WALTHAM, MA | November 26, 2013
The U.S.-funded Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs) have been building partnerships among policymakers, practitioners, and researchers to advance education research on a broad range of education priorities. On December 10, 2013, the Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands (REL-NEI) will convene a forum in Washington, D.C., to discuss the ways these partnerships are working and how they are disseminating the results of their collaborative research.
During the daylong forum, panels of alliance members and REL-NEI researchers will talk about creating a long-term research agenda, planning research projects, and fostering ongoing learning to inform decision making, as well as the role of alliances and their extended networks in disseminating research findings. A panel of staff from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, which funds the RELs, will also participate.
“We are convening this group to share how our researchers and alliance members are learning from each other,” said EDC’s Jill Weber, REL-NEI director. “We also want to explore how our colleagues in the REL program are developing their collaborative research structures.”
The agenda will highlight the work of REL-NEI’s research alliances and address the following topics:
- Developing processes for ongoing learning and sustainability
- Designing surveys, policy scans, and workshops to develop knowledge, inform decisions, and advance alliance data use capacity
- Conducting research in a collaborative context
- Creating structures to promote the use of research
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Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), is a global nonprofit organization that creates learning opportunities for people around the world, empowering them to pursue healthier, more productive lives. EDC manages 250 projects in 30 countries. Visit www.edc.org. The Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands (REL-NEI) is run by EDC in partnership with AIR and WestEd’s Learning Innovations program. REL-NEI provides rigorous research that is relevant to national education priorities, responsive to local needs, and usable for policy and practice. Visit www.relnei.org.