Regional Educational Laboratory Central

Regional Educational Lab (REL) Central partners with key stakeholders in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Standing Rock Reservation, and Wyoming to develop evidence that can inform consequential decisions about policy, programs, and practice. Key stakeholders include organizations with decision-making authority and the ability to influence education policy and practice, such as state and local education agencies, school boards, institutes of higher education, and student, family, and community organizations. RELs partner with these organizations on applied research and development; training, coaching and technical supports; and dissemination.

Director(s): Phillip Herman, Director

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Specialty Area

  • Educator Effectiveness
  • Educator Preparation
  • Educator Retention
  • Equity
  • Evidence Based Practices & Scaling Up
  • Family Engagement
  • Teacher Mentoring and Induction

Primary Audience

  • Administrators
  • School Districts
  • State Education Agencies


  • Assessment Tools
  • Content Expertise
  • Convening Stakeholders
  • Facilitation
  • Research



Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota

Level of Support


Additional Information

Other Specialty Areas: Rural Education; American Indian Education; School Improvement; Innovative Schools