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Throughout the country, teachers, parents, principals, community members, policymakers, and students are working toward a common goal: improving our nation's schools to make them safe and productive places where children can learn and grow. Since 1984, the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory has been a partner and resource in this important endeavor.

Who We Are

The North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping schools—and the students they serve—reach their full potential. We specialize in the educational applications of technology. One of ten Regional Educational Laboratories, we provide research-based resources and assistance to educators, policymakers, and communities in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. NCREL's ultimate goal is to help our clients build tools and apply proven practices to create schools where all students can develop their skills and abilities. We draw on the latest research and best practices to strengthen and support schools and communities in order to make this goal a reality.

What We Do

  • Create new knowledge and tools—including strategies and programs for improving school practice—through collaborative field development and applied research efforts with schools and agencies.

  • Provide research-based information and direct assistance to help school leadership teams and policymakers solve real problems.

  • Forge strategic alliances by linking schools, agencies, and organizations with each other to help educators and policymakers become networked in ways that support ongoing learning, and pool resources and talents.

  • Operate the North Central Eisenhower Mathematics and Science Consortium, which provides direct assistance to schools and districts toward the goal of meaningful, engaged learning through the systemic reform of mathematics and science education.

  • Operate the North Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium, which helps schools and districts integrate technology in education in ways that lead to improved learning for all students.

  • Publish NCREL's Learning Point magazine, which is mailed to every principal, school librarian, district superintendent, and educational service agency in the region and also is available online.

  • NCREL's Resource Center is a special library with a collection devoted exclusively to educational material. In addition to providing library services for NCREL staff, Resource Center librarians respond to requests for information from anyone interested in educational issues.
  • Provide resources on a variety of topics of interest to educators and policymakers, as described in our online product catalog.

Further Information About NCREL

How to Reach Us

  • Phone: 630-649-6500 or 800-356-2735
  • Product Order Line: 800-252-0283
  • Fax: 630-649-6700
  • E-mail:
  • Address:

    North Central Regional Educational Laboratory
    1120 East Diehl Road, Suite 200
    Naperville, IL 60563


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