mobility trends and strategies for estimating teacher supply and demand. Following each presentation, leaders from the Oklahoma State Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Education will respond to the presentations and share state initiatives to meet teacher staffing needs. Presenters also will briefly highlight two upcoming REL Southwest studies related to teacher supply and demand.

Event website for Bridge Event: Exploring Educator Movement Between Districts

Contact: Jackie Burniske
Email: jburniske@air.org

Sep. 28, 2017

New Mexico Achievement Gap Research Alliance Quarterly Meeting

Webinar
2–3 p.m. MT

Alliance members will convene to receive the results of alliance studies and discuss how best to promote them, to review other alliance work, and to continue planning for sunsetting the alliance after the REL contract ends.

Contact: Carmen Martinez, Alliance Liaison
Email: cmartinez@air.org

REL Southwest EventSep. 19, 2017

Bridge Event: A Research Partnership to Support High-Quality Professional Learning

Webinar
2:30–4:00 p.m. CDT

Join REL Southwest and the Oklahoma Rural Schools Research Alliance for a free webinar highlighting a new study on professional development practices in rural and nonrural schools in Oklahoma, including how the state is using the information to support high-quality professional learning.

Archived resources for <a href=http://relsouthwest.sedl.org/bridge_events/2017-09-19-okpd/ class=swevent  title=Open a new window with the event website for Bridge Event: A Research Partnership to Support High-Quality Professional Learning>Bridge Event: A Research Partnership to Support High-Quality Professional Learning</a>

Contact: Jackie Burniske
Email: jburniske@air.org

Sep. 12, 2017

Arkansas Prekindergarten Research Alliance Quarterly Meeting

Holiday Inn Airport Conference Center, Little Rock, AR
8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Alliance members will convene for their final face-to-face meeting. Agenda topics include a discussion of the results of the alliance's projects and plans for sunsetting the alliance after the REL contract ends in November 2017.

Contact: Janice Keizer, Alliance Liaison
Email: jkeizer@air.org

Sep. 6–7, 2017

REL Southwest Governing Board Fall Meeting

Austin, TX

Governing Board members from our five-state region will convene to review ongoing work, provide guidance on regional priorities, and share ideas for disseminating our work.

Contact: Jackie Burniske
Email: jburniske@air.org

REL Southwest EventAug. 30, 2017

Bridge Event: Teacher Mentoring: Lessons Learned and Next Steps

Webinar

Join REL Southwest and the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders for a free webinar on implementing effective teacher mentoring programs, including lessons learned from research and the field.

Archived resources for <a href=http://relsouthwest.sedl.org/bridge_events/2017-08-30-mentoring/index.html class=swevent  title=Open a new window with the event website for Bridge Event: Teacher Mentoring: Lessons Learned and Next Steps>Bridge Event: Teacher Mentoring: Lessons Learned and Next Steps</a>

Contact: Jackie Burniske
Email: jburniske@air.org

Aug. 25, 2017

REL Southwest Session: Needed: Quality Teachers in Oklahoma
OSSBA/CCOSA Education Leadership Conference

OKC Cox Convention Center, Rm. 9, Oklahoma City, OK
2:15–3:05 p.m. CT

Learn about the research REL Southwest conducted in partnership with the practitioners in our Oklahoma Rural Schools Research Alliance. The research focused on two areas of high need in rural schools: (1) teacher recruitment and retention and (2) professional development. Join the researchers and the Oklahoma educators who guided the research and discover how you can use the information from these studies in your school district.

Contact: Jackie Burniske
Email: jburniske@air.org

July 25, 2017

REL Southwest Session: Native American Resource Roundup
2017 Indian Education Summit

Moore Norman Technology Center, South Penn Campus, Oklahoma City, OK
Session 2, 11 a.m.–12 p.m. CT

Join us as we explore resources for engaging Native American families and communities in student learning. REL Southwest developed these resources in partnership with our New Mexico Achievement Gap and Oklahoma Rural Schools Research Alliances.

Contact: Jackie Burniske
Email: jburniske@air.org

July 20, 2017

REL Southwest Session: Evidence-Based Measurement of Children’s Knowledge and Skills at Kindergarten Entry and Research on Diverse Populations in New Mexico
New Mexico Coalition of Education Leaders Conference

NMAA Building, Sierra I, Albuquerque , NM
1:00–2:15 p.m. (MT)

This conference session highlights the research studies REL Southwest is conducting in partnership with its two New Mexico research alliances: Achievement Gap and Prekindergarten. REL Southwest assessed the validity of the New Mexico Kindergarten Observation Tool (KOT) and is conducting studies related to English learners' language and academic development, the transition to high school, advanced course completion in high school,  student outcomes under changing high school graduation requirements, and principal feedback to teachers.

Contact: Jackie Burniske
Email: jburniske@air.org

July 14, 2017

Oklahoma Rural Schools Research Alliance Quarterly Meeting

9 a.m.–12 p.m. CT

The members of the Oklahoma Rural Schools Research Alliance will convene to discuss alliance work and receive updates on alliance projects. Alliance members will also receive a presentation on the findings of the study Measuring Teachers Access to Professional Development Practices in Oklahoma by School Locale: A Descriptive Analysis.

Contact: Haidee Williams
Email: hkwilliams@air.org

July 10, 2017

REL Southwest Session: Aligning Quality Measures for Prekindergarten Classrooms
2017 National Principals Conference

Pennsylvania Convention Center, Rm. 113A, Philadelphia, PA
2:15–3:30 p.m. ET

This interactive session will explore how to conduct a crosswalk between measurement instruments designed to evaluate teacher effectiveness and those designed to evaluate early childhood classroom quality. The presenters will utilize a crosswalk of the Arkansas Teacher Effectiveness Support System with measures of prekindergarten classroom quality, in particular CLASS and ECERS-R.

About the conference
The 2017 National Principals Conference is the first-ever joint conference for preK through grade 12 school leaders. The conference is taking place July 9–11 in Philadelphia. The focus is on fostering authentic collaboration among school leaders from all levels and to inspire principals to understand and value their peers’ expertise and worth. It will also provide an unprecedented opportunity to build transition bridges and fully prepare students for success in school and beyond to college and careers.

View conference website for more information and to register.

July 9, 2017

REL Southwest Session: Using Early Warning Systems to Identify At‑Risk English Learners
2017 National Principals Conference

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 113A, Philadelphia, PA
9:00–10:15 a.m. ET

Early warning systems are used to collect and analyze data with the aim of identifying students at risk of missing key education milestones. Drawing on their work with three Texas school districts, REL Southwest researchers will provide an example of how early warning systems can be adapted to identify at-risk English learners.

About the conference
The 2017 National Principals Conference is the first-ever joint conference for preK through grade 12 school leaders. The conference is taking place July 9–11 in Philadelphia. The focus is on fostering authentic collaboration among school leaders from all levels and to inspire principals to understand and value their peers’ expertise and worth. It will also provide an unprecedented opportunity to build transition bridges and fully prepare students for success in school and beyond to college and careers.

View conference website for more information and to register.

June 22, 2017

New Mexico Achievement Gap Quarterly Meeting

Webinar
10–11 a.m. MDT

Members of the New Mexico Achievement Gap Research Alliance will meet to discuss alliance work and receive project updates. Researcher Jill Walston will provide a presentation on the alliance project New Mexico Students’ Graduation Exam Performance and Course-Taking as Graduation Requirements Changed: 2011–2015.

Contact: Carmen Mart?nez
Email: cmartinez@air.org

May 31, 2017

New Mexico Prekindergarten Research Alliance Quarterly Meeting

Webinar
3:00–4:30 p.m. CT

The quarterly meeting will include presentations on the Kindergarten Observation Tool Validation study and the Kindergarten Readiness technical assistance project.

Contact: Janice Keizer
Email: jkeizer@air.org

REL Southwest EventMay 18, 2017

Bridge Event: Research Discussion: Studies on the Academic Progress of English Learners

Webinar
2:30–3:45 p.m. CDT

English learner (EL) students face unique obstacles as they strive to master both the English language and academic content simultaneously. Join REL Southwest for a free webinar spotlighting new research studies on English learner students' time to reclassification and advanced course enrollment and performance. The report authors will discuss the key findings of each study, after which school practitioners will share their reflections on the findings' implications and applications.

Archived resources for <a href=http://relsouthwest.sedl.org/bridge_events/2017-05-18_elprog/index.html class=swevent  title=Open a new window with the event website for Bridge Event: Research Discussion: Studies on the Academic Progress of English Learners>Bridge Event: Research Discussion: Studies on the Academic Progress of English Learners</a>

Contact: Jackie Burniske
Email: jburniske@air.org

REL Southwest EventMay 10, 2017

Bridge Event: Charter School Authorization in Louisiana

Claiborne Building, Baton Rouge, LA
8 a.m. –3 p.m.

Join REL Southwest and the Louisiana Department of Education for a free bridge event and workshop on research, policies, and practices to guide charter school authorization.

Archived resources for <a href=http://relsouthwest.sedl.org/bridge_events/2017-05-10_chauth/index.html class=swevent  title=Open a new window with the event website for Bridge Event: Charter School Authorization in Louisiana>Bridge Event: Charter School Authorization in Louisiana</a>

Contact: Jackie Burniske
Email: jburniske@air.org

May 8–9, 2017

REL Southwest Governing Board Spring Meeting

Sulphur Springs, OK

Governing Board members from our five-state region will convene to review ongoing work, provide guidance on regional priorities, and share ideas for disseminating our work.

