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Welcome to the REL Southwest Newsroom, where you can find information about the research projects and activities conducted in collaboration with our eight research alliances. In addition, we invite you to learn more about REL Southwest through interviews with our researchers, alliance members, and more. We encourage you to subscribe for alerts on the latest newsroom articles (see right sidebar) and to send comments and story ideas to relsouthwest@air.org.

Event Recap: Studies on the Academic Progress of English Learners--A Research Discussion

Laura Shankland | August 18, 2017

In May 2017, REL Southwest hosted a webinar to present the findings and possible implications of two reports about English learner students' time to reclassification and advanced course taking. In...

REL Southwest's EL and PreK Work Showcased at National Principals Conference

Joni Wackwitz | August 18, 2017

REL Southwest hosted two sessions at the National Principals Conference in Philadelphia on July 9–10, 2017. The sessions...

REL Southwest Hosts Bridge Event on Charter School Authorization in Louisiana

Donna Mitrani | June 23, 2017

REL Southwest and the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) cohosted the "Charter School Authorization in Louisiana" bridge event and workshop in Baton Rouge on May 10, 2017. The focus was on...

Spotlight on Services: REL Reference Desk

Alana Sutherland | May 31, 2017

Do you wish you had easy access to a reference desk librarian who could answer your research questions about education policies, programs, and practices? You do! REL Southwest provides this support...

REL Southwest Cohosts Bridge Event on Unlocking Key Challenges Facing Arkansas' Schools

Janice Keizer and Laura Shankland | May 30, 2017

REL Southwest and the Office for Education Policy at the University of Arkansas cohosted a bridge event titled "Unlocking Key Challenges Facing Arkansas’ Schools" in Little Rock on September...

Webinar Archive: Leading the Way: How States Are Addressing Early Learning Under ESSA

Leslie Nail | May 15, 2017

View archived materials for the bridge event webinar "Leading the Way: How States Are Addressing Early Learning Under ESSA," cohosted by REL Southwest and CEELO on March 21, 2017. State leaders...

Opportunities to Improve Early Learning Under ESSA: Q&A With Janice Keizer

Laura Shankland and Janice Keizer | March 17, 2017

Janice Keizer, liaison for our prekindergarten research alliances, discusses ways that states can promote early learning under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Webinar Recap/Archive: Strengthening School Partnerships With Native Families and Communities

Joni Wackwitz | March 17, 2017

Did you miss our webinar on high-quality resources for engaging Native families and communities? Read the recap of the event and view the archived webinar and resources.

Resource Roundup: Engaging Native Families & Communities

Joni Wackwitz | March 10, 2017

REL Southwest works on a variety of projects to support Native students, families, and communities. Read on to learn about some of our resources, events, and work in this area.

REL Southwest and the Texas Comprehensive Center Showcase Their Work in Texas at the 2017 TASA Midwinter Conference

Jackie Burniske | February 27, 2017

REL Southwest and the Texas Comprehensive Center (TXCC) showcased their work in Texas in a joint session at the 2017 Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) Midwinter Conference in Austin...

Webinar Archive: Student Learning Objectives: Lessons Learned and Next Steps

Leslie Nail | January 12, 2017

The archive is available for the bridge event webinar "Student Learning Objectives: Lessons Learned and Next Steps.” The event was cohosted by REL Southwest and the Center on Great Teachers...


