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Regional Educational Lab (REL) West partners with key stakeholders in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah 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.


Accelerating Math Achievement of Rural Elementary Students
Assessing and Improving English Learner Services
REL West has partnered with six higher education institutions in the northern region of California: Shasta College, Sierra College, College of the Siskiyous, the Yuba Community College District, California State University Chico, and California State University Sacramento. The long-term goal of the partnership is to increase the number of adult students who have some college credits, but no degree, who return to college and complete their degrees. The partnership’s coaching and applied research projects will improve supports for the target population and will expand the evidence base on adult degree completion.
REL West has partnered with San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) to accelerate the district’s current efforts to address disparities in disciplinary treatment of Black students in the district and establish the necessary conditions for Black students to learn and succeed. Through the partnership projects, REL West will help SFUSD create a systematic process for identifying, testing, and refining evidence-based practices to achieve equitable discipline outcomes for Black students.
Impact of a Supplemental Math Curriculum for Junior High English Learners
REL West has partnered with Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) leaders to formulate data-driven and evidence-based policy and practice to improve outcomes for students in foster care, starting with school stability and attendance. This partnership’s work will strengthen LACOE’s capacity to use data for decision-making and generate new evidence to improve these outcomes, which can lead to improved academic achievement and, ultimately, to the longer-term goal of lower dropout and higher graduation rates.
Improving Student Attendance Through School-Based Telehealth
Increasing Teacher Retention in Rural Communities
REL West has partnered with Washoe County School District (WCSD), working with and through three of the districts’ departments: the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Department, the Intervention Department, and the Research and Evaluation Department. In the district’s Office of Strategies, REL West will launch its coaching work with leadership staff in the MTSS and SEL Department. This department is charged with developing the district’s capacity to create, support, and sustain school climates that are safe and engaging to optimize student learning, which starts with regular school attendance. Learn more
Study of a Toolkit for Supporting English Learner Instruction


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

  • American Institutes for Research
  • Analytica
  • Decision Information Resources (DIR)
  • Insight
  • Policy Studies Associates
  • RAND

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The REL Governing Board helps REL West 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 West Governing Board members represent diverse expertise and experience.

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