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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


Professional Development Incentives for Oregon's Early Childhood Education Workforce

Randomized controlled trials tested whether sending emails and offering different financial incentives to Oregon's early childhood education workforce members led to increased education and training levels— an outcome linked to improved quality of care for children. This infographic highlights key findings from the study.


First-Year Effects of Early Indicator and Intervention Systems (EIIS) in Oregon

This infographic spotlights findings from a study on the early effects of EIIS on chronic absenteeism, disciplinary infractions, course progression, and academic performance during the 2018/19 school year in Oregon. It also shows how an EIIS is expected to improve high school graduation rates.


Alaska's Pre-Elementary Grant Program

Alaska's Pre-Elementary Grant (PEG) program aims to develop and expand preschool programs by providing flexible funding to school districts to increase preschool access and improve kindergarten readiness. This infographic highlights who it serves, how it works, and how it connects to student outcomes.


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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.