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Driven by the needs of our region

Throughout the Northwest, teachers, school administrators, and other education stakeholders seek to address inequities and improve outcomes for all students. To that end, they are asking important questions, such as:

  • How can we make sure young children have a successful start in school?
  • How do we best serve our growing population of English learner students?
  • How can we help students graduate from high school and achieve postsecondary success?
  • What do states and districts need to do to ensure all students have effective teachers?

These are some of the questions that guide the work of REL Northwest—we are driven by the needs of our region.

Specifically, in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington, we work alongside practitioners and policymakers at all levels of the education system. The goal: Use data and evidence to address educational challenges that impede students' success.

Through research-practice partnerships and other collaborative efforts, we:

  • Conduct rigorous research studies and produce relevant, objective, peer-reviewed reports
  • Provide customized training, coaching, and technical support that advance data-informed decision-making
  • Manage the region's Ask A REL service, which provides references and referrals in response to stakeholders' research questions
  • Share actionable, up-to-date research evidence via blog posts, events, social media, newsletters, and other resources

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Ensuring Students are Prepared for Postsecondary Opportunities

In 2014, the Washington state Legislature approved career- and college-ready credit requirements for high school graduation that better align with career pathways, as well as admissions standards at Washington public universities. This infographic highlights findings from recent research on the state's progress in implementing the new requirements.

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Teacher Turnover and Suggestions for Improving Retention: A Landscape Scan of Four Northwest States

Across the country, many states—including Alaska, Idaho, Montana, and Washington—are working to lower teacher turnover and improve retention. As this infographic shows, each state has its own unique context but common strategies to potentially mitigate teacher turnover have surfaced from recent research.

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National Leadership Area: Postsecondary Readiness and Success
In addition to regional priorities, REL Northwest leads the national, cross-REL working group on Postsecondary Readiness and Success. This entails collaborating with other RELs across the country to learn about REL work in the area of postsecondary readiness and success and plan professional development, joint research, and dissemination activities that are mutually beneficial to each region's stakeholders and to the field.