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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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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.

Nov01

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.

Latest from the REL Central Blog

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.

Supporting an Evaluation of the Rural Educator Stipend Program in Colorado

To better gauge the impact of their rural educator stipend program on teacher retention, the Colorado Center for Rural Education and the Colorado Department of Higher Education partnered with REL Central in 2019 to design an extensive program evaluation plan. REL Central is experienced in procuring evidence-based research related to recruitment, training, and retention of rural educators.


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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Instructional Improvement Cycle: A Teacher’s Toolkit for Collecting and Analyzing Data on Instructional Strategies

This toolkit provides teachers with guidance on how to deliberately apply and study one classroom strategy over the course of one unit.


Featured Video


Delivering Work-Based Learning in Rural Schools

Representatives from two rural districts, identified as successfully implementing work-based learning programs, describe the components of their programs and the opportunities they provide to students in this REL Central recorded webinar.


Featured Event

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Understanding What Influences Teacher Mobility

This REL Central webinar discusses trends in educator workforce mobility.