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Have you seen The Maze Runner? Here is a spoiler alert. I have not, so don’t read any further if you’re looking to learn more about this popular movie or book series. Sorry. However, hearing about the movie reminded me how much the effort to improve low-performing schools feels like trying to get
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
As a former teacher, I often run into adults I taught years ago when they were children and marvel at what they’ve achieved. Sometimes my mind scrambles, though, to square the confident, accomplished person in front of me with the child who struggled to write an expository paragraph or make sense
Do you all remember the classic “Now & Later” chewy candy? After having gone many years without popping one of those tasty morsels in my mouth, I thought about the candy as I began to write this post about Education Northwest’s school improvement approach, called Success Now! In this data-rich
Education Northwest Community Outreach Manager Joyce Harris and two others have won the 2016 awards for public service given annually by the University of Oregon Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management and the department’s advisory council. Harris will be honored in a ceremony on May...
A REL Northwest study of developmental education (remedial, noncredit bearing courses) and college readiness of first-time students at the University of Alaska found that high school grade point average (GPA) was more predictive of students’ success in college English and math courses than SAT, ACT
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
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
U.S. Representative Suzanne Bonamici—whose Congressional district stretches from the west side of Portland all the way to the Oregon coast—spoke with Education Northwest staff...
      From Familiar to Unfamiliar: Pre-reading Scaffolds That Connect Students From What They Know to What They Don't Know Yet May 9, 2016 Presenter: Tim Blackburn Pre-reading tasks provide scaffolded supports for English learner students to negotiate the content, analytical practices, and
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
      Elementary teachers are well-versed in English Language Arts shifts in the Common Core Standards—but are they equitable? That’s a matter of practice. In our Shifting Toward a Culturally Responsive Common Core webinars, we’ll unpack each shift and strategies to ensure the shift is applied to
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
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 education world is paying more attention than ever before to gaps in our students’ writing ability. What’s helping to close the gap at Roosevelt High School, Oregon’s most diverse high school, is extending writing beyond the classroom. In 2012, this North Portland high school used funds from
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
      We invite you to a free training on the latest in volunteer screening best practices and identifying potential child sexual predators Is your nonprofit following volunteer screening best practices? Experts estimate that 94-98 percent of child sexual predators have clean background checks.
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.
      Providing a safe place for children to go after school isn’t enough. If we want to support our schools and communities to build the skills that youth need to thrive, the quality of your youth program matters. Join us for this webinar to learn more about an evidence-based framework in