Contact: Jackie Burniske
Email: jburniske@air.org

April 27, 2017

Arkansas Prekindergarten Research Alliance Meeting

Holiday Inn Airport Conference Center, Little Rock, AR
9 a.m.–1 p.m. (MT)

Alliance members will receive project updates, including highlights from the Arkansas Prekindergarten Participation and GIS Mapping project, and have an opportunity to network with colleagues. In addition, members will receive training on the use of an alignment matrix tool to identify knowledge gaps related to the alliance research agenda and data sources for addressing those gaps.

Contact: Janice Keizer
Email: jkeizer@air.org

April 26, 2017

New Mexico Achievement Gap Research Alliance Meeting: Training on the Research Agenda Resource Alignment Matrix

Embassy Suites in Albuquerque, Albuquerque, NM
8 a.m.–4 p.m. (MDT)

Alliance members will meet to receive training on an alignment matrix tool to identify knowledge gaps related to the alliance research agenda and data sources for addressing those gaps. Members will also receive project updates and discuss ideas for upcoming events.

Contact: Carmen Martinez
Email: cmartinez@air.org

April 20, 2017

Workshop 1: Research, Resources, and Tools to Promote Systemic Implementation

American Institutes for Research Austin Office, Austin, TX
10:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. CT

Do you need help implementing a research-based school improvement program in the way it was intended? This free workshop series, hosted by REL Southwest's Texas Hispanic STEM Research Alliance, will provide strategies for promoting implementation fidelity in school improvement efforts. Participants will learn how to develop an Innovation Configuration (IC), a research-based method for supporting your program. IC maps provide a way to gain a clear picture, or a map, of what constitutes high-quality implementation of a program through exemplar descriptions that guide and focus implementation efforts. This workshop is part of a series of three in-person workshops and two virtual follow-up support sessions.

This workshop series is open to all Texas Hispanic STEM Research Alliance members, their colleagues, and T-STEM Academy staff.

Contact: Haidee Williams
Email: hkwilliams@air.org

March 29, 2017

Louisiana Charter Schools Research Alliance Meeting: Addressing Students’ Needs in Mathematics Through Reformed-Based Instruction

OPSB Administration Building, New Orleans, LA
8:15 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

This quarterly alliance meeting will center on the major shifts in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) for grades 3–12. We will explore research recommendations for addressing the math achievement gap and for implementing vertical alignment to improve instruction and strategies for narrowing that gap. We will also discuss an alignment matrix tool to identify knowledge gaps related to the alliance research agenda and data sources for addressing them.

Contact: Darlene Brown
Email: dmbrown@air.org

REL Southwest EventMarch 21, 2017

Bridge Event: Leading the Way: How States Are Addressing Early Learning Under ESSA

Webinar

Join us for a free webinar on resources, strategies, and examples for integrating early learning into state plans for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The director of the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO), Lori Connors-Tadros, Ph.D., will share evidence-based resources to support states in drafting their ESSA plans. State leaders from Arkansas, Louisiana, Michigan, and Washington will then describe how they have used research to integrate early learning priorities and provisions into their ESSA state plans.

Archived resources for <a href=http://relsouthwest.sedl.org/bridge_events/2017-03-21_ece-essa/index.html class=swevent  title=Open a new window with the event website for Bridge Event: Leading the Way: How States Are Addressing Early Learning Under ESSA>Bridge Event: Leading the Way: How States Are Addressing Early Learning Under ESSA</a>

Contact: Jackie Burniske
Email: jburniske@air.org

March 16, 2017

Panel Presentation: Enriching the STEM Education Experience through Classroom Diversity
International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) Conference

Sheraton Dallas, Rm. Houston B, Dallas, TX
2 p.m.

This REL Southwest panel presentation will discuss research-based strategies and best practices for enriching the STEM education experience through classroom diversity. The presentation is sponsored by  REL Southwest's Texas Hispanic STEM Research Alliance. Registration for the ITEEA 2017 conference is available through the conference website: https://www.iteea.org/40503.aspx

Contact: Haidee Williams
Email: hkwilliams@air.org

March 2, 2017

English Learners Research Alliance Quarterly Meeting

Webinar
10–11 a.m. CT

The alliance will meet to kick off year 5, receive project updates, discuss ideas for upcoming events, and begin planning for sunsetting the alliance when the current REL contract ends.

Contact: Dalia Zabala, Alliance Liaison
Email: dzabala@air.org

Feb. 27, 2017

New Mexico Prekindergarten Research Alliance Quarterly Meeting

Webinar

Alliance members will receive project updates and discuss dissemination strategies for study findings.

Contact: Janice Keizer, Alliance Liaison
Email: jkeizer@air.org

Feb. 23, 2017

Oklahoma Rural Schools Research Alliance Planning-Leadership Team Meeting

K20 Center, Equity Conference Room, Norman, OK
10 a.m.–12 p.m. CT

The alliance planning-leadership team will convene to receive updates and to provide feedback on current and proposed projects and dissemination efforts.

Contact: Haidee Williams, Alliance Liaison
Email: hkwilliams@air.org

Jan. 30, 2017

Conference Session: Evidence-Based Research on Educator Effectiveness and English Learners in Texas, TASA Midwinter Conference

Room ACC, 16B, Austin, TX
9:30–10:30 a.m. CT

REL Southwest works with the Texas Education Agency and Texas educators to address pressing education challenges through three research alliances: Educator Effectiveness, English Learners, and Hispanic STEM. This session will highlight the work of these alliances, which bring together practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and others to conduct research and build capacity around the use of data and research evidence.

Go to the TASA Midwinter Conference website

Contact: Jackie Burniske
Email: jburniske@air.org

REL Southwest EventDec. 7, 2016

Bridge Event: Professional Learning Community Resources for Supporting English Learners

Webinar
3:30–4:30 p.m. CST

Join us for a webinar on professional learning community resources to support elementary and middle school English learners in building literacy and learning academic content. The event is free and open to the public.

Archived resources for <a href=http://relsouthwest.sedl.org/bridge_events/2016-12-07_plc/index.html class=swevent  title=Open a new window with the event website for Bridge Event: Professional Learning Community Resources for Supporting English Learners>Bridge Event: Professional Learning Community Resources for Supporting English Learners</a>

Contact: Jackie Burniske
Email: jburniske@air.org

Nov. 16, 2016

REL Southwest Technical Working Group Meeting

AIR Austin Office, Austin, TX
10–3 p.m. CT

REL Southwest's technical working group (TWG), which consists of external experts who provide guidance and feedback on our research methods to ensure quality control, will convene in Austin to discuss the status of current and upcoming research projects.

Contact: Jackie Burniske
Email: jburniske@air.org

Nov. 14, 2016

English Learners Research Alliance Quarterly Meeting and Workshop

AIR Austin Office, Austin, TX
1–4 p.m.

The quarterly meeting of the English Learners Research Alliance will include project updates and a workshop on a resource tool to support the alliance's research agenda.

Contact: Dalia Zabala, alliance liaison
Email: dzabala@air.org

Nov. 9, 2016

New Mexico Achievement Gap Research Alliance Quarterly Meeting and Workshop

Santa Fe, NM

The quarterly meeting of the New Mexico Achievement Gap Research Alliance will include project updates and a workshop on a resource tool to support the alliance's research agenda.

Contact: Carmen Mart?nez, alliance liaison
Email: cmartinez@air.org

REL Southwest EventNov. 8, 2016

Bridge Event: Strengthening School Partnerships with Native Families and Communities

Webinar
2:30–4:00 p.m. CST

Experts from REL Pacific and REL Southwest highlight research-based resources to help educators engage Native families and communities in students' academic achievement and career aspirations. Registration is free and open to all.

Archived resources for <a href=http://relsouthwest.sedl.org/bridge_events/2016-11-08_sspnfc/index.html class=swevent  title=Open a new window with the event website for Bridge Event: Strengthening School Partnerships with Native Families and Communities>Bridge Event: Strengthening School Partnerships with Native Families and Communities</a>

Contact: Jackie Burniske
Email: jburniske@air.org

Nov. 8, 2016

New Mexico Prekindergarten Research Alliance Quarterly Meeting and Workshop

Santa Fe, NM

The quarterly meeting of the New Mexico Prekindergarten Research Alliance will include project updates and a workshop on a resource tool to support the alliance's research agenda.

Contact: Janice Keizer
Email: jkeizer@air.org

REL Southwest EventOct. 19, 2016

Bridge Event: Student Learning Objectives: Lessons Learned and Next Steps

Webinar
3:00–4:30 p.m. CT

Join us for a free webinar on the benefits and challenges of using student learning objectives in educator evaluation systems. Three presenters will offer national, state, and district perspectives.

Archived resources for <a href=http://relsouthwest.sedl.org/bridge_events/2016-10-19_slos/index.html class=swevent  title=Open a new window with the event website for Bridge Event: Student Learning Objectives: Lessons Learned and Next Steps>Bridge Event: Student Learning Objectives: Lessons Learned and Next Steps</a>

Contact: Jackie Burniske
Email: jburniske@air.org

Oct. 18–21, 2016

Louisiana Charter Schools Research Alliance Presentation
International Society for Educational Planning Conference

Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans, LA

Join us at the ISEP 2016 Conference in New Orleans for an overview of the work of our Louisiana Charter Schools Research Alliance.

Contact: Darlene Morgan Brown, Ph.D.
Email: dmbrown@air.org

Oct. 14, 2016

REL Southwest Presentation: Round Up Time! Informing Statewide Policy and Practice Through Research Partnerships
National Rural Education Association Convention

Cartoon Room 1, Ohio Union, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
2:15–2:45 p.m. Eastern Time

How can a research team round up practices in the field and deliver a herd of promising ideas to the Oklahoma Corral? Learn how a research organization teamed up with state education agencies to analyze two challenges in Oklahoma rural schools: educator recruitment and retention and professional development approaches. This collaborative partnership is leveraging research with current and potential strategies to brand promising ideas statewide.

