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.
McREL manages the U.S. Department of Education’s Comprehensive Centers for Region 11 and Region 12, providing assistance to the state education agencies in Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming (Region 11) and Colorado, Kansas, and Missouri (Region 12). The Comp Centers help 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.
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.
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.
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.
Schools, Districts & Regional Agencies
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 school improvement consulting and assistance, research and analysis, grant and program evaluation, professional learning sessions for teachers and school leaders, and curriculum alignment services.
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.