Our Northwest Matters blog discusses ideas and innovations in education from a Northwest perspective. Opinions do not necessarily reflect the views of the organization.

Caitlin Scott May 18, 2016
Caitlin Scott writes on a new REL Northwest study that uncovers challenges faced by rural schools with School Improvement Grants and shows the promise of technical assistance when it comes to implementing evidence-based strategies.
Laura John May 5, 2016
Laura John writes about how Montana's graduation rates for American Indian students are rising and the state's various programs and initiatives that are helping close the achievement gap in Indian Country.
Jason Greenberg Motamedi and Malkeet Singh March 23, 2016
Researchers Jason Greenberg Motamedi and Malkeet Singh write about how they used a methodology developed by medical researchers to create a useful tool for determining how long it will take students to pass a language proficiency test and exit English learner services.
Karyn Lewis March 10, 2016
Social belonging is a key social emotional learning factor that and can have implications on student success. In this post, Researcher Karyn Lewis gives educators strategies to help students feel more secure in their school experiences.
Danette Parsley March 8, 2016
Based on what she's learned from research and experience, Danette Parsley shares key considerations for rural educators looking to form or join a collaborative.
Steve Fleischman March 1, 2016
Steve Fleischman responds to a critic's assertion on the status of education research and points to several examples of research consistently and effectively building local capacity of educators in the field.
Terri Akey February 2, 2016
Terri Akey writes about our work helping make data accessible and meaningful so that Alaska superintendents have a stronger, evidence-informed voice in setting education agendas.
Jacob Williams January 21, 2016
Jacob Williams looks at the role educators can play in supporting youth to help keep them out of trouble and discusses several risk domains associated with young people based on a new, comprehensive literature review.
Bob Crumley January 12, 2016
Alaska's Superintendent of the Year breaks down the three principles that have helped shape his district: attention, building, and collaboration.
Jacqueline Raphael and Rhonda Barton December 8, 2015
Jacqueline Raphael and Rhonda Barton look closely at the demands of the Common Core State Standards on student writing and show how a traits-based model for teaching writing can help educators meet the challenge.