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Scoring With 6+1 Trait Writing
Whether you’re just starting with the 6+1 Trait® model or want a refresher on scoring, our assessment experts are here to help. We can score writing samples from your own students to...
6+1 Trait Writing Training/Coaching
To help your teachers with online or face-to-face writing instruction, we provide on-site, virtual, and blended professional development for teachers at all levels of experience. Our training is...
6+1 Trait Writing Resources
As schools and districts increasingly take a cross-curricular approach to improving student writing skills, it’s more important than ever that students get clear, consistent feedback from all...
What are the Traits?
The 6+1 Trait® Writing Model of Instruction & Assessment comprises 6+1 key qualities that define quality writing. These are: Ideas—the main message...
6+1 Trait Writing Research
Evidence on the Importance of Writing Writing skills are important for an increasing number of jobs (National Commission on Writing 2004; Executive Office of the President...
Latinx Heritage Month Teaching Resources to Use All Year Long
Need a starting point to make your teaching more inclusive of Latinx communities? See our list of resources for lesson plans, activities, documentaries, art, and more.
How to Level Up Your Online Conferences
This infographic offers a checklist for making virtual conferences and meetings just as engaging and useful as in-person events. Learn how to level up your next online conference.
Accelerated Learning in Oregon: Regional Promise Evaluation
To help achieve Oregon’s high school and postsecondary education completion goals, the state has been expanding its investment in accelerated learning options that give high school students the...
Lesson Study Resources
Lesson Study is a structured, collaborative professional development intervention with evidence showing that it improves mathematics instruction among K-12 teachers. Lesson Study provides a...
Harnessing State Longitudinal Data Systems to Assess Career and Technical Education Outcomes
States are developing comprehensive educational data systems that contain a wealth of student data spanning the pre-K, K-12, and postsecondary education systems.
Adapting Lesson Study for Community College Math Instruction
The Community College Research Center and Education Northwest are collaborating to adapt a pilot project at three community colleges in Oregon to test the usefulness of the lesson study...
Mathematics Interventions: What Strategies Work for Struggling Learners or Students With Learning Disabilities?
Check out these studies and resources that can help math teachers employ solid teaching practices to support students who are struggling in math and students with learning disabilities.
Early Learning Resources
Provide better support to early learning programs and kindergarten transitions with these resources from Education Northwest and REL Northwest.
Promoting Success for Teachers of English Learners: A Coaching Tool
Partners from CCSSO, AIR and Education Northwest adapted two widely used teacher evaluation and support systems into new resources for teachers with English learners in their classrooms.
Effective Schooling Practices: A Research Synthesis 1995 Update
This classic research synthesis by Researcher Kathleen Cotton cites classroom, school, and district practices that research has shown to foster positive student achievement, attitudes and social...
Monitoring Student Learning in the Classroom
This classic brief looks at the research on activities pursued by teachers to keep track of student learning for purposes of making instructional decisions and providing student feedback.
This classic brief reviews research on the relationship between teachers' classroom questioning behaviors and a variety of student outcomes, including achievement, retention and participation.
Parent Involvement in Education
This classic 1989 brief from researchers Kathleen Cotton and Karen Reed Wikelund remains widely cited and circulated more than 20 years after original publication.
Placing students into small groups can be a powerful approach to stimulate learning. This resource serves educators looking to improve classroom instruction through small-group student learning.
Increasing Student Attendance: Strategies from Research and Practice
This 2004 booklet presents some research-based ideas as a starting place for those who want to develop better policies and practices to support student attendance.
English Language Development Minutes, Models, and Outcomes: Beaverton School District
English Language Learner (ELL) students bring substantial assets such as bilingualism and biculturalism to communities and classrooms, yet their educational achievement is often lower than that of...
Resources for Recruiting, Hiring and Retaining Teachers of Color
With a growing body of research showing the positive impact of diverse teachers on students outcomes, what does the research say on strategies for hiring more teachers of color?
Resources for Building Teacher-Student Relationships
Check out this collection of blog posts, videos, education research and websites to help teachers strengthen their relationships with all their students.
Checklist: What Network Organizers Should Look for in an Intermediary
Intermediary organizations that serve as the hub or backbone of an education network can be integral to a network’s success. Use this checklist to assess whether a potential intermediary partner...
What the Research Says on Engaging Native Families
Our librarians compiled this list of evidence-based resources containing information on what changes schools can make to create a more welcoming school climate and increase the engagement of...
What the Research Says on Cyberbullying and Electronic Aggression
Cyberbullying, or electronic aggression, is unwanted behavior by a student or group of students that occurs through email, chat rooms, instant message, websites or social media. Like in-person...
