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Oregon Leadership Network

Building the capacity of education leaders to sustain research-based equitable practices across Oregon’s P-20 education system to eliminate disparities in student success, the OLN is a statewide network of more than 20 school districts, ESDs, state agencies, professional associations, and higher education institutions.

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Rob Larson August 28, 2015
Education Northwest salutes Oregon’s Chief Education Officer Dr. Nancy Golden for an inspirational career serving students and the state of Oregon. As Nancy retires from her 42 years of service, she leaves behind an education system that is better because of her contributions. From her role as a school district leader to her leadership in education policy, Nancy has demonstrated a deep commitment...
Rob Larson August 24, 2015
Welcome to the Oregon Leadership Network's monthly blog series. Topics relate to building the capacity of education leaders to sustain research-based equitable practices across Oregon’s P–20 education system. Learn more about the Oregon Leadership Network . Throughout our state, unacceptable disparities exist in course-taking patterns, discipline practices, attendance, college readiness, and...
Art Burke August 4, 2015
Parents and educators nationwide are growing increasingly concerned over reports that school discipline is applied to some groups of students more than others . Particularly worrisome are disciplinary practices that carry consequences for student learning. Suspending or expelling students removes them from their classrooms and causes them to lose instructional time. Such exclusionary practices...
Mark McKechnie and Vicki Nishioka May 27, 2015
Welcome to the Oregon Leadership Network's monthly blog series. Topics relate to building the capacity of education leaders to sustain research-based equitable practices across Oregon’s P–20 education system. Learn more about the Oregon Leadership Network . In 2013, the Oregon Legislature made substantial changes to state school discipline statutes that guide the policies of the state’s 196...
Shirley Araiza May 26, 2015
My sister is about to become the first college graduate in our family, and we were chatting recently about the things that our future holds as well as our childhood. We were looking through some old baby pictures—cringe-worthy ones, may I add—and we started talking a lot about our upbringing. Both of my parents are Mexican immigrants. They came to the United States and met each other. Then they...
Chris Russo March 30, 2015
Welcome to the Oregon Leadership Network's monthly blog series. Topics relate to building the capacity of education leaders to sustain research-based equitable practices across Oregon’s P–20 education system. Learn more about the Oregon Leadership Network . Prologue “They’re just not out there. I mean, maybe in like San Francisco, Miami, or New York where there are more of them but not Portland...
John Lenssen February 25, 2015
Welcome to the Oregon Leadership Network's monthly blog series. Topics relate to building the capacity of education leaders to sustain research-based equitable practices across Oregon’s P–20 education system. Learn more about the Oregon Leadership Network . Many of us are working to reduce and eliminate exclusionary practices and racial bias that marginalize and “push out” black and brown...
Julie Petrokubi January 29, 2015
Welcome to the Oregon Leadership Network's monthly blog series. Topics relate to building the capacity of education leaders to sustain research-based equitable practices across Oregon’s P-20 education system. Learn more about the Oregon Leadership Network . The Oregon Leadership Network (OLN) embraces difficult conversations rather than shy away from them. Network members—district and school...
Claudia Rodriguez-Mojica December 17, 2014
Welcome to the Oregon Leadership Network's monthly blog series. Topics relate to building the capacity of education leaders to sustain research-based equitable practices across Oregon’s P-20 education system. Learn more about the Oregon Leadership Network . While some people still view speaking a language other than English as a deficit or something to be overcome, more and more Americans view...
Colt Gill November 12, 2014
Welcome to the Oregon Leadership Network's monthly blog series. Topics relate to building the capacity of education leaders to sustain research-based equitable practices across Oregon’s P-20 education system. Learn more about the Oregon Leadership Network . Students, families, and educators from Bethel School District in Eugene, Oregon are using data to help keep kids on track for graduation and...
  • Profile photo of filmmaker Melissa Lowery
    April 16, 2015
    With discussions about race gaining momentum across the country, Filmmaker Melissa Lowery is doing her part to make sure girls of color are included in the conversation. At next week’s OLN Spring...
  • A panel on stage at this year's OLN Fall institute
    December 17, 2014
    On a day designed to empower Oregon education leaders to take action to improve equity in the state’s public school system, the Oregon Leadership Network (OLN) Fall Leadership Institute brought...
  • Portrait of Libia Gil
    December 3, 2014
    It’s an exciting time for educators dedicated to improving the educational success of English learners across the country. According to U.S. Department of Education Assistant Deputy Secretary Libia...
  • Students in a classroom
    July 29, 2014
    It’s been happening for a long time. Students of color — mostly boys — find themselves pulled out of class and/or sent home far more often than their classmates. With new national and local data and...
  • Photo of Vicki Nishioka
    July 17, 2014
    Saying that bullying creates a hostile learning environment that impedes academic success only tells half the story. According to Education Northwest Researcher Vicki Nishioka , bullying often has a...
  • Portrait of Kendra Hughes
    June 24, 2014
    When bullying occurs, it’s often the perpetrator who gets the attention. When Education Northwest’s Kendra Hughes provides support to schools and districts on preventing harassment and bullying, she...
  • Graphic of the report cover
    The Oregon Leadership Network (OLN) promotes the engagement of school and district staff to continually examine and discuss potential inequities. These conversations may address...
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    Our schools exist because of our students. As educators we have the awesome responsibility and unique opportunity to reach, teach and prepare our students for tomorrow. To make...
  • Principal’s Research Review, July 2014 cover
    Creating and enforcing a clear and equitable discipline policy plays an important role in ensuring that all students are afforded the opportunity to reach their full potential...
  • Colorful abstract graphic of an African American boys face
    This April 2013 article in Principal Leadership , written by Rob Larson and Rhonda Barton, looks at lessons for school leaders on improving educational equity. It provides...
  • Eliminating Disparities magazine cover
    This April 2013 article in Principal Leadership , written by OLN alliance researcher Vicki Nishioka, examines the research on disparities in exclusionary discipline policies and practices.
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    Our Evidence Blast series provides research, data, and resources to help practitioners and policymakers make important decisions about schools and students.
  • Principal's Research Review, March 2012 Cover
    This March 2012 NASSP Principal’s Research Review , written by Education Northwest’s Rhonda Barton and Rob Larson, looks at strategies for improving educational equity. With...

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