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A series published by Education Northwest that distills and shares research and experience from the field. From Training Space to Any Place: Expanding Approaches to E-Learning Vol. 4, Issue 2 By Benjamin Carmel and Nancy Henry Addressing the Challenges of Building and Maintaining Effective Research
The promise of a public education is that all students will have access to high-quality learning opportunities. Accomplishing this requires collective and coherent action to increase system effectiveness and produce results that are not predictable by race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status. On
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
In a search of evidence-based materials from research organizations, we found several resources that are written for teachers and other practitioners. These resources have the following strategies in common: providing systematic and explicit instruction; teaching visual representation of functions
This publication features profiles of eight education-based collective impact efforts across the Northwest. It also describes lessons learned and identifies ongoing areas of need.
The following resources for planning, designing, and implementing a youth mentoring program were developed by our National Mentoring Center project. All are free to download. Please contact us if you have any questions about these resources. Foundations of Successful Youth Mentoring: A Guidebook
The following resources on recruiting and screening volunteer mentors were been developed by our National Mentoring Center project (1998-2012). These resources can help any mentoring program recruit appropriate adults for the mentoring role and ensure the safety of program participants through
The following resources, developed by our National Mentoring Center project (1998-2012), can help mentoring programs prepare both volunteer mentors and the youth they serve for their mentoring experience. These materials can be useful in both pre-match training and ongoing training that helps
The following resources, developed by our National Mentoring Center project (1998-2012), can help youth mentoring programs in both school and community settings plan for a sustainable future. These resources cover many aspects of sustainability, such as fundraising, marketing and branding, and
Building Inquiry Skills in Afterschool STEM and Beyond This webinar offers tips and examples for implementing youth-led inquiry, an approach to designing school-day instruction and afterschool settings that both teaches important content and develops critical thinking skills. The cycle of inquiry –
Program evaluation is an increasingly important area of operations for all youth mentoring programs. These resources, developed by our National Mentoring Center project (1998-2012), can help youth mentoring programs evaluate the quality of the mentoring relationships they are building, as well as
What are “lessons learned” that can benefit not only newly formed collective impact initiatives?
A new report on school suspensions based on data from Chicago Public Schools shows that not only are students of color held out of class at a high rate even as overall suspensions are decreasing but also that as schools reduced suspensions, rates of unsafe behavior decreased and students reported
In recent years, youth mentoring has diversified in the types of youth populations being served and the settings for the delivery of program services. These resources, developed by our National Mentoring Center project (1998-2012), can help agencies and schools that are developing mentoring
In the January 2014 issue of Principal’s Research Review, two Education Northwest authors discuss the research on how to better prepare students for college mathematics. Large numbers of students, particularly those headed for community college, are underprepared for college math and consequently
Our always-on digital world presents “both the greatest challenge and the greatest opportunity to reframe what learning can and should look like today,” according to the authors of this Lessons Learned brief on e-learning. Based on best practices and experience from the field, the article offers
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
Collective impact involves bringing together a wide range of partners—schools, community-based organizations, government, businesses, foundations, and individuals—to address a critical community issue. Initiatives are often complex with many moving parts, and challenges include making sure that
Evidence on the importance of writing Writing skills are important for an increasing number of jobs (National Commission on Writing 2004; Executive Office of the President 2009). Poor writing skills are a barrier to hiring and promotion for many individuals, and remediation of problems with writing