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About REL Appalachia

Regional Educational Lab (REL) Appalachia partners with key stakeholders in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia 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.

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Accelerating Early Literacy Success
Building Safe, Caring, and Trauma-Sensitive Schools
Developing Resilient and Supportive Community Colleges
Building the capacity of partners in Kentucky to design and evaluate professional learning that helps educators bolster students’ mathematics learning.
Partnering with district and school staff in West Virginia to increase mathematics achievement by promoting positive mathematics attitudes and supporting the development of mathematical habits of mind.
Supporting northeastern Tennessee district and school leaders in their monitoring and use of data to improve students’ college and career preparation.


REL Appalachia is led by SRI International with support from the following partners:

  • Education Development Center
  • Erikson
  • Insight Policy Research, Inc.
  • L-Evation, LLC
  • Magnolia Consulting, LLC
  • Plus Alpha Research & Consulting, LLC

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The REL Governing Board helps REL Appalachia 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 Appalachia Governing Board members represent diverse expertise and experience.

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