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As schools and districts work to improve the academic success for a growing number of English language learner and bilingual students, a new study provides insights into students’ perceptions of a program that grants high school credit to students with dual-language proficiency. Researchers from
      The transition from preschool or other early learning settings into kindergarten marks an important event in the lives of more than 3.5 million children and their families each year. This REL Northwest webinar will explore one component of successful transitions: kindergarten entry
Across the country, 79 percent of public schools rely on educational service agencies (also called educational service districts) to provide services such as handling financial and data-processing needs, implementing school improvement initiatives, and providing curriculum and professional
      DevLearn 2014 is a conference for training and learning professionals who are leading or engaged in their organizations’ use of learning technologies. The comprehensive program includes the tools, technologies, ideas, strategies, and best practices to ensure your success. This event is for
In this article, we ask teachers in a small, rural district in eastern Washington how they used 10- to 12-week change cycles to make gains in their students’ reading scores.
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
      Washington Educational Research Association (WERA) and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) present the 29th Annual Washington State Assessment Conference on December 10–12, 2014 at the Hilton Seattle Airport Hotel and Conference Center. The annual conference is also
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.
Attending a small school near the Quinault Reservation marked Bob Rath forever. Bob’s dedication to Native American, Hispanic, and rural education was evident during his tenure at Education Northwest, then known as Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (NWREL). Bob made tremendous contributions
With nearly 50 years’ experience providing coaching and technical assistance to schools, Education Northwest today announces the launch of a new, research-based approach for school improvement, Success Now! The approach focuses on increasing student achievement and creating a schoolwide culture of
      The Oregon Leadership Network (OLN) offers institutes twice a year to participants from its member organizations. The program includes plenary and breakout sessions designed to build the capacity of education leaders to sustain research-based equitable practices across Oregon’s P-20 education
In education, we are always hearing about research that points out a strong negative correlation between poverty and student achievement. In other words, the greater level of poverty, the lower the level of achievement. That’s not always the case. As I pointed out in an article for the WASA Hotline
Stakeholder engagement, capacity for research, and use of evidence present some of the biggest challenges and greatest opportunities for researchers and practitioners working together. How two REL Northwest research alliances approach these issues will be the focus of a presentation at the Society
      The National Title I Association is dedicated to improving and implementing the Title I program so that more children reach their academic potential. The Association provides educational leaders at the state and local levels with the opportunity to work together to share ideas on effective
When schools struggle in communities experiencing high levels of poverty, it’s not just the schools that need community support to improve. Communities also need community support, which is where nonprofit organizations often play an important role. While Education Northwest is dedicated to
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
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
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.

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