REL Northeast & Islands to Lead Forum on Collaborative Research

Jill Weber

On December 10, the Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands will host a forum in Washington, D.C. focused on lessons learned from forming and sustaining researcher/practitioner partnerships. In January 2012, when the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) selected EDC to continue its leadership of the REL-NEI, staff began to build partnerships among policymakers, practitioners, and researchers as part of a heightened REL focus on collaborative research to advance education reform. At that time, IES Director John Easton underscored the importance of collaborative research, noting "When education stakeholders actually have a stake in the research itself, they are more likely to trust it, believe it and take it up” (read Easton’s Remarks). Today, the REL-NEI's eight research alliances are actively engaged in studying top education reform priorities for the region—from high-quality early childhood education to college and career readiness.

The December forum will bring together all 10 of the nation's regional educational laboratories, as well as IES program staff. “We are convening this group to share how our researchers and alliance members are learning from each other,” said REL-NEI Director Jill Weber (shown above left). “We also want to explore how our colleagues in the REL program are developing their collaborative research structures.” During the December 10 forum, panels of alliance members and REL-NEI researchers will talk about creating a long-term research agenda, planning research projects, fostering ongoing learning to inform decision making, and engaging alliances and their extended networks in disseminating research findings.

Last Updated: November 2013