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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

Jan04

Evaluating Colorado Preschool Program Eligibility Factors

This blog post discusses REL Central’s work with the Colorado Department of Education to improve the application and review process for using additional factors in expanded eligibility for the Colorado Preschool Program, which provides access to prekindergarten education to at-risk members of the community.

Dec01

Booting Up Wyoming Teachers Through Micro-Credentials

This blog post outlines the methodology used by REL Central staff members in partnership with Wyoming education leaders to develop a system of micro-credentialling that can improve the number of qualified educators in the state certified to teach computational thinking and computer science.

Nov01

The Growing Importance of College and Career Readiness Indicators

This blog post outlines the reasons college and career readiness has become an important part of formal education frameworks across the country. As such, having quality data on students’ levels of preparedness for college and careers is of great benefit to state and local education agencies.

Latest from the REL Central Blog

Evaluating Colorado Preschool Program Eligibility Factors

This blog post discusses REL Central’s work with the Colorado Department of Education to improve the application and review process for using additional factors in expanded eligibility for the Colorado Preschool Program, which provides access to prekindergarten education to at-risk members of the community.

Booting Up Wyoming Teachers Through Micro-Credentials

This blog post outlines the methodology used by REL Central staff members in partnership with Wyoming education leaders to develop a system of micro-credentialling that can improve the number of qualified educators in the state certified to teach computational thinking and computer science.

The Growing Importance of College and Career Readiness Indicators

This blog post outlines the reasons college and career readiness has become an important part of formal education frameworks across the country. As such, having quality data on students’ levels of preparedness for college and careers is of great benefit to state and local education agencies.

Developing Elements for a Successful Middle School Algebra Program

This blog post provides a recap of the September 23 webinar Ingredients for a Successful Algebra Program in Middle School as well as links to a video recording of the virtual event and the report it discusses.


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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An Approach to Using Teacher and Student Data to Understand and Predict Teacher Shortages

This applied research methods report documents the collaborative efforts of REL Central and Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education partners to develop and implement a teacher predictor model, detailing an approach that other stakeholders may adopt or adapt to understand and predict teacher shortages.


Featured Video


Early Childhood Math Questioning Strategies

This REL Central video focuses on actionable strategies to increase the quality of math instruction in the early years and to improve general language and broad cognitive competencies for learners.


Featured Event

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Evidence-Based Strategies to Foster Student Agency

This REL Central webinar shares evidence-based strategies to develop student agency and personalize learning. The webinar includes a discussion of how Legacy High School, in Bismarck, North Dakota, uses a flexible-time system to develop student agency. The discussion includes a review of the findings from a REL Central study that explored how students at Legacy High School used the flexible-time system.