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What’s New at REL Central

July10

New REL Central COVID-19 FAQ

New FAQ answers the question, ”How can districts and schools improve efforts to engage American Indian/Alaska Native families and support the social-emotional wellness of their students during COVID-19 school disruptions?“

Jul02

Value of Flex Scheduling Emerging During Social Distancing

Dr. Scott Crisp – U.S. Department of Education fellow and principal at Jackson Hole High School (JHHS) in Jackson, Wyoming – recently sat down with REL Central to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on his school, which has implemented flex scheduling for several years now.

Jul02

Closing Rural Achievement Gaps in Nebraska Districts

As part of both our Rural Education Research Alliance and Nebraska School Improvement Research Partnership, REL Central worked with the Nebraska Department of Education and Nebraska Rural Community Schools Association extensively during the late-2010s to use research techniques that best identified the methods by which rural school districts have been able to overcome factors contributing to the achievement gap and enhance their students’ success levels.

Latest from the REL Central Blog

Value of Flex Scheduling Emerging During Social Distancing

Dr. Scott Crisp – U.S. Department of Education fellow and principal at Jackson Hole High School (JHHS) in Jackson, Wyoming – recently sat down with REL Central to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on his school, which has implemented flex scheduling for several years now.

Closing Rural Achievement Gaps in Nebraska Districts

As part of both our Rural Education Research Alliance and Nebraska School Improvement Research Partnership, REL Central worked with the Nebraska Department of Education and Nebraska Rural Community Schools Association extensively during the late-2010s to use research techniques that best identified the methods by which rural school districts have been able to overcome factors contributing to the achievement gap and enhance their students’ success levels.

New Cross-REL Early Childhood Math Resource Is Designed for Families and Caregiver

Educational research has shown that children can recognize basic math principles at a very young age. A new educational resource page has been designed by multiple RELs to help families and caregivers develop their children’s math skills by engaging in simple and straightforward learning activities that incorporate everyday objects, routines, etc.

Maintaining School Culture to Support Students’ Social-Emotional Learning

Morris Lyon, superintendent of the Hawkins Independent School District in Texas, discusses his district’s effort to help the unique and vibrant culture of Hawkins thrive despite COVID-19 protocols 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.

Family & Caregivers

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Teaching Math to Young Children for Families and Caregivers

These family and caregiver resources and activities include research-based and easy-to-follow steps to help you support your child’s math skills.

Featured Publication

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Formative Assessment and Elementary School Student Academic Achievement: A Review of the Evidence

This report details how through a review of 22 rigorous studies, researchers found that overall formative assessment interventions had a positive effect among elementary students.


Featured Video


Strategies to Support Remote Learning Along a Continuum of Internet Access

This REL Central quick chat presents strategies school districts can use to bridge the digital divide and support student learning at home.


Featured Event


Using Assessments to Identify and Address COVID-19 Learning Gaps

This recorded webinar identifies actionable assessment strategies to better understand where your students are academically after a disruption to learning.