Regional Educational Laboratory Northwest
New Leveraging Briefs Series on Attract, Prepare, Retain Available Now!
The new leverage briefs are the culmination of OSEP’s Attract, Prepare, Retain: Effective Personnel for All Initiative and highlight 13 leverage points covering strategies recognized by various stakeholders as essential to addressing critical shortages in the special education workforce.
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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Level of Support
Alternative Routes to Certification
Career and Technical Education
Early Childhood Educators
Early Childhood Leadership
English Language Learners
Evidence Based Practices
P-3 Systems (Prenatal to Grade 3)
Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS)
School Mental Health
Social and Emotional Learning
Other Specialty Areas: STEM
State Education Agencies
Other Services Provided: Dissemination of tools and research