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Gone are the days when professional development typically meant an extended, off-site retreat or a few hours in an auditorium, listening to expert presenters. Today, organizations must consider how to deliver professional development and other trainings efficiently and effectively by tapping into
Bringing the families of low-income students into discussions of how to pay for college is one of the key messages Sara Goldrick-Rab shared at the Oregon GEAR UP SUCCESS Retreat on April 25 in Redmond. The event, focused on involving educators in college and career readiness issues, was supported
Steve Fleischman, a nationally recognized expert on evidence-based education improvement, has been named to head Education Northwest. The board of directors named Fleischman to succeed Carol Thomas, who is retiring after 17 years with the organization. Fleischman will direct the organization’s
As part of Oregon’s waiver from the No Child Left Behind mandates, more schools will receive additional support from the state this year to help increase student achievement and close persistent achievement gaps. Due to new, higher expectations, 95 schools have been identified for extra help, with
Jeff Weldon, a Billings attorney who specializes in school law, has been elected chair of the Board of Directors of Education Northwest. Weldon is a partner in the law firm of Felt, Martin, Frazier, & Weldon, P.C. He brings to the board a long list of credentials, including his experience as
For the second year in a row, Education Northwest was recognized by the International E-Learning Association (IELA) for developing an innovative online course. The “Resource Development: Fundraising & Grant Writing” course was one of only 11 award winners in a global pool of submissions. The
What system conditions are required for rapid and sustainable school change? An international audience will find out when Education Northwest’s Danette Parsley presents January 4 in Santiago, Chile, at the 2013 International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI) conference. Dr.
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. With today’s technology, more and more of these groups are being conducted online rather than face to
Internationally known researchers and educators Andy Hargreaves and Dennis Shirley will lend their considerable expertise to a major regional initiative planned by the Northwest Comprehensive Center (NWCC). The two authors and Boston College professors will work with NWCC, state education agencies,
For an English language learner (ELL), the science classroom can be a frustrating place. As their classmates focus on the scientific concept being studied, ELLs often feel left behind as they struggle to decipher between academic and vernacular English. And, many adult family members don’t feel
More than a requirement of a program’s funders, external evaluation is integral to successful program planning and data-based decision making. Evaluations can answer many questions, such as: What’s working and what’s not? Is the program making a difference? Should it continue, expand, or be cut? At
As our global society grows ever more diverse, the challenge of effectively educating students to participate is greater than ever. Last week, Dr. James A. Banks addressed this challenge with educators and administrators at the11th annual Northwest Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support
“The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” Education Northwest’s Nanci Schneider quoted Albert Einstein during a recent professional development event, but asked the audience of more than 200 principals and coaches to consider this
For nearly half a century, Volunteers in Service to America (VISTAs) from all walks of life have been signing up to fight poverty in the United States. Since 2001, Education Northwest has helped them prepare for service through virtual and face-to-face pre-service orientation sessions. With the
How suspension and expulsion rates vary in a group of Oregon school districts and how students of color may be affected by those differences is just one of the topics that REL Northwest researchers are delving into in the coming months. Seven studies are now underway by REL Northwest research
As districts nationwide welcome increasingly diverse student populations into their schools, the challenge of providing equitable educational opportunities for all grows. Two articles by Education Northwest staff in the April 2013 edition of Principal Leadership focus on this challenge, offering
When it comes to confronting bullying and harassment in schools, students have the power. That was the message behind a forum for students from across the Portland metropolitan area, sponsored by the Region X Equity Assistance Center at Education Northwest in collaboration with the U.S. Attorney’s
How can Oregon’s education leaders best use evidence to serve their students? Governor John A. Kitzhaber, M.D. will address this timely topic at the Oregon Leadership Network (OLN) Fall Institute on December 3, 2013 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. In addition to Governor Kitzhaber, OLN
Tribal representatives from across the country gathered November 3, in Rapid City, South Dakota, for a common cause: examining how our education system incorporates indigenous language and culture and what research could help increase and improve those efforts. Convened by REL Northwest with REL
Recent efforts by states to make their educator accountability systems more rigorous represent a “seismic shift rarely seen in education,” according to the National Council on Teacher Quality. Northwest states are among those now requiring districts to incorporate multiple measures of effectiveness

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