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Priority/Topic Areas

Priority Areas

Our most recent regional analysis pointed to key leverage points within our complex education and social systems that need to change if student outcomes are to improve. These regional priorities include:

Educator Development

Ensuring that teachers and leaders get the support they need to grow in the profession and meet challenging goals for students.

Supporting the Whole Child

Strengthening cross-sector collaboration to improve student outcomes that support academic learning, including social and emotional learning, physical and mental health, and family engagement and support.

Early Learning

Improving early childhood programming and outcomes (e.g., kindergarten readiness and early literacy) through research-based practices.

Postsecondary Pathways

Increasing students’ preparation for, access to, and completion of postsecondary education in order to meet the region's current and projected employment needs.

Topic Areas

In addition to the four focus areas listed above, REL West is also emphasizing three cross-cutting topics. The first, English learner students, is an especially salient one for our region as none of our efforts will be effective toward the overarching goal of improved student achievement without recognizing and addressing the needs of this large subgroup. The other two areas represent approaches being used to improve education decisionmaking and outcomes in our partnerships.

English Learner Students

Understanding the diversity of English learner students in our region and exploring the programs and services that best meet their diverse needs.

Improvement Science

Applying a problem-solving approach that is centered on inquiry and learning to enact changes in education systems.

Evidence Use in Education

Building the capacity of states and districts to better understand evidence standards in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and apply them to decisions pertaining to education policy and practice.