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SEDL's library of free resources are resources that have been developed and field-tested with our partner schools, districts, and communities.

Our 20 Most Recent Resources

Partners in Education: A Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family–School Partnerships (2014)
This resource presents a new framework for designing family engagement initiatives that build capacity among educators and families to partner with one another around student success. Based in existing research and best practices, this report is designed to act as a scaffold for the development of family engagement strategies, policies, and programs.
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SECC Information Request - Support for School Improvement Grant School Districts and Schools (2014)
Support for School Improvement Grant School Districts and Schools
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SECC Information Request—State Use of Professional Learning Communities (2014)
This report examines how states are using schoolwide, large-scale professional learning communities in their school improvement work.
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SECC Information Request: Focus School Strategies, Practices, and Achievement (2014)

The report details strategies and practices undertaken in a number of states to improve achievement in their Focus Schools.

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SEDL Insights, Vol. 1, No. 4: Teaching Mathematics Conceptually (2014)

Mathematics instruction in the United States has historically focused on procedures, facts, and algorithms. Because of that focus, mathematics instruction, in essence, becomes lessons in arithmetic and efficiency. While there are promising changes occurring in mathematics instruction, we still need to help both teachers and students develop a more conceptual understanding of mathematics. This issue of SEDL Insights helps educators shift from helping students memorize rules to facilitating a deeper understanding of mathematics concepts.

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SEDL Insights, Vol. 2, No. 1: Building Supportive Relationships in Afterschool (2014)

Afterschool programs can help students develop knowledge to enhance academic success while also providing them with opportunities to develop social and problem-solving skills. In our work with afterschool programs, we have seen that positive relationships with school-day personnel, families, community members, and between and among program staff and students help these programs thrive. This issue of SEDL Insights explores how afterschool practitioners can build strong relationships that benefit all stakeholders.

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SEDL Insights, Vol. 2, No. 2: How Districts Can Lay the Groundwork for Lasting Family Engagement (2014)
Family engagement in a student’s education can lead to improved student academic achievement, attendance, and behavior. Yet many districts and schools still struggle to form strong partnerships with the families they serve. Having a supportive district-level infrastructure is key to the success and sustainability of family engagement initiatives.
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Aspirations of Rural Youth Webinar (2013)
Research suggests that a majority of youth in rural areas want to continue their education beyond high school. Yet rural students often have limited access to the advanced coursework, college and career counseling, and other programs that can help them transition into postsecondary education or the workforce. The Aspirations of Rural Youth Bridge Event Webinar, hosted by the Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest at SEDL, examines research and initiatives related to the challenges and successes that rural schools and communities experience in supporting students in the transition to college and careers. The webinar took place Thursday, October 3, 2013.
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Common Core State Standards Video Series: ELA (2013)
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) videos are designed to support states, schools, and teachers in the implementation of the CCSS. The videos were created in collaboration with the states in the Southeast Comprehensive Center region based on their needs for professional development support for the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. Each video is an audiovisual resource that focuses on one or more specific standards and usually includes examples/illustrations geared to enhancing understanding. The intent of each content-focused video is to clarify the meaning of the individual standard rather than to be a guide on how to teach each standard, although the examples can be adapted for instructional use.
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FOCUS - Technical Brief Number 36: Infinity Communication Access Lab Recognized With 2012 Product Utilization Support and Help (PUSH) Award (2013)
This FOCUS Technical Brief describes the exemplary knowledge translation work of the winner of the Center on KT4TT's 2012 PUSH Award. The recipient, Infinity Communication Access Lab, is a partnership between Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and the Toronto District School Board in Toronto, Canada. The lab aims to discover person-centered access solutions and to ensure that those solutions are transferred into environments true to where children live and learn. Dr. Tom Chau oversees the lab, which serves 130 public school students with a range of developmental conditions.
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FOCUS - Technical Brief Number 37: Lessons Learned in Technology Transfer from Dr. Gregg Vanderheiden and the Trace Research & Development Center (2013)
This FOCUS Technical Brief describes the exemplary technology transfer (TT) and knowledge translation (KT) work of the 2013 winner of the Center on KT4TT's Product Utilization Support and Help (PUSH) Award. The recipient is Dr. Gregg Vanderheiden and the Trace Research & Development Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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Identifying Competencies and Actions of Effective Turnaround Principals: Southeast Comprehensive Center Briefing Paper, January 2013 (2013)
Research over the past 30 years has found that effective principals can significantly improve various components of student achievement and learning. In addition, there are few examples of improving student achievement that were not led by an effective principal. Research has also identified the need for the change to be systemic or comprehensive in the school turnaround process to ensure sustainability. Along with a systemic improvement process, Duke (2006), identifies 10 “essential” school components for the turnaround principal’s focus and action as keys to sustained success for the benefit of all students. This briefing paper addresses the essential competencies and actions of the turnaround principal.
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Information Retrieval for International Disability and Rehabilitation Research (2013)
The Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange (CIRRIE) will discuss the importance of accessing international research for systematic reviews and research synthesis. CIRRIE's database of international research makes available to the disability community knowledge that has been found useful in other countries. Tips will be shared on how to use CIRRIE's database to its fullest potential.
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Knowledge Translation: From Research to Vocational Rehabilitation Service Delivery (2013)
Should practice guidelines be developed for vocational rehabilitation (VR) service delivery? This webcast will be a discussion with a rehabilitation researcher, a VR educator, and a VR practitioner around practice guidelines: what they are, how they are developed in other disciplines, and if they could be helpful to VR counselors and consumers.
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SEDL Insights, Vol. 1, No. 1: Leadership Actions for Transforming Schools (2013)
Effective leadership is a crucial part of school improvement. Yet leaders at schools in the process of transformation often struggle with how to best guide their staff and students to better outcomes. Our experiences serving as turnaround principals in Texas and South Carolina and then working with underperforming schools while at SEDL have revealed insights on the core actions that leaders take in successfully leading school transformations. These actions can create the conditions needed to shape a school culture where teaching and learning can improve.
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SEDL Insights, Vol. 1, No. 3: Increasing the Effectiveness of Literacy Coaches (2013)
Many districts turn to literacy coaches to deliver professional development, follow-up, and support in implementing evidence-based instructional practices and programs. While literacy coaches offer an effective job-embedded professional learning mechanism for teachers, districts should also provide professional development opportunities for literacy coaches This issue of SEDL Insights how education leaders can help literacy coaches have the greatest impact at their schools.
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State Input/Process Standards for Accrediting School Districts (2013)
A state department of education (SDE) served by the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) at SEDL requested information on the input/process accountability standards used by the following states to accredit school districts: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. This report focuses on information related to these states in accordance with the SDE’s interest in school district accreditation models in other southern states.
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Common Core State Standards Video Series: Mathematics (2012)
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) videos are designed to support states, schools, and teachers in the implementation of selected math standards. Each video is an audiovisual resource that focuses on one specific standard through examples and illustrations geared to enhancing understanding.
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Connecting Kids to Mathematics and Science (2012)
This nine-session professional development course provides teachers in grades 4–8 with hands-on experience in integrating mathematics, science, and technology in the classroom. The course is designed for use by an experienced trainer or facilitator and is available online free of charge.
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Engaging Diverse Learners Through the Provision of STEM Education Opportunities: Southeast Comprehensive Center Briefing Paper, May 2012 (2012)
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are viewed as fundamental elements in preparing our next generation to compete in the 21st century economy. This brief examines how various states are seeking to improve access to STEM education opportunities for diverse learners to meet state and federal education priorities and funding requirements.
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