REL Central began with seven research alliances. Each alliance examines topics from multiple perspectives (for example, from the state, district, or classroom) and builds relationships in which both practitioners and researchers learn from and collaborate with each other.
About the REL
The U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences (IES) supports 10 regional educational laboratories (RELs) across the country. These RELs are charged with supporting applied research and development, disseminating school improvement practices widely, and providing technical assistance to education agencies in their regions.