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If you are seeking research resources on an education topic, submit your question to Ask a REL. Ask a REL is a collaborative reference desk service designed to function much in the same way as a technical reference library. In preparing responses, REL Midwest staff members consult colleagues who have content expertise in the area, other RELs, and resources such as the National Library of Education and ERIC. Following established search protocols, we provide quick turnaround responses to your questions in the form of referrals and references.  
If you are located in the REL Midwest region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin), submit your question here. Otherwise, submit your question on the IES Ask a REL site.

Ask a REL

The Ask A REL responses below are organized according to REL Midwest’s four Regional Priority areas.

Educator Effectiveness

Low-Performing Schools and School Improvement

College and Career Readiness