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

Colt Gill August 3, 2016
Oregon’s Education Innovation Officer writes about the necessity to improve the state’s graduation rate and a few of the promising practices that could help Oregon reach its goal.
Todd Bloomquist July 19, 2016
With experience working to improve data use in two southern Oregon school districts, Guest Blogger Todd Bloomquist shares the questions that guided the process and takeaways for districts looking to improve the ways they use data to support student success.
Jason Neiffer June 29, 2016
Jason Neiffer of the Montana Digital Academy writes about new research from REL Northwest that confirms what he's long believed to be a key element for student success in online credit recovery programs.
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.