Past News

2016

Webinar Archive Posted: Preschool to Kindergarten: Successfully Navigating the Transition  (11/14/2016)
View the archive for the bridge event webinar "Preschool to Kindergarten: Successfully Navigating the Transition," hosted by REL Southwest on August 2, 2016. The presentation examines research on... Access the archive
REL Southwest Hosts Louisiana Workshop on Student Data Privacy Laws and Data Use to Guide Culturally Relevant Instruction  (11/02/2016)
More than 415 charter school educators in Louisiana attended our two-day workshop in New Orleans on student data privacy laws and culturally relevant instruction. REL Southwest partnered with... Read more
Webinar Archive Posted: Culturally Responsive Resources for Native Students  (10/18/2016)
The archive is available for the bridge event "Culturally Responsive Resources for Native Students," co-sponsored on May 11, 2016, by REL Southwest, the Center on Standards and Assessment... Access the archive
West Feliciana Parish Seniors Rank Second in State on ACT  (08/05/2016)
West Feliciana Parish Schools, whose superintendent serves on REL Southwest’s Governing Board and Louisiana Charter Schools Research Alliance, notched Louisiana's second-highest score on the... Read more
Homer Elementary Wins $50,000 Grand Prize in Collaboration Nation Video Contest  (08/04/2016)
Todd Crabtree, a member of our Oklahoma Rural Schools Research Alliance and superintendent of Byng Public Schools in Ada, Oklahoma, is proud to announce that Byng’s Homer Elementary has won... Read more
News from the REL Southwest Spring Governing Board: Welcome New Members and Director!  (06/15/2016)
REL Southwest held its Spring Governing Board meeting in New Orleans on May 24, 2016. Members also toured award-winning Edward Hynes Charter School. Two new members  joined the Governing... Read more
REL Southwest Showcases Work to Support Rural Schools and English Learner Students  (04/28/2016)
REL Southwest highlighted its work in poster sessions at the Carnegie Summit in San Francisco on March 22–24, 2016, and at the 2016 American Educational Research Association (AERA)... Read more
REL Southwest Holds Newcomer Workshop in Houston to Explore Resources for Immigrant Students  (04/24/2016)
REL Southwest held a timely workshop on the emerging issue of newcomer students, immigrant children recently arrived to the United States, and the special needs and concerns of that population. Read more
Archive Posted: Bridging Research, Policy, and Practice in Early Childhood Education  (04/18/2016)
View the archive for the symposium "Bridging Research, Policy, and Practice in Early Childhood Education," hosted on December 10, 2015, to explore early childhood trends, policy issues, and... Access the archive
Video Spotlight: Collaborative Research With the New Mexico Achievement Gap Research Alliance  (04/04/2016)
Watch our new video to learn about REL Southwest's collaborative research partnership with the New Mexico Achievement Gap Research Alliance. Read more
Archive Available: Teaching Math to Young Children Practice Guide: Hands-On Workshop  (02/16/2016)
The archive is available for the bridge event "Teaching Math to Young Children Practice Guide: Hands-On Workshop," hosted by REL Southwest on November 16, 2015. This free workshop explored the... Access the archive
REL Southwest Conducts Early Education Symposium at Bains Elementary in Louisiana  (01/08/2016)
On December 10, 2015, REL Southwest held a highly successful and well-attended symposium bridging research, policy, and practice in early childhood education at Bains Lower Elementary school in... Read more.
Webinar Archive Available: Supporting Hispanic Students Preparing for STEM Careers  (01/04/2016)
The archive is available for the bridge event webinar "Supporting Hispanic Students Preparing for STEM Careers," hosted by REL Southwest on September 24, 2015. This free research-to-practice... Access the archive