Presenters: Haidee Williams, REL Southwest; Susan Pinson, Oklahoma State Department of Education; Kathren Stehno, Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability

Conference website and registration

Contact: Haidee Williams
Email: hkwilliams@air.org

Oct. 13, 2016

Cross-REL Presentation: Connecting Research, Policy, and Practice: The Regional Educational Laboratory Program
National Rural Education Association Convention

Cartoon Room 2, Ohio Union, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
2:15–4:30 p.m. Eastern Time

See how research translates into practice by attending an interactive session provided by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Program. Attendees will learn how to unpack data and research to address pressing rural education issues, including college and career readiness, educator recruitment and retention, and data use.

Presenters: Michael Flory, REL Appalachia; Shelley Billig and Stepany Brown, REL Central; Jerry Johnson, REL Mid-Atlantic; Tori Cirks, REL Midwest; Pam Buffington, REL Northeast and Islands; Sarah Frazelle, REL Northwest; Haidee Williams, REL Southwest

Conference website and registration

Contact: Haidee Williams
Email: hkwilliams@air.org

Oct. 8, 2016

REL Southwest Workshop: Research-Based Tools and Resources for Family and Community Engagement
National Indian Education Association Annual Convention

Grand Sierra Resort & Casino, Carson 3, Reno, NV
9:00 – 10:15 a.m. PT

Join us at the NIEA Convention for a workshop on research-based practices to support parent and family engagement in rural and Native American communities. In addition, participants will explore ways to apply the information to improve their local family and community engagement practices, programs, and policies.

Presenters: Erica Plut, Haidee Williams, and Jenna Zacamy, REL Southwest

Contact: Haidee Williams
Email: hkwilliams@air.org

Oct. 7, 2016

REL Central and REL Southwest Workshop: Two Effective Models of Family and Community Engagement: Combining Research and Practice
National Indian Education Association Annual Convention

Grand Sierra Resort & Casino, Carson 2, Reno, NV
8:00–9:15 a.m. PT

Join us at the NIEA Convention for a workshop on research-based practices for engaging Native American families and communities so students can thrive academically, culturally, socially, and emotionally. The session will begin with a review of the research and then explore how promising practices and principles are being implemented in the Native American Center at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, and through collaborative efforts of tribes from Oklahoma. REL Central and REL Southwest are co-presenting this workshop.

Presenters: Linda Fredericks, REL Central; Haidee Williams, REL Southwest; Yvonne Bilinski, Native American Center; & Norma Neely, American Indian Institute

Contact: Haidee Williams
Email: hkwilliams@air.org

Sep. 15–16, 2016

REL Southwest Governing Board Meeting

AIR Austin Office, Austin, TX

Governing Board members from our five-state region will convene in Austin, Texas, to review ongoing work, provide guidance on regional priorities, and share ideas for future work.

Contact: Jackie Burniske
Email: jburniske@air.org

REL Southwest EventSep. 14, 2016

Bridge Event: Unlocking Key Challenges Facing Arkansas' Schools

Heifer International Educational Facilities, Little Rock, AR
9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. CT

Join us for a free all-day conference on evidence-based practices related to high-quality prekindergarten programs, rural education, and instruction for diverse learners, with a focus on Arkansas. REL Southwest is cohosting this event with the Office for Education Policy at the University of Arkansas. This event is free and open to all.

Archived resources for <a href=http://relsouthwest.sedl.org/bridge_events/2016-09-14_aroep/index.html class=swevent  title=Open a new window with the event website for Bridge Event: Unlocking Key Challenges Facing Arkansas' Schools>Bridge Event: Unlocking Key Challenges Facing Arkansas' Schools</a>

Contact: Jackie Burniske
Email: jburniske@air.org

Sep. 13, 2016

Early Warning Systems 401: Customizing Indicators and Interventions to Support English Learner Students: Cohosted by REL Northwest, REL Pacific, REL Southwest, & REL West

Webinar
12:00–1:30 p.m. CT

Join us for a free 90-minute webinar that will explore the research and promising practices on using early warning systems to prevent dropout and increase the graduation rate of English learner students. The fourth part in a cross-REL series on early warning systems, this webinar will include national experts and district-level practitioners. Key topics include:

  • Recognizing differences among subgroups of high school English learner students
  • Examining similarities and differences in graduation and dropout patterns between English learner and non-English learner student populations
  • Identifying potential early warning indicators for English learner students
  • Removing barriers for English learner students and customizing early warning systems to meet the unique needs of different student populations
Register online

Contact: Jackie Burniske
Email: jburniske@air.org

Sep. 7, 2016

Early Warning and Risk Prevention for English Learners

Webinar
2:30–4:00 p.m. CT

This free webinar focuses on the use of early warning systems to identify and support English learners at risk of not meeting education milestones and academic goals. The presentation includes examples from districts with large populations of English learners. The event is open to the public.

Archived resources for <a href=http://relsouthwest.sedl.org/ews/2016-09-07-webinar/index.html class=swevent  title=Open a new window with the event website for Early Warning and Risk Prevention for English Learners>Early Warning and Risk Prevention for English Learners</a>

Contact: Jackie Burniske
Email: jburniske@air.org

Aug. 4–5, 2016

Workshop: Using Data to Guide Instruction in a Culturally Responsive Environment
Louisiana Charter Schools Research Alliance

Hynes Elementary School, New Orleans, LA

This free workshop is designed for members of the Louisiana Charter Schools Research Alliance but is open to all Louisiana educators. Participants will discuss and better understand education data privacy laws, implications, and resources as well as the importance of data use to plan and implement culturally relevant instruction. Presenters and facilitators include Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) staff, school leaders, data specialists, and teachers.

Contact: Darlene Brown, Alliance Liaison
Email: dmbrown@air.org

REL Southwest EventAug. 2, 2016

Bridge Event: Preschool to Kindergarten: Successfully Navigating the Transition

Webinar
2:30–4:00 p.m. CT

Join REL Southwest for a free webinar on evidence-based practices to help children and their families navigate the transition to kindergarten. Presenters Margaret Caspe, Ph.D., senior research analyst at Harvard Family Research Project, and Jody Veit-Edrington, early childhood program coordinator for the North Little Rock School District, provide an overview of the current research on the transition to kindergarten as well as examples of promising practices districts are using to facilitate this transition.

Archived resources for <a href=http://relsouthwest.sedl.org/bridge_events/2016-08-02_kinder/index.html class=swevent  title=Open a new window with the event website for Bridge Event: Preschool to Kindergarten: Successfully Navigating the Transition>Bridge Event: Preschool to Kindergarten: Successfully Navigating the Transition</a>

Contact: Jackie Burniske
Email: jburniske@air.org

July 10, 2016

Poster Session: Facilitating Professional Learning Communities that Support Struggling Readers Who Are English Learners
National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Summer Forum

The Mayflower Hotel, Washington, DC

REL Southwest will present the poster "Facilitating Professional Learning Communities That Support Struggling Readers Who Are English Learners in the Southwest." The Professional Learning Communities Facilitator's Guide is designed to assist teacher teams in applying the evidence-based recommendations in the Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School educator's practice guide, produced by the What Works Clearinghouse. The poster session will provide an overview of both guides.

REL Southwest EventJune 20, 2016

Bridge Event: Research-Based Practices for Improving Academic Outcomes for English Learners

South Padre Island Convention Centre, South Padre Island, TX
1:00–1:45 p.m. CT

Join us at the Effective Border Schools Conference for a free keynote presentation on research-based practices to support English learners at different proficiency levels. Diane August, Ph.D., a leading researcher in the field of second-language instruction, will describe and model effective ways to differentiate content-area instruction for English learners, with an emphasis on middle and high school students.

Archived resources for <a href=http://relsouthwest.sedl.org/bridge_events/2016-06-20_elborderconf/index.html class=swevent  title=Open a new window with the event website for Bridge Event: Research-Based Practices for Improving Academic Outcomes for English Learners>Bridge Event: Research-Based Practices for Improving Academic Outcomes for English Learners</a>

Contact: Jackie Burniske
Email: jburniske@air.org

June 17, 2016

Early Warning Systems Technical Assistance Training

Sharyland Independent School District, Mission, TX
9 a.m.–4 p.m. CT

This free all-day technical assistance training on early warning systems is designed for  teams from participating school districts.

Contact: Linda Cavazos, Alliance Liaison
Email: lcavazos@air.org

June 14, 2016

2016 Indian Education Summit Presentation: A World of Resources and Support from REL Southwest

Reed Conference Center and Sheraton Midwest City Hotel, Midwest City, OK
1:15–2:15 p.m. (CT)

Join REL Southwest at the 2016 Indian Education Summit for a presentation on resources targeted to the needs of Native American educators and children. Developed in partnership with several Oklahoma Native American representatives, the resources cover topics related to family and community relationships with public schools; professional development for administrators and teachers on Native American cultural diversity; and Native American teacher education, preparation, and retention in Native American communities.
Register for the conference

Contact: Haidee Williams, Alliance Liaison
Email: hkwilliams@air.org

May 16, 2016

Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance: Understanding Logic Models Workshop

American Institutes for Research, 4700 Mueller Blvd., Austin, TX
9 a.m.–4 p.m. CT

This workshop provided an overview of logic models, with a focus on their use as a planning, communication, and assessment tool with educator evaluation systems. In addition, facilitators led participants in developing logic models for their local educator evaluation systems. Participants then engaged in discussions about the short- and long-term goals of their evaluation systems and how best to use the logic models to support those goals. 