6+1 Trait Rubrics
Education Northwest has refined and updated the 6+1 Trait® rubrics that that specify how to assess the quality of student writing and tailor instruction to students’ needs.
How Long Does It Take Beginning English Learners to Become English Language Proficient? What the Research Says
This list of available recent studies and articles on time to reclassification for English learners can help inform processes such as program planning and resource allocation.
What the Research Says on Supporting the Social and Emotional Well-Being of Students
Research shows that developing students' social and emotional skills can lead to better academic and life outcomes. Check out this collection of recent, readily available studies and articles.
Exploring Youth Voice and Youth-Adult Partnership
An effective and evidence-based way to improve schools, nonprofits, and government agencies is to make decisions in partnership with those being served. This six-page resource provides an...
What the Research Says on Instruction for English Learners Across Subject Areas
English learners need to develop math and reading skills as well as their knowledge of social studies and science—even while learning English. Find out what the research says on this topic.
What Language Arts Teachers Should Know About Teaching English Learners
English learners benefit from the same approach to reading and writing as their peers but need additional supports. Find out what language arts teachers can do to support their English learners.
What Math Teachers Should Know About Teaching English Learners
Math has its own language, and English learners often struggle to understand math concepts in this language. What can math teachers do to help their English learner students succeed?
What Social Studies Teachers Should Know About Teaching English Learners
The density and complexity of social science textbooks and other texts can be particularly challenging for English learners. What principles and strategies can social studies teachers employ?
What Science Teachers Should Know About Teaching English Learners
Science inquiry poses particular linguistic challenges for English learners. Learn a few principles and strategies for effectively teaching science to students learning English.
What All Teachers Should Know About Instruction For English Language Learners
Learn about the five key principles that all teachers should know about second-language acquisition and the academic challenges English learners face.
Rubric for District English Learner Programs
Designed to help districts assess and optimize their English learner (EL) services, this research-based tool contains 71 items organized into eight sections that address key components of a...
Five Characteristics of Successful Education Networks and Five Tips to Achieve Them
What does a high-performing education network look like, and what steps can emerging networks take to get there?
Guiding Questions for Starting a Professional Learning Network
When forming a professional learning network, how do you ensure your efforts are meaningful and sustainable? This resource will help you start your network with a clear purpose and solid direction...
What the Research Says on Professional Learning Networks and Communities
Our librarians compiled this list of readily available, recent studies and articles that leaders can draw from when forming new collaboratives or enhancing existing ones.
What the Research Says About Summer Melt
According to a study, 10 to 20 percent of students who enroll in college do not end up attending in the fall. Summer melt is even more prevalent for low-income students, students in large urban...
What the Research Says on Career Technical Education (CTE): Updated
Our librarians recently compiled this list of the latest studies and resources that states, districts and schools can draw from to create and improve CTE programs.
Measuring Social and Emotional Learning: A Brief Guide
Think through important decisions on why to measure SEL, how to use SEL data and which skills, mindsets and capacities are appropriate to measure with this informative two-page guide.
What Is the Evidence for an Uninterrupted, 90-Minute Literacy Instruction Block?
This brief provides educators with the background, rationale and evidence for implementing an uninterrupted, 90-minute literacy block as part of a comprehensive approach to teaching reading in...
Mentoring Early Career Teachers in Urban Alaska
What difference does a teacher-mentoring program make on early career teachers in Alaska in terms of teacher retention, instructional practice and the academic performance of their students?
Trauma-Informed Practices for Postsecondary Education: A Guide
Raise your awareness on trauma in postsecondary education institutions and how trauma affects learning and development and learn strategies to work effectively with college students who have been...
How Future Connect is Improving College Success Through Comprehensive Advising and Financial Support
This report is the first external evaluation of Future Connect. It examines the program’s impact on college performance, progression, persistence, transfer, and completion.
Obscured Identities: Improving the Accuracy of Identification of American Indian and Alaska Native Students
This brief serves as a resource for K–12 districts, state education agencies, higher education institutions and district Title VI Indian education offices.
Changing the Conversation
This brief shares key findings from a case study of how Highline Public Schools and its community partners have contributed to the Road Map Project.
Understanding and Cultivating Social Emotional Learning
Want to learn the basics of social and emotional learning? Download this primer to learn concepts you can use to help students develop “nonacademic skills” and reach their full potential.
Early Findings on Oregon’s New College Grant Program
This report explores the implementation and signs of progress of Oregon Promise in its first year.
A Case Study of Developmental Education Redesign at Two Oregon Community Colleges
Find out about the progress community colleges in Oregon are making to support students who are traditionally required to take developmental education courses and face a high risk for not...
