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Welcome to the Western Regional Educator Network

The Western Regional Educator Network (WREN) serves Oregon educators in Lane, Linn, Benton, and Lincoln Counties, offering professional learning opportunities, continuous improvement coaching, and change project funding to support educators in every stage of their career.

WREN Mission & Aim


The WREN is an educator-led, improvement-focused network that elevates and embraces teachers' voices by emphasizing the Oregon Equity Lens to interrupt historical patterns of inequities and support educators through every stage of their career, from recruitment through retirement, by creating more inclusive and empowering school cultures.


We will create more inclusive and equitable school cultures in order to increase the percentage of teachers of color in the region from 9.8% to 14.3%.

Theory of Change

The Focus of Our Efforts

Rather than making haphazard changes, improvement science asks us to develop a working theory of improvement first. This theory provides our network with an overview of hypothesized solutions while allowing us to narrow our focus on high-leverage areas.

The Driver Diagram below illustrates the WREN's change objective (Aim Statement) and the theory of how that improvement will be realized (Primary Drivers and Secondary Drivers). Download a copy of the WREN Driver Diagram

2022 Driver Diagram

Background and History

With the passage of Senate Bill 182 in 2017, Oregon committed to centering educators' voices and experiences through the Educator Advancement Council (EAC) as a way to better support them through their professional lives. The EAC became a product of a bill that aimed to rethink the way we support educators from recruitment to retirement.  


In Fall 2019, the EAC launched 10 Regional Educator Networks (RENs) to facilitate a networked continuous improvement process; the RENs do not organize around a solution, but rather around improving systems of support for educators along the educator advancement continuum. 

Western REN Highlighted in Oregon REN Map

Established in 2019, Region C became the Western Regional Educator Network (WREN), serving 28 school districts and two education service districts located throughout Lane, Linn, Benton, and Lincoln Counties. ​

The WREN uses a continuous improvement model to improve the processes, systems and projects that enhance the teaching experience. By prioritizing teacher voice, the WREN supports projects, or change ideas, that will increase the recruitment and retention of qualified teachers who reflect the faces of our students. WREN support includes coaching, professional development opportunities, networked improvement, and funding

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