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Our Work

Driven by the needs of our region’s education stakeholders

We examine regional needs data and reach out to Governing Board members, practitioners, policymakers, and other stakeholders to understand their challenges and determine how we can best provide high-leverage support.

Using this broad-based input, we collaborate with school districts, state education agencies, and others in research-practice partnerships to:

  • Conduct rigorous research to answer the high-priority education questions of our region
  • Disseminate actionable, up-to-date research evidence
  • Provide customized training, coaching, and technical support to build our partners’ capacity to use data and research

From this work, we produce practical and relevant blog posts, publications, events, and other tools. To learn about research projects currently underway, see our works in progress.

Featured Tools

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Teaching Newcomer English Learners

What instructional strategies are most effective in helping newcomer EL students develop the language skills they need to succeed? Our new video shows evidence-based activities teachers can use to build English learners' academic vocabulary.

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Two Strategies to Help Your Child Learn to Love Math

Finding moments in the day to cultivate young children's natural curiosity about numbers and shapes can instill a lifelong love of math. This video demonstrates evidence-based strategies for helping kids learn and appreciate math.

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Preparing for What's Next: Career and Technical Education Evidence Blast

For this Evidence Blast, REL Northwest's librarians searched for publicly available studies and research- based resources related to CTE, including sources profiling Northwest states and a series of resources on expanding access to CTE in rural areas.

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Soaring to College: Accelerated Learning in Oregon

Accelerated learning provides students with the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school. This infographic illustrates key findings from a 2018 study that examines whether the state’s investment is paying off.

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Shifting the Current School Climate

A positive school climate promotes belonging, which is the foundation of social and emotional well-being. Discover schoolwide and classroom-level actions to foster a climate that sets students and educators up for success.

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Improving High School Graduation Rates for All-Evidence Blast

This Evidence Blast offers evidence-based research, data, and resources on improving graduation rates for all students, as well as specific student groups, including young men of color, English learner students, Native students, and students with disabilities.

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The Right Fit: Selecting an English Learning Program for Your Students

This infographic highlights important factors—including the differences among dual-language, bilingual, and language-immersion programs—to help you decide what makes the most sense for your student population.

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Strengthening Relationships with Students from Various Backgrounds

At North Salem High School teachers and school leaders have made building positive relationships with students a top priority. In this video, two teachers share successful strategies they have used to connect to students and build authentic relationships.

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Gaining Focus: Identifying Gaps in Idaho’s Teaching Workforce

A study of Idaho’s teacher workforce finds one in five Idaho teachers do not return to their school the next year, and students with the greatest academic and economic needs have the least experienced teachers.

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Improving Language Acquisition Among English Learners

It’s possible to teach English and grade-level content simultaneously—and doing so can create a dynamic atmosphere in your classroom. This new video illustrates four evidence-based practices to help English language learners reach their full potential.

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Classroom Strategies to Reduce Students' Math Anxiety

Math anxiety affects day-to-day math performance and can keep students away from entire career paths. RELNW and Washington STEM demonstrate evidence-based strategies to reduce elementary students' math anxiety.

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The Power of High School GPA to Predict College Readiness

Is high school GPA a stronger predictor of college readiness than college placement test scores? Watch this short video to find out what the research says.

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Finding the Right Starting Point

Need help placing newcomer immigrant students in appropriate courses? This infographic outlines three steps for accurately and consistently evaluating international transcripts.

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Adding It Up: The Value of Education & Work Experience in Alaska

We followed the pathways of 40,000 Alaska students to find out where they ended up six years after leaving high school. Here’s what we learned.

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