Doing What Works: Research-Based Practices in Action

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  • March 26, 2015
Doing What Works: Research-Based Practices in Action

 

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High quality instruction is essential to implementing the Common Core State Standards effectively to improve stuent achievement, and effective professional development plays a key role.

One valuable resource is the Doing What Works Library, which provides easily accessible and organized professional development materials and tools that support the research-based recommendations in IES practice guides. The guides, focused on practical topics of high interest to educators, are developed by the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education. In addition to the recommendations, the guides include implementation strategies and solutions to common challenges.

REL West recently hosted a free webinar to share more about the Doing What Works materials, tools, and examples of implementation in actual schools and classrooms. An overview of the library was followed by a presentation of ways that one state is effectively using the DWW resources in professional development to support improved instruction.

The webinar was open to the public and targets state department of education staff, regional and local coordinators, and technical assistance providers nationwide.

Event goals:

1. Learn about the source of the materials in IES Practice Guides that summarize research and provide research-based recommendations, the wealth of resources in the DWW library, how they are organized, and how to access them easily.

2. Gain insight into how DWW research-based resources may be adapted for use in a variety of technical assistance scenarios.

 Speakers included:

  • Nikola Filby, Director, Regional Educational Laboratory West at WestEd
  • Gregory B. Keith, Director, School Support Division, Minnesota Department of Education

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 For more information, email Mary Rauner at mrauner@wested.org