Educator Effectiveness: WestEd's Bocala Featured in Video

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New Hampshire Commissioner of Education Virginia M. Barry and research experts, including WestEd’s Candice Bocala, are featured in a new video on the REL Northeast & Islands (REL-NEI) collaborative research and technical support underway in New Hampshire.

Produced by REL-NEI and New Hampshire, the video focuses on the work of the REL’s eight research alliances that address a range of education priorities in the region, including teacher effectiveness.

Says Julie Riordan, Director of Research, REL-NEI, in the video: “This is different than a more traditional approach to research in that these alliances are structured to bring practitioners from states and districts with researchers from REL Northeast & Islands and collaborate to identify a problem or question of interest and then to develop a research agenda around that.”

Adds Bocala, Senior Research Associate at Learning Innovations, WestEd: “The REL Network is regionally based so we identify high priorities for the states in the region like educator evaluation and we provide research and technical assistance supports to help policymakers increase their capacity to use data and research in the field.”

The video explains how Manchester Public Schools in New Hampshire came to REL-NEI for support on how to implement student learning objectives and use the data from SLOs as part of what they were doing to improve teacher practices and improve schools.

“Rather than focusing on large-scale professional development efforts, we’ve really tried to build the district’s capacity and really try to help the district learn how to facilitate these meetings to come up with their own professional development efforts,” says Bocala, whose work with the REL-NEI includes studying the connection between teacher evaluation and professional development in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

View the video.

In addition, learn more about the REL-NEI research alliances.

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