Building Successful Education Improvement Networks

Scholarship Opportunity

For Emerging Native Ed Leaders

Applications now accepted: The Nelson Scholarship strives to increase Native representation in education leadership by providing financial support, mentoring, and internships for Native students in the Northwest who are pursuing a graduate degree in education policy, leadership, technical assistance, research or a closely related field. Deadline: March 31, 2019.

Northwest Matters Blog

A Powerful Change Strategy

By Jacqueline Raphael | January 9, 2019

Education improvement networks bring together leaders and teachers to solve significant problems at the system level such as achievement gaps.

On our blog, Jacqueline Raphael highlights a set of best practices that fledging networks can follow and makes a case for using an experienced intermediary organization to serve as the network's “backbone” to provide leadership guidance and technical support and to help ensure the network's sustainability and success.


For network development

We support the development of education networks through a research-driven approach and our deep experience in the field. We help emerging networks build capacity to use data and evidence-based solutions to address challenges that take teamwork enriched by outside perspectives to overcome.


Network facilitation

We bring together groups that share a common goal and help them become high-performing, self-sustaining networks. Time is valuable when it comes to professional development, networking, or planning activities. Our experienced facilitators help you get the most out of your time together.


Learning from data

External evaluation is critical to the success and sustainability of networks. An evaluation can tell you what elements are—or are not—working and whether the network is making a difference. The process relies on looking critically at challenges and successes and people working together.

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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