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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

May24

New Report: Understanding Access to and Participation in Dual Enrollment by Locale and Income Level

This REL Central report details patterns in dual enrollment access and participation in the 2017/18 school year for the REL Central region states (Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming) and for the region overall.

May20

Examining the Impact of Career and Technical Education

Explore the findings from our recent study which showed the positive impact of CTE programs in South Dakota and Nebraska in this new REL Central infographic.

May12

Four Steps to Build Data Use Skills in Early Childhood Education Programs

This new REL Central infographic walks early childhood education data teams through a four-step process to identify current data use skills, connect to professional development resources, and implement an action plan for data use improvement.

Latest from the REL Central Blog

REL Central Study Shows the Importance of Career and Technical Education

A new REL Central report shows higher on-time graduation rates and postsecondary enrollment for career and technical education (CTE) concentrators in Nebraska and South Dakota.

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.


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

High School students in classroom with teacher.

Understanding Access to and Participation in Dual Enrollment by Locale and Income Level

This REL Central report details patterns in dual enrollment access and participation in the 2017/18 school year for the REL Central region states (Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming) and for the region overall.


Featured Video


Leveraging Community Partnerships to Address Unfinished Learning in Kindergarten Through Grade 3 Due to COVID-19

This REL Central webinar explores the development and rollout of Rocky Mountain PBS’s innovative Colorado Classroom programming, which addresses unfinished learning for students in kindergarten through grade 3. Presenters introduce strategies and resources that participants can use to proactively address unfinished learning in their districts, schools, classrooms, or homes.


Featured Event


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

This REL Central webinar is about the Teacher Predictor Model, a tool to examine and predict patterns of teacher shortages in Missouri. Presenters 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.