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

Jessica Knight April 4, 2017
What are key strategies for training hundreds of volunteers spread out over a wide distance?
Jacqueline Raphael February 27, 2017
When students are struggling in reading and writing, a promising approach is to emphasize the connections through strategies like sentence starters and mentor texts. Our author gives insights.
Marybeth Flachbart February 17, 2017
Students with dyslexia are intelligent but struggle to "crack the code" of written language. What can educators do to best support them in the classroom?
Havala Hanson February 9, 2017
When schools build an understanding of the unique challenges facing different language-minority student groups, they are better equipped to serve them. How can schools get started?
Education Northwest January 31, 2017
Our conversation with Dana Kelly and Carson Howell from the Idaho State Board of Education on Idaho’s approach and success in creating dual-credit programs.
Brandi Holten and Ashley Pierson January 31, 2017
Earning college credit while still in high school can benefit students in many ways. What can states, districts and schools do to help their dual-credit programs become successful?
Michelle Hodara January 24, 2017
Financial aid helps expand college access but not all eligible students apply. This post explores the barriers students face in applying for aid and provides FAFSA-completion strategies for educators.
Aurora Moore and Basha Krasnoff January 18, 2017
Once schools are using data to identify the students at risk of falling through the cracks, what’s the next step? Graduation coaches who help kids cross the graduation stage is one potential solution.
Education Northwest December 22, 2016
We look back at our 50th year and a few pieces of our work that are helping make a difference to ensure all children and youth in our region have the opportunity to reach their full educational potential.
Matthew Eide December 14, 2016
New federal law requires state and local education agencies to engage in "timely and meaningful" consultation with area tribes while preparing and submitting plans for federal programs. But what does “meaningful” consultation look like?