IES is seeking feedback about what is working well in the current Regional Educational Laboratories (REL) program, what can be improved, and the kinds of resources and services related to evidence-based practice and data use that are most needed by educators and policymakers to improve student outcomes. We are seeking comments that are practical, specific, and actionable, and that demonstrate a familiarity with the mission and work of the RELs.
We are particularly interested in responses to these questions:
- What types of materials or tools would be helpful to educators implementing What Works Clearinghouse Practice Guide Recommendations or other evidence-based practices? Are there other ways the RELs could make research evidence more accessible for educators and administrators?
- What types of data and research support are most needed by educators and policymakers to improve student outcomes?
- IES believes that robust partnerships, comprised of a diverse set of stakeholders, are critical to the translation and mobilization of evidence-based practices. Currently, research partnerships are a centerpiece of the REL program. What working models have you observed to be particularly effective in improving student outcomes?
- In what ways can RELs best serve the country as well as their designated regions?
Please send feedback to NCEE.Feedback@ed.gov by September 6, 2019.