The workshop was designed for members of REL Southwest's Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance and their colleagues. We encourage workplace teams to attend together.

Contact: Doug Fireside, Alliance Liaison
Email: dfireside@air.org

REL Southwest EventMay 11, 2016

Bridge Event: Culturally Responsive Resources for Native Students

Webinar
3:00–4:30 p.m. CT

This free webinar explores high-quality online resources that support culturally responsive instruction for Native American students. Presenters from the Center on Standards & Assessment Implementation and the National Indian Education Association describe the culturally responsive resources available in their online repositories. The archive for this event will be posted soon.

Archived resources for <a href=http://relsouthwest.sedl.org/bridge_events/2016-05-11_crrns/index.html class=swevent  title=Open a new window with the event website for Bridge Event: Culturally Responsive Resources for Native Students>Bridge Event: Culturally Responsive Resources for Native Students</a>

Contact: Jackie Burniske, Dissemination Director, REL Southwest
Email: jburniske@air.org

May 2–4, 2016

REL Southwest Governing Board Spring Meeting

New Orleans, LA

Governing Board members from our five-state region convened to review ongoing work, provide guidance on regional priorities, and share ideas for future work.

April 12, 2016

AERA Annual Meeting Poster Session: Connecting Research and Practice: Regional Educational Laboratory Partnerships to Improve Data Use in Education

Convention Center, Level One, Room 101, Washington, DC
8:15–9:45 a.m.

In this structured poster session, the 10 Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs) will highlight how they help strengthen public education in the United States through research and technical assistance projects that focus on data systems, data use, and data analysis. REL researchers will present the challenges, opportunities, and lessons learned from their collaborations with school districts, state departments of education, and others as they provide support for a more evidence-reliant education system.

REL Southwest will present the poster "Facilitating Professional Learning Communities That Support Struggling Readers Who Are English Learners in the Southwest."

Contact: Jackie Burniske
Email: jburniske@air.org

April 1, 2016

Texas Hispanic STEM Research Alliance Planning-Leadership Team Meeting

San Antonio, TX
9 a.m.–3 p.m. CT

The Texas Hispanic STEM Research Alliance Planning-Leadership Team will meet to discuss the alliance's ongoing and upcoming projects. For more information, please contact Haidee Williams, alliance liaison, at hkwilliams@air.org or 800-476-6861, ext. 6566.

March 22–24, 2016

Carnegie Foundation Summit, Poster Session: Collaboration to Improve Rural Education, Oklahoma Rural Schools Research Alliance

San Francisco, CA

This poster reviews how three alliance members use many of the Carnegie improvement principles to address educational challenges in rural Oklahoma. The overarching alliance theme is collaboration. The alliance structure, process, and membership provides a great example of how to leverage the team members’ expertise to address educational challenges.

Haidee K. Williams, Research Alliance Liaison/Senior TA Consultant, American Institutes for Research
Sharon Dean, Associate Director, K20 Center for Educational and Community Renewal
Kathren Stehno, Senior Coordinator/Project Manager, Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality & Accountability

Contact: Haidee Williams
Email: hkwilliams@air.org

REL Southwest EventMarch 8, 2016

Bridge Event: Helping Newcomers Succeed Through Effective Programs and Practices

Lone Star College University Park Conference Center, Houston, TX
9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m. CT

This free all-day event brings together experts to discuss issues of importance to those who work with newcomer students, newly arrived immigrant students who need to learn English.

Archived resources for <a href=http://relsouthwest.sedl.org/bridge_events/2016-03-08_newcomers/index.html class=swevent  title=Open a new window with the event website for Bridge Event: Helping Newcomers Succeed Through Effective Programs and Practices>Bridge Event: Helping Newcomers Succeed Through Effective Programs and Practices</a>

Feb. 25, 2016

Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance Quarterly Meeting

For more information, please contact Patricia Balana, alliance liaison, at pbalana@air.org or 202-403-5000.

Feb. 25, 2016

EWS 101 Webinar: Introduction to the 5 Core Components of Early Warning Systems

Webinar
10–11 a.m. PST

Early warning systems (EWS) can identify students at risk of not graduating so that schools can provide support early on to get students back on track to academic success and on-time graduation. In this first webinar of a series, participants will learn about the five key components of an effective EWS:

  • Building a team
  • Identifying appropriate indicators
  • Creating data reports
  • Mapping interventions to indicators
  • Evaluating interventions
This is the first in a national series on implementing EWS for dropout prevention from the 10 Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs). 

Register Now

Feb. 25, 2016

Oklahoma Rural Schools Research Alliance Planning-Leadership Team Meeting

9–3 a.m. CT

The Oklahoma Rural Schools Research Alliance's Planning-Leadership Team will meet to discuss the alliance's ongoing and upcoming projects. For more information, please contact Haidee Williams, alliance liaison, at hkwilliams@air.org or 800-476-6861, ext. 6566.

Jan. 12, 2016

REL Southwest Technical Working Group Meeting

Hoover Building, Austin, TX
9–4 p.m. CT

REL Southwest's technical working group (TWG), which consists of external experts who provide guidance and feedback on our research methods to ensure quality control, will convene in Austin, TX, to discuss the status of current and upcoming research projects

Dec. 15, 2015

New Mexico Achievement Gap Research Alliance Quarterly Meeting

Santa Fe, NM
1–4 p.m. MT

For more information, please contact Linda Cavazos, alliance liaison for the New Mexico Achievement Gap Research Alliance, at linda.cavazos@air.org or 800-476-6861, ext. 6523.

Dec. 11, 2015

New Mexico Prekindergarten Research Alliance Quarterly Meeting

Eldorado Hotel, Santa Fe, NM
8:30 a.m.–12 p.m. MT

This meeting will include updates on projects in progress and year 4 plans. For more information, please contact Janice Keizer, liaison for the New Mexico Prekindergarten Research Alliance, at jkeizer@air.org or 800-476-6861, ext. 6552.

REL Southwest EventDec. 10, 2015

Bridge Event: Bridging Research, Policy, and Practice in Early Childhood Education

Bains Lower Elementary School, St. Francisville, LA

Join us in St. Francisville, Louisiana, for an all-day symposium on policy, research, and practice in early childhood education, including a tour of a high-quality early childhood program. The event is free and open to the public.

Archived resources for <a href=http://relsouthwest.sedl.org/bridge_events/2015-12-10_lara_ece/index.html class=swevent  title=Open a new window with the event website for Bridge Event: Bridging Research, Policy, and Practice in Early Childhood Education>Bridge Event: Bridging Research, Policy, and Practice in Early Childhood Education</a>

Dec. 8, 2015

English Learners Research Alliance Quarterly Meeting

American Institutes for Research Austin Office, Rm. 201, Austin, TX
1–4 p.m. CT

For more information, please contact Linda Cavazos, alliance liaison for the English Learners Research Alliance, at linda.cavazos@air.org or 800-476-6861, ext. 6523.

Nov. 19, 2015

Oklahoma Rural Schools Research Alliance: Hands-On Workshop to Identify Promising Family Engagement Practices

K20 Center at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
10:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m. CT

For more information, please contact Haidee Williams, liaison for the Oklahoma Rural Schools Research Alliance, at hkwilliams@air.org or 800-476-6861, ext. 6566.

Nov. 17, 2015

New Mexico Achievement Gap Research Alliance Presentation
New Mexico Indian Education Summit

Laguna Pueblo, NM

Members of our New Mexico Achievement Gap Research Alliance, joined by the state secretary of Indian education, will hold a presentation at the New Mexico Indian Education Summit to share information about the alliance's Native education activities. The summit is hosted by the New Mexico Public Education Department, Indian Education Division, in partnership with the South Central Comprehensive Center and New Mexico tribes.

REL Southwest EventNov. 16, 2015

Bridge Event: Teaching Math to Young Children Practice Guide: Hands-On Workshop

American Institutes for Research Austin Office, Conference Center, Austin, TX
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. CT

This free hands-on workshop explores the evidence-based recommendations in the Teaching Math to Young Children practice guide, produced by the What Works Clearinghouse. The archive materials provide methods for increasing young children’s math knowledge, literacy, and competency. Key topics include how to help children use informal methods to represent math concepts, processes, and solutions, and how to engage children in open-ended conversations that build math vocabulary.

Archived resources for <a href=http://relsouthwest.sedl.org/bridge_events/2015-11-16_prekmath2/index.html class=swevent  title=Open a new window with the event website for Bridge Event: Teaching Math to Young Children Practice Guide: Hands-On Workshop>Bridge Event: Teaching Math to Young Children Practice Guide: Hands-On Workshop</a>

Nov. 12, 2015

TX Hispanic STEM Research Alliance Quarterly Mtg.

Webinar
10 a.m.–2 p.m. CT

For more information, please contact Haidee Williams, liaison for the TX Hispanic STEM Research Alliance, at hkwilliams@air.org or 800-476-6861, ext. 6566.

Nov. 6, 2015

Dual Language Education: A Model for Culturally Relevant Instruction in Our Schools
NM Achievement Gap Alliance Panel, La Cosecha Conference

Albuquerque Convention Center, Albuquerque, NM
10–11 a.m. MT

Members of our New Mexico Achievement Gap Research Alliance present a panel discussion on the use of dual language programs to enhance the cultural relevancy of instruction for English learners. The discussion will be presented as a follow-up to the day's keynote address by Lily Wong Fillmore, Ph.D., professor emerita, University of California at Berkeley. Panelists will answer targeted questions and engage in dialogue related to the topics presented.

