Michelle Woodbridge and Nancy Perez
In this Knowledge Alliance (KA) blog post, KA’s summer intern, Julianna Collado, met with Michelle Woodbridge and Nancy Perez from SRI International to discuss their work identifying and implementing better mental health support for educators. Please read the full blog post on the Knowledge Alliance’s site.
Collado: The example KA highlighted from SRI International in our Issue Brief was from the REL Reference Desk also known as “Ask a REL.” Can you explain what the REL Reference Desk is?
Woodbridge: While leading REL Appalachia from 2017–2021, we offered the “Ask a REL” service. “Ask a REL” was a collaborative reference desk service provided by the 10 Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs)1. The “Ask a REL” service was for anyone seeking a research-based, quick-turnaround response on an education topic: this includes parents, practitioners, district-level leaders, and state agency staff. It was like a librarian’s reference desk from the olden days. For example, in October of 2020, when many educators were in the throughs of the COVID-19 crisis, a respondent asked REL Appalachia “What does research say about measuring teacher well-being, stress, and burnout after a crisis event?”
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Posted October 2022.