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Ask REL Southwest
We're here to help with your research-based questions about education policies, programs, and practices. If you reside in Arkansas, New Mexico, Louisiana, Oklahoma, or Texas, simply complete the form below, and we will reply with our response.
If you are outside of the Southwest Region, please visit Ask A REL at the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Program website. Select your region for a personalized response to your question. Ask A REL is a collaborative reference desk service provided by the 10 regional educational laboratories (REL) that by design, functions in much the same way as a technical reference library. It provides references, referrals, and brief responses in the form of citations on research-based education questions.
All Ask A REL responses utilize research-based resources including
- Referrals to IES research publications and products
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Other Regional Technical Assistance Providers
Regional Comprehensive Centers
The Regional Comprehensive Centers are part of a federal network of 15 centers serving individual or clusters of states across the nation. The comprehensive centers, which are funded by the U.S. Department of Education, support state education agencies in their efforts to implement, scale up, and sustain initiatives statewide and to lead and support districts and schools in improving student outcomes.
- Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Oklahoma are served by the South Central Comprehensive Center at the University of Oklahoma.
- Texas is served by the Texas Comprehensive Center at American Institutes for Research.
Equity Assistance Centers
Four regional Equity Assistance Centers are funded by the U.S. Department of Education under Title IV of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. These centers provide assistance in the areas of race, gender, national origin, and religion to public school districts to promote equal educational opportunities.
- Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas, located in Region II, are served by the Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA) EAC-South.
- Oklahoma, located in Region III, is served by the Great Lakes Equity Center at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).
- New Mexico, located in Region IV, is served by the Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Technical Assistance and Dissemination Network (TA&D Network)
The TA&D Network comprises 45 centers funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). These centers provide information and technical assistance to states, schools, education professionals, and families on topics such as autism, deafness, disproportionate representation, dispute resolution, learning disabilities, parenting children with special needs, positive behavior support, and transition.