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What I remember most from when my kid was starting kindergarten is the anxiety. We didn’t know the school as well as we would have liked, didn’t know the staff, or even the name of our son’s teacher. The orientation materials arrived in the mail just before the school year started and didn’t answer
This summer, we observe the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I. My grandfather fought in that war. One of my most prized possessions is a commemorative picture of him (he’s on the right) and his friend, taken just before they left for the front. What always struck me in the picture
This year, on July 2, we will mark the 50th anniversary of the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. For me, as director of the Region X Equity Assistance Center, it is another landmark because the Equity Assistance Centers were created in the Civil Rights Act as Desegregation Assistance Centers.
Is there a recipe for a “super teacher” when it comes to helping English language learner (ELL) students develop academic English skills? That question is important throughout the nation, as the proportion of ELL students has climbed by almost 64 percent from 1994–95 to 2009–10. During the same 15
Education Northwest Community Outreach Manager Joyce Harris and two others have won the 2016 awards for public service given annually by the University of Oregon Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management and the department’s advisory council. Harris will be honored in a ceremony on May...
A REL Northwest study of developmental education (remedial, noncredit bearing courses) and college readiness of first-time students at the University of Alaska found that high school grade point average (GPA) was more predictive of students’ success in college English and math courses than SAT, ACT
Does our fear of failure stifle our creativity and innovation? Focusing on failure may seem like an odd way to inaugurate a blog on strengthening schools and communities. But failure is a significant and everyday fact of life. As the pizza lovers among you might know, one major takeout chain has
U.S. Representative Suzanne Bonamici—whose Congressional district stretches from the west side of Portland all the way to the Oregon coast—spoke with Education Northwest staff...
      From Familiar to Unfamiliar: Pre-reading Scaffolds That Connect Students From What They Know to What They Don't Know Yet May 9, 2016 Presenter: Tim Blackburn Pre-reading tasks provide scaffolded supports for English learner students to negotiate the content, analytical practices, and
This white paper provides research-backed recommendations for how principals and administrators ensure their schools offer smooth transitions for all incoming kindergarteners and their families.
      Elementary teachers are well-versed in English Language Arts shifts in the Common Core Standards—but are they equitable? That’s a matter of practice. In our Shifting Toward a Culturally Responsive Common Core webinars, we’ll unpack each shift and strategies to ensure the shift is applied to
The education world is paying more attention than ever before to gaps in our students’ writing ability. What’s helping to close the gap at Roosevelt High School, Oregon’s most diverse high school, is extending writing beyond the classroom. In 2012, this North Portland high school used funds from
      We invite you to a free training on the latest in volunteer screening best practices and identifying potential child sexual predators Is your nonprofit following volunteer screening best practices? Experts estimate that 94-98 percent of child sexual predators have clean background checks.
      Providing a safe place for children to go after school isn’t enough. If we want to support our schools and communities to build the skills that youth need to thrive, the quality of your youth program matters. Join us for this webinar to learn more about an evidence-based framework in
      This webinar is a follow up to the March 18 session on social emotional learning and building youth belonging. This one-hour webinar is an introduction for nonprofits that are curious about learning more about additional social emotional learning constructs including emotional competence,
Are you utilizing the vehicle of relationships to shape positive outcomes for youth? Wondering if these relationships are really moving the needle for youth?
      How well do you collect information and work to understand the perspective of the students you work with? Surveying students on their perspective is an important source of data that can provide helpful—and surprising—outcomes. In this webinar, we’ll hear from guest presenter Steve York about
      Looking for ideas to incorporate youth voice in your setting? Excited about the possibilities but unsure how to build safe and supportive Youth-Adult Partnerships? This webinar featured Education Northwest researcher Julie Petrokubi to learn ways your organization can go beyond youth input to
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual meeting bills itself as the world’s largest annual gathering of educational researchers, and while the participants benefit from a wide variety of professional development and collaboration opportunities, the impact is also felt outside
      Schools and districts nationwide are turning to Early Warning Systems (EWS) to reduce dropout rates and promote on-time graduation. Two elements that are essential for an effective EWS are the development of an implementation team and the alignment of the EWS with related data use initiatives

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