Closing the Achievement Gap in Rural Districts

REL Central facilitated a session with Missouri superintendents at the Missouri Association of Rural Education/K-8 Fall Conference in Lake Ozark, MO on October 21, 2016. Dr. Shelley H. Billig from REL Central facilitated a session with three superintendents whose districts were among the seven identified by the Missouri Association of Rural Education (MARE) as making…

Nebraska Partnership TEAMS: Teaching to Enhance Achievement in Mathematics and Science

Dr. John Sutton, RMC Research Corporation, Denver, CO, will lead the external evaluation for the Nebraska Partnership TEAMS: Teaching to Enhance Achievement in Mathematics and Science (NE TEAMS) project at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln (UNL). NE TEAMS is the latest statewide Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) project funded by the Nebraska Department of…

Improving the Reliability of Teacher Candidate Assessment: An Excel-Based Tool to Provide Feedback About Scoring

Increased accountability for schools and educators—and more recently, teacher preparation programs –has led to a proliferation of new measures to document effectiveness. There have been several efforts to examine their validity and reliability, some of which have heightened awareness about their limitations. As such, there is an ongoing need to ensure that these tools demonstrate…

Douglas County School District Study

RMC Research is embarking on a new study of the use of teachers’ non-instructional time for the Douglas County School District in Colorado. Teacher volunteers are serving as advisors to the study, which will document use of time across the school year by grade span and content area. Results are likely to be available in…

Texas Accountability System for Educator Preparation: Work with the Texas Comprehensive Center

As mentioned in this blog post, RMC Research is supporting the American Institutes of Research work with the Texas Comprehensive center. Currently, we are engaged in drafting the accountability manual to support the Accountability System for Educator Preparation (ASEP). As part of this system, educator preparation programs are required to annually submit a number of…

Mathematics Coaching – An Interview with John Sutton and Arlene Mitchell

John Sutton and Arlene Mitchell (deceased), Senior Research Associates at RMC Research, Denver, CO are interviewed as part of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) resources to support mathematics coaches (http://www.mathedleadership.org/coaching/interviews.html or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7T_-MJGQLD0). The interview took place at the NCSM National Conference in Boston, MA in April 2015. John and Arlene were leaders…

Supporting Data Use at State Education Agencies: REL Central Presents Tools at STATS DC

Recent efforts to draw effective research and strategic data use into state policy and practice decisions have revealed a need for high quality support at the state and district levels (e.g., Nelson, Leffler, & Hansen, 2009; Data Quality Campaign, 2010). The Regional Educational Laboratory Central (REL Central) at Marzano Research worked closely with state education…

Madison Metropolitan School District Advanced Learning Program Evaluation

The Denver office of RMC Research has just begun an evaluation of Madison Metropolitan School District’s (MMSD) Advanced Learning Program. The MMSD has a strong belief that “a thriving school is one in which all students and adults are recognized for their strengths, challenged to do better, and supported to succeed.” They recognize the critical…

STEM CLUSTERS Project

The Denver office of RMC Research Corporation is working with the University of Colorado Denver in the evaluation their STEM CLUSTERS project. This project has undertaken a novel investigation that studies the impact of developing and coordinating K-12 outreach, specifically organizing middle and high school STEM Clubs, on undergraduate STEM majors’ learning, metacognition, and communication…

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Language & Culture Institute

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (SRST) Tribal Department of Education created a Language & Culture Institute to expand upon existing Lakota/Dakota language programming on the Standing Rock Reservation, located in central North and South Dakota. The Institute is intended to significantly enlarge opportunities for students, families, and other community members to become highly proficient in…

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