Skip Navigation
archived information

Our Work

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


Where Did Students Go During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Concerned that the shift away from in-person learning would lead more students to unenroll from school, education leaders in Alaska and Washington asked REL Northwest to analyze their enrollment data and explore whether student enrollment in public schools changed during the 2020/21 school year compared to the two previous academic years.


Grow-Your-Own Programs for American Indian Teachers in Montana

Schools located in rural areas and on Indian reservations in Montana face ongoing teacher shortages. This infographic shows how grow-your-own programs have emerged as one solution that draws on the strengths of Native communities to better serve Native children and youth.


Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic

REL Northwest has created customizable professional development modules that school district facilitators can use to prepare middle and high school teachers in using remote learning resources and building social and emotional learning (SEL) skills in a hybrid or in-person learning environment.


Infographics, Videos, and Special Features Sorted by Topic

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.