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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

Oct15

Webinar: Delivering Work-Based Learning in Rural Schools

Discover research-based strategies to surmount challenges to implementing and maintaining work-based learning in rural communities. Register here for this webinar.

Sep03

Delivering Work-Based Learning in Rural Schools

Discover research-based strategies to surmount challenges to implementing and maintaining work-based learning in rural communities. Find out how an upcoming webinar will inform rural and nonrural education leaders alike. Read more in this blog post.

Sep03

Education Leaders Discover New Ways to Address Critical Needs in the Central Region

REL Central Board members find new methods and strategies to address regional, state, and local education concerns through peer discussion at the REL Central Governing Board meeting during the spring. Read more in this blog post.

Latest from the REL Central Blog

Delivering Work-Based Learning in Rural Schools

Discover research-based strategies to surmount challenges to implementing and maintaining work-based learning in rural communities. Find out how an upcoming webinar will inform rural and nonrural education leaders alike. Read more in this blog post.

Education Leaders Discover New Ways to Address Critical Needs in the Central Region

REL Central Board members find new methods and strategies to address regional, state, and local education concerns through peer discussion at the REL Central Governing Board meeting during the spring. Read more in this blog post.

Teacher Salaries, Age, and School Accountability Ratings Can Predict Teacher Mobility and Attrition

A new report by REL Central uncovers key predictors of teacher movement in Colorado, Missouri, and South Dakota. Read about the new report.

Wyoming Educators Develop Staffing Guidelines to Support Students with Disabilities

The Wyoming Department of Education partnered with REL Central to develop Special Education Staffing Guidelines in order to ensure that the needs of students with disabilities are met across the state. Discover more in this 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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Evaluation of Retired Mentors New Teachers Program

Through a randomized controlled trial, this study examined the impact of the Retired Mentors for New Teachers program for probationary teachers, developed by Aurora Public Schools in Colorado. The program used recently retired, master educators to support probationary teachers in high-need elementary schools.


Featured Video


Impacts of the Retired Mentors for New Teachers Program

This video provides information from Impacts of the Retired Mentors for New Teachers Program report. The report reviews an intervention to improve teacher performance, reduce turnover, and look at how teachers are evaluated in high-needs settings.


Featured Event


Webinar: Examining the Reliability and Validity of Teacher Candidate Evaluation Instruments

This archived webinar reviews teacher candidate preparation and evaluation. The video focuses on the reliability and validity of assessments of teacher candidate performance.