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Apr03

Resources Memo: COVID-19 What are developmentally appropriate ways to use technology and media with young children?

With young children home more than ever due to early care and education program closures, parents and caregivers are turning to technology to support learning. REL Central has compiled guidance and research on using technology and media appropriately to support the growth, learning, and development of young children.

Apr01

Resources Memo: COVID-19 How can educators make online instruction accessible to students with disabilities?

REL Central has compiled resources relevant to online learning for students with disabilities to share in this time of need.

Apr01

Resources Memo: COVID-19 What are considerations and strategies for implementing continued learning during school closures?

Educators are grappling with several questions regarding how to implement alternative learning strategies to provide continued learning for students while school buildings are closed. REL Central has compiled resources to address these questions.

Apr01

Strengthening English Learner Education in Rural Areas

As English learners (ELs) increasingly attend rural schools, educators are asking for resources and training to improve student learning and family engagement. Learn about strategies some schools are using and research to inform your work with ELs in this post and companion webinar recording.

Latest from the REL Central Blog

Strengthening English Learner Education in Rural Areas

As English learners (ELs) increasingly attend rural schools, educators are asking for resources and training to improve student learning and family engagement. Learn about strategies some schools are using and research to inform your work with ELs in this post and companion webinar recording.

Teacher Movement Discussions Focus on Improving Retention in the Central Region

On November 1, 2019, REL Central stakeholders gathered for the second of three meetings to discuss a pair of reports that outline factors associated with teacher mobility. Discussions featured dynamic ideation on how to best interpret the research-based data presented in the reports and how to best apply its findings into alleviating the ongoing issue of potential teacher shortages.

Teaching Math Along a Developmental Progression Can Help Improve Early Math Skills

Teaching Math Along a Developmental Progression Can Help Improve Early Math Skills Description: Key takeaways from the Institute of Education Sciences’ practice guide Teaching Math to Young Children are explored in this blog which includes quotes from Douglas Clements, Co-Executive Director of the Marsico Institute of Early Learning at the University of Denver’s Morgridge College of Education, as well as a link to a video featuring the education expert.

Collecting Equity Strategies to Improve Access to Excellent Teachers

REL Central is working with MO DESE to develop a survey to define and share school district successes in implementing teacher equity strategies. Learn more about the project and questions that may be used to define success.


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.

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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


Webinar – Algebra I Teacher Qualifications and Student Achievement

Check out a recorded webinar presentation discussing key findings from the report, which examines the relationship between the qualifications of middle school Algebra I teachers in Missouri and the performance of their students on the end-of-course Algebra I test.


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Evidence and Tools from the Regional Educational Laboratories: Resources for Rural Practitioners

In this video, researchers from three RELs describe tools for rural districts and schools to address technology integration and preparation for postsecondary experiences.