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August 31, 2009

University Park, Pa. -- Educators and policy makers regularly have questions about ways to improve student learning. To provide technical assistance for education professionals in a five-state area, the Regional Educational Lab Mid-Atlantic (REL Mid-Atlantic) in the Penn State College of Education regularly holds regional forums in various locations. Several forums, offered free of charge, are scheduled in Pennsylvania during fall 2009 to discuss Institute of Education Sciences (IES) practice guides.

-- From 8:30 a.m. to 2:23 p.m. on Oct. 7, Michael Epstein, professor at the University of Nebraska, will present and lead participants in conversations relative to five research-based recommendations from the IES publication, "Reducing Behavior Problems in the Elementary Classroom." The presentation will be held at the Penn Stater Conference Center. Lunch will be provided.

-- On Oct. 26 and 27, the forum topic will be "Encouraging Girls in Math and Science." Joshua Aronson, associate professor at New York University, will present research that supports the recommendations from the IES publication, "Encouraging Girls in Math and Science: A Practice Guide," and facilitate dialogue among participants to capture “on the ground” experiences that encourage math and science engagement of all students. The forum will be held at the Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit #5 in Edinboro, Pa. from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 26; lunch will be provided. The forum will be presented again from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 27, at Penn State Worthington Scranton, 120 Ridge View Drive, Dumore, Pa.; lunch will be provided.

-- From 4 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 29, Rebecca Herman and Marlene Darwin of the American Institute of Research, will elaborate on four recommendations and practices supported by research that can improve the performance of chronically low-performing schools -- a process commonly referred to as creating "turnaround schools." Their presentation, "Turning Around Chronically Low Performing Schools," will take place at the Delaware County Intermediate Unit 25, 200 Yale St. Morton, Pa.; dinner will be provided.

-- On Nov. 16 and Dec. 4, Russel Gersten, executive director of Instructional Research Group, will explain the five recommendations offered within the IES practice guide, "Assisting Students Struggling with Reading: Response to Intervention and MultiTier Intervention in the Primary Grade." Gersten will help practitioners identify struggling readers and implement evidence-based strategies that promote reading achievement. The forum will be held at the Capital Area Intermediate Unit 15 55 on Miller Street in Summerdale, Pa., from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 16; lunch will be provided. The forum will be presented again at the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit 16 in Lewisburg, Pa., from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 4; lunch will again be provided.

To find out about future forums, or to obtain other information, contact the Lab at 866-735-6239 or You can also visit the Events section at to view upcoming forums as well as video and podcasts of past events.

REL Mid-Atlantic is a collaboration led by Penn State’s College of Education and includes four other partners -- Rutgers University, ICF International, the Metiri Group, and Analytica Inc. REL Mid-Atlantic’s funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Education.

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Last Updated September 09, 2009