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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.

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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The Effects of Increased Learning Time on Students’ Academic and Non-Academic Outcomes  (Jul 9) 
A new REL Appalachia evidence report presents findings about the effects of after-school, summer school, and extended school days on student outcomes.  
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Pittsburgh Uses Professional Practice, Student Survey, and Value-Added Measures to Create a Comprehensive Measure of Teacher Effectiveness  (Jul 8) 
REL Mid-Atlantic analyzed data on three new measures of teacher effectiveness that have recently been implemented in the Pittsburgh Public Schools: professional practice measures, student survey measures, and teachers’ “value added” contributions to student achievement growth. 
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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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