Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Southwest at SEDL
REL Southwest Spotlight Vol. 5, No. 2: Early Fall 2017 // Vol. 5, No. 2 // Early Fall 2017 //
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Serving Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas

Working primarily through established research alliances, we collaborate with educators, policymakers, and others to conduct research and support the use of evidence and data to address high-priority education needs.

In the coming months, we look forward to sharing with you the results of more than 15 research studies, culminating from our work over the past five years. As always, we appreciate your interest and support as we strive to improve education outcomes for all children.

Michael Vaden-Kiernan, Ph.D., REL Southwest Director

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Our Work

New Study! Opportunities for Teacher Professional Development in Oklahoma Rural and Nonrural Schools

Professional development offers schools a way to attract new teachers, boost teacher retention, and improve teacher quality—ultimately helping to improve student learning. Our new report examines professional development opportunities and practices in Oklahoma public schools, with a focus on rural settings. See more

REL Southwest Showcases EL and PreK Work at National Principals Conference

REL Southwest hosted two sessions at the National Principals Conference in Philadelphia on July 9–10 to showcase our work on early warning systems for English learner students and prekindergarten evaluation tools.  See more

Webinar Recap and Archive: Studies on the Academic Progress of English Learners

Did you miss our webinar highlighting research studies on English learner students' time to reclassification and advanced course enrollment and performance? Read the recap of the event and view the recorded webinar. See more

Spotlight on Services: REL Reference Desk

Learn about our free reference desk service and how to submit your research questions about education policies, programs, and practices.  See more

Our Research Alliances at a Glance: New Infographic and Flyers

Check out our new research alliance infographic and flyers for a quick overview of the work we've been doing. And please feel free to share them to help us spread the word! To view the infographic, click here, and to view the flyers, click the research alliance links below.

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Our Research Alliances

Upcoming Events
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  • Oct. 4: REL Midwest Webinar: Exploring Educator Movement Between Districts (free)  Register
  • Oct. 4–7: National Indian Education Association Convention and Trade Show, Orlando, FL (Oct 5: REL Southwest session on graduation exam performance and course-taking of Native American high school students in New Mexico)  Register
  • Oct. 12–13: National Forum to Advance Rural Education, Columbus, OH (three REL Southwest sessions on improving teacher quality in Oklahoma rural schools)  Register

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Featured Resources
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If you live in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, or Texas, we're here to answer your research-based questions about education policies, programs, and practices.

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About REL Southwest
REL Southwest is one of 10 Regional Educational Laboratories funded by the Institute of Education Sciences in the U.S. Department of Education. These labs provide applied research and evaluation, analytic technical support, and services and products to address pressing regional education needs, inform policy and practice, and improve student outcomes.
Our Partners
  • Decision Information Resources Inc.
  • Empirical Education Inc.
  • Gibson Consulting Group
  • Mike Puma Associates
  • RAND Education
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The REL Southwest Spotlight e-bulletin was developed under Contract ED-IES-12-C-0012 from the Institute of Education Sciences in the U.S. Department of Education. 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
4700 Mueller Blvd.
Austin, TX 78723

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