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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.

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May30

The College and Career Readiness Research Alliance Supports Math Performance and District Effectiveness as Keys to Postsecondary Success

The College and Career Readiness Research Alliance is working in states across the REL Central region to ensure that students are developing the skills they need for the future. Read more about the work in this new blog post.

Apr30

Rural Retention, Mobility, and Attrition Training Supports Leader Needs

Members of the Rural Education Research Alliance in all seven REL Central states took part in a training centered on teacher retention, attrition, and mobility. It highlighted the need for localized analysis to guide policy decisions arising from teacher shortages, among other rural education concerns. Learn more about the training in this blog post.

Apr18

Language, Discussion, and Questions in Early Math

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

Latest from the REL Central Blog

The College and Career Readiness Research Alliance Supports Math Performance and District Effectiveness as Keys to Postsecondary Success

The College and Career Readiness Research Alliance is working in states across the REL Central region to ensure that students are developing the skills they need for the future. Read more about the work in this new blog post.

Rural Retention, Mobility, and Attrition Training Supports Leader Needs

Members of the Rural Education Research Alliance in all seven REL Central states took part in a training centered on teacher retention, attrition, and mobility. It highlighted the need for localized analysis to guide policy decisions arising from teacher shortages, among other rural education concerns. Learn more about the training in this blog post.

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.


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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Overview of Selected State Policies and Supports Related to K–2 Competency-Based Education

Discover state laws and regulations that address and support competency-based education in this publication.


Featured Video


How Do School Districts Mentor New Teachers?

Learn about school district teacher mentorship policies in five REL Central states in this video.


Featured Event

Assisting Struggling Students with Mathematics: What Works for Tiered Interventions in Elementary and Middle Schools

This webinar presents research-based approaches to assisting students who are struggling in math.