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We are deeply inspired by the seven people we are honoring as we observe Hispanic Heritage Month. This year, we are focusing on people who are doing meaningful work right now and have the potential to create wonderful legacies as leaders and role models.
Guest Blogger Mandy Smoker Broaddus writes on how Montana is creating language-immersion elementary classrooms as one strategy to restore and revitalize Native languages.
Once schools are using data to identify the students at risk of falling through the cracks, what’s the next step? Graduation coaches who help kids cross the graduation stage is one potential solution.
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.
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.
Join us as we look back on our first 50 years with a new video featuring the voices of Education Northwest staff members describing how their work connects to civil rights by striving to create equitable opportunities for all students and a timeline of the major national and regional milestones...
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.
REL Northwest and the Institute of Education Sciences have released a study examining online credit recovery through the Montana Digital Academy (MTDA), Montana’s state public virtual school. MTDA provides online education opportunities to Montana students through courses taught by licensed Montana
A new report from REL Northwest examines the strategies used by six Montana schools with higher than average student passing rates in online credit recovery courses offered by the Montana Digital Academy (MTDA). The report finds that successful schools provided instructional support, consistent
Collective impact initiatives thrive on meaty problems—problems worth the attention, energy, and resources of the community that cannot be solved by the efforts of single organizations or sectors. At Education Northwest, we are currently working with three communities in Montana that formed
The idea for the early warning system (EWS) work came out of a meeting I had with superintendents and other leaders from the AA districts of Montana—the seven largest districts in the state. What I heard over and over was, “We have students in our districts who are struggling, and we’re providing
As most folks know, Montana is geographically large. As a result, it’s not always easy to attend conferences across the state. For that reason, many districts provide practical and closer-to-home options for employees to obtain training to fulfill their required in-service hours. Several years ago
Education Northwest launched a new scholarship program for Native educators at the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) convention...
Every 26 seconds a teenager drops out of school in the United States. To reverse that trend, many districts and organizations are turning to early warning systems (EWS) that signal whether a student is at risk of not graduating from high school. While some research exists about establishing these
Resources from a REL Northwest webinar held June 17, 2014. In this webinar, Education Northwest staff members addressed requirements for rigorous evaluations for GEAR UP.
      A Regional Educational Laboratory Webinar Thursday, June 26, 2014, 12–1:30 p.m. PDT Join us for a webinar presentation and discussion on data trends in discipline disparities from two recent REL studies—REL Northwest’s Suspension and expulsion patterns in six Oregon school districts and REL
Educator effectiveness, Common Core State Standards (CCSS) implementation, school improvement, and dropout prevention: these are some of the challenges that matter most to state education agencies (SEAs) in the Northwest. And, they’re issues that the Northwest Comprehensive Center (NWCC) is
Jeff Weldon, a Billings attorney who specializes in school law, has been elected chair of the Board of Directors of Education Northwest. Weldon is a partner in the law firm of Felt, Martin, Frazier, & Weldon, P.C. He brings to the board a long list of credentials, including his experience as
Data compiled by Education Northwest researchers show a significant shift in student demographics in our region in recent years. Most notably, the number of Hispanic students has nearly quadrupled in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, and Washington, increasing from 106,000 in 1992–93 to 395,000 in...
Native American students have the lowest graduation rate among all racial and ethnic groups in the Northwest, a dire fact that fueled the conversation at a recent meeting convened by the Northwest Comprehensive Center (NWCC). Concerned Indian education coordinators from Alaska, Idaho, Montana,

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