NWCC To Launch Rural School Improvement Network


February 21, 2013


Dennis Shirley and Andy Hargreaves having a discussion

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, and rural schools throughout the Northwest to create school-to-school networked communities. Through these networks, schools will share common problems of practice and work to significantly improve student outcomes.

According to NWCC Director Danette Parsley, the five-year project will offer participants a platform for sharing innovative, research-based, and promising solutions to the challenges they face. “We’re very excited about combining our knowledge of the Northwest region and the needs of our rural schools with the international experience that Drs. Hargreaves and Shirley bring to this project. The collaboration will provide mutually beneficial ways to link rural Northwest schools with their international peers.”

Hargreaves said he was drawn to collaborate with Education Northwest’s NWCC because “this project has the passion, the commitment, the resources, and the timescale to lead the country” in replicating the benefits that shared networks have shown in other parts of the world in terms of raising student achievement and narrowing gaps.

The NWCC will recruit network members from each of our five Northwest states, drawing from state and local education agencies. Participants will help identify and disseminate promising practices and work with NWCC and Boston College to create an infrastructure for maintaining and scaling up their school improvement work. For more information, contact Celeste Janssen.