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

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?
Steve Fleischman November 29, 2016
After fly fishing on Oregon's McKenzie River, Steve Fleischman connects his experience to the Every Student Succeeds Act and the practical choices educators make when determining how rigorous evidence should be when planning their school improvement efforts.
Denise Juneau November 16, 2016
Montana has the best graduation rate in the state's history. State Superintendent Denise Juneau writes about the initiative that brought together educators, communities, educators, nonprofit organizations and businesses to help make that happen.
Vicki Nishioka October 28, 2016
What skills can teachers learn to relate better to their students across cultures? Researcher Vicki Nishioka offers strategies to build teacher-student relationships and close the racial discipline gap.
Jasmin Zapata, Andres Ambris, Coral Ambriz October 31, 2016
How well do students feel they get along with their teachers? Three students from Portland YouthBuilders share experiences on the role that teacher-student relationships have played in their high school education.
Brandi Holten and Sarah Frazelle October 20, 2016
What educational barriers do youth face when they enter and exit the juvenile justice system, and how can schools and detention facilities help incarcerated youth keep their education on track?
David Stevens and Theresa Deussen October 6, 2016
Based on their experiences working with districts in Washington state, researchers David Stevens and Theresa Deussen offer three recommendations for districts on using data to help ensure equitable educational experiences and outcomes for students.
Elizabeth Gandhi and Jacob Williams September 27, 2016
Getting content-area teachers and English language learner (ELL) specialists to work together is vital not just to success for all students but also in meeting college- and career-ready standards. On our blog, Elizabeth Gandhi and Jacob Williams write about what they learned from their experiences observing teacher collaboration in one Oregon school district.