Regional Research Organizations

The Laboratory for Student Success (LSS) was established as the mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory in 1995 and continued to operate as such at the Temple University Center for Research in Human Development and Education until March 2006. As one of the 10 regional educational laboratories under contract to the U. S. Department of Education, LSS provided a rich resource for research-based educational reform. The laboratory at Temple University focused on the needs of the most severely disadvantaged and underserved populations across the region, providing a dynamic system of research, procedural knowledge, development, and dissemination of findings in order to improve schools and students’ academic performance.

Located in Denver, Colorado, Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) is a private, nonprofit corporation dedicated to making a difference in public education. We draw upon the best of education research to translate what works into innovations and results.
Our staff of highly respected educators and researchers provides the highest quality, field-tested, research-based products and services available in PreK–16 education.

The Education Alliance, a department at Brown University, promotes educational change to provide all students equitable opportunities to succeed. We advocate for populations whose access to excellent education has been limited or denied. Since 1975, we have partnered with schools, districts and state departments of education to apply research findings in developing solutions to educational challenges. We focus on district and school improvement with special attention to underperformance and issues of equity and diversity.
We design and deliver expert services around planning, professional learning, and research and evaluation.

Chartered in the Pacific Northwest in 1966 as Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, Education Northwest now conducts more than 200 projects annually, working with schools, districts, and communities across the country on comprehensive, research-based solutions to the challenges they face.
At Education Northwest, we are dedicated to and passionate about learning. Through our work, we strive to create vibrant learning environments where all youth and adults can succeed. Everything we do is evidence-based, giving us a solid foundation upon which we stand with confidence. We work with teachers, administrators, policymakers, and communities to identify needs, evaluate programs, and develop new solutions. The breadth of our work — ranging from training teachers, to developing curriculum, to restructuring schools, to evaluating programs — allows us to take a comprehensive look at education and to bring wide-ranging expertise and creativity to our clients’ challenges

The SERVE Center at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro is a university based research, development, dissemination, evaluation, and technical assistance center. Its mission is to support and promote teaching and learning excellence in the Pre-kindergarten to Grade 12 education community.
At the core of SERVE Center’s diverse portfolio is the operation of the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL). Funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, the REL-Southeast is one of ten regional organizations that conduct research and provide research-based information and services to all 50 states and territories. These Laboratories form a nationwide education research network, building a bank of research information and resources shared nationally and disseminated regionally. Currently SERVE Center is engaged in two large-scale randomized controlled trials focusing on the effectiveness of interventions seeking to improve teaching and learning in mathematics and science, and kindergarten vocabulary development.

SEDL is a private, nonprofit education research, development, and dissemination (RD&D) corporation based in Austin, Texas. Improving teaching and learning has been at the heart of SEDL’s work for more than 40 years. Our projects have changed over time, but our commitment to student success has not.
We believe that improvement of the educational system to meet the needs of all children requires a strong research base that is tightly linked to practice. SEDL partners with educators, administrators, parents, and policymakers to conduct research and development projects that result in strategies and resources to improve teaching and learning. SEDL also helps partners and clients bridge the gap between research and practice with professional development, technical assistance, and information services tailored to meet their needs. These dissemination activities help our partners interpret and apply research findings based on their individual contexts and experiences.

A nonprofit agency working at local, state, and federal levels, WestEd develops research-based programs, intervention strategies, and other resources, including publications and services. Whether it's research, evaluation, policy support, or technical assistance, we work to find the best answers to enduring challenges and emerging questions in education and human development.
We help our clients assess students' knowledge of science, develop mentoring programs, create fair and effective standardized assessments to inform instruction, and improve programs for English learners and students with disabilities. We develop and share knowledge with educators and community leaders about youth resiliency and health, teaching and learning mathematics, technology to enhance learning, and day care centers and preschools. And that's just the beginning of an extensive list of WestEd program initiatives.