The Florida Center for Reading Studies (FCRR) at the University of Florida has won a five-year, $ 27 million contract to run the Regional Education Laboratory (REL) in the southeastern United States.
The REL program includes 10 regional laboratories funded through the Institute of Educational Sciences (IES) of the US Department of Education. The labs are designed to bridge the gap between faculty and policymakers by providing research-based strategies to improve learning outcomes for K-12 students.
REL Southeast is run by Nicole Patan Terry, Professor of Education Olivier and Manuel Bordas at the School of Teacher Education and Director of the Florida Center for Reading Studies.
“We want to continue working with our partners across the Southeast region to support student learning outcomes in their communities,” Patan Terry said. “Serving them and helping them achieve their goals is a privilege.”
REL Southeast has been located at FSU since 2012. This new $ 27 million award ensures that FSU will remain a national leader in educational research and enables REL faculty and staff to continue rigorous and robust research, innovation, and collaboration, improving learning outcomes and achievement. .
“REL is an example of the cutting-edge research we specialize in at FSU, with real impact,” said interim vice president of research Laurel Fulkerson. and the regional educational needs of our teachers, administrators and politicians. ”
REL works in partnership with educators and education stakeholders to link research, policy and practice in education. REL’s work is focused on change, supporting significant local, regional, or state decisions about education policies, programs, and practices designed to improve learning outcomes. REL conducts applied research in partnership with stakeholders to meet local and regional needs; provide training, instruction and technical support for the application of research to improve education; and widely disseminate the results of high-quality research.
In addition to informing policy and practice through research and large-scale research, REL Southeast turns its findings into effective recommendations for educators. For example, the REL Southeast Teacher Guide package for specific classes, Support family involvement in basic reading skillsprovides teachers with tools to help encourage and promote children’s literacy at home.
In response to COVID-19 REL Southeast has refocused its efforts on supporting parents and caregivers raising children at home. Tools designed for teachers, for example Support family involvement in basic reading skills series have been changed to formats more accessible to parents and caregivers like the Support Your Reading website at home.
REL Southeast researchers also looked outside the classroom to see how new theories and concepts, such as the social presence model, could help strengthen student-faculty interaction and extracurricular opportunities for K-12 students. They also provided a platform for practitioners to share their challenges and successes Voices from the fieldnomination in the blog first-hand experience from educators working at the school and district levels across the region.
REL Southeast’s support for a more evidence-based education system goes far beyond K-12 schools. Many activities have been dedicated to improving the readiness for higher education for underrepresented students, as well as products such as Student Career Infographics helps create a ready workforce.
For more information, visit https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/rel/region/southeast.