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When I started at Education Northwest, I never imagined I would be making trips to Pacific islands to lead math workshops. I made my third trip this past July to the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) along with my colleague, Malkeet Singh, to do a series of four-day workshops. In our
A major challenge facing students as they pursue a postsecondary degree is a lack of academic preparedness for college-level math, evident by high rates of referral to developmental math and low rates of college math completion. This study, by Education Northwest’s Michelle Hodara, reviews rigorous
Alaska has low rates of high school graduation compared to the national average, and schools are often hard-pressed to support students at risk of dropping out or who have dropped out, especially in remote areas. For those students who do make it to college, upwards of 50 percent enrolling in the
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
Under a new contract competitively awarded by the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), Education Northwest will work to support the academic success for students of military families through the improved implementation of professional learning communities for principals and teachers at
According to data compiled by the Education Commission of the States (link is external) (ECS), only 11 states and the District of Columbia currently require districts to provide publicly funded full-day kindergarten.
Common Ground for Practice & Research: Targeted Improvement Initiatives The Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness Fall Conference 2014 focuses on the design, conduct, and use of research to improve practice in the complex settings in which it occurs, including schools, school
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
Free Webinar- 1:00PM Pacific- Wednesday, October 22, 2014 You can view a recording of this webinar now. Online programs and courses have been hailed as a viable learning solution to many issues facing schools, including credit recovery. This free webinar will discuss key strategies in
The International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI) has posted a call for proposals for presentations at its January 2015 meeting to be held in Cincinnati, Ohio. Education Northwest is one of the event's sponsors. “Strengthening schools and communities is a worldwide
The 28th International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement—ICSEI 2015 —is a unique gathering that brings together international researchers, educators, and policymakers to share how we can improve children's lives through the best educational practices. Presenters from as
Graduating high school seniors accepted into a four-year college can arrive on campus in fall and go straight to work on their degrees. Their admissions tests took place when they were in high school and were often accompanied by test prep. Students heading to community college may face a different
Saying that bullying creates a hostile learning environment that impedes academic success only tells half the story. According to Education Northwest Researcher Vicki Nishioka, bullying often has a detrimental, long-term effect on students who are targets, students who commit bullying, and
Building Our Collective Power OEA's 2014 Summer Leadership Conference OEA’s 2014 Summer Leadership Conference will build power to transform public education in Oregon through dynamic trainings that focus on our Mission, Vision and Core Values. OEA member participants will have the
A review of research on effective instructional practices for ELLs to inform Washington state legislators and other policymakers about educational research findings on effective instructional practices for ELLs.
The Ask A REL Reference Desk provides education stakeholders from the Northwest region with prompt, authoritative, and customized answers to research and policy questions. On a regular basis, we share our responses to questions from the field.
A list of resources related to tutoring students in reading and more, including "Couldn't Put It Down! Captivating the Hearts and Minds of Adolescent Readers", "Motivating Reluctant Adolescent Readers", and "Learns Tutoring Videos".
Discipline disparity is a growing problem in our schools. Disproportionate rates of suspensions and expulsions for students of color result in substantial loss of instructional time for these students.
This issue focuses on English language learners, who make up 8 percent of our region’s student population. As a group, ELL students face the dual challenge of learning all the content that any student has to learn, while at the same time developing proficiency in English.
This April 2013 article in Principal Leadership, written by OLN alliance researcher Vicki Nishioka, examines the research on disparities in exclusionary discipline policies and practices.