REL West in the News
August 2013 REL West Research Digest Features Dropout Prevention
August 2013 REL West Research Digest
August 21, 2013
The current issue of the REL West Research Digest focuses on dropout prevention, a regional priority for REL West and the states—Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah—it serves. The digest features work that the Dropout Prevention Alliance for Utah Students with Disabilities is doing with 14 alliance schools to implement an early warning system tool that identifies students at risk for not graduating from high school so that schools and districts can target appropriate interventions.
The other featured initiative is Washoe County (NV) School District’s student voice toolkit, developed with REL West to incorporate effective practices that promote adult/student collaborative problem solving related to dropout issues.
The August 2013 digest also includes links to additional publications on dropout prevention.
The REL West Research Digest keeps educators and others abreast of research carried out by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West at WestEd. In addition, this twice-yearly digest may include descriptions of upcoming REL West work, services, and events, and, as relevant to the West Region, of publications developed by other researchers.
October 2012 REL West Research Digest Highlights Common Core State Standards
REL West Research Digest
October 31, 2012
The current issue of the REL West Research Digest focuses on the Common Core State Standards. Read about a recent conference that provided over 200 California educators an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the new standards, learn from experts and each other, engage in discussions and planning activities, and collaborate to move forward with implementation of the Common Core State Standards. Other articles feature excerpts from two October 2012 webinars presented by national experts who offered in-depth information and practical, affordable suggestions for implementing instructional shifts related to the mathematics and English language arts standards.
The REL West Research Digest keeps educators and others abreast of the research carried out by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West at WestEd. In addition to providing abstracts of selected REL West research reports, this twice-yearly digest may include descriptions of upcoming REL West work, services, and events, and, as relevant to the West Region, of publications developed by other researchers.
WestEd Awarded New REL West Contract
January 4, 2012
WestEd has received a multi-year contract from the U.S. Department of Education to operate the Regional Educational Laboratory West (REL West), comprising Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah. WestEd and its parent agencies, Far West Laboratory and Southwest Regional Laboratory, has held the contract for this regional laboratory continuously since the federal program began in 1966.
The Institute of Education Sciences within the Department of Education oversees the 10 RELs nationwide.
"We are pleased to have an opportunity to carry out what should be a challenging and rewarding scope of work for the new lab," says Gary Estes, WestEd Chief Program Officer and REL West Co-Director. "We look forward to working as a partner with new collaborative alliances throughout the western region as this work develops."
REL West serves the region by providing scientifically valid research findings that help meet the needs of educators, from teachers to state chief officers.
Laboratory staff draw from existing high-quality research, as well as conduct research and development projects and experimental studies. They also help stakeholders interpret evidence and build their own research capacity.