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Web 2.0 Tools and Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners: an Online Course

To meet continuing demand, the NECC is offering its two-week interactive online course, Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners through Online and Blended Learning for a third time, from September 20 through September 30. Read the full story >

Regional Educators Examine Evolving Evaluation Systems

A conference jointly developed by NECC and the Regional Educational Laboratory (Northeast and Islands) brought education leaders from across New England together June 28 to review the research, share lessons learned, and examine emerging systems for evaluating educator effectiveness. The day-long event drew participants from all six New England states, New York, and Pennsylvania and covered the features of high quality systems, lessons from the field, and the role of unions. Read the full story >

Podcast: Considerations In Measuring Educator Effectiveness: A Talk by Stanley Rabinowitz

A talk by Stanley Rabinowitz, Ph.D. of the Accountability and Assessment Comprehensive Center is available as a 25-minute podcast or transcript. Read the full story >

Using Response to Intervention Effectively

As part of its ongoing professional development offerings on Response to Intervention (RTI), NECC has made two more webinars on RTI available for online streaming. Read the full story >

NECC, National Center Assist NH RTI Effort

New Hampshire is one of nine states in the U.S. to receive support for RTI (Response to Intervention) implementation from the National Center on RTI. The support, awarded through a competitive grant with NECC assistance, consists of professional development, recommendations from experts, and guidance in implementing RTI. Read the full story >

Governor, Commissioner Praise NH Task Force on Effective Teaching

NH Commissioner of Education Virginia Barry convened the New Hampshire Task Force on Effective Teaching, a 60-member group of diverse stakeholders, last October to help move the state forward in supporting and evaluating effective teaching. Under the leadership of Karen Soule and Emma Rous, the Task Force presented its recommendations to the Commissioner, Governor John Lynch, and teacher evaluation expert Charlotte Danielson at its final meeting in May 2011. Read the full story >

Digital Learning Takes Center Stage in the Northeast

In conjunction with the New York Comprehensive Center and the Center on Instruction, NECC hosted a Regional P-12 Summit on Virtual Education in Boston April 26 and 27. Intended to bring participants up to date on P-12 virtual education in the Northeast and elsewhere, the summit provided occasions for participants to learn about current research and to engage in cross-state and in-state conversations. Read the full story >

National Expert Highlights Teacher Evaluation at NH Conference

Concord, NH: Laura Goe of Education Testing Service and the NCCTQ was the featured speaker at an event for New Hampshire's Task Force on Effective Teaching, a 60 member stakeholder group working to create a framework to support effective teaching and educator evaluation in New Hampshire. NECC is supporting the work of the Task Force in collaboration with the NEIREL. Goe provided national context and presented key ideas in research and current thinking about how to assess teachers' classroom effectiveness. Watch the presentation and access the PowerPoint slides >

ELL Resources Highlight Instruction, PD, and Family Engagement

Guidance documents for teaching English language learners in low-incidence districts, developed with support from the New England Comprehensive Center by the Connecticut Department of Education, are now publicly available. A Resource Guide for Low-Incidence Districts contains sections on instructional practices, professional development and educator support, and family, school, and community engagement. Read the full story >

DWW Announces Professional Development Grants

The Doing What Works Initiative (DWW) is requesting proposals for professional development grants to strengthen the use of research-based practices drawn from DWW resources. The grants, ranging from $15,000 to $75,000, are to be used between mid-January and July 2001 and are open to states, districts, and institutions of higher education with established capacity to develop professional development, inquiry groups, or other improvement processes that could incorporate DWW resources. Read the full story >

Webinar Recording Now Available

A recording of the webinar "Measuring Teacher Effectiveness in New England," presented by Dr. Douglas Harris and co-hosted by the Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Island, the New England Comprehensive Center, and the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality is now available. View >

Adolescent Literacy Resources Now Available

ONLINE: Improving Adolescent Literacy: Effective Classroom and Intervention Practices, a webinar featuring Professor Michael Kamil and co-sponsored by NECC and the Regional Educational Laboratory—Northeast and Islands (REL-NEI) last month, is now available.

