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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

Nov1

Evaluating the Future of School Equity in Missouri

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education launched its Missouri Leadership Development System (MLDS) three and a half years ago to address issues of inequity and school improvement. Now it is partnering with REL Central to build an evaluation model to describe the system’s results and impacts. Find out more in this new blog.

Oct23

Engaging Families in School Improvement Initiatives with Web-Based Tools

State education agencies (SEAs) are increasingly employing family engagement strategies as a way to support diverse student populations and school improvement. New digital and social media tools present promising opportunities for SEAs to inform and connect with more educators and families, as well as engage with them by seeking feedback and ideas. Read this blog post to learn how REL Central is helping agencies build family–school partnerships.

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.

Latest from the REL Central Blog

Evaluating the Future of School Equity in Missouri

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education launched its Missouri Leadership Development System (MLDS) three and a half years ago to address issues of inequity and school improvement. Now it is partnering with REL Central to build an evaluation model to describe the system’s results and impacts. Find out more in this blog.

Engaging Families in School Improvement Initiatives with Web-Based Tools

State education agencies (SEAs) are increasingly employing family engagement strategies as a way to support diverse student populations and school improvement. New digital and social media tools present promising opportunities for SEAs to inform and connect with more educators and families, as well as engage with them by seeking feedback and ideas. Read this blog post to learn how REL Central is helping agencies build family–school partnerships.

Collaboration Leads to New Definition Related to Educator Effectiveness in Wyoming

REL Central and the North Central Comprehensive Center partnered to support Wyoming educators in meeting state ESSA requirements that quality teachers are equitably distributed across the state. The results of this work will help shape Wyoming education policy for years. This blog post explains more about our productive collaboration.

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.


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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Decision Points and Considerations for Identifying Rural Districts That Have Closed Student Achievement Gaps

This research brief outlines key decision points and considerations for education decision-makers who wish to identify rural districts that have closed academic achievement gaps.


Featured Video


Early Childhood Math Questioning Strategies

This video focuses on actionable evidence-based strategies to increase the quality of math instruction in the early years and to improve general language and broad cognitive competencies for learners.


Featured Event


Supporting Emotion Regulation in Early Childhood

This recorded webinar presents research-based strategies for creating supportive environments and using specific teaching strategies to foster the development of emotion regulation skills in early childhood settings.