Preparing Students for College and the Workforce: Our April Spotlight

Accelerated Credit

Oregon-Based Findings

Accelerated learning programs (for example, dual credit, dual enrollment) have positive effects on academic achievement, high school graduation and college access and success

How is Oregon doing at meeting its accelerated-credit goals? Education Northwest looked closely at how these programs are working in Oregon through the state’s Regional Promise program.

Northwest Matters Blog

Using Project-Based Blended Learning to Engage Career and Technical Education Students

By Erich Stiefvater and Jennie Fennelle | April 18, 2018

The benefits of career and technical education (CTE) run the gamut. For example, CTE gives schools an opportunity to engage students and prepare them for creative, high-wage and in-demand careers.

But when it comes to CTE, what teaching strategies make a difference?

On our blog, Erich Stiefvater and Jennie Fennelle make a case for combining the strengths of project-based and blended learning. This approach can benefit students by providing practical knowledge and skills while maintaining collaboration with peers and instructors.

Program Evaluation

We work closely with our clients to ensure research and evaluations meet the needs of all stakeholders. Our evaluators have deep knowledge and experience in evidence-based practices that support the high school graduation and college access and success of underrepresented students.

Curriculum Training

We provide customized support to optimize the professional development of CTE teachers and to increase alignment between CTE courses and the core curriculum. We also offer strategies such as externships and professional learning communities to build the knowledge and skills of CTE teachers.

Data/Policy Analysis

Our researchers work closely with clients across K–12 and postsecondary education to study a variety of areas, programs and initiatives. Our work uses advanced methods to combine data from multiple sources and to understand who participates in these opportunities and their outcomes.

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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