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Regional Educational Lab (REL) Northwest partners with key stakeholders in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington to develop evidence that can inform consequential decisions about policy, programs, and practice. Key stakeholders include organizations with decision-making authority and the ability to influence education policy and practice, such as state and local education agencies, school boards, institutes of higher education, and student, family, and community organizations. RELs partner with these organizations on applied research and development; training, coaching and technical supports; and dissemination. Click here to learn more about the REL Program.


Alaska educators and other youth service providers need strategies and systems to reduce the harmful effects of trauma and to increase the health and safety of children so they can better develop and learn. REL Northwest will support Alaska partners by conducting research, offering technical assistance, and creating dissemination materials. Learn more
The Idaho Early Childhood Education Partnership supports the goal of the West Central Mountains Early Learning Advisory Committee to improve early learning access and early literacy for kindergarten readiness by promoting implementation and evaluation of evidence-informed practices in its early childhood care and education initiative. Learn more
The Lower Kuskokwim School District is partnering with REL Northwest to implement evidence-based strategies to continuously monitor and improve working conditions toward increased teacher retention to ensure all students are consistently served by qualified educators. Learn more
To improve data use and the use of differentiated instruction to better serve students, REL Northwest will provide Laurel School District (Montana) with technical support and coaching related to data systems, multi-tiered systems of support for reading and culturally responsive family engagement. Learn more
Portland Public Schools is partnering with REL Northwest to develop instruments and processes to collect data to better understand how the 2022–26 High School Success plan activities are implemented. This will help inform resources, supports, and plans aimed to improve graduation rates of historically underserved students. Learn more
Seattle Equity-Focused Research
REL Northwest will support the critical need of Rural Alliance partners to increase administrator and educator capacity to design and facilitate online or blended learning opportunities for their students. Learn more


REL Northwest is led by WestEd with support from the following partners:

  • Marzano Research
  • Community College Research Center at Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Analytica, Inc.

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The REL Governing Board helps REL Northwest prioritize the education needs of the region, provides strategic guidance on REL work to maximize local effectiveness, and leverages members’ regional networks to amplify and disseminate REL products. REL Northwest Governing Board members represent diverse expertise and experience.

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