NH Commissioner: REL Northeast & Islands at EDC "Completely Elevated" Manchester’s Thinking about Education

Julie Riordan

In a REL Northeast & Islands at EDC video, NH Commissioner of Education Virginia M. Barry discusses REL's study of the state's new teacher evaluation framework. In addition to insights from Barry on the powerful impact of the study, the video features commentary from REL Research and Evaluation Manager Julie Riordan (at left) who led the study and Karen Shakman, who serves as lead researcher for the REL Northeast Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance that collaborated on the study.

Barry says: “The work that the REL did in Manchester completely elevated the thinking in that city about education...the REL comes in and starts getting people to think about evidence-based research, they’re getting them to start thinking about what is the research going on about educator effectiveness, and all of a sudden, this dialogue gets created where teachers start to feel empowered.”

For 10 years, EDC has led Institute of Education Sciences-funded REL Northeast & Islands, working with our partners AIR and WestEd to sustain eight research alliances that produce actionable findings to guide changes to policies, programs, and practices to improve student outcomes.

In the video, Riordan notes, "The work of this alliance and the other alliances in REL Northeast & Islands provides a sense of doing authentic work that is used immediately by stakeholders.” Shakman adds, "...we do this work because research should be accessible, and it should be useful, and it should be driven by the needs of the field.” Watch the video now.

Last Updated: March 2016