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There’s growing recognition that communities of practice—peer-to-peer learning groups—offer an effective way to work together on a common problem, share strategies, and deepen members’ knowledge. Originally envisioned as groups that worked together in the same location, technology can now overcome
School leadership is complex and requires wisdom, informed judgment, and choosing among multiple options. Should leaders push for fast results or incremental improvements over time? Do they focus on closing the achievement gap or raising the rigor of teaching and learning? There is no single right
The use of research and data in decision making has become a popular mantra in education circles, but putting it into practice presents some real challenges. Often, educators and policymakers may not have the time or skills to identify, access, analyze, and apply data, or the capacity to use
Bullying presents one of the greatest health risks to children, youth, and young adults in U.S. society. It is pernicious in its impact even if often less visible and less readily identifiable than other public health concerns. Bullying—a form of harassment—needs to be understood form a
Improving college readiness rates, especially for young men of color, requires an understanding of the challenges they face, and of the levers that might serve to increase college readiness and enrollment. Moving the Needle speaks to both issues by examining the trajectory of Black and Latino males
How the Common Core Must Ensure Equity by Fully Preparing Every Student for Postsecondary Success Recommendations from the Regional Equity Assistance Centers on Implementation of the Common Core State Standards An effective education that prepares youth for postsecondary success should not be a
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
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.
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.
Our Evidence Blast series provides research, data, and resources to help practitioners and policymakers make important decisions about schools and students.
This July 2013 NASSP Principal’s Research Review, written by Education Northwest’s Sarah Frazelle and Rhonda Barton, looks at the research on Early Warning Systems (EWS)
According to a recent study by Harvard University researchers, 10 to 20 percent of students who enroll in college do not end up attending in the fall. Summer melt, is even more prevalent for low-income students, students in large urban districts, and community-college bound students—with attrition...
This Traits-Common Core State Standards crosswalk provides a side-by-side comparison between the content of the 6+1 Traits and the first three CCSS writing standards for grades 11–12.
This collection of K–12 student papers and the accompanying annotations come from Appendix C: Samples of Student Writing of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, & Technical Subjects. Additional scores and annotations
Regional updates, background information, and more on the effort to establish shared mathematics and English language arts standards.

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