What We Do

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A Northwest-based technical assistance center serving Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington

Northwest schools and districts work tirelessly to improve academic outcomes, close achievement gaps, and increase the quality of instruction for the 2.2 million students in the region’s 5,800 public K–12 schools. This work is supported by state education agencies (SEAs) that must lead and sustain large-scale initiatives amidst fluctuating budgets, frequent staff turnover, and other challenging social and political contexts. The Northwest Comprehensive Center (NWCC) is part of a national network that provides direct support to SEAs to carry out their important work.

The NWCC at Education Northwest works in partnership with the region’s SEAs to understand their priorities in order to provide high-impact support that is customized and responsive to each state’s evolving needs. Examples of assistance include:

  • Helping states develop their Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plans and providing opportunities for state leaders to learn from each other as they draft and finalize state plans
  • Creating resources, tools, and professional development to support district implementation of statewide initiatives related to college and career readiness; standards, accountability, and assessment; and teacher and leader effectiveness
  • Facilitating a community of practice for our region’s SEA Indian Education directors to collaborate on strategies to improve education for Native students, in addition to supporting state-specific Indian Education initiatives
  • Conducting regular reviews of research and literature from vetted sources to provide Northwest educators with relevant and timely information focused on the unique needs of the region
  • Understanding the region’s rurality and establishing an ever-growing network of educators from some of the Northwest’s most isolated and remote communities to learn from each other, share strategies to meet their unique challenges, and spread best practices of the region’s rural schools

The National Network

In addition to on-the-ground technical assistance provided by the 15 regional centers, the Comprehensive Center Network includes seven national content centers that provide resources and information focused on key federal priorities:

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