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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

Apr15

Webinar: Predict and Prepare: Taking Action to Address the Teacher Supply Chain

We invite you to join us for a REL Central webinar about the Teacher Predictor Model, a tool to examine and predict patterns of teacher shortages in Missouri. Presenters will describe the development and use of the model by state leaders, describe how the model might be adapted in other states, and share strategies for addressing predicted shortages at the state, district, and educator preparation program levels.

Mar22

Steps to Develop a Model to Estimate School- and District-Level Postsecondary Success

This tool is intended to support state and local education agencies in developing a statistical model for estimating student postsecondary success at the school or district level. The tool guides education agency researchers, analysts, and decisionmakers through options to consider when developing their own model.

Mar02

Early Childhood Data Use Assessment Tool

Data use is critical to ensure quality in early childhood programs but can be intimidating for some program staff. The Early Childhood Data Use Assessment Tool supports program staff in using data to inform, plan, monitor, and make decisions for instruction and program improvement.

Latest from the REL Central Blog

New College and Career Readiness Resource to Help Education Leaders Measure Students’ Civic Aptitude

In response to concerns among educators, advocates, and policymakers about students’ civic readiness and participation, REL Central developed a resource to support civic-focused initiatives across the nation. Learn how educators can now use the tool to identify survey scales to measure civic related behaviors, attitudes, knowledge, and skills.

Building a Better Understanding of School and District Postsecondary Achievement

Learn how REL Central’s new tool and statistical models more accurately evaluate how districts and schools are preparing their students for postsecondary learning and/or the workforce.

Education Leaders Discuss Administrator Retention, Mobility, and Attrition

Education leaders from Colorado and Missouri discuss the findings from a recent REL Central study which examined administrator mobility and retention. Panelists explore the causes of administrator mobility, impacts to school systems, and policies and programs that can effectively combat the issue.

Strategies to Help Mitigate Learning Loss

As the education community continues to assess the damage done by COVID-19 to student learning and form a more comprehensive response to pandemic-related learning loss, using preexisting data to help combat the issue will hopefully help reduce its overall impact. This blog post shares several links to recent educational resources that have focused on how to address learning loss stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic and the resultant transition to a virtual classroom nationwide.


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

Image handout: Early Child Learning Math

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

Students doing public service work.

Measuring Civic Readiness: A Review of Survey Scales

The resource provides guidance for state and local education agency staff and others on identifying, comparing, and contrasting survey scales that measure a variety of civic readiness categories. It describes the format and structure of 183 survey scales, details the civic readiness categories measured, and summarizes associated reliability and validity evidence.


Featured Video


Understanding Administrator Retention, Mobility, and Attrition

This REL Central webinar presents key findings from the report Retention, Mobility, and Attrition Among School and District Leaders in Colorado, Missouri, and South Dakota as well as an overview of importance of administrator retention, particularly in the current employment environment. The webinar also presents evidence-based examples of state and local policies and programs that address administrator mobility.


Featured Event

Road pathway with marking for 2019, 2020, 2021.

Predict and Prepare: Taking Action to Address the Teacher Supply Chain

We invite you to join us for a REL Central webinar about the Teacher Predictor Model, a tool to examine and predict patterns of teacher shortages in Missouri. Presenters will describe the development and use of the model by state leaders, describe how the model might be adapted in other states, and share strategies for addressing predicted shortages at the state, district, and educator preparation program levels.