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Partners in Education: A Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family–School Partnerships Strategies for Family Engagement
Principals and teachers report that they value relationships with families, yet they receive little training for engaging families. They also say that they feel underprepared to develop these partnerships. Partners in Education: A Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family–School Partnerships, a collaboration between SEDL and the U.S. Department of Education, addresses these challenges. The publication, written by Harvard Graduate School of Education's Karen L. Mapp, senior lecturer and faculty director of the Education Policy and Management Master’s Program, and Paul J. Kuttner, researcher and educator, presents a framework that focuses on helping both educators and family members develop the necessary skills, knowledge, confidence, and belief systems to develop and sustain home–school relationships.
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Bridge Event


REL Webinar—Building Early Childhood Data Systems

The Regional Educational Laboratories Midwest and Southwest are cohosting a bridge event webinar on developing statewide early childhood data systems. This interactive webinar will examine research-based best practices as well as lessons learned from the field. The webinar takes place April 17, 1–2:30 p.m. (CDT)/2–3:30 p.m. (EDT). The event is free and open to the public.

Statewide Use of Professional Learning Communities

Statewide Use of Professional Learning Communities

What types of professional learning communities (PLCs) are states using? This was a question that our Southeast Comprehensive Center recently explored. Related questions include whether any PLCs are state-mandated through legislation, policy, or regulation and what support a state might provide for its PLCs.

Professional Learning Communities Assessment-Revised


The Professional Learning Communities Assessment-Revised (PLCA-R) assesses educators’ perceptions of administrators, staff, and stakeholders based on six dimensions of professional learning communities: shared and supportive leadership, shared values and vision, collective learning and application, shared personal practice, supportive conditions-relationships, and supportive conditions-structures. The PLCA-R was developed by Dianne F. Olivier and Kristine Kiefer Hipp in the Rowman & Littlefield Education book Demystifying Professional Learning Communities: School Leadership at Its Best. SEDL hosts an online version of this tool that can be customized for different educational settings.

SEDL's presidential awards!


Congratulations to the latest recipients of SEDL's presidential awards! Kathleen Theodore (left) received the Edwin Hindsman Award for work that benefits children, and Shaila Abdullah (right) received the Rogers L. Barton Award, which honors outstanding contributions to SEDL’s educational research and development. We're proud to have such a talented, dedicated team.

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SEDL has openings for education researchers and a research assistant in our Research and Evaluation department. We also have an opening for a program specialist or program associate in our Education Systems Support department. For more information and to apply for these jobs, visit the careers section of our website.

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