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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.

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Dec1

North Dakota Partners with REL Central to Plan Evaluation of Teacher Shortage Loan Forgiveness Program

Rural Education Research Alliance members, which includes North Dakota education leaders, are working together to examine the implementation and outcomes of the Teacher Shortage Loan Forgiveness Program. Learn more about the work in this blog post.

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.

Latest from the REL Central Blog

North Dakota Partners with REL Central to Plan Evaluation of Teacher Shortage Loan Forgiveness Program

Rural Education Research Alliance members, which includes North Dakota education leaders, are working together to examine the implementation and outcomes of the Teacher Shortage Loan Forgiveness Program. Learn more about the work in this blog post.

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.


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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Understanding Field Experiences in Traditional Teacher Preparation Programs in Missouri

This study describes the characteristics of field experiences in traditional teacher preparation programs completed by first-year teachers in Missouri.


Featured Video


Field Experiences in Traditional Teacher Preparation Programs: An Overview from a Study in Missouri

This recorded webinar provides an overview of research recommendations for teacher preparation programs as well as the characteristics of field experiences in traditional teacher preparation programs completed by first-year teachers in Missouri.


Featured Event


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

Watch this recorded webinar presenting digital strategies and tools to increase family engagement in school reform.