In the months since the groups' first contact, NCREL has helped facilitate many of the consortium's activities.
As a national, field-based educational research and development institution, NCREL uses its R&D expertise both to aid reform and to glean knowledge from the application of research to real-life situations.
A number of resources were drawn upon, including NetTech (1999), NCREL
(2000), and the National Center for Super Computing Applications' project, Building the 21st Century School Now (2000).
is assisting the WDPI in developing a "School Improvement" planning tool that will be used by districts with schools in need of improvement.
For example the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL
) reported, "Recently the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI) of the US Department of Education requested that NCREL
take a closer look at the recruitment and retention of teachers, particularly among minorities.
This paper examines alternative teacher certification in the NCREL
region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin), reviewing relevant literature, analyzing current Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) data, reviewing information on alternative certification programs in these states, and offering results from a survey of over 1,000 principals in the region regarding their experiences with alternatively certified teachers.
Since 1984, NCREL
has been providing research-based resources and assistance to educators, policymakers, and communities in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
Nancy Fulford, Lenaya Raack, and Gail Sunderman); and "Charter Legislation and Contacts in the NCREL