 

Oct. 17, 2015

Cross-REL Workshop: RELs and Rural Education: Using Research to Guide Practice
National Rural Education Association 107th Convention and Research Symposium

Hyatt at the Arch, St. Louis, MO
8:20 a.m. CT

REL Southwest is cohosting a cross-REL workshop on the collaborative work of REL research alliances in addressing the regional needs of rural schools and districts. The event is open to all conference attendees. NREA website

Oct. 16, 2015

Cross-REL Workshop: RELs and Indian Education: Using Research to Guide Practice
46th Annual National Indian Education Association Convention & Trade Show

Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR
4:00–5:15 p.m. PT

Four Regional Educational Labs, including REL Southwest, will present a workshop on the collaborative work of REL research alliances in addressing the regional needs of Native American education. The event is open to all conference attendees. NIEA website

Oct. 8, 2015

Texas Hispanic STEM Research Alliance Quarterly Meeting

Location TBD

The quarterly meeting of the Texas Hispanic STEM Research Alliance will provide updates on alliance projects and work. For more information, please contact Haidee Williams, alliance liaison, at hkwilliams@air.org or 800-476-6861, ext. 6566.

REL Southwest EventSep. 30, 2015

Bridge Event: Equitable Access to Excellent Educators: State Planning Resources

Webinar
3:00–4:30 p.m. CT

This free webinar on developing State Educator Equity Plans presents lessons learned from other states and resources to help with planning.

Archived resources for <a href=http://relsouthwest.sedl.org/bridge_events/2015-09-30_equity/index.html class=swevent  title=Open a new window with the event website for Bridge Event: Equitable Access to Excellent Educators: State Planning Resources>Bridge Event: Equitable Access to Excellent Educators: State Planning Resources</a>

Sep. 30, 2015

Oklahoma Rural Schools Research Alliance Quarterly Meeting

Webinar
10:00–11:30 a.m. CT

The quarterly meeting of the Oklahoma Rural Schools Research Alliance will take place via webinar. For more information, please contact Haidee Williams, alliance liaison, at hkwilliams@air.org or 800-476-6861, ext. 6566.

Sep. 29, 2015

REL Southwest Fall Governing Board Meeting

Austin, TX

Governing Board members from our five-state region will convene in Austin, Texas, to review ongoing work, provide guidance on regional priorities, and share ideas for future work.

Sep. 29, 2015

Texas Hispanic STEM Data Inventory Workshop II

American Institutes for Research Austin Office, Austin, TX
9 a.m.–1 p.m. CT

This free workshop, the second in a two-part series, is designed for members of the Texas Hispanic STEM Research Alliance and their colleagues. The workshop series addresses how to use data to answer questions that educators often face.

  • Workshop I: Answering Fast Turnaround Questions focuses on questions that can be easily addressed through the use of publicly accessible data table generators and other data tools (for example, How does my district compare to others in terms of X, Y, and Z?).
  • Workshop II: What, Where, and How? Answering Deeper Questions focuses on deeper questions about influence or impact, which typically require accessing restricted-use datasets.
For more information, please contact Haidee Williams, alliance liaison, at hkwilliams@air.org or 800‑476‑6861, ext. 6566.

Sep. 25, 2015

Native American Indian Working Group Meeting

Absentee-Shawnee Tribe Board Room, Shawnee, OK
9–11 a.m. CT

The Native American Indian Working Group of the Oklahoma Rural Schools Research Alliance will meet to discuss family and community involvement to support Native American Indian career aspirations and choice, school demographics, and culturally relevant professional development. Governor Edwina Butler-Wolfe of the Absentee-Shawnee Tribe has graciously agreed to host this meeting. For more information, please contact Haidee Williams, alliance liaison, at hkwilliams@air.org or 800-476-6861, ext. 6566.

REL Southwest EventSep. 24, 2015

Bridge Event: Supporting Hispanic Students Preparing for STEM Careers

Webinar
3:00–4:30 p.m. CT

This free webinar presents evidence-based strategies to support Hispanic students preparing for careers in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). The presenters examine factors that influence Hispanic students' success in STEM degrees as well as strategies to support this success as students prepare for college.

Archived resources for <a href=http://relsouthwest.sedl.org/bridge_events/2015-09-24_txhstem/index.html class=swevent  title=Open a new window with the event website for Bridge Event: Supporting Hispanic Students Preparing for STEM Careers>Bridge Event: Supporting Hispanic Students Preparing for STEM Careers</a>

Sep. 24, 2015

Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance Quarterly Meeting

Austin, TX
3–5 p.m. CT

The quarterly meeting of the Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance will include updates on alliance projects and work. For more information, please contact Patricia Balana, alliance liaison, at pbalana@air.org or 202-403-5000.

Sep. 10, 2015

New Mexico Achievement Gap Research Alliance Quarterly Meeting

Santa Fe Indian School, Santa Fe, NM
9 a.m.–Noon CT

The quarterly meeting of the New Mexico Achievement Gap Research Alliance will take place in Santa Fe. Working groups will meet afterward. 

Quarterly meeting: 9 a.m.–Noon
Working group meetings: Noon–2 p.m.

The meetings are open to the public. For more information, please contact Linda Cavazos, alliance liaison, at lcavazos@air.org or 800-476-6861, ext. 6523.

Sep. 4, 2015

English Learners Research Alliance Quarterly Meeting – Central TX

AIR Austin Office, Room 307, Austin, TX
1–4 p.m. CT

The English Learners Research Alliance will host two quarterly meetings: one in Edinburg and one in Austin. Members need attend only one of the meetings. The meetings are open to the public. For more information, please contact Linda Cavazos, alliance liaison, at lcavazos@air.org or 800-476-6861, ext. 6523.

Sep. 1, 2015

English Learners Research Alliance Quarterly Meeting – South TX

Education Service Center Region 1, Edinburg, TX
1–4 p.m. CT

The English Learners Research Alliance will host two quarterly meetings: one in Edinburg and one in Austin. Members need attend only one of the meetings. The meetings are open to the public. For more information, please contact Linda Cavazos, alliance liaison, at lcavazos@air.org or 800-476-6861, ext. 6523.

Aug. 18, 2015

REL Southwest Summer Governing Board Meeting

Teleconference
3–5 p.m. CT

Governing Board members from our five-state region will convene by teleconference to review ongoing work, provide guidance on regional priorities, and share ideas for future work.

Aug. 13, 2015

Texas Hispanic STEM Data Inventory Workshop I – Central TX

Embassy Suites Conference Center, San Marcos, TX
9 a.m.–3 p.m. CT

This free workshop, the first in a two-part series, is designed for members of the Texas Hispanic STEM Research Alliance and their colleagues. The workshop series addresses how to use data to answer questions that educators often face.

  • Workshop I: Answering Fast Turnaround Questions focuses on questions that can be easily addressed through the use of publicly accessible data table generators and other data tools (for example, How does my district compare to others in terms of X, Y, and Z?).
  • Workshop II: Answering Deeper Questions focuses on deeper questions about influence or impact, which typically require accessing restricted-use datasets.
Workshop I will be presented twice, once in South Texas and once in Central Texas. For more information, please contact Haidee Williams, alliance liaison, at hkwilliams@air.org or 800‑476‑6861, ext. 6566.

Aug. 10, 2015

Texas Hispanic STEM Data Inventory Workshop I – South TX

Texas Valley Communities Foundation, Mercedes, TX
9 a.m.–3 p.m. CT

This free workshop, the first in a two-part series, is designed for members of the Texas Hispanic STEM Research Alliance and their colleagues. The workshop series addresses how to use data to answer questions that educators often face.

  • Workshop I: Answering Fast Turnaround Questions focuses on questions that can be easily addressed through the use of publicly accessible data table generators and other data tools (for example, How does my district compare to others in terms of X, Y, and Z?).
  • Workshop II: Answering Deeper Questions focuses on deeper questions about influence or impact, which typically require accessing restricted-use datasets.
Workshop I will be presented twice, once in South Texas and once in Central Texas. For more information, please contact Haidee Williams, alliance liaison, at hkwilliams@air.org or 800‑476‑6861, ext. 6566.

REL Southwest EventJuly 27, 2015

Bridge Event Webinar: Building Biliteracy Instruction, Programs, and Services

Webinar, 1:00–2:30 p.m. CT

This free webinar presents evidence-based instructional programs and services to support biliteracy development among K–12 English learners.

Archived resources for <a href=http://relsouthwest.sedl.org/bridge_events/2015-07-27_biliteracy/index.html class=swevent  title=Open a new window with the event website for Bridge Event Webinar: Building Biliteracy Instruction, Programs, and Services>Bridge Event Webinar: Building Biliteracy Instruction, Programs, and Services</a>

July 27, 2015

Cross-Alliance Workshop: Designing Intensive Programs and Services for English Learners

Courtyard by Marriott - Austin Downtown/Convention Center, Austin, TX
1–5 p.m. CT

This free back-to-school workshop will assist attendees in planning, supporting, and improving instructional services, programs, and interventions, for English learners, including the following:

  • Biliteracy instruction, programs, and services
  • Language development and support in elementary students’ native language and English
  • English learners with disabilities and long-term English learners
  • Instructional and socio-emotional support for newcomers in PK–12
This event is targeted to REL Southwest alliance members and their guests. For more information and to register, see the event web page.

