For nearly 60 years, Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs) have collaborated with school districts, state departments of education, and other education partners to help generate and apply evidence, with the goal of improving learner outcomes. REL work is change-oriented, rigorous, and high-leverage, supporting consequential local, regional, or statewide decisions about education policies, programs, and practices. RELs contribute to the growing body of research on how experiences within the nation’s education system differ by context and student group, thereby impacting outcomes and identifying potential solutions.

WestEd operates Regional Educational Lab Northwest (REL Northwest) in partnership with Marzano Research. REL Northwest works with educators and policymakers in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington to develop evidence that can inform consequential decisions about policy, programs, and practice. Key partners include organizations with decision-making authority and the ability to inform education policy and practice, such as state and local education agencies, school boards, institutes of higher education, and student, family, and community organizations.

REL Northwest provides three types of support to its partners: applied research and development projects; training, coaching and technical support; and dissemination of research and evidence-based practices.

Based on the needs identified by its partners, REL Northwest is focused on the following priorities:

  • literacy,
  • rural educator retention/recruitment,
  • trauma-engaged educational practices,
  • kindergarten readiness,
  • racial equity,
  • high school graduation, and
  • blended learning.

REL Northwest will continue conducting needs-sensing with potential partners to inform additional work that addresses challenges and opportunities in the field.

Kathryn Drummond

Deputy Director
Jodi Davenport