Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Southwest
REL Southwest Spotlight // Vol. 2, No. 1 // Spring 2014
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Note from the Director
Welcome to our first Spotlight for 2014. We are excited to share with you some new ways you can engage in our work. Our website has a new section called Our Work, where you can read about each research alliance's activities on a monthly basis. You can also stay informed about our alliances, products, and upcoming bridge events through our new Twitter account. We encourage you to follow us! And finally, we will be hosting bridge events highlighting the new What Works Clearinghouse practice guide on teaching academic content to English learners. Our first event is planned for Dallas in June. Thank you for your support and interest.

Vicki Dimock, PhD, REL Southwest Director

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Interested in joining our work? Contact us to learn more.

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If you reside in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, or Texas, you may send us your research-based questions about education policies, programs, and practices by completing our Ask REL Southwest form.

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 // OUR WORK //

Through our research alliances, we collaborate with educators, policymakers, researchers, and others to help states and schools use data and research evidence to address high-priority education needs.

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New Web Area: Our Work Updates
We have launched a new area of our website to keep you up to date on the progress of our work. This Our Work area provides information and updates about each research alliance's activities, including its research agenda, analytic technical support projects, and research studies.  View Our Work

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Research Alliance Overviews
Select a research alliance to learn more.


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Webinar Archive: Our State Has an SLDS—Now What?
Miss our webinar? Access the archive online to learn about issues and practical solutions related to the effective management, sharing, and use of statewide longitudinal data systems in education. The archive includes videos of the webinar as well as transcripts, presentations, handouts, and links to related resources.

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We've Joined Twitter
We have officially started tweeting! Follow @relsouthwest to keep abreast of our latest events, news, and resources. And please tweet us your comments about how we can best support your education data and research needs. We look forward to connecting with you!


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Practice Guide: Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School

English learners face the double challenge of learning a second language while trying to master complex grade-level content. A new What Works Clearinghouse practice guide provides strategies for teaching English learners in elementary and middle school. The teacher-friendly guide contains recommendations and examples for supporting students as they acquire academic vocabulary, learn from increasingly complex texts, and engage in analytical writing—all key aspects of the Common Core State Standards in English language arts. Download the practice guide

Stay tuned to learn about our upcoming bridge events and support materials on applying the strategies and recommendations in this practice guide.

 // REL Southwest EVENTS //

April 17: Bridge Event Webinar: Building Early Childhood Data Systems
Cohosted by REL Midwest and REL Southwest, this interactive webinar will examine the status of early childhood data systems in states across the nation and provide recommendations for developing these systems. The event is free and open to the public.  Learn more

April 25: Bridge Event: Using Research to Address Achievement Gaps
This bridge event includes a presentation by Dr. Diane August on evidence-based practices for supporting English learners in meeting the Common Core State Standards. In addition, members of our New Mexico Achievement Gap Research Alliance will discuss their research efforts. The event takes place at the New Mexico Association for Bilingual Education Annual State Conference in Albuquerque, NM.  Learn more

View all upcoming events
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View related regional and national events

About REL Southwest
REL Southwest is one of 10 Regional Educational Laboratories funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences. These labs provide applied research and evaluation, analytic technical support, and services and products to address pressing regional education needs, inform practice and policy, and improve student outcomes.

About SEDL
SEDL (formerly Southwest Educational Development Laboratory) is a nonprofit corporation based in Austin, Texas. SEDL is dedicated to solving significant education problems and improving teaching and learning through research, research-based resources, and professional development. Visit SEDL’s website for more information.

Our Partners
  • American Institutes for Research (AIR)
  • Chesapeake Research Associates LLC
  • Decision Information Resources Inc.
  • Empirical Education Inc.
  • Gibson Consulting Group
  • RAND Education

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The REL Southwest Spotlight e-bulletin was developed under Contract ED-IES-12-C-0012 from the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences. The content does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of IES or the U.S. Department of Education, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. government.

Questions or comments should be directed to:
REL Southwest at SEDL
4700 Mueller Blvd.
Austin, TX 78723
Tel: 800-476-6861
Twitter: @relsouthwest

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