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Regional Educational Laboratory Program

The Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs) work in partnership with school districts, state departments of education, and others to use data and research to improve academic outcomes for students. Fundamentally, the mission of the RELs is to provide support for a more evidence-reliant education system.

REL Webinar: The Next Generation Science Standards and What They Mean for Instruction and Teacher Evaluation   (Aug 27) 
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are a new set of benchmarks designed to promote K12 science education with an emphasis on engineering and technology. 
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New REL NEI Report: Characteristics and Academic Outcomes of English Language Learners in a New England District  (Aug 26) 
This study examines student and program characteristics that are related to English proficiency and content area achievement for English language learner students in one urban district in New England. 
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Speak Out, Listen Up! Tools for Bringing Student Ideas into School Change  (Jul 29) 
REL West developed a toolkit for educators to elicit student' ideas about school-related issues and use their input for school improvement efforts. 
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Request for Feedback on the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Program  (Jul 15) 
IES is seeking feedback about what is working in the current REL contracts, what needs to be improved, and the kinds of resources and services related to data and research that are most needed by educators and policymakers. 
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Lessons Learned in Helping State and District Leaders and Researchers Set Education Research Agendas  (Jul 10) 
This new REL Northeast & Islands report describes how they have guided their research alliances toward collaboratively identifying a shared research agenda. 
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REL events: The Regional Educational Laboratories are engaged in major dissemination efforts across their regions to share the latest findings from IES evaluations and reviews of "what works" to improve educational outcomes. The REL events are innovative, interactive forums with education practitioners, policymakers, and researchers.

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News From The Regional Educational Laboratories:

Request for Feedback on the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Program: IES Director John Easton is requesting feedback on the focus and work of the Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs). As IES refines our vision for the next REL program competition, Director Easton seeks feedback from the field about what is working, what needs to be improved, and the kinds of resources and services related to data and research that are most needed by educators.
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RELs participate in AERA Researchers from REL West at WestEd, REL Pacific at McREL, and REL Northeast and Islands at Education Development Center. presented on their work at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference in April 2012. Their talks focused the importance of working with community members and educators to define college and career-readiness and explored the origins and implications of variability in definitions across regions. (more info)

REL Reports

IES distributes the research and technical assistance products of the Regional Educational Laboratories widely so that education practitioners throughout the United States can benefit from them. These products are peer reviewed for technical soundness, readability, and relevance to the concerns of education practitioners.

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