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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 Leadership Institute, she will present her film, Black Girl in Suburbia, to an audience of
In the end, they traveled more than 1,500 miles over six days in a van usually rented out to rock bands. When they weren't in the van, they were visiting schools in five remote communities across three Northwest states as part of NW RISE —a project that aims to increase rural students'
Since this article appeared in March, 2015 as part of our series on collective impact, the Institute for Youth Success has joined Education Northwest to better support youth-serving agencies in Oregon and across the region. Schools alone can’t do everything when it comes to reaching out to
With an increasing focus in Oregon on expanding educational opportunities and success for English learners, education leaders from around the state gathered in Eugene on March 11-13 for the State English Learners Alliance Conference. The event was sponsored by the Confederation of Oregon School
Involving parents in their kids’ education experience can be a key to student success. More than 300 participants―a mix of parents and educators from K-12 and early childhood programs―came together to focus on the importance of family engagement for equity, empowerment, and engagement at the 22nd
One way to help students get ready for the rigors of college is to give them opportunities to start college-level work and earn credits while still in high school. Another approach is to infuse a college-going culture into schools (starting as early as the elementary grades) so that students from
In Anchorage, Alaska, a broad partnership called 90% by 2020 has set an ambitious goal. As suggested by its name, the initiative seeks to increase the local graduation rate to 90 percent within the next five years. Better Together, a partnership based in Central Oregon, has a similar mission of
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 together roughly 400 participants on December 10 at Portland’s Sentinel Hotel. “Education is the
What can school counselors do to help all students be prepared for college? To address that question, the White House recently convened a meeting of school counselors and college/career readiness experts, including a representative from Education Northwest. The November 17–18 meeting at San Diego
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 Gil, there’s increasing recognition and value placed on linguistic diversity, as well as growing
Stakeholder engagement, capacity for research, and use of evidence present some of the biggest challenges and greatest opportunities for researchers and practitioners working together. How two REL Northwest research alliances approach these issues will be the focus of a presentation at the Society
According to Education Northwest’s Nanci Schneider, despite past efforts to turn around underperforming schools, you still have a good chance of predicting whether a school is successful or not by the degree of poverty in its zip code. For Schneider, improving schools is about more than just
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 research on discipline disparities (including an Oregon-based report by REL Northwest published in
It’s easy to think that the main difference between students who come from poverty and their more affluent peers is their exposure to learning opportunities. However, poverty manifests itself often in unexpected ways in the classroom, and there are specific strategies schools and families can use
Showcasing eight highly collaborative education projects, the newly released publication, Mobilizing Communities: Improving Northwest Education Through Collective Impact, offers a starting point for people wanting to learn more about this innovative concept. A term first introduced in a 2011
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
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 peers. Suspension and Expulsion Patterns in Six Oregon School Districts —the first-ever Oregon study
The Civil Rights Movement, past and present, loomed large at the spring Oregon Leadership Network (OLN) Spring Leadership Institute where more than 250 education leaders from across the state participated in plenary and breakout sessions focused on bringing equity to Oregon’s classrooms. The event
Bringing the families of low-income students into discussions of how to pay for college is one of the key messages Sara Goldrick-Rab shared at the Oregon GEAR UP SUCCESS Retreat on April 25 in Redmond. The event, focused on involving educators in college and career readiness issues, was supported
As part of Oregon’s waiver from the No Child Left Behind mandates, more schools will receive additional support from the state this year to help increase student achievement and close persistent achievement gaps. Due to new, higher expectations, 95 schools have been identified for extra help, with

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