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Wrapping up the Iowa Learning and Technology Networked Improvement Community: Impact and resources

By Marshal Conley | January 30, 2020

REL Midwest is wrapping up work with rural Iowa high schools on integrating technology into instructional practice.


New report examines technology use in instruction in rural schools

By Laura Checovich | July 22, 2019

REL Midwest examined rural Iowa high schools to learn more about teachers’ integration of technology into instructional practice. Read on to see what we found.


Resource roundup: Summer reads from around the RELs

By Marguerite Huber | June 27, 2019

Add these new resources from each of the 10 Regional Educational Laboratories to your summer reading and watch list.


REL Midwest public TV screenings provide a deep dive into career preparation in rural communities

By Marguerite Huber | March 20, 2019

Screenings of REL Midwest’s public television program, “Ready for the Future: Career Preparation in Rural Communities,” enable educators to explore the topic in depth with experts from the field.


Resource roundup: Issues facing rural schools and districts

By Laura Checovich | March 20, 2019

We rounded up resources from across the REL program to help educators and policymakers tackle the issues that face rural schools and districts.


Resource roundup: Supporting career readiness in rural schools

By Joni Wackwitz | September 21, 2018

We rounded up these career readiness resources from the REL Program and the College and Career Readiness and Success Center with rural educators in mind.


Using technology to increase depth of learning

By Cora Goldston | August 6, 2018

Learn how REL Midwest is working with regional and school education staff to identify learning technology that could deepen students’ understanding of core content.


Ask A REL resource roundup

Marguerite Huber | March 22, 2018

Look no further than the Ask A REL reference desk for your education research questions. Check out this compilation of our most recent Ask A REL responses across a variety of topics.


Developing future-ready students in rural areas

Marguerite Huber | February 26, 2018

Regional events help inform REL Midwest’s work around rural issues, particularly when it comes to ensuring that students graduate ready to enter the workforce.


Top 7 facts about REL Midwest in 2017

Meredith Lukow | November 20, 2017

For a by-the-numbers overview of the year, check out these top facts you should know about Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest’s work in 2017.


Meet the NIC member: Michelle Cowell

Cora Goldston | September 27, 2017

Michelle Cowell is an instructional technology consultant for the Central Rivers AEA in Iowa. Cowell tells us how she anticipates the work of the Iowa NIC will complement the AEA’s efforts to improve technology integration in rural districts.

Education technology and continuous improvement resources and events

Marguerite Huber | September 27, 2017

A number of high-quality resources related to continuous improvement and education technology are available online. We curated the following resources, including several from REL Midwest.

Collaboration for success: Networked improvement communities

Cora Goldston | September 19, 2017

To explore the use of education technology in rural schools, Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest is working with the Iowa Department of Education, Central Rivers Area Education Agency, and...

Upcoming documentary connects the research on education technology to stories from Iowa

Marguerite Huber | September 19, 2017

Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest has been working with the Iowa Learning and Technology Networked Improvement Community and...

A partner in continuous improvement: Central Rivers Area Education Agency

Joni Wackwitz | September 12, 2017

In the small towns and farm country of Iowa, technology serves as a key support for students and educators. To strengthen this...


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