2015

REL Southwest and Bains Lower Elementary Host Early Childhood Symposium in Louisiana  (12/17/2015)
Educators from six states participated in an early childhood education symposium on bridging research, policy, and practice on December 10, 2015. The event was cohosted by REL Southwest's... Read more
New Online Ask REL Southwest Archive  (11/04/2015)
Many of you have submitted questions about education policies, programs, and practices to our Ask REL Southwest reference desk service—and now our responses to selected queries are available... View the archive
Archive Available: Building Biliteracy Instruction, Programs, and Services  (10/14/2015)
The archive is available for the webinar bridge event "Building Biliteracy Instruction, Programs, and Services," hosted by REL Southwest on July 27, 2015. This free research-to-practice webinar... Access the archive
Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma Awarded College and Career Readiness Grant  (10/02/2015)
The Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, represented on both REL Southwest’s Oklahoma Rural Schools Research Alliance and Governing Board, is one of more than 30 tribes to receive a grant... Read more
Native American Indian Working Group: Innovation Meets Tradition  (08/19/2015)
In April and May 2015, the Native American Indian Working Group, part of REL Southwest's Oklahoma Rural Schools Research Alliance, conducted two tribal visits. The purpose was to clarify and... Read more
Santa Fe Indian School: A High-Performing Native American School in New Mexico  (08/19/2015)
REL Southwest's New Mexico Achievement Gap Research Alliance recently toured the Santa Fe Indian School to learn about its efforts to close the achievement gap, decrease dropout rates, and preserve... Read more
Archive Available: Facilitating Professional Learning Communities to Support English Learners  (07/24/2015)
The archive is available for the bridge event workshop "Facilitating Professional Learning Communities to Support English Learners," hosted by REL Southwest on July 16, 2015. This workshop provides... Access the archive
Archive Available: Teaching Math to Young Children Practice Guide: Introduction  (07/10/2015)
The archive is available for the bridge event webinar "Teaching Math to Young Children Practice Guide: Introduction," hosted by REL Southwest on April 15, 2015. This webinar provides an overview of... Access the archive
Archive Available: Implementing a Data Literate Culture Part II  (05/18/2015)
The archive is available for the bridge event webinar Implementing a Data Literate Culture at the School and Teacher Levels Part II, hosted by REL Southwest on April 2, 2015. This webinar... Access the archive
Logic Models Workshop Series Draws Alliance Members From Across South Texas  (04/08/2015)
REL Southwest alliance members from across South Texas convened at the Region One Education Service Center in Edinburg for a two-part workshop series on developing and using logic models. Some 15... Read more
Louisiana Charter Schools Research Alliance Hosts Over 50 for Workshop on Common Core and PARRC  (03/04/2015)
REL Southwest hosted a meeting of the Louisiana Charter Schools Research Alliance in New Orleans on February 10, featuring a workshop on Common Core State Standards and Partnership for Assessment... Read more
Edward Hynes Charter School Recognized by CAP Journal  (02/26/2015)
The Fall 2014 edition of CAP Journal (the journal of the Canadian Association of Principals) profiled charter school success Edward Hynes Charter School in the article "On Becoming a... Read more
Alliance Members from Byng Public Schools Host Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction  (02/12/2015)
Members of our Oklahoma Rural Schools Research Alliance were pleased to host the newly elected Oklahoma state superintendent of public instruction, Joy Hofmeister, at Homer Elementary School... Read more
Archive Available: Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School  (02/01/2015)
The archive is available for the bridge event webinar Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School. REL Southwest hosted this webinar on November 10,... Access the archive
AIR seeking principals to participate in paid interviews on school crime & safety survey  (01/20/2015)
The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is looking for school principals or other school personnel who are “most knowledgeable about school crime and policies to provide a safe... Read more
Archive Available: Implementation of New Educator Evaluation Systems: Lessons Learned  (01/20/2015)
The archive is available for the bridge event webinar Implementation of New Educator Evaluation Systems: Lessons Learned, held on November 3, 2014. This webinar explores the effective... Access the archive
Read about our impact study of New Mexico  (01/20/2015)
Education Week covered our impact study of New Mexico's principal-teacher feedback system. This study is testing the efficacy of providing New Mexico principals with specific... Read more

