The Regional Educational Laboratories (REL) Program works with school districts, state departments of education, and others to conduct research and build capacity in using data to improve academic outcomes. The RELs conduct rigorous research, from descriptive studies to randomized control trials (RCTs). They also offer many forms of technical assistance, including workshops and working groups on topics such as dropout prevention strategies or data management systems. Made up of ten Regional Educational Laboratories, the RELs are funded by the US Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences. Tap into REL resources:
- A calendar of upcoming REL events on topics such as a webinar on organizational learning and district improvement (July 24, 1:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern Time) and a conference in Charleston, SC, on reading instruction, research, and the Common Core State Standards (July 29).
- A searchable database of REL Work in Progress and REL Publications dating to 2006. All REL publications pass a rigorous external peer review process.
- The “Ask a REL” feature, a collaborative reference desk service that responds to specific research-oriented educational questions with annotated literature citations, links to resources and, where appropriate, regionally specific education information.
“Ask a REL” is a particularly powerful feature. For example, in response to a question about teacher induction and mentoring [pdf], the REL Northwest gathered a range of materials and links from the New Teacher Center and nine annotated citations for research papers from 2007 to 2012. In another instance, the REL Mid-Atlantic prepared a response to a question about differentiating instruction for a high school student with dyslexia [pdf].