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Apr18

Language, Discussion, and Questions in Early Math

This webinar presents research-based strategies that support early childhood language development and mathematical thinking through posing rich mathematical questions. Learn more about the webinar now.

Mar22

North Dakota Native American Needs Assessment Enhancements Bring New Voices to Data

A new blog post provides an overview of the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction's effort to enhance a survey designed to collect input from educators on the needs of schools with large Native American student populations. Learn more about how REL Central supported this effort.

Mar15

Supporting Legacy High School to Understand Student Use of Flex Time

As part of the North Dakota Innovative Schools Research Partnership, Bismarck Public Schools' newest high school, Legacy High School (LHS), is developing a method for collecting information about how LHS students use their scheduled flex time. Through this collaborative partnership, LHS will have an online time log to begin collecting information from their students about flex time use.

Latest from the REL Central Blog

Superintendent Addresses Native Voice in Native American Needs Assessment

For superintendent Dean Dauphinais, including Native voices in the process to enhance North Dakota's Native American Needs Assessment was a good first step. Now Dauphinais hopes the assessment will lead to resources to improve Native students' academic success. Learn more about the resources he is looking for.

Stakeholder Profile: Kara Four Bear on the North Dakota Native American Needs Assessment

North Dakota principal Kara Four Bear believes that community, school, and district support—informed through an enhanced Native American Needs Assessment—could be a recipe for enhanced academic success for Native American students. Find out why in this blog post.

North Dakota Native American Needs Assessment Enhancements Bring New Voices to Data

REL Central supported the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction in expanding its Native American Needs Assessment survey to include culturally and occupationally relevant questions and to target a wider range of educators. Discover more about the survey's use and results in this blog post.

Supporting Legacy High School to Understand Student Use of Flex Time

As part of the North Dakota Innovative Schools Research Partnership, Bismarck Public Schools' newest high school, Legacy High School (LHS), is developing a method for collecting information about how LHS students use their scheduled flex time. Through this collaborative partnership, LHS will have an online time log to begin collecting information from their students about flex time use.


Works in Progress

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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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Summary of Research on Online and Blended Learning Programs That Offer Differentiated Learning Options

This report includes studies that examine student achievement outcomes and summarizes the methodology, measures, and findings used in the studies of K–12 online and blended instructional approaches.


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Summary of Research on Online and Blended Learning Programs

This video reviews a REL Central report that summarizes studies of K– 12 online and blended instructional approaches offering differentiated learning options.


Featured Event

Studying Educational Effectiveness in Rural Settings

Archived webinar: This webinar highlights strategies for promoting productive research partnerships between practitioners and researchers working in rural settings.