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Exemplary Educational Leadership Preparation Program (EELP) Award

Applications will be judged on the extent to which the programs are (a) aligned with research and scholarship about exemplary and effective leadership preparation and (b) have evidence of program effectiveness and impact. Although the 2012 research-based document titled “UCEA Institutional and Program Quality Criteria” provides an accounting of features, content, and experiences associated with effective leadership preparation, more recent empirical and scholarly literature on effective and exemplary leadership preparation provides additional insights about important dimensions of these criteria that are considered as programs are reviewed for this award. The Handbook of Research on the Education of School Leaders (2nd ed., Young & Crow, 2016) is one such source of more recent information.

More details can be found here.

Collaborating to Support Education Research

Please join the State Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) program and American Educational Research Association (AERA) at 2 p.m. June 30 (ET), for the webinar “Collaborating to Support Education Research”. This webinar will be moderated by AREA and will feature states that have established research partnerships to address key education issues. You’ll hear how and why the partnerships were formed, research topics addressed, and how data are shared to support the research. Time will be reserved for your questions.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 |  1-2 p.m. (CST)

Register here

The Illinois KIDS Assessment Post-COVID-19: Local Perspectives

July 7, 2020 | 10-11:30 a.m. (CST)

Hosted by: Ounce of Prevention Fund, the Illinois State Board of Education, the McCormik Foundation, the Stone Foundation, and Advance Illinois.

Children entering kindergarten this fall have experienced varying degrees of disruption in their lives, differing access to technology, and increased levels of stress and trauma due to COVID-19. High-quality early learning experiences help children build the foundational skills needed to begin school, but this year’s kindergartners will have been away from their early childhood programs for over five months when school resumes.

The Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) is a developmentally focused assessment that helps teachers identify student’s abilities in multiple areas as defined by the state’s learning standards. KIDS helps teachers and families understand where gaps exist, and what supports or resources are needed to support each child.

Please join the Ounce of Prevention Fund, the Illinois State Board of Education, the McCormick Foundation, the Stone Foundation, and Advance Illinois, for a virtual discussion exploring the benefits of KIDS in this year of COVID-19.

National Forum to Advance Rural Education: 112th NREA Convention and Research Symposium

Share your research about rural education issues – submit a research session proposal.

Since the conference is virtual, research sessions will be different from years past. If your submission is accepted, you will be responsible for pre-recording your presentation. Battelle for Kids will make it available as on-demand content for viewing during and post-conference. Research sessions can be up to 30 minutes in length.

A limited number of researchers who submit research session proposals will be selected to showcase their work during Day 1 of conference programming.

Research session proposals are due July 31, 2020, and acceptance notifications will be sent in mid-September. If your research session proposal is accepted, you will be required to register for the conference.

This form will allow you to save your progress on a submission and continue working on it later. Once finalized, you can submit the proposal for review. Remember your log in details, in case you need to return to check on the status of your submission. If you need assistance with your account or log in credentials, please contact Kara Adkins at kadkins@battelleforkids.org.

Submission Deadline: July 31, 2020 | 11:59 p.m. (ET)

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Register Now for the National Freshman Success Institute

Join the Network for College Success for seven days of powerful learning with teams of educators from across the country at the National Freshman Success Institute.

Read all the details here.

Call for Articles for ‘Expanding the Conversation: Rural Education Research,’ a special issue of the Peabody Journal of Education

In 2016, the National Rural Education Association (NREA) released its Research Agenda 2016-2021 identifying 10 rural education research priorities. As the Research Agenda draws to a close, it is time to take stock of the state of research within these 10 priority areas and to identify new research directions. In addition, recent political, instructional and health challenges suggest that new research is needed to support rural education in a post-COVID-19 world. For this special issue we invite scholarship that synthesizes research in an area of education either within or beyond the ten priority areas including:

  • Access to counseling/mental health/chemical dependence services
  • Building the capacity to meet the needs of diverse populations
  • Closing achievement gaps in rural schools
  • College and career readiness/preparation for post-secondary experiences
  • Data-driven decision-making to improve student educational attainment
  • Effects of poverty on rural education
  • Rural school/family relationships
  • Teacher/leader preparation for rural schools
  • Technology integration needed to meet the needs of rural schools

Click here to learn more.

Equity Leaders Institutes are transformative two-day learning experiences intended to increase participants’ capacities to advance and sustain equitable practices in teaching and learning. To allow for in-depth reflection and discourse among participants, and more individualized support for planning attendance for the institute will be capped at 60 people.

Creating Caring School Communities: Decolonizing Harmful Practices, Disrupting Push Out, & Advancing Liberation in Our Schools

The topic of this year’s Institute is about re-establishing schools as caring communities by dismantling institutionalized practices that interrupt successful schooling experiences for historically marginalized populations and supporting the development of a framework to promote success for all students.

Dates:  10 a.m. September 29-4:30 p.m. September 30 (ET)