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The U.S. Department of Education Regional Lab Program

Teaching Practices-Teaching Effective There is no question that there is an "art" to teaching. And we all know that underlying good teaching practice is the "science" that speaks to which instructional strategies are most effective to deliver specific content to students in different settings and at different points in their educational careers. Teachers have a profound influence on student learning, and their ability to access information and support about research-based (or promising) instructional strategies, management techniques or curriculum design can have an enormous impact upon their students' success.

One valuable resource for parent and educators is the U.S. Department of Education Regional Educational Laboratory Program. The "Lab Program" was designed to help educators, policy makers, and communities improve schools and help all students attain their full potential. One way they do this is by ensuring that information about exemplary and promising programs, as well as other important lessons about school reform developed or learned in one site, can be appropriately applied elsewhere.

To visit the individual laboratory Web sites, visit:

When you read a research article, you're likely to run across descriptions of how the researchers analyzed the data they collected and terms about statistical methods that are unfamiliar. In order to understand these research reports, you may need to expand your research 'lingo'. Visit Making Sense of Statistics in Research.


Sheldon H. Horowitz, Ed.D.
is the Director of LD Resources & Essential Information at the National Center for Learning Disabilities.