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ESSA and Research Evidence: Opportunities and Challenges for States

03/07/2017 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM ET




The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) presents states with unprecedented flexibility over, and responsibility for, the use of research evidence in their policies and practices. The new law places a heightened importance on the use of research evidence as a critical tool for planning, collaborating, decision-making, and continuous improvement. As states begin to think about the implications of this new law, all relevant stakeholders will need to understand the requirements and opportunities under ESSA, as well as the barriers and challenges they may encounter in carrying out these new requirements. In this webinar, teams from three states will present their progress to date in establishing systemic use of research evidence, their ultimate goals, successful strategies, and the challenges and roadblocks they have faced to date.

Speakers include:

  • Dr. Marty West, Associate Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education: Carrie Conaway, Chief Strategy and Planning Officer; Russell Johnston, Senior Associate Commissioner
  • Tennessee Department of Education: Nate Schwartz, Chief Research and Strategy Officer; Rita Fentress, Director of School Improvement
  • Michigan Department of Education: Venessa Keesler, Deputy Superintendent, Division of Educator, Student and School Supports; Karen Ruple, Manager, MI Excel Statewide System of Support

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