The Appalachian Educational Laboratory, one of 10 regional laboratories financed by the U.S. Department of Education to provide research and technical help to educators, is changing its name to Edvantia. Doris Redfield, the president and chief executive officer for the Charleston, W.Va.-based lab, said the name change reflects the expanding geographic scope of the 39-year-old nonprofit group. The lab now works with school systems as far away as New Mexico and Alabama. Besides its federal contracts with the Education Department and the National Science Foundation, the lab works with companies such as Texas Instruments Inc.
A version of this article appeared in the September 14, 2005 edition of Education Week