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

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.
Angela Sandino June 27, 2018
Angela Sandino writes about strategies that school leaders can follow to create optimal conditions for their teachers with English learners in their classrooms.
Art Burke June 12, 2018
On our blog, we discuss a new research-based tool designed to help districts assess their English learner programs—and optimize their support for English learner students.
Chris Spriggs May 29, 2018
For students in a writing class in a rural Idaho high school, sharing writing with peers in other states pushed their comfort zones. What did the students learn from this networking experience?
Nanci Schneider May 18, 2018
Nanci Schneider gives a districts a school improvement formula for juggling local mandates and meeting state standards: Stay focused on student achievement and build a network.
Danette Parsley May 7, 2018
Networks are a promising strategy for rural teachers to overcome the challenges of isolation. Danette Parsley provides three takeaways from our role in establishing a rural network in the Northwest.
Erich Stiefvater and Jennie Fennelle April 17, 2018
When it comes to CTE, what teaching models make a difference? Our bloggers make a case for combining project-based and blended learning models into a powerful CTE teaching approach.
Michelle Hodara April 4, 2018
Going to college makes a significant difference in students' future earnings. Read about how CTE could help energize more Oregon students to pursue a postsecondary path.
Tim Blackburn March 23, 2018
When your goal is to make expanded opportunities for English learners to practice language skills throughout the school day a reality, how do you go about it?
Tim Blackburn March 15, 2018
This is the second in a three-part series on Ontario School District’s “language in the air” approach to creating opportunities for students learning English to practice language throughout the school day. Check out Part 1 and Part 3 to learn more about this project. From the beginning, our partnership with the Ontario School District in Eastern Oregon has focused on improving outcomes for...
Tim Blackburn March 1, 2018
English learners benefit when they have opportunities for language practice throughout the day. What does it take for schools to make this happen?
Mike Siebersma February 27, 2018
For districts and schools hit hard by teacher shortages, there's only so much you can do alone in hiring and keeping high-quality teachers. Mike Siebersma writes on how networks can be the answer.
Phyllis Ault February 21, 2018
The Alaska Statewide Mentor Project has positive effects on the retention of new teachers and student achievement. What can other states take away from what Alaska is doing?
Raúl Sital February 5, 2018
How does an eastern Washington high school build and retain an exceptional and diverse teaching staff despite challenges? Pasco High School Principal Raúl Sital shares his approach.
Lauren Bates January 30, 2018
One reason that hate groups are on the rise may be that they provide their members a sense of belonging they are not finding elsewhere. What can educators do to help reverse this trend?
Karyn Lewis January 26, 2018
Part 3 of our blog series offers considerations for selecting an SEL measurement tool that works best for your needs.
Karyn Lewis January 24, 2018
When it comes to selecting which SEL skills to measure, local priorities should guide your thinking. Part 2 in our blog series.
Karyn Lewis January 11, 2018
SEL is critical to student success, but how do you know your supports are working? On our blog, Researcher Karyn Lewis walks you through key considerations on how to measure SEL.
Danette Parsley November 7, 2017
As school improvement evolves, what recent strategies should keep going strong?