While much of our work is with educators in the United States, we frequently work with school systems and government agencies in Canada, the Caribbean, the Pacific region, Australia, and other places around the world. We use this experience to help all our clients, sharing the best practices, strategies, and insights we see with other clients who have similar strengths and challenges.
Through all that, if you want to know our specialty area, it’s this: We want to work with educators and leaders who want to help their students flourish by using the best combination of research, evaluation, and best practices, and are ready to learn and apply new ways of teaching, leading, and learning.
Contact us today to find out how we can help you, and read about just a few of our clients and contracts below.
McREL manages the REL Pacific, one of the U.S. Department of Education’s 10 Regional Education Laboratories. Through our work on the REL Pacific, we provide educators in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia (Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei, and Yap), the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau with research and assistance on teacher effectiveness, family and community engagement, college and career readiness, and optimizing data systems.
Visit the REL Pacific website for more information on current projects, events, and research.
Visit the Institute of Education Sciences website for information about the Regional Educational Laboratory network.
North Central Comprehensive Center
The North Central Comprehensive Center, which is managed by McREL, provides assistance to the state education agencies of Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. As one of 15 regional centers across the nation funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the NCCC helps each state department build its capacity to administer programs of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), and improve educators’ access to high-quality resources, information, and services.
Visit the NCCC website for more information current projects and activities.
Visit the U.S. Department of Education’s website learn more about the network of Comprehensive Centers.
In addition to the REL and Comprehensive Center contracts that McREL manages for the U.S. Department of Education, we conduct research, evaluation, and technical assistance work for a variety of federal agencies and grant programs, including the National Science Foundation, the Department of Labor, Job Corps, and others. We often partner with school districts on Investing in Innovation (i3) grants, Institute for Education Sciences grants, and other major research and development opportunities in education.
NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
As the education and public outreach arm for NASA’s Dawn and Discovery missions, our work centers on creating scaffolded learning activities that engage students in space science across the content areas, helping students develop skills in arts and literacy, mathematics and science, technology, logic, scientific inquiry, and problem-solving. To learn more about these missions and our associated work, visit the mission websites: Dawn and Discovery.
For other NASA-related education materials, visit the following mission websites:
McREL partners with state departments of education in the U.S. and with ministries of education in the Caribbean and Australia on a variety of work, including academic standards analysis and development, curriculum development, school climate surveys, data analysis, and professional development of teachers and leaders.
Local Districts & Schools
Many school districts, regional education service agencies, and individual schools turn to us for professional development and consulting services to improve outcomes for students and staff. We provide support for new and ongoing improvement initiatives, including research and evaluation services; professional development on effective teaching and leading to help raise student achievement; curriculum development and standards alignment; staff evaluation services; evaluation services for programs and grants; and technical assistance.
Foundations looking for a partner for programs and projects seek us out to help them develop program strategy, deliver solid research and evaluation, conduct research analysis and synthesis, develop curriculum, provide assessment, and report on program and grant outcomes.
Ribbon of Hope Grants
McREL helps the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation administer its Ribbon of Hope grant program, which awards grants twice a year to support community-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations that have a positive impact on the lives of North Carolina’s citizens. These grants support activities that establish or expand local programs in health, science, and education to serve identified community needs.