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Regional Educational Lab (REL) Central partners with key stakeholders in to develop evidence that can inform consequential decisions about policy, programs, and practice. Key stakeholders include organizations with decision-making authority and the ability to influence education policy and practice, such as state and local education agencies, school boards, institutes of higher education, and student, family, and community organizations. RELs partner with these organizations on applied research and development; training, coaching and technical supports; and dissemination. Click here to learn more about the REL Program.


Accelerating math achievement to address COVID-related learning loss in North Dakota
Improving racial equity in education in Denver Public Schools
Increasing readiness to succeed in postsecondary math in Wyoming
Strengthening and diversifying the educator workforce in Missouri
Strengthening culture-based education in Standing Rock
Supporting elementary readers in Nebraska
Supporting postsecondary and workforce readiness of students in Kansas
Supporting young children with disabilities in South Dakota
Teacher diversity in Colorado


REL Central is led by Mathematica with support from the following partners:

  • RMC Research
  • Kauffman & Associates
  • Policy Research in Missouri Education Center at Saint Louis University
  • Central Regional Education Association
  • Fomat Consulting
  • Global Learning Partners
  • NWEA


The REL Governing Board helps REL Central prioritize the education needs of the region, provides strategic guidance on REL work to maximize local effectiveness, and leverages members’ regional networks to amplify and disseminate REL products. REL Central Governing Board members represent diverse expertise and experience.

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