Regional Educational Laboratory Appalachia

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The new leverage briefs are the culmination of OSEP’s Attract, Prepare, Retain: Effective Personnel for All Initiative and highlight 13 leverage points covering strategies recognized by various stakeholders as essential to addressing critical shortages in the special education workforce.

Regional Educational Laboratory Appalachia (REL AP) serves educators in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. To address the priorities and interests of these states, REL AP works in partnership with school districts, state departments of education, and others to use data and research to improve academic outcomes for students.

REL AP works to bridge the worlds of education research and education practice. REL AP offers various supports to the collaborative research partnerships and other stakeholder groups in the Appalachia region:

1. Applied research studies and studies in progress that address partnerships' research questions.
2. Training, coaching, and technical support such as survey, interview, or observation protocol development, literature reviews, or tool development.
3. Workshops and coaching that support the use of data and research.
4. Ask A REL annotated bibliographies produced in response to stakeholder research questions.


Deborah Jonas, Ph.D, Director

Regions Served


States Served

West Virginia

Level of Support


Specialty Area

21st Century Skills
Career and Technical Education
Educator Effectiveness
Educator Retention
English Language Learners
Evidence Based Practices
Family Engagement
Measuring Student Growth
Multi-tiered Systems of Support
Response to Intervention
School Climate
School Mental Health
Social and Emotional Learning
Transitions (from grade to grade)
Other Specialty Areas: Dual Enrollment Courses

Primary Audience

School Districts
State Education Agencies


Assessment Tools
Content Expertise
Convening Stakeholders