REL Pacific is one of 10 Regional Educational Laboratories established and funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences. Our region encompasses approximately 4.9 million square miles and serves 10 Pacific island entities, including: American Samoa; the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands; the Federated States of Micronesia—Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei and Yap; Guam; Hawai‘i; the Republic of the Marshall Islands; and the Republic of Palau. REL Pacific is housed at McREL International’s Pacific Center for Changing the Odds (PCCO), a private nonprofit corporation that draws upon the best of education research to translate what works into innovations and results.
At REL Pacific, we identify priority needs in the region through comprehensive reviews of education system data, interviews with education agency staff, and ongoing contact with the field and “research alliances” that bring together key stakeholders to work collaboratively to address problems and questions of high priority and relevance to Pacific education, including teacher effectiveness, family and community engagement, college and career readiness, and data optimization.
Working together with REL Pacific staff, alliance members identify problems and questions to be answered through research and evaluation, participate in the development of longitudinal data systems, apply research and evaluation study findings to inform decision making and practices, and use the skills and knowledge they’ve gained to help others do the same. We also offer customized technical assistance services and resources for educators and policymakers that help translate recent research findings into everyday practice. And through presentations and expertly facilitated, face-to-face and virtual forums, such as our Bridging Policy, Practice and Research (Bridge) events, REL Pacific brings stakeholders the latest research and helps them apply it to their specific situations.