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An analysis of six Oregon school districts’ data from the 2011/12 school year, conducted by REL Northwest, shows that minority students are more likely to be suspended or expelled than their White peers. Suspension and Expulsion Patterns in Six Oregon School Districts —the first-ever Oregon study
This April 2013 article in Principal Leadership, written by Rob Larson and Rhonda Barton, looks at lessons for school leaders on improving educational equity. It provides examples from OLN member districts and discusses use of OLN’s LEAD Tool™. One message is that equitable education begins with
The Civil Rights Movement, past and present, loomed large at the spring Oregon Leadership Network (OLN) Spring Leadership Institute where more than 250 education leaders from across the state participated in plenary and breakout sessions focused on bringing equity to Oregon’s classrooms. The event
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
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
Ensuring equitable opportunities for Oregon students is “absolutely essential” work, Governor John A. Kitzhaber, M.D. told the crowd at the Oregon Leadership Network (OLN) Fall Institute last week in Portland. In addition to Governor Kitzhaber, the 300 OLN members in attendance heard from Rob
In early January, the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice released a school discipline guidance package to help states, districts, and schools enhance school climate and make sure their policies and practices comply with federal law. Significant numbers of students miss
Data compiled by Education Northwest researchers show a significant shift in student demographics in our region in recent years. Most notably, the number of Hispanic students has nearly quadrupled in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, and Washington, increasing from 106,000 in 1992–93 to 395,000 in...
Currently no federal laws directly address bullying. However, under civil rights laws, schools that receive federal funds are required to respond to discriminatory harassment: situations where a student is bullied because of race, national origin, color, sex, age, disability, or religion. Educators
As Education Northwest reflects on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, we are inspired
“Much like emergency systems that sound a warning of natural disasters, such as hurricanes or tsunamis, educational EWS [early warning systems] signal school staff that action is needed to mitigate undesirable outcomes,” according to Education Northwest’s Sarah Frazelle and Rhonda Barton, authors
Education Northwest’s work to improve equity, STEM education, and student writing will be prominently featured July 16–19, 2013, at the 28th annual Pacific Educational Conference—the premiere professional development event for educators in the Western Pacific.
What makes a research alliance successful? How can researchers and practitioners work together to make an impact? To explore those questions, Education Northwest hosted the first REL Northwest Research Alliance Forum at our headquarters in Portland, Oregon, on April 25, 2013. The event brought
“Equity is about giving people what they need,” Dr. Patrick Camangian of the University of San Francisco told members of the Oregon Leadership Network (OLN) at the Governor Hotel in Portland on April 10th. The keynote speaker at the OLN 2013 Spring Institute, Camangian addressed the theme of the

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