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About REL Northwest

REL Northwest serves five states: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. To address the priorities and interests in these states, REL Northwest works in partnership with school districts, state departments of education, and others to use data and research to improve academic outcomes for students.

REL Northwest works to bridge the worlds of education research and education practice. We offer various supports to the collaborative research partnerships and other stakeholder groups in the region:

Directors


Fiona Helsel

Director
Fiona Helsel

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Jennifer Esswein

Deputy Director
Jennifer Esswein

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Partners and External Experts

REL Northwest—administered by Education Northwest—partners with the following research and technical support organizations:

  • Concord Evaluation Group
  • IMPAQ International
  • Kauffman & Associates
  • MDRC
  • Portland State University
  • RAND Corporation
  • Tembo Inc.
  • Temple University
  • West Wind Education Policy

 

Governing Board

REL Northwest is guided by a Governing Board representing constituent groups in the Northwest, including chief state school officers, superintendents, educators, researchers, and community members. The REL Northwest Governing Board is charged with ensuring that the work being conducted addresses the high-leverage problems of the region and that progress is being made in meeting the intended outcomes of the federal REL program.

Members

Elsie Arntzen
Superintendent for Education Services, Montana Office of Public Instruction
Helena, Montana

Jioanna Carjuzaa
Professor, Montana State University; Executive Director, Center for Bilingual and Multicultural Education
Bozeman, Montana

Doug Gray
Principal, PAIDEIA Cooperative School
Anchorage, Alaska

Aleksandra Hollingshead
Associate Professor, University of Idaho
Moscow, Idaho

Karen Melin
Deputy Commissioner, Alaska Department of Education and Early Development
Juneau, Alaska

Michaela Miller
Deputy Superintendent, Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Olympia, Washington

Brian Reeder
Assistant Superintendent, Oregon Department of Education
Salem, Oregon

Andy Shouse
Chief Program Officer, Washington STEM
Seattle, Washington

Raúl Sital
Executive Director of Student Achievement, Pasco School District
Pasco, Washington

Chris Spriggs
High School Teacher, Glenns Ferry School District
Glenns Ferry, Idaho

Alma Trinidad
Associate Professor, Portland State University
Portland, Oregon

Curtis Yarlott
Executive Director, St. Labre Indian School
Ashland, Montana

Chuck Zimmerly
Community Relations Officer, Idaho State Department of Education
Boise, Idaho