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

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 22, 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
Belonging is a fundamental human need. What strategies that educators can use to help students feel more secure in their school experiences?
Danette Parsley March 8, 2016
This blog post examines promising rural education collaboratives from across the country that are working to advance equity, economic growth and educational change.
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.
Steve Fleischman December 3, 2015
Steve Fleischman writes in praise of the new federal education law for its expansion of the use of evidence to drive school improvement.
Randy Trani November 17, 2015
Read about how Corbett School District Superintendent Randy Trani wanted the same opportunities for his district’s students as his own kids, and how the district is getting close to reaching its goals of 100 percent...
Michael Lindblad November 10, 2015
Oregon's teacher of the year writes about how he came to place students' cultures front and center in his classroom and in the community and encourages more teachers to promote equity.
Caitlin Scott November 3, 2015
Caitlin Scott writes about the difficulties rural schools might face when replacing principals and a concept she finds promising for engaging rural students.
Art Burke October 27, 2015
Researcher Art Burke writes about a successful collaboration that eased the way for a district to translate research into practice and improve teaching for English learners.
Marybeth Flachbart October 20, 2015
As we approach our 50th anniversary, we are running a series on the work we do with the five states that make up our region. This post looks at how Idaho is changing and what’s needed to meet the demands of an evolving workforce.
Barbara Adams September 22, 2015
As our 50th anniversary approaches, Board Chair Barbara Adams writes about how Education Northwest's work reflects its core values of equity and support for evidence-based policy and practice.
Vicki Nishioka September 1, 2015
Researcher Vicki Nishioka frames alarming statistics for out-of-school suspensions and discipline disparities in preschool programs with a set of practices that can help schools end the problem.
Barbara Peterson August 27, 2015
As economic forces shift in rural areas, how can creating expanded educational opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math make a difference for rural students? Guest Blogger Barbara Peterson answers the question in a post based on an article she coauthored in the May 2015 issue of the Peabody Journal of Education, edited by Education Northwest.
Debbie Ellis August 25, 2015
This blog post provides strategies for educators to help promote family involvement in students’ education. Tips include communicating early; establishing a consistent, targeted strategy for...
Steve Fleischman August 18, 2015
Steve Fleischman reflects on how using research and evidence to provide an excellent education for every student was as important 50 years ago as it is today.
Fiona Helsel and Basha Krasnoff August 11, 2015
Research shows the importance of kindergarten transitions for children to succeed in school and later in life. What do principals need to know to help their youngest students thrive?
Art Burke August 4, 2015
Do English learner students miss more class time due to discipline than their non-English learner peers? Art Burke examines this and other questions in his newly published REL Northwest study.
Danette Parsley July 28, 2015
Danette Parsley writes about two exceptional schools in rural Oregon that are beating the odds through data use, high-quality instruction, community building, and strong leadership.
Malkeet Singh July 16, 2015
Malkeet Singh writes about the potential of the Common Core State Standards to improve outcomes for disadvantaged students and his own work in providing professional development to math teachers.
Isaiah Blum July 7, 2015
Coming into high school a few years ago, I could not have anticipated how valuable skills like marking up important parts of the text or re-reading certain passages could be to my grasping of the material. As a sophomore last year (and a freshman the year before), I shrugged off most of the advice, as well as the warnings, on how much I would need those skills later on. Without those two skills,...
Barbara L. Adams June 16, 2015
Rural schools around the country are challenged in hiring and keeping high-quality teachers. Many things contribute to this reality: Teaching in a rural and/or remote community can mean being geographically isolated, having fewer resources and colleagues, dealing with the sense of being an “outsider,” or sometimes facing a lack of modern necessities that are often taken for granted. This can be...
Theresa Deussen June 9, 2015
When schools get an influx of English learners, what can principals do to help ensure their academic success?
Caitlin Scott June 4, 2015
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) turned 50 on April 11, 2015. The law is our nation’s primary mechanism for distributing federal funds to schools and for guiding improvement efforts, especially in schools with high percentages of low-income students. I, too, turn 50 in 2015. As I type this blog, I squint at my computer screen through my new trifocals. If I do not have the bright...
Danette Parsley and Rhonda Barton June 2, 2015
This blog post describes how a one-size-fits-all approach to school turnaround may be inappropriate — or even detrimental — to rural schools.
Jacqueline Raphael May 28, 2015
Four years ago, when I taught first-year composition at Portland Community College, I remember working hard to focus my class on topics I felt would interest my students: how experts achieve excellence in their chosen fields, for example, and how to balance work, school, and personal life. My students read and discussed popular magazine and newspaper articles on these topics, analyzing the ideas...