REL Northeast & Islands: Putting Research into Action
The Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Northeast and Islands translates research to practice in partnership with policymakers and practitioners in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Vermont.
At REL Northeast & Islands, one of our most important jobs is to ensure that the research we develop and use in partnership with our stakeholders is rigorous and relevant. Our applied research studies must be methodologically sound, and our training, coaching, and technical support projects must be informed by current and credible research. Additionally, we want our projects to meet local needs and contribute to broader conversations about critical challenges facing U.S. schools.
On December 18, 2017, REL Northeast & Islands collaborated with three federally funded technical assistance programs to present a public webinar that explored how state education agencies (SEAs) and local school districts can manage student data in times of crisis.
REL Northeast & Islands researchers helped teachers at a small, rural elementary school in Maine use the continuous improvement process
to improve math discourse, particularly students’ equitable participation in math talk in their classrooms.
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.
Works in Progress
Learn more about the research projects currently underway.
This study examined how public school principals spend their time on various job-related tasks and professional development. The results indicate that principals spend about 59 hours a week at work and more than half their time on internal administrative tasks and curriculum- and teaching-related tasks.
Concerned about low graduation rates among English learners, and whether they provide a precise picture of ELs' performance, NYC public schools partnered with REL Northeast & Islands to study graduation rates among students who entered grades 5 and 6 as English learners in 2003/04.