Reference Desk

The REL West Reference Desk provides quick-turnaround answers to pressing education questions from administrators, practitioners, policymakers, and other community stakeholders in our region. These responses reflect the latest research and available evidence, and may include references, abstracts, referrals, and/or reliable website sources that address the topic in question. A growing selection of Reference Desk responses to questions that may be of interest to the region is posted here.

To request research-based information, please send a direct request to REL West, or visit the national Ask A REL website and select REL West.

Requests and Responses

Information on supporting pre-emergent/emergent secondary EL students December 2016
Blending instruction in the early grades December 2016
Teaming in middle schools December 2016
Instructional strategies for seriously emotionally disturbed (SED) students in elementary school December 2016
Instructional strategies for English learner (EL) students in elementary school December 2016
The relationship between school leader collaboration and student achievement November 2016
The relationship between homeschooling and college readiness November 2016
Instructional rounds for teaching EL students October 2016
Transitional kindergarten (TK) and academically focused pre-k programs October 2016
"Blended model" for high school students October 2016
Summary of research and resources on long-term English learner students October 2016
Summary of research and resources on dual immersion programs in public elementary schools September 2016
Information on school uniforms September 2016
Summary of information on Native American students and computer science July 2016
Research on teacher morale June 2016