The U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences has awarded Mathematica Policy Research a five-year contract to direct the Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory (REL). The lab—covering Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia—conducts, applies, and disseminates research in collaboration with regional stakeholders to promote continuous improvement of educational practice in the region.
The Mid-Atlantic lab is one of 10 RELs working in partnership with states and school districts to bridge research, policy, and practice. RELs conduct applied research to address regional needs; summarize and disseminate findings from high quality studies; and provide training, coaching, and technical support for applying research to education improvement.
Brian Gill, a senior fellow at Mathematica and national expert on charter schools, educator evaluation, and school accountability, will lead REL Mid-Atlantic. Gill has worked extensively with state and district officials in the region on educational improvement efforts. Under his direction, Mathematica, together with our team members, will build collaborative partnerships to understand local needs and grow capacity and knowledge.
“Translating research into practice requires coordination and collaboration with stakeholders,” said Gill. “We look forward to working with state and local education agencies and our other partners to inform education policy and practice to help every student succeed.”