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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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Erin Lolich October 15, 2014
The problem: Beaverton middle schools, like middle schools across the country, were suspending and expelling black and Latino students at about twice the rate of white students. Three years ago, middle school principals in the Beaverton School District took a simple, bold step: They asked for dedicated time to devote to equity work during monthly principal meetings. The leaders had been through...
Yvonne Curtis September 24, 2014
Forest Grove School District Superintendent Yvonne Curtis writes the latest entry in the Oregon Leadership Network's new, monthly blog series. Albert Einstein once said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. In the Forest Grove School District, we’ve been focusing on equity for years. We began with race and equity dialogues, then...
Rob Larson September 8, 2014
This is the first entry in the Oregon Leadership Network's monthly blog series. Future posts will cover discipline policy and practice, high school success, English learners, and other topics related to building the capacity of education leaders to sustain research-based equitable practices across Oregon’s P-20 education system. As we begin a new school year, we greet a new class of students, the...
  • Photo of Kathleen Ellwood and Lisa McCall
    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...
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    May 6, 2014
    An analysis of six Oregon school districts’ data from the 2011/12 school year, conducted by REL Northwest, shows that minority students are more likely to be suspended or expelled than their White...
  • Winston Cornwall, Civil Rights Specialist for Oregon Department of Education
    April 18, 2014
    The Civil Rights Movement, past and present, loomed large at the spring Oregon Leadership Network (OLN) conference where more than 250 education leaders from across the state participated in plenary...
  • Photo of Donald Easton-Brooks
    February 24, 2014
    A snowstorm may have hit the Pacific Northwest recently, but the winter weather didn’t stop a group of dedicated practitioners from meeting to address a growing concern: the lack of minority...
  • 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...