Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Southwest at SEDL
REL Southwest Spotlight Vol. 4, No. a: Spring 2016 // Vol. 4, No. 1 // Spring 2016 //
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Serving Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas

Working primarily through alliances, we collaborate with educators, policymakers, and others to help the states and schools in our region use research and data to address high-priority education needs.

Please let me introduce myself as REL Southwest's new director and thank outgoing director, Vicki Dimock, for her years of service.

Michael Vaden-Kiernan, Ph.D., REL Southwest Director

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Our Work

Research Report: Exploring the Foundations of the Future STEM Workforce:
K–12 Indicators of Postsecondary STEM Success

Showing an early interest in math and science and taking high-level courses in these subjects paves the way for a career in STEM. Our new report explores factors that predict whether K–12 students will go on to pursue and earn STEM degrees, with a focus on Hispanic students.  Read more

Video Spotlight: Collaborative Research With the New Mexico
Achievement Gap Research Alliance

A new video spotlights how we conduct collaborative research with our New Mexico Achievement Gap Research Alliance. This alliance seeks to reduce achievement gaps and improve academic success for New Mexico's Hispanic and Native American students in grades K–12.  Read more

REL Learning Series: Early Warning Systems

Early warning systems help keep students on track for graduation by flagging potential problems before they become too serious. The REL Program is hosting a free learning series on developing, implementing, and using early warning systems for dropout prevention.  Read more

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Our Research Alliances

News From the Field

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If you live in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, or Texas, we're here to answer your research-based questions about education policies, programs, and practices.

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About REL Southwest
REL Southwest is one of 10 Regional Educational Laboratories funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences. These labs provide applied research and evaluation, analytic technical support, and services and products to address pressing regional education needs, inform practice and policy, and improve student outcomes.
Our Partners
  • Chesapeake Research Associates LLC
  • Decision Information Resources Inc.
  • Empirical Education Inc.
  • Gibson Consulting Group
  • RAND Education
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4700 Mueller Blvd.
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