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Regional Educational Lab (REL) Midwest partners with key stakeholders in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin 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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Supporting Iowa middle school leaders in using data and culturally responsive practices with the goal of reducing racial/ethnic disparities in students’ sense of belonging, discipline referrals, and absenteeism.
Supporting Wisconsin grade 6 teachers in integrating computational thinking and culturally responsive practices into mathematics instruction, with the aim of improving students’ mathematics engagement and achievement.
Supporting Indiana district and school leaders in their efforts to plan for and meet the requirements of the Indiana Graduates Prepared to Succeed initiative.
Supporting Ohio high schools in identifying policies and practices misaligned with the needs of students of color and students receiving special education services as a way to improve school climates and reduce disparities in discipline referrals.
Supporting Michigan educators and school leaders in integrating evidence-based strategies and culturally responsive practices into K–1 literacy instruction, with a focus on phonological awareness and phonics.
Supporting Minnesota school leaders in promoting favorable working conditions and in retaining teachers of color and Indigenous teachers.
Supporting Illinois teachers in addressing gaps in students’ mathematics achievement with a focus on fractions. The partnership will draw on a What Works Clearinghouse practice guide to develop an educator toolkit.


REL Midwest is led by AIR with support from the following partners:

  • Civilytics Consulting
  • Insight Policy Research
  • EDC
  • TRAC Research Group

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

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