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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
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
Education leaders should approach school improvement and other complex situations by intentionally balancing tensions, or seemingly opposing approaches, to optimize desired results. That approach has been dubbed “ In tension” by the authors of a new Lessons Learned, a series that captures Education
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
Patty Wood, School Board Member Representative from the Kelso School District in Washington state, has joined the Education Northwest Board of Directors. Wood is one of 23 directors guiding our work to transform teaching and learning in the Northwest region and beyond. I am very pleased to be
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
Across the country, researchers, practitioners, and policymakers are partnering to address critical local education issues. These research-practice partnerships, or research alliances, are designed to promote the use of evidence that’s relevant, timely, and user friendly. REL Northwest, a project
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...
Native American students have the lowest graduation rate among all racial and ethnic groups in the Northwest, a dire fact that fueled the conversation at a recent meeting convened by the Northwest Comprehensive Center (NWCC). Concerned Indian education coordinators from Alaska, Idaho, Montana,
A snowstorm may have hit the Pacific Northwest recently, but the winter weather didn’t stop a group of dedicated practitioners from meeting to address a growing concern: the lack of minority educators in Oregon. Founded with the purpose of developing a plan to meet the goals of the Oregon Minority

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