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Jennifer Klump

Ask A REL's Jennifer Klump

Need help finding research-based answers to questions about education policies, programs, and practices? The Ask a REL Reference Desk service at REL Northwest provides state education agencies, districts, schools, and communities with prompt, authoritative resources customized to your needs:

  • Referrals to REL research alliance projects and to other regional educational laboratories
  • Referrals to Institute of Education Sciences research projects and technical assistance providers
  • References to evidence-based research
  • Regional educational information specific to your state or community
  • Data and analysis support in the areas of school improvement, college and career readiness, and educational equity.

To request assistance, research, or to obtain additional information, contact REL Northwest’s reference librarian, Jennifer Klump, 503.275.0454 or 800.547.6339, ext. 454 or submit your question using our online form.

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Northwest State Coordinators

Another way regional stakeholders can request assistance is through their state coordinator. These liaisons serve as a point of contact for the state education agencies, educational organizations, and schools requesting service from REL Northwest.

Other Technical Assistance Providers

Comprehensive Centers (CCs)
The CCs are a national network of 15 regional technical assistance centers established by the U.S. Department of Education. They deliver high-quality technical assistance, information, and resources to state education agencies. The Northwest Comprehensive Center serves Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.

Equity Assistance Centers
The 10 Equity Assistance Centers are funded by the U.S. Department of Education under Title IV of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. They provide assistance in the areas of race, gender, and national origin equity to public school districts to promote equal educational opportunities. There are two centers serving our region: Region X serves Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington and Region VIII serves Montana.

Regional Educational Laboratory Program (REL)

Technical Assistance and Dissemination Network
This network of approximately 45 centers, funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), fluctuates as old projects end or new ones begin. These projects provide information and technical assistance to states, schools, educational professionals, and families on topics such as autism, deafness, disproportional representation, dispute resolution, learning disabilities, parenting children with special needs, positive behavior support, and transition.