The state of Missouri, through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) serves 522 school districts, 2184 schools, and over 67,300 educators to provide educational opportunities for over 919,000 public school students. DESE partners with Regional Professional Development Centers (RPDCs), schools, and communities to provide a statewide system of service and support to guarantee the superior preparation and performance of every child in school and in life.
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.