The Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) program is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) at the U.S. Department of Education. The RELs work in partnership with school districts, state departments of education, and others to use data and research to improve academic outcomes for students. Fundamentally, the mission of the RELs is to provide support for a more evidence-reliant education system.
The ten Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs) serve the education needs of designated regions, using applied research, development, dissemination, and training and technical assistance, to bring the latest and best research and proven practices into school improvement efforts. The current RELs are working in partnership with nearly 70 “research alliances” comprised of education practitioners and policymakers at the district and/or state levels.
The goal of this work is to build capacity to use data and research by:
- Assisting states, districts, and schools in using their data systems
- Conducting and supporting high quality studies on key regional priorities
- Helping education policymakers and practitioners to incorporate data and research into everyday decision making
About REL Central
Under the direction of Dr. Robert J. Marzano, REL Central provides education research, dissemination, and technical support services to educators and policymakers in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. REL Central staff members bring to their work a wide range of content experience in the priority areas of educator effectiveness, closing the achievement gap, and postsecondary and workforce readiness.
To discuss a state-specific issue with a REL staff member, contact one of the following state liaisons.
- Missouri and Wyoming – Terri Martin, EdD Director
- Colorado, Kansas, and South Dakota – Shelley H. Billig, PhD Associate Director
- Nebraska and North Dakota – Robert M. Palaich, PhD Associate Director