Sarah Frazelle

Sarah is the Montana State Coordinator for both REL Northwest and the Northwest Comprehensive Center, working closely with a variety of education stakeholders and facilitating collaboration across departments within state and local education agencies. As the lead of the REL's Montana Data Use Alliance, she provides technical assistance on data quality and early warning systems (EWS) for dropout prevention. In addition to writing about EWS practices and designing modules to help districts implement these systems, she has created evaluation tools to examine key implementation levers. Prior to joining Education Northwest, Sarah served as the assistant director of the Kansas City Area Education Research Consortium. She holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Kansas.

I appreciate how Education Northwest allows me to apply my statistical knowledge to provide educators with actionable data interpretations to guide their decisions. I feel like this combination is imperative to making a difference for our region's students.

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January 20th, 2015

The idea for the early warning system (EWS) work came out of a meeting I had with superintendents and other leaders from the AA districts of Montana—the seven largest districts in the state. What I heard over and over was, “We have students in our districts who are struggling, and we’re providing...