2014

Principals in OK and TX Receive Terrel Bell Award  (12/18/2014)
In a ceremony on November 21, 2014, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recognized eight Blue Ribbon principals—including three from the REL Southwest Region—as  Read more
Archive Available: Implementing a Data Literate Culture  (12/05/2014)
The archive is available for the bridge event webinar Implementing a Data Literate Culture at the School and Teacher Levels, hosted by REL Southwest on October 29. This webinar examines how to use... Access the archive
Byng High School Among Top  (09/19/2014)
In a list of 2014 "Beating the Odds" Schools, Newsweek recognized  Read more
Archive Available: Engaging Families in the Assessment Process and Use of Data Bridge Event  (08/21/2014)
The archive is available for the bridge event webinar "Engaging Families in the Assessment Process and Use of Data: An Early Childhood Example," cohosted by REL Northeast & Islands and REL... Access the archive
OK Rural Schools Alliance Workshop on Data Use  (08/15/2014)
On August 7, our Oklahoma Rural Schools Research Alliance, along with staff from Byng Public Schools, attended the first of two workshops on the effective use of data to inform classroom... Read more
Alliance member Darrell Kruger receives National Geographic Society Certificate of Appreciation Award  (08/06/2014)
Darrell Kruger, dean of the University of New Orleans College of Education and Human Development, was awarded the Certificate of Appreciation Award from the National Geographic Society. Kruger is a... Read more
Students from alliance-affiliated charter schools go to Jordan to study climate change  (08/01/2014)
REL Southwest Hosts English Learners Conference  (07/29/2014)
REL Southwest hosted an all-day conference titled "Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School" in San Antonio, TX, on July 22. The event drew... Read more and access archive
Archive Available: Building Early Childhood Data Systems  (06/02/2014)
The archive is available for the bridge event webinar Building Early Childhood Data Systems, hosted by REL Midwest and REL Southwest on April 17. This webinar examines best practices for developing... Access the archive
REL Southwest Holds Spring Governing Board Meeting  (05/16/2014)
The REL Southwest held its Spring Governing Board meeting on May 2, 2014, in Little Rock, AR. The board members received updates on our current work and provided input and feedback. Read more
Technical Working Group Meets  (05/05/2014)
REL Southwest hosted the members of our Technical Working Group (TWG) at SEDL Headquarters in Austin, TX, on April 29, 2014. The TWG consists of four external experts who provide guidance and... Read more
Archive Available: Implementing a Computer Data System: The Human Side  (04/29/2014)
An archive is available for the bridge event webinar Implementing a Computer Data System: The Human Side, hosted by REL Southwest on April 1. This webinar examines how best to support staff when... Access the archive
Archive Available: Our State Has an SLDS?Now What?  (03/27/2014)
An archive is available for the bridge event webinar Our State Has an SLDS—Now What?, hosted by REL Southwest on February 25. The webinar explores issues and practical solutions related to... Access the archive
Texas Hispanic STEM Research Alliance Panel Presentation  (03/11/2014)
Members of the Texas Hispanic STEM Research Alliance hosted a panel presentation at the 11th Annual... Learn more
Follow Us on Twitter!  (02/20/2014)
REL Southwest is pleased to announce that we have joined Twitter. Follow @relsouthwest to learn about our latest events, news, and...
REL Southwest in the News: The Data-Informed District Bridge Event  (01/19/2014)
Ed News for K12 Researchers, an online service of the Directors of Research & Evaluation,...
Texas STEM Conference  (01/16/2014)
The REL Southwest liaison for the Texas Hispanic STEM Research Alliance will lead a presentation at the 7th Annual Texas STEM Conference in...
Archive Available: The Data-Informed District  (01/09/2014)
The archive of the Bridge Event webinar The Data-Informed District: Research on How Educators Use Data to Inform Practice, hosted by REL Southwest on December 5, is available on the website. The... Access the archive

2013

Archive Available: Aspirations of Rural Youth  (11/11/2013)
The archive of the Aspirations of Rural Youth Bridge Event webinar, hosted by REL Southwest on October 3, is available on the website. The webinar explores the challenges and successes that rural... Access the archive
Summary of the Aspirations of Rural Youth Bridge Event  (10/18/2013)
The College & Career Readiness & Success Center at American Institutes for Research (AIR) posted a blog summarizing the key points of REL Southwest's Aspirations of Rural Youth Bridge Event... Learn more
What Works Clearinghouse Continues to Guide Educators  (09/24/2013)
The U.S. Department of Education announced it is no longer operating the Doing What Works website. However, the Department's What Works... Learn more
REL Southwest Researchers to Present at AEA Conference, Oct. 16?19  (09/23/2013)
REL Southwest researchers Brenda Arellano and  Learn more
New ERIC Website and Features Announced  (08/21/2013)
The Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) website has a new look and will be adding new features and improvements throughout the fall. ERIC is an... Learn more
Rural Schools Alliance Promoted at Oklahoma Conference  (07/24/2013)
Vicki Dimock, REL Southwest director, and Haidee Williams, Oklahoma Rural Schools alliance liaison, attended the Aurora Learning Community...

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