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About Our Research Alliances

REL Central’s work is driven by research alliances—groups of stakeholders (SEAs, LEAs, teachers, policymakers, service providers, and others) who share a common interest or specific educational concern. Each group works together to learn more about a specific topic, to develop and execute relevant research, to build research capacity within the Central Region related to the topic, and ultimately to make decisions that improve educational outcomes. 2Screen Shot 2015-03-11 at 11.32.48 AM copy

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.

Our Research Alliance Members Receive:

  • Quarterly newsletters
  • Access to web resources
  • Free professional development opportunities
  • Research support
  • Community membership


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Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance

EERA provides a forum to become involved in issues of importance related to educator effectiveness. The alliance conducts research and technical assistance on issues of importance to the Central Region and in response to member-identified needs. The alliance is organized into four workgroups, each focused on an area of current REL Central research and/or technical assistance: Teacher Preparation, Teacher Mentoring, Professional Development, and Teacher Feedback

Formative Assessment Research Alliance

FARA provides a forum to discuss and study the role of formative assessment in student learning. This alliance seeks to increase the use of formative assessment in classrooms. FARA works with state-, district-, or school-level personnel who are interested in developing the process of formative assessment.

Rural Education Research Alliance

RERA is composed of rural educators throughout the Central Region, including associations of rural superintendents, state department of education staff, and university researchers. The alliance works to improve student achievement of traditionally underperforming rural subpopulations by identifying effective curriculum and instruction, leadership, and operational practices from successful schools and then sharing information on best practices widely throughout the region and the nation.

Mathematics and Science Research Alliance

MSRA works with SEA coordinators in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), leaders from state mathematics and science professional organizations, and interested educators to provide guidance and insight into important issues affecting STEM disciplines, such as curricula, instructional materials, assessments, and teacher evaluation.

Native American Education Research Alliance

NAERA supports efforts to improve the academic achievement of Native American students and to develop interventions that serve Native American students. Stakeholder groups being specifically targeted for assistance include researchers, policymakers, district and school administrators, community and school board members, teachers, and parents of Native American students.

College and Career Readiness Research Alliance

CRRA supports states and districts as they help ensure our students graduate from high school prepared to enter the workforce, postsecondary education, or technical education. This alliance might interest career counselors, career and technical education providers, International Baccalaureate teachers, and Advanced Placement teachers.

Systems Development and Improvement Research Alliance

SDIRA focuses on educational systems, and their processes, at the school, district, and state levels. The alliance assists educators with examining and improving educational systems, as well as conducting research on such systems. These individuals have an interest in developing systems of support for students and staff, systems of support and accountability of schools, and systems to improve efficiency and effectiveness.