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Shakman, Karen; Wogan, Diana; Rodriguez, Sheila; Boyce, Jared; Shaver, Debra – Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands, 2020
This toolkit is designed to help school- and district-based practitioners engage in a continuous improvement effort. It provides an overview of continuous improvement and focuses on the Plan-Do-Study-Act cycle. It includes tools and resources that practitioners can use to implement a continuous improvement effort in their own schools, districts,…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Planning, Readiness, Teamwork
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Henry, Susan F.; Mello, Dan; Avery, Maria-Paz; Parker, Caroline; Stafford, Erin – Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands, 2017
Most state departments of education across the United States recommend or require that districts use a home language survey as the first step in a multistep process of identifying students who qualify for English learner student services. School districts typically administer the home language survey to parents and guardians during a student's…
Descriptors: Native Language, Surveys, English Language Learners, Identification
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Ryan, Sarah; Cox, Joshua D. – Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands, 2016
Many states are moving away from approaches that base student advancement on credits and "seat time" toward competency-based learning approaches that provide schools with the flexibility to link a student's advancement to mastery of content. Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands, in partnership with the Northeast…
Descriptors: Competency Based Education, Student Surveys, Student Experience, High School Students
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Shakman, Karen; Zweig, Jacqueline; Bocala, Candice; Lacireno-Paquet, Natalie; Bailey, Jessica – Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands, 2016
Policymakers and researchers increasingly recommend aligning educator evaluations and professional development to improve instruction and student learning. However, few empirical studies have examined the relationship between new educator evaluation systems and the professional development in which teachers engage following their evaluation. This…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Faculty Development, Urban Schools, School Districts
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Clements, Margaret; Pazzaglia, Angela M.; Zweig, Jacqueline – Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands, 2015
As in most states, New York does not currently have a state-level protocol for collecting data about schools' objectives or methods for offering online courses. The goals of the study conducted by the Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands' Northeast Rural Districts Research Alliance (NRDRA) were (1) to create a survey tool capable…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Educational Technology, Surveys, Barriers
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Zweig, Jacqueline; Irwin, Clare W.; Kook, Janna Fuccillo; Cox, Josh – Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands, 2015
The purpose of this study is to describe what data preschools in a mid-sized city in the Northeast collect, how they use that data, and the challenges they face. The study focuses on three types of data: early learning outcomes, dosage (i.e., the amount of exposure to early childhood education), and classroom quality. The report further…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Data Collection, Early Childhood Education, Educational Quality
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Riordan, Julie; Lacireno-Paquet, Natalie; Shakman, Karen; Bocala, Candice; Chang, Quincy – Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands, 2015
REL Northeast and Islands, in collaboration with the Northeast Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance and the New Hampshire Department of Education, conducted a study of the implementation of new teacher evaluation systems in New Hampshire's School Improvement Grant (SIG) schools. While the basic system features are similar across district…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Standards, School Districts
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Grady, Matthew W.; O'Dwyer, Laura M. – Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands, 2014
REL Northeast & Islands at Education Development Center, in partnership with the English Language Learners Alliance, has developed a new survey tool--The English Language Learner Program Survey for Principals--to help state education departments collect consistent data on the education of English language learner students. Designed for school…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Surveys, Principals, School Policy
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Walters, Kirk; Torres, Aubrey Scheopner; Smith, Toni; Ford, Jennifer – Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands, 2014
This study describes key challenges and necessary supports related to implementation of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) identified by rural math educators in the Northeast. The research team interviewed state and district math coordinators and surveyed teachers in Maine, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont, to assess their…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Mathematics Instruction, State Standards, Mathematics Teachers
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Irwin, Clare W.; O'Dwyer, Laura; Cook, Kyle DeMeo – Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands, 2014
The Early Childhood Educator Survey and the Early Childhood Administrator Survey allow users to collect consistent data on the use of child assessments and learning standards in early childhood learning settings. Each survey includes modules on educator/administrator background information, assessment use, and learning standards implementation.…
Descriptors: Administrators, Surveys, Teacher Characteristics, Administrator Characteristics
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Bocala, Candice; Morgan, Claire; Mundry, Susan; Mello, Daniel – Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands, 2010
With more than half of children with disabilities being educated in the general education classroom, and with federal education law requiring improved learning outcomes for these students, preparing general education teachers to work effectively with all students is critical. This report on teacher certification requirements in the nine Northeast…
Descriptors: General Education, Disabilities, State Departments of Education, Special Education Teachers
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Bates, Lauren; Breslow, Nicole; Hupert, Naomi – Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands, 2009
This report describes efforts by five states (Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, New Jersey, and Rhode Island) to improve adolescent literacy. Highlighting common challenges and lessons, the report examines how each state has engaged key stakeholders, set rigorous goals and standards, aligned resources to support adolescent literacy goals, built…
Descriptors: Content Area Reading, State Departments of Education, Literacy, Adolescents
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Zorfass, Judith; Urbano, Carole – Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands, 2008
This study, conducted during the 2006/07 academic year, describes how four midsize urban school districts in the Northeast and Islands Region--Worcester, Massachusetts; Nashua, New Hampshire; Yonkers, New York; and Providence, Rhode Island--were providing foundation skills assessments and programs to struggling middle-grade readers. Researchers…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Intervention, School Districts, Basic Skills
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Myint-U, Athi; O'Donnell, Lydia; Osher, David; Petrosino, Anthony; Stueve, Ann – Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands, 2008
Despite evidence that some dropout prevention programs have positive effects, whether districts in the region are using such evidence-based programs has not been documented. To generate and share knowledge on dropout programs and policies, this report details a project to create a searchable database with information on target audiences,…
Descriptors: Databases, Pilot Projects, Dropout Programs, Dropout Prevention