Regional Educational Laboratory Northwest

OSEP Hosts National Summit and Launches New Attract, Prepare, Retain Resource Page

The 2020 OSEP Summit provided an opportunity by bringing together various stakeholders to explore potential strategies and innovative approaches to address this critical need. The virtual event was held over three days and participants had the opportunity to register for each event individually or attend all three.  An archive of the event can be found on the 2020 OSEP National Summit webpage.  OSEP also launched a new Attract, Prepare, Retain Resources Page that provides research and resources for stakeholders to explore potential strategies, innovative approaches, and additional resources regarding this topic!

The Regional Educational Laboratory Northwest (REL Northwest) is operated by Education Northwest in Portland, Oregon. REL Northwest focuses on building the capacity of stakeholders in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington to use data and evidence to inform decisions related to their specific education-related needs.

REL Northwest's services include the provision of training, coaching, and technical support; conducting applied research studies; and disseminating information in various content areas, but particularly in five high-leverage areas of need in the region: equitable start in learning, appropriate supports for English learners, high school graduation and post-secondary education success, supply and development of effective educators, and accountability system design and implementation.

The majority of our work is currently conducted with stakeholders in 12 research partnerships throughout the region. However, REL Northwest also conducts work with stakeholders that are not affiliated with a particularl research partnership.


Christopher Mazzeo, Director
Fiona Helsel, Deputy Director

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Specialty Area

Alternative Routes to Certification
Career and Technical Education
Early Childhood Educators
Early Childhood Leadership
Education Leadership
Educator Effectiveness
Educator Preparation
Educator Retention
English Language Learners
Evidence Based Practices
Organizational Leadership
P-3 Systems (Prenatal to Grade 3)
Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS)
School Climate
School Mental Health
Social and Emotional Learning
System Alignment
Other Specialty Areas: STEM

Primary Audience

School Districts
State Education Agencies


Assessment Tools
Content Expertise
Convening Stakeholders
Other Services Provided: Dissemination of tools and research