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

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 writes about interventions...
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.
Mike Siebersma September 19, 2016
Mike Siebersma writes about the urgency around boosting Oregon's high school graduation rate and a few of ways Education Northwest is helping form the solution.
Education Northwest September 7, 2016
With raising Oregon high school graduation rate a top priority, we asked Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction Salam Noor a few questions on the direction that the state is taking to make progress in this area.
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.