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Do you have questions about education policies, programs, and practices? If so, we would love to hear from you. The Ask-a-REL Reference Desk service at REL Pacific functions in much the same way as a technical reference library. It provides customized references, referrals, and brief responses to educators—decision makers and practitioners, policymakers, and community members. The Ask-a-REL service makes connections to the other regional laboratories, the What Works Clearinghouse, and the Institute of Education Sciences family.

The Ask-a-REL service addresses constituent inquires through:

  • Referrals to REL Research Alliance projects and to other regional education laboratories
  • Referrals to IES research projects and technical assistance providers
  • References or bibliographies of existing education research, including IES publications or reports
  • Referrals to websites or federally funded education organizations
  • Regionally specific educational information

To request assistance, research, or to obtain additional information, contact REL Pacific at relpacific@mcrel.org, or visit the IES Regional Education Laboratory Program site at http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/askarel/ to submit a request via the Ask-a-REL reference desk service.

A selection of previously requested Ask-a-REL responses from REL Pacific:

Developing and Maintaining a Sustainable Web Presence for Research Consortia Part II (May 2012)

Pre-approving Researchers or Identifying Preferred Researchers to Use SEA Data (May 2012)

Leading Practices and Strategies for Positive Family-School Communications (June 2012)

Best Practices for Kindergarten and First-Grade iPad Use (August 2012)

Selection of Indicators to Gauge PartnershipsĘ» Effectiveness and Review of Data Collection Systems (February 2014)

1:1 Computing Initiatives (March 2014)

Open Source Student Information Systems (May 2014)

Indicators of School Quality (June 2014)

Research on College Success and Higher Educational Improvement (August 2014)

STEM Frameworks and Models (August 2014)

Dropout Definitions and Rates (November 2014)

Individualized Learning Plans (November 2014)

Induction Programs (November 2014)

Reasons for College Dropout in Indigenous Contexts (February 2015)

Bilingual Education and Teacher Evaluation in Indigenous Education Environments (April 2015)

Measuring Family and Community Engagement (May 2015)

Timing of Second Language Introduction in Program Planning for Indigenous Language Environments
(June 2015)

Definitions and Assessments of Native/Indigenous Student Outcomes (October 2015)

Student Growth Models for Small Populations (Feb 2016)