REL Southwest EventJuly 16, 2015

Bridge Event: Facilitating Professional Learning Communities to Support English Learners

Embassy Suites Hotel & Spa, Albuquerque, NM
9–4 p.m. MT

Gain hands-on experience using the Professional Learning Communities Facilitator’s Guide, developed for the What Works Clearinghouse™ Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School practice guide. The presentation provides an overview of the facilitator's guide and the recommendations in the practice guide.

Archived resources for <a href=http://relsouthwest.sedl.org/bridge_events/2015-07-16_plcfg/index.html class=swevent  title=Open a new window with the event website for Bridge Event: Facilitating Professional Learning Communities to Support English Learners>Bridge Event: Facilitating Professional Learning Communities to Support English Learners</a>

July 1, 2015

Oklahoma Rural Schools Research Alliance Quarterly Meeting

Rose State College, W.P. Atkinson Student Center, Fountain Room, Midwest City, OK
9 a.m.–3 p.m. CT

This meeting is open to members of the Oklahoma Rural Schools Research Alliance. For more information, please contact Haidee Williams, alliance liaison, at hkwilliams@air.org or 800-476-6861, ext. 6566.

May 14, 2015

English Learners Research Alliance Quarterly Meeting and Newcomers Workgroup–Central TX

SEDL Headquarters, Rm. 307, Austin, TX
1–4 p.m. CT

This meeting is open to members of the English Learners Research Alliance. For more information, please contact Linda Cavazos, alliance liaison, at lcavazos@air.org or 800-476-6861, ext. 6523.

May 14, 2015

Louisiana Charter Schools Research Alliance Quarterly Meeting

Webinar
9:00–10:30 a.m. CT

This meeting is open to members of the Louisiana Charter Schools Research Alliance. For more information, please contact Darlene Brown, alliance liaison, at dmbrown@air.org or 800-644-8671.

May 12–13, 2015

REL Southwest Technical Working Group and Partner Meeting

SEDL Headquarters, Austin, TX

Our technical working group (TWG), which consists of external experts who provide guidance and feedback on our research methods to ensure quality control, and partners will convene at SEDL Headquarters in Austin, TX, to discuss the status of current and upcoming research projects.

May 11, 2015

NM Achievement Gap Research Alliance Quarterly Meeting

Albuquerque, NM
12:30–5 p.m. MT

Main meeting: 12:30–3:00 p.m., Workgroups: 3:00–5:00 p.m.

This meeting is open to members of the New Mexico Achievement Gap Research Alliance. For more information, please contact Linda Cavazos, alliance liaison, at lcavazos@air.org or 800-476-6861, ext. 6523.

May 5, 2015

English Learners Research Alliance Quarterly Meeting and Newcomers Workgroup–South TX

Region One Education Service Center, Edinburg, TX
1–4 p.m. CT

This meeting is open to members of the English Learners Research Alliance. For more information, please contact Linda Cavazos, alliance liaison, at  lcavazos@air.org or 800-476-6861, ext. 6523.

May 5, 2015

Oklahoma Rural Schools Research Alliance Native American Indian Workgroup Meeting

Webinar
10 a.m.–2 p.m. CT

This meeting is open to members of the Native American Indian Workgroup for the Oklahoma Rural Schools Research Alliance. For more information, please contact Haidee Williams, alliance liaison, at hkwilliams@air.org or 800-476-6861, ext. 6566.

May 1, 2015

REL Southwest Spring Governing Board Meeting

SEDL Headquarters, Austin, TX

Governing Board members from our five-state region will convene in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to review ongoing work, provide guidance on regional priorities, and share ideas for future work.

April 30, 2015

Texas Hispanic STEM Research Alliance Quarterly Meeting

Embassy Suites Hotel, San Marcos, TX
10 a.m.–2 p.m. CT

This meeting is open to members of the Texas Hispanic STEM Research Alliance. Discussion items include the STEM labor market, key indicators of postsecondary STEM success, and the alliance's upcoming Data Use workshops. For more information, please contact Haidee Williams, alliance liaison, at hkwilliams@air.org or 800-476-6861, ext. 6566.

REL Southwest EventApril 15, 2015

Bridge Event: Teaching Math to Young Children Practice Guide: Introduction

Webinar
3:30–5:00 p.m. CT

This free webinar provides an overview of the five evidence-based recommendations in the Teaching Math to Young Children practice guide, with a focus on Recommendation 4: Teach children to view and describe their world mathematically. Presenting is Sharon M. Carver, director of Carnegie Mellon's Children's School and one of the practice guide's panelists.

Archived resources for <a href=http://relsouthwest.sedl.org/bridge_events/2015-04-15_prekmath1/index.html class=swevent  title=Open a new window with the event website for Bridge Event: Teaching Math to Young Children Practice Guide: Introduction>Bridge Event: Teaching Math to Young Children Practice Guide: Introduction</a>

April 9, 2015

Arkansas PreK Workshop: Maintaining Quality Control in Data Requests and Responses

Donaghey Plaza South, Conf. Rm. A, Little Rock, AR
9:00 a.m.–Noon CT

This workshop is open to members of the Arkansas Prekindergarten Research Alliance and their colleagues. Participants will build their capacity to interpret education data requests systematically and accurately. Topics include first steps in data use, protocols for analyzing data, how to report results of data analysis, and strategies for evaluating data quality. For more information, please contact Janice Keizer, alliance liaison for the Arkansas Prekindergarten Research Alliance, at janice.keizer@sedl.org or 800-476-6861, ext. 6552.

REL Southwest EventApril 2, 2015

Bridge Event: Implementing a Data Literate Culture at the School and Teacher Levels Pt. II

Webinar
10:00–11:30 a.m. CT

This free webinar, the second in a series, explores the interrelationships among the components that foster a culture of everyday data use in rural schools and classrooms. Two experts in the field are joined by two Oklahoma rural school principals to provide both research and practitioner perspectives. The presentation is followed by a question-and-answer session. Archive available soon.

Archived resources for <a href=http://relsouthwest.sedl.org/bridge_events/2015-03-05_datalit2/index.html class=swevent  title=Open a new window with the event website for Bridge Event: Implementing a Data Literate Culture at the School and Teacher Levels Pt. II>Bridge Event: Implementing a Data Literate Culture at the School and Teacher Levels Pt. II</a>

March 23, 2015

Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance Quarterly Meeting

SEDL Headquarters, Board Room 201, Austin, TX
1:00–4:00 p.m. CT

This meeting is open to members of the Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance. Members will receive project updates, learn about Equitable Access and what it means for Texas, and discuss potential approaches to maintaining the alliance. For more information, please contact Patricia Balana, alliance liaison, at pbalana@air.org or 202-403-5000.

March 3, 2015

Understanding Logic Models Workshop II

Region One Education Service Center, Edinburg, TX
9 a.m.–3 p.m. CST

Using Logic Models to Evaluate a Program's Effectiveness/Impact, Identify Research Questions, and Frame Research Designs
This workshop, the second in a two-part series, is open to REL Southwest alliance members and their colleagues. The focus is on using logic models as a tool for developing research hypotheses and questions about an education program's effectiveness. Through interactive activities, participants will use logic models to develop and map research and impact questions. For more information, please contact Haidee Williams at 800-476-6861, ext. 6566, or at haidee.williams@sedl.org.

Feb. 24, 2015

NM Achievement Gap Research Alliance Quarterly Meeting

Cooperative Educational Services, Roadrunner Room, Albuquerque, NM
9 a.m.–2 p.m. MT

Main meeting: 9 a.m.–Noon, Working Groups: Noon–2 p.m.
For more information, please contact Linda Cavazos, alliance liaison for the New Mexico Achievement Gap Research Alliance, at linda.cavazos@sedl.org or 800-476-6861, ext. 6523.

Feb. 10, 2015

Louisiana Charter Schools Workshop: Getting Ready for PARCC

Edward Hynes Charter School, New Orleans, LA
9 a.m.–Noon CST

This workshop is open to members of the Louisiana Charter Schools Research Alliance. Each member may also bring two to three colleagues. For more information, please contact Darlene Morgan Brown, alliance liaison, at darlene.brown@sedl.org or at 800-644-8671.

Participants will gain a better understanding of the Common Core State Standards and how to lay the foundation for teaching-related concepts. In addition, participants will learn what to expect from the PARCC assessment and what resources are available to help support teachers’ and students’ transition to the new assessment.

Presenters:

  • Dr. Joan Herman, Director Emeritus of the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) at UCLA
  • Dr. Como Molina and Ms. Kathleen Theodore, Senior Technical Assistance Consultants, SEDL, an affiliate of the American Institutes for Research

Feb. 3, 2015

Understanding Logic Models Workshop I

Region One Education Service Center, Edinburg, TX
9 a.m.–3 p.m. CST

Identifying Essential Logic Model Components, Definitions, and Formats
This workshop, the first in a two-part series, is open to REL Southwest alliance members and their colleagues. Participants will learn about the general concepts, purposes, and uses of logic models and their components, including the use of logic models as a tool for developing, monitoring, and evaluating education programs. Participants will then work individually or in small groups to develop a logic model. For more information, please contact Haidee Williams at 800-476-6861, ext. 6566, or at haidee.williams@sedl.org.

Jan. 28, 2015

English Learners Research Alliance Quarterly Meeting-Central TX

SEDL Headquarters (Rm. 307), Austin, TX
1–4 p.m. CST

For more information, please contact Linda Cavazos, alliance liaison for the English Learners Research Alliance, at linda.cavazos@sedl.org or 800-476-6861, ext. 6523.

Jan. 20, 2015

English Learners Research Alliance Quarterly Meeting-South TX

Region One Education Service Center (Webb Room), Edinburg, TX
1–4 p.m. CST

For more information, please contact Linda Cavazos, alliance liaison for the English Learners Research Alliance, at linda.cavazos@sedl.org or 800-476-6861, ext. 6523.

