Celebrating Student Leaders During Black History Month

Drinks & A Cause!

Scholarship Programs and College Success

Join us on March 7 in Portland for the latest in our series of casual discussions on some of the most pressing issues in education. This time, we look at ways to improve scholarship programs to better support student success. Register now!

Northwest Matters Blog

How a Teacher Mentoring Project in Alaska Gets Results

By Phyllis Ault | February 21, 2018

Do teacher mentorship programs really have an impact?

In a study of the Alaska Statewide Mentorship Program, our researchers and evaluators found that new teachers who were provided with experienced mentors were more likely than their peers to still be on the job after three years and that students in their classrooms performed better in math and reading.

Alaska is one of only a handful of states that has funded such a statewide program. What has gone well? What has been challenging? Check out our new blog post from Phyllis Ault as we continue our February focus on teacher recruitment and retention.


Teacher Recruitment/Retention

High-quality teachers are crucial for student success. What does the research say about recruiting and retaining teachers with high skill levels? Find out in this brief from the Northwest Comprehensive Center.

School Improvement

Alaska Teacher Mentoring Project

Does providing early-career teachers with highly skilled mentors have an effect on student achievement? Read the findings from our rigorous study on the Alaska Statewide Mentor Project.


Teacher Pathway Program

Read about how the Lane ESD’s Teacher Pathway program is creating opportunities and encouragement for underserved high school students to pursue teaching careers. From the Oregon Leadership Network blog.

Federal Projects

REL Northwest

Regional Educational Laboratory Northwest is one of 10 regional educational laboratories across the nation dedicated to improving the use of research and data in policy and classroom practice. REL Northwest is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences.

Northwest Comprehensive Center

The NWCC is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and provides high-impact training and technical assistance to state education agencies in the Northwest states. Our work focuses on the priorities of educator effectiveness and school improvement.

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National Mentoring Partnership

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