About Us

Linking People and Resources

Northwest Educational Service District's area includes 35 public school districts and several private schools in Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, and Whatcom counties. The school districts in our region serve 170,000 students with varying languages, special needs, and learning styles. Our staff of administrators, educators, and support personnel work to provide quality professional development opportunities and student programs, while providing administrative support and technical assistance to local school districts.

NWESD has more than 50 programs organized into eight departments:Professionals

Instructional and Leadership Frameworks

The NWESD has adopted the UW-CEL 5D Instructional Framework to be used in the evaluation of teachers employed by NWESD, and has adopted the AWSP Leadership Framework to be used with site administrators and directors who evaluate certificated teaching staff.

Operational Overview

NWESD is one of nine educational service districts in the state that provides administrative and instructional support services to public school districts, and all state-approved private schools. Educational service districts have evolved through a series of legislative directives. ESDs originated as County Superintendent Offices.

Only three percent of NWESD's funding comes from a direct state allocation. Our programs are funded primarily by entrepreneurial means. We apply for, and receive competitive state, federal, and private grants.

In addition, we operate cooperatives that are supported by membership fees from schools and other agencies. Other funding sources include class fees, investment earnings, member contributions, and long-term financing.

NWESD saves schools money through cost-effective cooperatives, centralized services, and pooled resources. The NWESD also provides specialized services otherwise unavailable, and secures new resources for the region through grants and innovative funding.

The Northwest Educational Service District 189 is committed to providing access to all individuals, with or without disabilities, seeking information on our website. Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act requires that all individuals with disabilities have access to and use of information and data, comparable to that provided to individuals without disabilities unless an undue burden would be imposed on us. Throughout this website, we make use of different third-party websites, PDFs, and applications to provide information about our agency and to connect our staff and visitors to various educational resources and services. Some of these PDFs, applications, and sites are not controlled by the NWESD. 

Please contact us at 360-299-4000 or communications@nwesd.org if because of a disability you are unable to access content on the NWESD’s website, have questions about the accessibility of content or technology used by the NWESD, and/or would like to report barriers to accessing any information on this website. Or if you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader, eye tracking device, voice recognition software, etc.) and have difficulty accessing information on our website, please contact us and provide the URL of the material you tried to access, the problem you experienced, and your contact information. We will contact you and attempt to provide the information you are seeking. If you are a person with another disability and experience issues accessing information from the NWESD website. 

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