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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.

Oct1

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 Every Student Succeeds Act (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.

Latest from the REL Central 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.

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.


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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A Guide for Monitoring District Implementation of Educator Evaluation Systems

This guide can be used to provide guidance to states or districts wishing to monitor implementation of educator evaluation systems.


Featured Video


Examining Evaluator Feedback in Teacher Evaluation Systems

This recorded webinar summarizes REL Central’s Examining Evaluator Feedback Survey tool, and it discusses ways education agencies can use the survey.


Featured Event

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

Register now for this webinar presenting digital strategies to increase family engagement in school reform, to be held Oct. 23, 2018.