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Our Northwest Matters blog discusses ideas and innovations in education from a Northwest perspective. Opinions do not necessarily reflect the views of the organization.

Mandy Smoker Broaddus May 12, 2020
It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness. This phrase resonates now more than ever. It also describes the way Native communities have been showing up for education during the COVID-19 pandemic—tribal elders, leaders, advocates, and educators have been finding creative ways to engage learners. From Indigenous language lessons streamed via Facebook Live to American Indian history...
Mandy Smoker Broaddus April 30, 2020
The sudden pivot to online teaching comes with plenty of challenges, but teachers may be further ahead than they realize because they have already built relationships with their students. Mandy Smoker Broaddus explores different tools and resources to build upon that foundation.
Patty Wood April 30, 2020
As we move from weeks to months of social distancing, school closures, and remote work—and we envision an education system fundamentally changed by the COVID-19 pandemic—Education Northwest is responding to our partners’ changing needs. Today, school and district leaders have transitioned from the initial necessity of meeting essential basic needs to delivering remote educational services in a...
Steve Klein and Richard Kincaid April 23, 2020
The U.S. educational system is now experiencing a test run for the future. COVID-19 has demonstrated that despite the widespread use of online learning in many educational settings, we are still woefully unprepared to meet the needs of all students in such an environment. When students do return to the physical classroom, educators will likely face additional challenges—both academic and...
Jacqueline Raphael April 9, 2020
Children typically learn best through a combination of whole-class, group, and individual learning activities—using a computer, if available, simply as a tool. But COVID-19 has turned our schools (and world) upside down, requiring many students to work primarily alone from home on a computer. In addition, as more states extend their school closures and remote learning becomes a new reality,...
Patty Wood March 17, 2020
To our partners, clients, and friends, As we enter uncharted waters and learn as a society how to cope with the realities and requirements of living through the COVID-19 pandemic, I want to share what we are doing at Education Northwest. Like you, we are prioritizing the health and safety of our employees, their families, and our community at large. As such, we are following public health...
Michelle Hodara January 23, 2020
Transferring from a community college to a university can be challenging. Without adequate support—as well as practices and policies that set them up for success—community college students may struggle to transfer and earn a bachelor’s degree. According to the Beginning Postsecondary Student study , which has been surveying first-time undergraduates since 1989, over 70 percent of first-time...
Jacob Williams September 11, 2019
Math success for students with learning disabilities and struggling learners starts with solid teaching practices combined with necessary, specially designed teaching adjustments.
Marybeth Flachbart August 26, 2019
Teachers can create a rich learning experience for everyone by providing the necessary accommodations for students with dyslexia, while also embracing their unique skills and perspectives.
Sarah Pierce August 5, 2019
Understanding how to integrate different approaches can go a long way toward helping students of color build a sense of belonging at school.
Jacqueline Raphael July 17, 2019
In a summer reflection blog post, Jacqueline Raphael discusses teaching students writing as a craft and how that might look in the classroom.
Tim Blackburn May 13, 2019
With more English learners in American schools, it's important to equip teachers to make learning accessible for all students. A new tool for coaching teachers can help schools meet this challenge.
Mandy Smoker Broaddus May 3, 2019
Mandy Smoker Broaddus writes about Oregon S.B. 13 as a way for tribal peoples to have their presence validated across the state and in classrooms.
Jason Greenberg Motamedi February 27, 2019
Hiring more teachers of color benefits all students academically and builds the school community—and it's the right thing to do.
Ira Pollack February 12, 2019
Ready Services can bring the same value as having your own research librarian on staff. Our goal: Help educators make informed decisions about policies and practices.
Vicki Nishioka February 5, 2019
How can teachers reach all their students—including students from cultural backgrounds different from their own?
Danette Parsley January 31, 2019
Intermediary partners can have a strong, positive impact on education networks. What are the qualities that make a good intermediary?
Michelle Clement Taylor, Timothy McNeely and Hilda Rosselli January 28, 2019
Bringing people together Is an investment that pays off—but how do you cover costs to build educator networks?
Jacqueline Raphael January 8, 2019
Jacqueline Raphael highlights a set of best practices that emerging networks can follow and makes a case for using an experienced intermediary organization to serve as the network's “backbone.”
Steve Klein December 12, 2018
Reauthorization of federal CTE legislation offers states an opportunity to rethink their CTE performance indicators. Steve Klein provides a set of principles to help guide states' work.
Sonta Hamilton Roach November 30, 2018
Sonta Hamilton Roach writes about creating an education system that embraces culture and fits the needs of students, families and community members.
Mandy Smoker Broaddus November 28, 2018
Mandy Smoker Broaddus shares a set of steps that can make an immediate impact in helping American Indian and Alaska Native students, families and community members feel welcome at school.
Mandy Smoker Broaddus November 27, 2018
Centering cultural responsiveness on youth, families and elders and making cultural connections across the curriculum are two of the family engagement strategies shared in this blog post.
Mandy Smoker Broaddus November 26, 2018
Culturally responsive systems are the key to improving outcomes for American Indian and Alaska Native students in school and in life.
Shadiin Garcia November 16, 2018
Teachers can engage in self-education and open up their classrooms to culture in forming strategies to end persistent and damaging stereotypes.
Elijah Moreno November 5, 2018
Legislation that establishes tribal K-12 schools is a step toward honoring meaningful self-determination policy for Native people. It's also a way to emphasize Native culture and improve student outcomes.
Tim Blackburn October 30, 2018
Building the academic vocabulary of English learner students while teaching math or history can be a heavy lift for teachers. Tim Blackburn writes about an approach a California high school is adopting.
Rosie Santana September 24, 2018
During Hispanic Heritage Month, Rosie Santana considers the contributions of Latinx culture to public education.
Celeste Janssen September 6, 2018
Youth program partnerships can help districts and schools accomplish more than what they can do alone. How can you build your capacity to manage them?
Steve Fleischman July 18, 2018
Steve Fleischman recommends Wildflowers, by Jonathan P. Raymond—a book that illuminates how a district put its whole-child credo into action and may inspire you to do more and better.