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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

Jun01

Legacy High School Partners with REL Central to Study Students’ Use of Flexible Time

Legacy High School in Bismarck, North Dakota, is partnering with REL Central to understand how students use their unscheduled or flexible time. Find out more in this blog post.

May01

Updated Practical Ideas Guide Helps Educators and Their Evaluators Apply the Colorado State Model Evaluation System to an Early Childhood Setting

The Colorado Department of Education and REL Central collaborated with local early childhood education experts to update a resource that supports the implementation of the Colorado State Model Evaluation System.

Apr11

Colorado Department of Education Crosswalk - 2018 State and Federal School Identifications

Every year, Colorado schools and districts receive performance ratings under both state and federal accountability systems. Both ratings drive school and district improvement plans. This new infographic provides a crosswalk of state and federal school identifications in Colorado. View the infographic now.

Latest from the REL Central Blog

Legacy High School Partners with REL Central to Study Students’ Use of Flexible Time

Legacy High School in Bismarck, North Dakota, is partnering with REL Central to understand how students use their unscheduled or flexible time. Find out more in this blog post.

Colorado Department of Education Helps Stakeholders Understand the Complexities of State and Federal Education Accountability Systems

REL Central is partnering with the Colorado Department of Education to help school staff and community members better understand the complexities of state and federal education accountability systems. One way they will share this information is in a new infographic. Find out more in this blog post.

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Addresses Teacher Shortage with Grow Your Own Programs

In this blog post, learn how the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is increasing awareness of Grow Your Own programs as a strategy for addressing teacher shortages and increasing diversity in the teacher workforce.

Education Leaders Use New Report as a Call to Action to Improve Teacher Retention Rates in Central States

On average, 10.4 percent of teachers are leaving the teaching profession in four central states, according to a new report by REL Central. Education leaders from Colorado and Missouri plan to use the report’s data to support their efforts to improve teacher retention. Read more 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.

Featured Publication

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An Educator’s Guide to Questionnaire Development

This guide helps educators collect information about attitudes, perceptions, or factual information to inform their decisions on education policy or practice.


Featured Video


An Educator’s Guide to Questionnaire Development

This guide offers a five-step process to design effective questionnaires that follow research-based guidelines and can be used to survey students, teachers, or parents.


Featured Event


Creating a Common Understanding of the Formative Assessment Process

This recorded webinar presents examples of formative assessment as a process used to identify learning targets, check for understanding, facilitate student involvement, analyze evidence, and provide and use feedback.