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Regional Stakeholders Confer on Education Reform Opportunities

PORTSMOUTH, NH: With unprecedented federal funds available for education reform, education leaders, advocates, and stakeholders in the six New England states met with Tony Miller, Deputy Secretary of Education, in Bedford, New Hampshire on November 10 to discuss ways to improve outcomes for the region's students. At the invitation of the New England Comprehensive Center and other regional organizations, Miller engaged in a dialogue on the four federal reform priorities: high-quality standards and assessments; effective teachers and education leaders; data systems that inform decision-making; and intensive support for struggling schools. (November 2009)

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Margaret Heritage Webinar Now Available: "What Does Formative Assessment Mean to a State Department of Education?"

ONLINE: At the request of the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE), NECC collaborated with the Assessment and Accountability Comprehensive Center (AACC) to offer a webinar on Formative Assessment featuring national expert Margaret Heritage. Peers from Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire departments of education joined representatives from Rhode Island for the event. (June 2009)

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Reducing Dropouts: New York City Educator Shares Approach with Massachusetts Educators

SHREWSBURY, MA: Stories from New York City's dropout prevention and recovery struggle were the focus of the second conference of the Massachusetts Dropout Prevention and Recovery Work Group, a subset of the state's Urban Superintendents' Network. More than 100 people from 16 urban districts and charter schools attended in teams to work on district plans and hear JoEllen Lynch, former CEO of the Partnership Support Organization of the New York City Department of Education, describe the impact of a comprehensive study of dropouts in that city. (June 2009)

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NECC Webinar Looks at PLCs from SEA and Field Perspectives

ONLINE: The May entry in NECC's ongoing series of webinars on professional learning communities (PLCs) featured Susan Kennedy of the Connecticut Bureau of School and District Improvement and Amy Brodesky, a project director at the Education Development Center. (June 2009)

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NECC Staff to Support New Hampshire Conference Work on RTI

CONCORD, NH: With support from NECC, the New Hampshire Response to Intervention (RTI) Task Force and the New Hampshire Department of Education hosted a statewide institute on RTI July 7–9, 2009. The institute featured Shannon Harken of the Heartland (Iowa) Area Education Agency. Discussion and action planning groups were set up to facilitate team interactions and strengthen participants' abilities to support the Response to Intervention framework in their home schools and districts. An Interactive Guide to RTI in New Hampshire is due out soon on the New Hampshire Department of Education's website. (June, 2009)

Iowa Expert Shares Knowledge with New Hampshire RTI Task Force

CONCORD, NH: Shannon Harken of the Heartland (Iowa) Area Education Agency (AEA) spoke on "Lessons from the Implementation Trenches" before the New Hampshire Department of Education’s Response to Intervention (RTI) Task Force on April 7. The Task Force work is supported by staff members of the NECC as part of its New Hampshire initiative. Access the task force’s work through its wiki. (May, 2009)

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New Hampshire Summit Continues Work on High School Graduation

CONCORD, NH: The New Hampshire Department of Education planned and conducted a statewide Governor's Summit on High School Graduation on Friday, April 10 for a large audience of superintendents, principals, business leaders, community agencies, and policy makers. (April, 2009)

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Nellie Mae, Gates Foundation Commit to Reinvent High School in New England

QUINCY, MA: In a groundbreaking effort to reinvent secondary education, four New England states have formed a regional alliance to prepare every New England student for “college, career, and civic responsibility” in the global economy and community by 2016.

With $1 million from the Nellie Mae Educational Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the New England Secondary School Consortium will bring together education leaders from Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont to share resources, talents, and expertise and explore cost-saving efficiencies. Participation is open to Massachusetts and Connecticut as well. (January, 2009)

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Recording now available: "Knowing Mathematics for Teaching" Webinar

Noted mathematics education researcher Deborah Loewenberg Ball, Dean of Education and Professor of Education at the University of Michigan, presented at a November, 2008 NECC webinar on the kind of mathematics knowledge teachers need to have. The recording of this webinar, along with a copy of her Powerpoint presentation, is now available. (January, 2009)

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"Formative Assessment: Improving Teaching and Learning" Now Available

"Formative Assessment: Improving Teaching and Learning," a webinar conducted by Margaret Heritage and Ellen Osmundson of UCLA’s National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST), is now available online. The 90-minute webinar covers a broad range of ways to improve formative assessment in schools and classrooms. Access to the webinar and ancillary materials is available at (January, 2009)


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