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

Summary of information on the use of mobile technology in early education June 2016
Information on the prevalence of learning disabilities in the prison population May 2016
Assessment programs used in elementary school for benchmarking March 2016
Instructional coaching for math teachers March 2016
Connection between student health and student achievement March 2016
Teacher attendance and student achievement March 2016
Summary of information on developing career pathways for teachers March 2016
Summary of research on online professional development for math teachers March 2016
State guidance on serving English learners who may have learning disabilities February 2016
Resources on supporting students in the transition to ninth grade February 2016
Summary of resources on reading aloud to elementary students February 2016
Summary of information on foster youth in California colleges January 2016
Resources on full-time instructor ratios and student success in college January 2016
Resources on online student mentoring programs in higher education January 2016
Summary of information on school district resource allocations January 2016