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About REL Midwest

Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest serves seven states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. To address the priorities and interests of these states, REL Midwest works in partnership with school districts, state departments of education, and others to use data and research to improve academic outcomes for students.

REL Midwest works to bridge the worlds of education research and education practice. REL Midwest offers various supports to the collaborative research partnerships and other stakeholder groups in the Midwest region:

Applied Research icon Applied research studies and studies in progress that address partnerships’ research questions.
Technical support icon Training, coaching, and technical support such as survey, interview, or observation protocol development, literature reviews, or tool development.
Workshops and coaching icon Workshops and coaching that support the use of data and research.
Ask A REL icon Ask A REL annotated bibliographies produced in response to stakeholder research questions.

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Julie Kochanek Managing Director at AIR

Julie Kochanek, Ph.D., is a managing director at American Institutes for Research (AIR) and director of REL Midwest. Dr. Kochanek has nearly 20 years of experience in research and evaluation of school reform.
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The Governing Board comprises a diverse group of stakeholders from across the Midwest region who oversee and guide the programmatic work of REL Midwest. Learn more


REL Midwest is administered by American Institutes for Research, in partnership with the following subcontractors:

  • Education Development Center
  • Empirical Education
  • Policy Studies Associates
  • Strategic Education Research Partnership (SERP) Institute
  • Social Policy Research Associates
  • TRAC Research Group