EDC has been awarded a five-year contract through the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) that will enable the global nonprofit to continue to advance the use of data on effective programs, policies, and practices to improve educational outcomes for children and youth throughout the Northeast and U.S.
An IES press release published on December 23, 2016 announced that EDC will continue its 10 years of respected leadership of the Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands. With the support of IES and working closely with alliances of policymakers, practitioners, and a host of partners, Director Jill Weber (at left) and Deputy Director Julie Riordan (at right) will lead the REL Northeast & Islands team in conducting research and providing analytic support focused on improving:
- Early childhood education and school readiness
- College and career readiness and success
- Teacher development and preparation
- Educational opportunity and outcomes for high needs communities
Over the past 10 years, REL Northeast & Islands at EDC has met the high-priority needs of policymakers and practitioners in the region and throughout the U.S. to surface challenges in education and to identify effective policies, programs, and practices to address those challenges. A sampler of the hundreds of resources produced by the REL Northeast & Islands at EDC—including research reports and briefs, extensive tools and survey instruments for researchers and practitioners, online learning events, multimedia, and infographics—is available to explore on its website, as well as on the IES website. A few recent highlights of the REL Northeast & Islands at EDC's groundbreaking educational research include:
- New insights into the challenges and work of K-12 school principals that were spotlighted in Education Week and featured in a December 19, 2016 EdWeek Online chat
- New findings on Educator Evaluation and Professional Learning that New Hampshire Commissioner of Education Virginia M. Barry said "completely elevated" a large New Hampshire city's thinking about education and that have garnered interest from policymakers and researchers nationwide
- New evidence on how to design effective programs to serve English language learners and tools to support schools, districts, and states in gathering data to guide them in enhancing programs, policies, and practices
Over the next five years, keep pace with the REL Northeast & Islands at EDC's new findings by browsing the REL Northeast & Islands blog, following the REL Northeast & Islands on Twitter, and subscribing to the REL Northeast & Islands e-newsletter. REL Northeast & Islands includes American Institutes for Research, WestEd, and SRI International as well as a number of small business partners and consultants. EDC has also been awarded two subcontracts to contribute to the research and analytic support of REL Appalachia led by SRI International and REL Midwest led by American Institutes for Research.
Last updated: December 23, 2016