A Practitioner’s Guide to Educating Traumatized Children
The presence of traumatized children in our schools is nothing new, but research now shows us how we, as educators, can moderate the effects of trauma on students' ability to learn.
Getting Ahead With Dual Credit: Dual-Credit Participation, Outcomes, and Opportunities in Idaho
This REL Northwest report provides a portrait of dual-credit participation rates and trends in Idaho between the 2011–12 and 2014–15 school years.
What Does the Research Say About Barriers to FAFSA Completion and Strategies to Boost Completion?
Roughly one-third of students who did not file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly known as the FAFSA, would have been eligible for a Federal Pell Grant, which provides aid for...
The Impact of the Step Up Scholars Program on College Readiness and Success
Spearheaded by GEAR UP Hawai'i, the Step Up Scholars program was a statewide campaign and program that encouraged Hawai'i public school students in the graduating Classes of 2013, 2014, and 2015...
Parent Guide for English Learners—English and Spanish versions
This guide provides basic information for families of English learners and helps you talk with your child’s school, ask the right questions, and support your child on their journey as an English...
Culturally Responsive Teaching: A Guide to Evidence-Based Practices for Teaching All Students Equitably
Addressing the unique needs of students from diverse backgrounds is one of the major challenges facing public education today because many teachers are inadequately prepared with the relevant...
Fostering a Safe and Bias-Free Learning Environment: A Guide for Educators
One form of bullying, harassment, or discrimination often can lead to another. This guide uncovers similarities in the causes, types and responses to different forms of bias and the legal aspects...
National Collaborative Webinar Series for Mentoring Programs
The Institute for Youth Success (IYS) at Education Northwest is a a lead organizer of the National...
Podcasts for Mentoring and Youth Development Programs
The Institute for Youth Success (IYS) has been supporting youth programs since our inception as the Oregon Mentoring Initiative in 2002. Today, as part of Education Northwest, we work with more...
Youth Worker Symposium 2015
On October 15, 2015 youth development staff from across Oregon attended a Youth Worker Symposium in Portland, Oregon hosted by the Institute for Youth Success at Education Northwest. The event was...
Expanding Opportunities to Earn College Credit at Rural Title I High Schools in Hawaiʻi
A Case Study of Dual-Credit Programs GEAR UP Hawai‘i is committed to improving low-income high school students’ access to college courses and, as a...
Kaiser Permanente Health Care Career Scholarship Program
Perspectives on the Scholarship and an Evaluation of Its Impact The Kaiser Permanente Health Care Career Scholarship Program began offering scholarships to students in the graduating...
Oregon Students Have PEP!
Helping Students Plan Through Personalized Learning Education Northwest's Rhonda Barton, Michelle Hodara, and Nora Ostler...
What District and School Leaders Can Do To Prepare Rural Students for a Brighter Future
This brief outlines steps district and school leaders can take to expand science, technology, engineering and mathematics opportunities for students through school-community partnerships.
Coaching and Modeling With 6+1 Trait Writing
Our most experienced facilitators provide direct classroom modeling, observations, and other coaching and support to guarantee the highest levels of implementation of 6+1 Trait®...
Does Developmental Education Improve Labor Market Outcomes? Evidence From Two States
Findings from two large community college systems show that completing developmental education courses in reading and writing leads to an increase in earnings, suggesting that developmental...
Native Hawaiian Students’ Achievement Gap in Reading: A Longitudinal Study From Hawaii
This paper looks at reading performance and the achievement gaps between Native Hawaiian students and their white peers with an eye toward informing policy.
A Practitioner’s Guide To Implementing Early Warning Systems
This guide from REL Northwest provides implementation strategies based on the experiences and recommendations of early warning systems practitioners throughout the United States.
Crosswalk Between 6+1 Traits and CCSS English Language Arts Standards for Writing and Language
This Traits-Common Core State Standards crosswalk provides a side-by-side comparison between the content of the 6+1 Traits and the first three CCSS writing standards for grades 11–12.
The Step Up Scholars Program: Perspectives on Its History and Impact
One approach to improve the college and career readiness of American students is to increase the rigor of the high school diploma requirements so that they align with the knowledge and skills...
Leveraging Community College-High School Partnerships to Improve College Preparation
This case study spotlights the promises and challenges of a high school-community college collaboration in Hawaii, the goal of which is to better prepare secondary students for postsecondary...
Credit for Proficiency
This study addresses the impact of the Road Map World Language Credit Program on students’ attitudes toward bilingualism and school.
