Are you an educator seeking good research and/or answers on an education-related issue? If you are, you can go to the national website of the Regional Educational Laboratory Program, click on your state, type the question into the form, send it, and then staff at the appropriate center will research it and send you back resources, answers, data, etc. – for free.

I sent them some questions related to Common Core and the difference between “collaboration” and “cooperation.” They answered my questions and send me some studies (not behind paywalls) that I had missed in my initial research on the topic. It took me a month to get the response, but I know a portion of that delay was because of summer vacations. I suspect their turnaround time is typically shorter.

I think it’s a great service, and I suspect a lot of educators who might try it out after reading this blog post will end up agreeing with me….