SEDL Monthly: An e-bulletin of SEDL / November 2011 /

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SEDL Honored With Marketing and Communications Award
SEDL's 2010 annual report, Roadmaps to Results, was awarded a platinum MarCom award in the annual report/nonprofit category. MarCom Awards is administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals, and the Platinum Award is the organization's top honor.

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Researchers at SEDL and the University of Wisconsin-Madison are looking for districts to participate in an effectiveness study of Imagine It! reading and Everyday Mathematics.
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Comprehensive Centers Make a Difference

Evaluation of the Comprehensive Technical Assistance Centers
States and schools face a prolonged budget crisis, and at the same time, a growing number of schools are struggling to meet academic benchmarks. The Comprehensive Technical Assistance Centers have helped states meet these challenges by providing state education agencies with hands-on support adapted to address each state’s particular needs. SEDL operates the Southeast and Texas Comprehensive Centers, two of the 16 Regional Comprehensive Centers.

A recent report highlights the value of the Comprehensive Centers in supporting state education leaders. Published by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences, National Evaluation of the Comprehensive Technical Assistance Centers, found that the Comprehensive Centers are effective in helping state education agencies build capacity for school improvement. The report used evaluation data from 3 program years (2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09).

Findings include:

  • The number of state managers reporting that Comprehensive Center technical assistance served their states’ purposes increased every year.
  • State managers also reported that the Regional Comprehensive Centers’ assistance expanded the states’ capacity to improve their statewide systems of support.
  • Expert panels reviewed sampled project materials for both the Content Centers and the Regional Centers and, on average, rated them as “moderate” to “high” in quality.
  • Participants in sampled projects of the Comprehensive Centers rated them as “high” in relevance and usefulness.

To learn more about the Comprehensive Centers:
Read National Evaluation of the Comprehensive Technical Assistance Centers.
Watch a webinar
that provides an overview of the report and the Comprehensive Centers’ significance. The webinar includes comments from Brenda J. Turnbull, principal at Policy Study Associates and author of the report, and discussions from three state officials and Robin Jarvis, the director of the Southeast Comprehensive Centers.

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Comprehensive Center Resources
The U.S. Department of Education’s Comprehensive Center Network Resources Database is designed to inform educators about the resources and activities the Content Centers and Regional Comprehensive Centers have produced. Some of the topics include instructional leadership; restructuring and turning around the lowest performing schools; alignment of curriculum, instruction, and assessment to standards; and multi-tiered instruction (Response to Intervention), to name a few.

Access the database (this resource was retired in 2013).

Designing and Implementing Teacher Evaluation Systems
The Comprehensive Centers put state education leaders in touch with experts, the latest research, and best practices from across the nation and help them determine how to identify and implement solutions for their own state. Nearly 50 state education leaders convened in New Orleans, Louisiana, on July 27–28 to learn more about teacher evaluation systems. The presentations and a follow-up webinar are now available for other educators who want to learn about teacher evaluation systems.

Learn about the Designing and Implementing Teacher Evaluation Systems institute.
Watch the webinar recording.

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