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The Regional Educational Laboratory Central translates research to practice with policymakers and practitioners in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

What's New at REL Central

Oct23

Webinar: Using Digital Tools and Social Media to Engage Families in School Improvement Initiatives

Please join us on Oct. 23 for a webinar presenting actionable strategies to increase family engagement. The discussion will emphasize how digital tools and social media can be used for communication that informs development and dissemination of state or district improvement initiatives. Register now.

Oct12

RELS to Hold Two Sessions on Rural Education Needs at NREA

Five Regional Educational Laboratories will join together on Oct. 12 to discuss their research and tools that address some of the most pressing concerns in rural education at the National Rural Education Association’s annual convention. Find out more in this REL Central blog post.

Sep1

Building a Theory of Action to Inform School Improvement in Nebraska

The Nebraska Department of Education has partnered with REL Central to develop a theory of action to inform a statewide framework of support for Nebraska schools in need of improvement. Find out how in this blog.

Latest from the REL Central Blog

RELS to Hold Two Sessions on Rural Education Needs at NREA

Five Regional Educational Laboratories will discuss their research and tools that address some of the most pressing concerns in rural education at the National Rural Education Association’s annual convention. Find out more in this REL Central blog post.

Building a Theory of Action to Inform School Improvement in Nebraska

The Nebraska Department of Education has partnered with REL Central to develop a theory of action to inform a statewide framework of support for Nebraska schools in need of improvement. Find out how in this blog. Discover more about the work in this blog.

Building Capacity for Educators and Education Agencies in the Central Region

REL Central is partnering with education agencies across the central region to provide training, coaching, and technical support that helps them build capacity to use education research to improve student outcomes. Learn more in this blog post from REL Central.

Governing Board Perspectives: Addressing Critical Education Issues in the Central Region with Evidence-Based Research

Former REL Central Governing Board Chair Abby Javurek shares Governing Board members’ perspectives on the value of REL Central to states within our seven-state region.


Works in Progress

Learn more about the research projects currently underway. More on our Works in Progress.


Ask A REL

Ask A REL is a collaborative reference desk service provided by the ten Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs) and functions much in the same way as a technical reference library.

Featured Publication

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Summary of Research on the Association Between State Interventions in Chronically Low-Performing Schools and Student Achievement

This report presents studies of turnaround partner interventions, which suggest that student achievement is more likely to improve when specific factors, such as use of data to guide instruction, are in place.


Featured Video


The Association between State Interventions in Chronically Low-Performing Schools and Achievement

This video summarizes a report that identified 25 studies presenting state interventions in chronically low-performing schools and focusing on student outcomes.


Featured Event

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Using Questioning Strategies to Support Struggling Math Students

Learn about the use of questioning strategies to improve mathematics outcomes in the middle grades in this archived webinar.