National Support NetworksServing local and state leadership teams through technical assistance and evidence-based support
WestEd partners with diverse stakeholders – including members of state education agencies, local education agencies, schools, institutions of higher education, and social service agencies – to expand capacity and improve outcomes. The programs, funded through a competitive process, enable WestEd to provide support gratis.
Regional Educational Laboratories
- WestEd currently operates The Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West, which works to actively translate research into practice with policymakers and practitioners in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah. REL West provides research, analytic assistance, and resources designed to increase the use of quality data and evidence in education decision-making. Areas of focus include: Educator Development, Supporting the Whole Child, Early Learning, Postsecondary Pathways, English Learner Students, Improvement Science, and Evidence Use in Education.Download a REL West overview handout that provides examples of how REL West works in partnership to address high-leverage needs.WestEd also operates REL Northwest, which partners 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 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.
Regional Comprehensive Centers
WestEd will lead and operate comprehensive centers for the following regions:
Region 2: Serving Connecticut, New York, and Rhode Island
Region 13: Serving Bureau of Indian Education, New Mexico, and Oklahoma
Region 15: Serving Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah.
In addition, WestEd is working as a partner to Region 7, which will serve Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi; Region 14, which will serve Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas; and Regions 18 and 19 in Hawaii and the Pacific islands. Learn more about current Comprehensive Center projects.
National Special Education Centers
- The Center for IDEA Fiscal Reporting provides technical assistance to state education agencies to assist them meet their federal obligation to collect and report special education fiscal data.
- WestEd’s National Center for Systemic Improvement helps states transform their systems to improve outcomes for infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities.