Vicki Nishioka

Vicki Nishioka is a senior researcher at Education Northwest. She has extensive experience in evaluation and technical assistance focusing on strengthening teacher-student relationships, equity in school discipline, social and emotional learning and bullying and harassment. Her work includes conducting research on ways to reform school discipline policies. She also leads the development of professional learning materials that help educators design and implement policies and practices that lead to welcoming, inclusive school communities.

I feel privileged to work at Education Northwest because of our commitment to work alongside school and community partners to increase our collective knowledge, improve educational practices, and, most important, help students achieve success.

Equity, School Climate, and SEL

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Blog Posts

Now Is the Time to Focus on Educator Health and Well-Being


March 17th, 2022

A collective, holistic approach to well-being in schools can lead to better working conditions for educators and better learning conditions for students.

Positive and Caring Relationships with Teachers are Critical to Student Success


February 4th, 2019

How can teachers reach all their students—including students from cultural backgrounds different from their own?

Three Ways to Improve Teacher-Student Relationships and Reduce Discipline Disparities


December 19th, 2016

What skills can teachers learn to relate better to their students across cultures? Researcher Vicki Nishioka offers strategies to build teacher-student relationships and close the racial discipline gap.

Closing the Discipline Gap Where It Starts—in Preschool Programs


September 1st, 2015

Researcher Vicki Nishioka frames alarming statistics for out-of-school suspensions and discipline disparities in preschool programs with a set of practices that can help schools end the problem.

Reducing School Suspensions Through Legislation


May 27th, 2015

Welcome to the Oregon Leadership Network's monthly blog series. Topics relate to building the capacity of education leaders to sustain research-based equitable practices across Oregon’s P–20 education system. Learn more about the Oregon Leadership Network . In 2013, the Oregon Legislature made...