Overcoming the Challenges of School Improvement Through a Research-Based, Collaborative Approach
Whether driven by inherent challenges affecting student performance or simply an aspiration to excel, schools want to do better. The challenge is finding a way to get there.
Equity Priorities in the Northwest and Pacific: A Regional Dialogue
The promise of a public education is that all students will have access to high-quality learning opportunities. Accomplishing this requires collective and coherent action to increase system...
Preparing High School Students for the Challenges of Postsecondary Math
In the January 2014 issue of Principal’s Research Review, two Education Northwest authors discuss the research on how to better prepare students for college mathematics. Large numbers of...
Equity Assistance Centers Support the Common Core State Standards
How the Common Core Must Ensure Equity by Fully Preparing Every Student for Postsecondary Success Recommendations from the Regional Equity Assistance Centers on...
Moving the Needle: Exploring Key Levers to Boost College Readiness Among Black and Latino Males in New York City
Improving college readiness rates, especially for young men of color, requires an understanding of the challenges they face, and of the levers that might serve to increase college readiness and...
Lessons on Leading for Equity
This April 2013 article in Principal Leadership, written by Rob Larson and Rhonda Barton, looks at...
This April 2013 article in Principal Leadership, written by OLN alliance researcher Vicki Nishioka, examines the research on disparities in exclusionary discipline policies and practices.
Prevention of Bullying in Schools, Colleges, and Universities
Bullying presents one of the greatest health risks to children, youth, and young adults in U.S. society. It is pernicious in its impact even if often less visible and less readily identifiable...
The following resources, developed by our National Mentoring Center project (1998-2012) can help school administrators and staff, as well as their community partners, design and implement...
Specialized Mentoring Models
In recent years, youth mentoring has diversified in the types of youth populations being served and the settings for the delivery of program services. These resources, developed by our National...
The Impact of Professional Learning Communities
What truly characterizes a professional learning community? And, more important, How can PLCs improve teacher practice and student learning?
Figuring Out Grade Configurations
In the May 2012 issue of NASSP's Principal's Research Review, the longtime topic of grade configuration is explored. The writers, Rhonda Barton and Jennifer Klump of Education Northwest,...
Common Core State Standards Samples of Student Writing, Scored With a 6+1 Trait Rubric
This collection of K–12 student papers and the accompanying annotations come from Appendix C: Samples of Student Writing of the Common...
Leadership for Equity
This March 2012 NASSP Principal’s Research Review, written by Education Northwest’s Rhonda Barton and Rob Larson, looks at strategies for improving educational equity. With racial and...
A Closer Look at the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics
An introductory module that will assist teachers, administrators, and leaders of kindergarten through high school in building an understanding of the Common Core State Standards for mathematics.
What Does Research Say About School District Consolidation?
The Ask A REL Reference Desk provides education stakeholders from the Northwest region with prompt, authoritative, and...
How Small Schools Grew Up and Got Serious (But Didn’t Lose Their Spunk)
“How Small Schools Grew Up and Got Serious (But Didn’t Lose Their Spunk)” is in the December 2010/January 2011 issue of Kappan Magazine. Written by Education Northwest’s high school redesign...
The Complexities of Integrating Data-Driven Decision Making into Professional Preparation in Schools of Education: It’s Harder Than You Think
Data-driven decision making has become a national education priority. But do educators have the capacity to understand the data and use them appropriately to make instructional improvements? What...
Spotlight on the Common Core State Standards–What Do Teachers Need To Know?
A series published by Education Northwest to keep regional stakeholders informed about the Common Core initiative.
Read Right Evaluation
This report describes how students increased their reading comprehension after one semester of tutoring with Read Right, a nationally used intervention program that supplements regular English...
The Top Priority: Teacher Learning
When collaboration is embedded in teachers’ work and supported by leadership, meaningful professional learning and improved teaching follow. School redesign demands that practitioners make...
Improving the Quality and Use of Postsecondary Data
In response to the challenges of collecting data on post secondary outcomes, this guide helps high schools identify efficient and cost-effective strategies to find out what happens to their...
Experimental Study on the Impact of the 6+1 Trait® Writing Model on Student Achievement in Writing
This report presents the results of a study that examined the efficacy of professional development for teachers using the 6+1 Trait Writing model with respect to improving student writing skills....
Creating Instructional Program Coherence
This September 2008 issue of the NASSP Principal's Research Review discusses how and why schools that build a coherent instructional program through common frameworks for curriculum,...
Building Trusting Relationships for School Improvement: Implications for Principals and Teachers
This resource examines the issue of trust within the context of school improvement, looking specifically at teacher-teacher and teacher-principal relationships.
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