Saying that bullying creates a hostile learning environment that impedes academic success only tells half the story. According to Education Northwest Researcher Vicki Nishioka, bullying often has a detrimental, long-term effect on students who are targets, students who commit bullying, and
Building Our Collective Power OEA's 2014 Summer Leadership Conference OEA’s 2014 Summer Leadership Conference will build power to transform public education in Oregon through dynamic trainings that focus on our Mission, Vision and Core Values. OEA member participants will have the
Issues and Answers is an ongoing series of reports from short-term Fast Response Projects conducted by the regional educational laboratories on current education issues of importance at local, state, and regional levels. Fast Response Project topics change to reflect new issues, as identified
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 Education Northwest Board of Directors welcomed Barbara Adams as new chairperson after recognizing Jeff Weldon’s service as chairperson for the past two years at today’s board meeting. Adams, an adjunct professor and researcher at University of Alaska in Fairbanks, is passionate about teaching
On the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act and the Mississippi Freedom Summer, educators can make this milestone a teachable moment and use history to empower students to learn about leadership, justice, and the importance of education. It’s also a time to think about civil
When bullying occurs, it’s often the perpetrator who gets the attention. When Education Northwest’s Kendra Hughes provides support to schools and districts on preventing harassment and bullying, she emphasizes the victim’s perspective. “Typically in harassment and bullying, the victim gets singled
It’s easy to think that the main difference between students who come from poverty and their more affluent peers is their exposure to learning opportunities. However, poverty manifests itself often in unexpected ways in the classroom, and there are specific strategies schools and families can use
In honor of Washington state’s new Seal of Biliteracy law, a group of educators, lawmakers, and other stakeholders who are dedicated to the academic success of English learners gathered at the Kent School District office on June 9. The law recognizes high school graduates who are proficient in
External evaluation is a critical part of any program. It can tell you what elements are—or are not—working and whether the program is making a difference. A successful evaluation depends on a complex interaction of people, methods, and a genuine interest in looking critically at program challenges
Resources from a REL Northwest webinar held June 17, 2014. In this webinar, Education Northwest staff members addressed requirements for rigorous evaluations for GEAR UP.
The end of the school year is supposed to be a joyful time for students and educators. It’s a time to celebrate graduations, and look forward to a summer of fun and relaxation. Today’s terrible events at Reynolds High, and last Friday’s death of a Roosevelt High student, make this year different....
As a researcher working with English language learners (ELLs) and their families, Claudia Rodriguez-Mojica draws from her own experiences in learning English while in school. She has memories of getting pulled out of class as a child for small group English sessions until one day when she wasn...
A Regional Educational Laboratory Webinar Thursday, June 26, 2014, 12–1:30 p.m. PDT Join us for a webinar presentation and discussion on data trends in discipline disparities from two recent REL studies—REL Northwest’s Suspension and expulsion patterns in six Oregon school districts and REL
When done well, educator evaluation systems can lead to increased student learning and success. That’s according to Education Northwest Researcher Hella Bel Hadj Amor who is serving as the host of this week’s free REL Northwest webinar on implementing educator evaluation and support systems. Before
To better meet the needs of a growing audience of teacher practitioners and education leaders in our region and beyond, Education Northwest has rebooted its website with several new features and added a companion site for its REL Northwest work. Making its first appearance on the organizational
This article briefly summarizes some of the latest research on grade school configuration, specifically the benefits of K-8 configurations versus middle school configurations. The article has an extensive bibliography of research studies. Assessing the Benefits of K-8 Schools This article briefly
Advisory programs (or advisories) are frequently implemented by schools as a way to strengthen connectedness between adults and students and foster a personalized and supportive school culture. Although advisories are set up in varying ways, they are generally characterized by regular meetings
Kindergarten and first-grade teachers striving to enhance their ability to meet individual student’s needs in mathematics have a valuable new tool at their disposal. Education Northwest introduces Assessing Mathematical Understanding —a comprehensive set of mathematics assessments that provides
This January 2013 NASSP Principal’s Research Review, written by Education Northwest’s Diana Oxley, examines what the research says about the relationship between parent involvement and student achievement.