Jan. 20, 2015

TX Hispanic STEM Research Alliance Quarterly Meeting

Webinar
10:15–11:45 a.m. CST

For more information, please contact Haidee Williams, liaison for the TX Hispanic STEM Research Alliance, at haidee.williams@sedl.org or 800-476-6861, ext. 6566.

Nov. 21, 2014

Oklahoma Rural Schools Research Alliance Meeting

Webinar
10:30–11:45 a.m. CT

Discussion with Coby Meyers and Pamela Bonsu. This event is open to alliance members and their colleagues. For more information, please contact Haidee Williams, alliance liaison, at haidee.williams@sedl.org or 800-476-6861, ext. 6566.

Nov. 19, 2014

New Mexico Achievement Gap Research Alliance: Increasing Family Engagement of Native Americans and Hispanics Workshop 1

Santa Fe Convention Center, DeVargas Room, Santa Fe, NM
1–5 p.m. MT

This event is open to alliance members and their colleagues. For more information, please contact Linda Cavazos, alliance liaison, at linda.cavazos@sedl.org or 800-476-6861, ext. 6523.

Nov. 18, 2014

New Mexico PreK Research Alliance: Literature and Gap Analysis Workshop

St. Francis Hotel, Santa Fe, NM
8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. MT

This event is open to alliance members and their colleagues. For more information, please contact Janice Keizer, alliance liaison, at janice.keizer@sedl.org or 800-476-6861, ext. 6552.

Nov. 13, 2014

Oklahoma Rural Schools Research Alliance Workshop: Effective Data Use at the Classroom Level

Webinar

This event is open to alliance members and their colleagues. For more information, please contact Haidee Williams, alliance liaison, at haidee.williams@sedl.org or 800-476-6861, ext. 6566.

REL Southwest EventNov. 10, 2014

Bridge Event: Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School

Webinar
3–4:15 p.m. CT

This free webinar presents evidence-based strategies and recommendations for effective English language academic instruction. The focus is on the recommendations in the new IES What Works Clearinghouse practice guide Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School.

Archived resources for <a href=http://relsouthwest.sedl.org/bridge_events/2014-11-10_elpg2/index.html class=swevent  title=Open a new window with the event website for Bridge Event: Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School>Bridge Event: Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School</a>

REL Southwest EventNov. 3, 2014

Bridge Event: Implementation of New Educator Evaluation Systems: Lessons Learned

Webinar
3–4:30 p.m. CT

This interactive webinar examines the implementation of new state educator evaluation systems. Learn from the latest research and the experiences of other states as leading experts explore strategies and lessons learned. Gain insight into the issues state education leaders and policymakers should consider as they design, implement, and evaluate their new systems.

Archived resources for <a href=http://relsouthwest.sedl.org/bridge_events/2014-11-03_eesyst/index.html class=swevent  title=Open a new window with the event website for Bridge Event: Implementation of New Educator Evaluation Systems: Lessons Learned>Bridge Event: Implementation of New Educator Evaluation Systems: Lessons Learned</a>

Nov. 3, 2014

Texas Hispanic STEM Research Alliance: Understanding Logic Models Workshop 2

Embassy Suites Hotel, San Marcos, TX
9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. CT

In this workshop, the second in a series of two, alliance members reviewed the fundamental ideas from Workshop 1, practiced utilizing logic models to generate program wonders and hypotheses, gained an understanding of the fundamentals of the research process, and practiced developing research questions derived from a logic model. For more information, contact Haidee Williams at haidee.williams@sedl.org or 800-476-6861, ext. 6566.

REL Southwest EventOct. 29, 2014

Bridge Event: Implementing a Data Literate Culture at the School and Teacher Levels

Webinar
2:30–4 p.m. CT

This interactive webinar examines how to use data effectively at the school, classroom, and student levels—with a focus on the rural school setting. Dr. Ellen Mandinach, director of WestEd's Data for Decisions Initiative, and Diana Nunnaley, director of TERC's Using Data Initiative, discuss the systemic nature of implementing and embedding data use in day-to-day practice. The presentation draws from the IES practice guide Using Student Achievement Data to Support Instructional Decision Making.

Archived resources for <a href=http://relsouthwest.sedl.org/bridge_events/2014-10-29_datalit/index.html class=swevent  title=Open a new window with the event website for Bridge Event: Implementing a Data Literate Culture at the School and Teacher Levels>Bridge Event: Implementing a Data Literate Culture at the School and Teacher Levels</a>

Oct. 23, 2014

English Learners Research Alliance Kickoff Meeting 2

SEDL Headquarters (Rm. 307), Austin, TX
1–4 p.m. CT

This new research alliance brings together educators, policymakers, researchers, and others to examine ways to promote academic growth and college and career readiness among English learners. For more information, contact Linda Cavazos, alliance liaison, at 800-476-6861, ext. 6523, or at linda.cavazos@sedl.org.

Oct. 22, 2014

Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance Brown Bag

SEDL Headquarters (Rm. 307), Austin, TX
10 a.m.–1 p.m. CT

This was the second meeting of the newly formed research alliance. For more information, please contact Tammie Causey-Konate, alliance liaison, at 800-644-8671 or tammie.causey-konate@sedl.org.

Oct. 14, 2014

English Learners Research Alliance Kickoff Meeting 1

McAllen Convention Center (Boardroom), McAllen, TX
1–4 p.m. CT

This new research alliance brings together educators, policymakers, researchers, and others to examine ways to promote academic growth and college and career readiness among English learners. For more information, contact Linda Cavazos, alliance liaison, at 800-476-6861, ext. 6523, or at linda.cavazos@sedl.org.

Sep. 29, 2014

TX Hispanic STEM Research Alliance: Understanding Logic Models Workshop 1

SEDL Headquarters, Austin, TX
9 a.m.–1 p.m. CT

Designed for members of the Texas Hispanic STEM Research Alliance, this workshop covered the fundamentals of logic model components, definitions, and formats and provide hands-on practice in developing a logic model. The workshop was the first in a two-part series.

Sep. 26, 2014

REL Southwest Fall Governing Board Meeting

SEDL Headquarters, Austin, TX

Governing Board members from our five-state region convened in Austin, Texas, to review ongoing work, provide guidance on regional priorities, and share ideas for future work.

Sep. 11, 2014

Educators and Data Use Workshop II

Reynolds Wellness Center, Seminole, OK

The Oklahoma Rural Schools Research Alliance and members of Byng Public Schools held the second workshop in a series on educators and data use.

Sep. 11, 2014

Using Arkansas Data to Support Data-Driven Practices Workshop

Holiday Inn Airport Conference Center , Little Rock, AR
10 a.m.–3 p.m. CT

The Arkansas Prekindergarten Research Alliance held a workshop to review the Arkansas PreK data inventory, analyze how the data intersect with the alliance's research agenda, and assess the feasibility of specific research studies utilizing the data.

REL Southwest EventAug. 12, 2014

Bridge Event: Engaging Families in the Assessment Process and Use of Data: An Early Childhood Example
Cohosted by REL Northeast & Islands & REL Southwest

Webinar
2–3:30 p.m. CT

This free bridge event webinar examines the strategies the Research Program Partnership at the University of Kansas employs to foster the use of early childhood data at multiple levels, particularly with families. The focus is on family engagement in the assessment process and the strategies used to share child assessment data with families.

Archived resources for <a href=http://relsouthwest.sedl.org/bridge_events/2014-08-12_familydatause/index.html class=swevent  title=Open a new window with the event website for Bridge Event: Engaging Families in the Assessment Process and Use of Data: An Early Childhood Example>Bridge Event: Engaging Families in the Assessment Process and Use of Data: An Early Childhood Example</a>

Aug. 4, 2014

REL Southwest Technical Working Group Meeting

SEDL Headquarters, Austin, TX

Our technical working group (TWG), which consists of external experts who provide guidance and feedback on our research methods to ensure quality control, met at SEDL Headquarters in Austin, TX, to discuss the status of current and upcoming research projects.

July 28, 2014

REL Southwest Summer Governing Board Meeting

Teleconference

Governing Board members from our five-state region convened via teleconference to review ongoing work, provide guidance on regional priorities, and share ideas for future work.

REL Southwest EventJuly 22, 2014

Bridge Event: Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School

Embassy Suites Riverwalk, San Antonio, TX
9 a.m.–3 p.m CT

This conference enabled participants to engage with nationally recognized researchers and practitioners while exploring effective strategies for improving English language academic instruction. Sessions focused on the four recommendations in the new What Works Clearinghouse practice guide Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School.

Archived resources for <a href=http://relsouthwest.sedl.org/bridge_events/2014-07-22_ellpg1/index.html class=swevent  title=Open a new window with the event website for Bridge Event: Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School>Bridge Event: Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School</a>

May 12, 2014

Examining REL Alliance Structures: Affordances and Challenges
REL Northeast & Islands, REL Southwest, and REL West, Webinar

2–3:30 p.m. ET

The first of a three-part webinar series, this webinar discusses the structures of research alliances and the roles that REL staff play in promoting collaborative research. The presentation provides an opportunity to discuss the affordances and challenges of different alliance structures and role configuration. The archived webinar includes presentations from REL-NEI’s Early Childhood Education Research Alliance, REL SW’s Oklahoma Rural Schools Research Alliance, and REL West’s Silicon Valley Research Alliance. Go to event web site.

May 6, 2014

Louisiana Charter Schools Research Alliance: Spotlight on Special Education Pt. II

Webinar
10:30–noon CT

The alliance continued its Spotlight on Special Education series to discuss and exchange best practices.

