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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
This white paper provides research-backed recommendations for how principals and administrators ensure their schools offer smooth transitions for all incoming kindergarteners and their families.
      Schools and districts nationwide are turning to Early Warning Systems (EWS) to reduce dropout rates and promote on-time graduation. Two elements that are essential for an effective EWS are the development of an implementation team and the alignment of the EWS with related data use initiatives
Like many educators, I try to take time in the summer to reflect and recharge. For many of you, a new school year is about to begin—or already has. For others, the summer break will last just a few more weeks. I know that when I taught, this was when I asked myself, “How can I do better by my
It’s easy to understand why teachers are not always thrilled when they learn their district is considering using value-added models to help evaluate their effectiveness. One concern teachers may have about any system that rates them based on their students’ performance is, What if, by design or
What I remember most from when my kid was starting kindergarten is the anxiety. We didn’t know the school as well as we would have liked, didn’t know the staff, or even the name of our son’s teacher. The orientation materials arrived in the mail just before the school year started and didn’t answer
This summer, we observe the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I. My grandfather fought in that war. One of my most prized possessions is a commemorative picture of him (he’s on the right) and his friend, taken just before they left for the front. What always struck me in the picture
      Can a sense of belonging influence a young person’s engagement, motivation, and persistence in school? Research is increasingly recognizing that feeling valued and accepted by others is an important psychological factor for academic success, particularly for underrepresented groups of
This year, on July 2, we will mark the 50th anniversary of the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. For me, as director of the Region X Equity Assistance Center, it is another landmark because the Equity Assistance Centers were created in the Civil Rights Act as Desegregation Assistance Centers.
      The 2016 NorthWest PBIS Network Spring Conference returns to Portland for the Northwest’s largest gathering of thought leaders, classroom teachers and faculty, community providers, parents, administrators, researchers, and other critically important practitioners and contributors in the field
Is there a recipe for a “super teacher” when it comes to helping English language learner (ELL) students develop academic English skills? That question is important throughout the nation, as the proportion of ELL students has climbed by almost 64 percent from 1994–95 to 2009–10. During the same 15
      The Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE) advances research on policies, programs, and practices that cause educational and related outcomes.Under the theme, "Lost in Translation: Building Pathways from Knowledge to Action," the Spring 2016 conference focuses on
Does our fear of failure stifle our creativity and innovation? Focusing on failure may seem like an odd way to inaugurate a blog on strengthening schools and communities. But failure is a significant and everyday fact of life. As the pizza lovers among you might know, one major takeout chain has
A Case Study of Dual-Credit Programs GEAR UP Hawai‘i is committed to improving low-income high school students’ access to college courses and, as a result, requested that Education Northwest, the external evaluator of GEAR UP Hawai‘i, conduct a case study to understand barriers and facilitators of
      Education Northwest’s work across several research areas including support for English language learners, college and career readiness, and school improvement will be highlighted at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), April 8–12 in Washington, DC.
In a three-minute video, educators from small rural schools in the Pacific Northwest talk about the value of participating in a network.
Perspectives on the Scholarship and an Evaluation of Its Impact The Kaiser Permanente Health Care Career Scholarship Program began offering scholarships to students in the graduating class of 2009 to help students pursue a postsecondary education and join the health care workforce. Specifically,
Helping Students Plan Through Personalized Learning Education Northwest's Rhonda Barton, Michelle Hodara, and Nora Ostler contributed this article on Oregon's online Personal Education Plan (PEP) to the March 2015 edition of Principal Leadership. The PEP is part of a process of
When we started the Northwest Matters blog a year and a half ago, we hoped our posts would contribute to the regional and national conversations about the most critical education issues. Seventy posts and more than 35,000 page views later, we can pause for a moment to say thank you to all of our
This brief outlines steps district and school leaders can take to expand science, technology, engineering and mathematics opportunities for students through school-community partnerships.

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