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Regional Educational Lab (REL) Central partners with key stakeholders in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming 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 in North Dakota
Mitigating teacher shortages in Wyoming
Strengthening culture-based education in Standing Rock
REL Central will work with core district leaders and a subset of district schools to better understand what factors may contribute to or hinder student success in grade 9 math. Learn more
Supporting elementary readers in Nebraska
This partnership will work closely with Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) to support sustainable, systematic organizational change by helping KSDE revitalize Individual Plans of Study (IPS) practices to effectively help prepare students for postsecondary education and the workplace. Learn more
Supporting young children with disabilities in South Dakota
This partnership will work closely with Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) to promote increased diversity within the teacher workforce by helping CDE and CDHE to examine the teacher pipeline and pathways and use this information to improve the recruitment and retention of teachers of color. Learn more
Teacher retention in Missouri


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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