Contact: Dr. Tammie Causey-Konaté, Alliance Liaison, tammie.causey-konate@sedl.org

May 2, 2014

REL Southwest Governing Board Spring Meeting

Little Rock, AR

Governing Board members from our five-state region convened to review ongoing work, provide guidance on regional priorities, and share ideas for future work.

April 29, 2014

REL Southwest Technical Working Group Meeting

Austin, TX

Our technical working group (TWG), which consists of external experts who provide guidance and feedback on our research methods to ensure quality control, met at SEDL Headquarters in Austin, TX, to discuss the status of current and upcoming research projects.

REL Southwest EventApril 25, 2014

Bridge Event: Using Research to Address Achievement Gaps

Embassy Suites Hotel, Albuquerque, NM
10–11:30 a.m., 3–5 p.m. MT

This bridge event was held at the New Mexico Association for Bilingual Education 41st Annual State Conference. Featured speaker Dr. Diane August, managing researcher at American Institutes for Research (AIR), presented sessions on evidence-based practices for effectively supporting English learners in meeting the Common Core State Standards. In addition, a panel of members of REL Southwest's New Mexico Achievement Gap Research Alliance discussed their efforts to close achievement gaps among Hispanic and Native American students in New Mexico.

Archived resources for <a href=http://relsouthwest.sedl.org/bridge_events/2014-04-25_nmabe/index.html class=swevent  title=Open a new window with the event website for Bridge Event: Using Research to Address Achievement Gaps>Bridge Event: Using Research to Address Achievement Gaps</a>

REL Southwest EventApril 17, 2014

Bridge Event: Building Early Childhood Data Systems

Webinar, copresented by REL Midwest
1–2:30 p.m. CT

Copresented by REL Midwest and REL Southwest, this interactive webinar examines the current development of early childhood data systems in states across the nation and provides practical, research-based recommendations for developing these systems.

Archived resources for <a href=http://relsouthwest.sedl.org/bridge_events/2014-04-17_ecds/index.html class=swevent  title=Open a new window with the event website for Bridge Event: Building Early Childhood Data Systems>Bridge Event: Building Early Childhood Data Systems</a>

REL Southwest EventApril 1, 2014

Bridge Event: Implementing a Computer Data System: The Human Side

Webinar
2–3:30 p.m. CT

In this webinar, Jeffrey C. Wayman, Ph.D., an award-winning researcher and education consultant, draws from a decade of research to discuss the often-ignored human side of data system implementation—supporting educators in accessing and applying the data they need to solve real-world problems. To help participants apply the research to practice, Dr. Wayman also presents a plan for implementing a data system in a way that addresses educators' needs.

Archived resources for <a href=http://relsouthwest.sedl.org/bridge_events/2014-04-01_data_use_2/index.html class=swevent  title=Open a new window with the event website for Bridge Event: Implementing a Computer Data System: The Human Side>Bridge Event: Implementing a Computer Data System: The Human Side</a>

March 25, 2014

New Mexico Achievement Gap Research Alliance Workshop: Planning for a Survey

Cooperative Educational Services, Albuquerque, NM
9 a.m.–1 p.m. MT

This workshop equipped participants with knowledge of best practices for sound survey development. Through hands-on exercises and discussions, participants learned how to plan for a survey, research sources for existing survey items, and write survey items. Participants then applied the practices by developing a survey on student noncognitive factors related to student learning.

Contact: Dr. Patricia Jiménez-Latham, Alliance Liaison, palatham@nmhu.edu

March 24, 2014

Louisiana Charter Schools Research Alliance Expert Panel: Spotlight on Special Education

Lake Area New Tech Early College High School, New Orleans, LA
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. CT

As part of a quarterly meeting, the alliance hosted a Spotlight on Special Education expert panel. Three educators discussed and exchanged special education best practices relevant to teacher/ leader preparation and support and to the delivery of special education services at the school level. The panelists included alliance members Janis Rice, assistant principal, Lusher Charter School, and Dr. Renee Akbar, department chair and associate professor of education, Xavier University. In addition, Dr. Dawn Romano, a licensed counselor, shared her perspectives as a professional educator, parent, and advocate.

Contact: Dr. Tammie Causey-Konaté, Alliance Liaison, tammie.causey-konate@sedl.org

REL Southwest EventFeb. 25, 2014

Bridge Event: Our State Has an SLDS—Now What?

Webinar
2–3:30 p.m. CT

This webinar-cohosted by REL Southwest and REL Southeast-explores issues and solutions related to the effective management and use of statewide longitudinal data systems. The presenters focus on issues raised by participants and provide solutions for managing data sharing and use, including creative partnerships and application development.

Archived resources for <a href=http://relsouthwest.sedl.org/bridge_events/2014-02-25_slds/index.html class=swevent  title=Open a new window with the event website for Bridge Event: Our State Has an SLDS—Now What?>Bridge Event: Our State Has an SLDS—Now What?</a>

Jan. 8, 2014

New Mexico Prekindergarten Work Session: Framing Your Research Agenda Using a Research Continuum

Cooperative Educational Services, Albuquerque, NM
9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. MT

This face-to-face follow-up meeting to the September webinar of the same name focused on developing research questions and a research agenda for the alliance.

Dec. 6, 2013

Louisiana Charter Schools Work Session: Framing Your Research Agenda Using a Research Continuum

Lindy Boggs International Conference Center, New Orleans, LA
8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. CT

This face-to-face follow-up meeting to the September webinar of the same name focused on developing research questions and a research agenda for the alliance.

REL Southwest EventDec. 5, 2013

Bridge Event: The Data-Informed District: Research on How Educators Use Data to Inform Practice

Webinar
3–4 p.m. CT

This webinar presents research on how school districts can use data more effectively to improve district, school, and classroom practice. Dr. Jeffrey C. Wayman, an award-winning researcher and education consultant, draws upon his study with Texas school districts to present five components of the Data-Informed District.

Archived resources for <a href=http://relsouthwest.sedl.org/bridge_events/2013-12-05_data_use/index.html class=swevent  title=Open a new window with the event website for Bridge Event: The Data-Informed District: Research on How Educators Use Data to Inform Practice>Bridge Event: The Data-Informed District: Research on How Educators Use Data to Inform Practice</a>

Nov. 19, 2013

Texas Hispanic STEM Work Session: Framing Your Research Agenda Using a Research Continuum (South Texas)

Region One Education Service Center, Edinburg, TX
9 a.m.–3 p.m. CT

This face-to-face follow-up meeting to the September webinar focused on developing research questions and a research agenda for the alliance. This session covered the same material as the Nov. 14 work session in Austin.

Nov. 14, 2013

Texas Hispanic STEM Work Session: Framing Your Research Agenda Using a Research Continuum (Central Texas)

SEDL Headquarters, Austin, TX
9 a.m.–3 p.m. CT

This face-to-face follow-up meeting to the September webinar focused on developing research questions and a research agenda for the alliance. This session covered the same material as the Nov. 19 work session in Edinburg.

Oct. 29, 2013

Arkansas PreK Work Session: Framing Your Research Agenda Using a Research Continuum

Holiday Inn Airport Conference Center, Little Rock, AR
10 a.m.–3 p.m. CT

This face-to-face follow-up meeting to the September webinar focused on developing research questions and a research agenda for the alliance.

Oct. 24, 2013

New Mexico Achievement Gap Work Session: Framing Your Research Agenda Using a Research Continuum

Cooperative Educational Services, Albuquerque, NM
9 a.m.–3 p.m. CT

This face-to-face follow-up meeting to the September webinar focused on developing research questions and a research agenda for the alliance.

Oct. 24, 2013

Oklahoma Rural Schools Work Session: Framing Your Research Agenda Using a Research Continuum

K20 Center, Norman, OK
10 a.m.–3 p.m. CT

This face-to-face follow-up meeting to the September webinar focused on developing research questions and a research agenda for the alliance.

REL Southwest EventOct. 3, 2013

Bridge Event: Aspirations of Rural Youth

Webinar
1:30–3 p.m. CT

This webinar explores the challenges and successes that rural schools and communities experience in supporting students in the transition to college, careers, and adult life. Award-winning professor Dr. Judith L. Meece presents findings from the Rural High School Aspirations Study, and two rural school assistant superintendents share their successes and challenges.

Archived resources for <a href=http://relsouthwest.sedl.org/bridge_events/2013-10-03_rural_youth/index.html class=swevent  title=Open a new window with the event website for Bridge Event: Aspirations of Rural Youth>Bridge Event: Aspirations of Rural Youth</a>

Sep. 30, 2013

REL Southwest Governing Board Meeting

SEDL Headquarters, Austin, TX
10 a.m.–3 p.m. CT

Governing Board members from our five-state region convened in Austin, Texas, to review ongoing work, provide guidance on regional priorities, and share ideas for future work.

Sep. 11, 2013

Cross-Alliance Webinar: Framing Your Research Agenda Using a Research Continuum

Webinar
1:30–3:30 p.m. CT

This cross-alliance workshop, delivered via an interactive webinar, built alliance members' general knowledge and awareness of the components of different types of research and of how to develop a research agenda. The information was designed to assist alliance members with their future work and was open to all REL Southwest alliance members.

Archived resources for <a href=http://relsouthwest.sedl.org/events/caw_sep2013_archive.html class=swevent  title=Open a new window with the event website for Cross-Alliance Webinar: Framing Your Research Agenda Using a Research Continuum>Cross-Alliance Webinar: Framing Your Research Agenda Using a Research Continuum</a>