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When it comes to confronting bullying and harassment in schools, students have the power. That was the message behind a forum for students from across the Portland metropolitan area, sponsored by the Region X Equity Assistance Center at Education Northwest in collaboration with the U.S. Attorney’s...
How can Oregon’s education leaders best use evidence to serve their students? Governor John A. Kitzhaber, M.D. will address this timely topic at the Oregon Leadership Network (OLN) Fall Institute on December 3, 2013 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. In addition to Governor Kitzhaber, OLN...
Tribal representatives from across the country gathered November 3, in Rapid City, South Dakota, for a common cause: examining how our education system incorporates indigenous language and culture and what research could help increase and improve those efforts. Convened by REL Northwest with REL...
Recent efforts by states to make their educator accountability systems more rigorous represent a “seismic shift rarely seen in education,” according to the National Council on Teacher Quality. Northwest states are among those now requiring districts to incorporate multiple measures of effectiveness...
Education leaders should approach school improvement and other complex situations by intentionally balancing tensions, or seemingly opposing approaches, to optimize desired results. That approach has been dubbed “ In tension” by the authors of a new Lessons Learned , a series that captures...
Ensuring equitable opportunities for Oregon students is “absolutely essential” work, Governor John A. Kitzhaber, M.D. told the crowd at the Oregon Leadership Network (OLN) Fall Institute last week in Portland. In addition to Governor Kitzhaber, the 300 OLN members in attendance heard from Rob...
Patty Wood, School Board Member Representative from the Kelso School District in Washington state, has joined the Education Northwest Board of Directors . Wood is one of 23 directors guiding our work to transform teaching and learning in the Northwest region and beyond. I am very pleased to be...
In early January, the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice released a school discipline guidance package to help states, districts, and schools enhance school climate and make sure their policies and practices comply with federal law. Significant numbers of students miss...
Across the country, researchers, practitioners, and policymakers are partnering to address critical local education issues. These research-practice partnerships, or research alliances, are designed to promote the use of evidence that’s relevant, timely, and user friendly. REL Northwest, a project...
Data compiled by Education Northwest researchers show a significant shift in student demographics in our region in recent years. Most notably, the number of Hispanic students has nearly quadrupled in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, and Washington, increasing from 106,000 in 1992–93 to 395,000 in 2012–13.
Native American students have the lowest graduation rate among all racial and ethnic groups in the Northwest, a dire fact that fueled the conversation at a recent meeting convened by the Northwest Comprehensive Center (NWCC). Concerned Indian education coordinators from Alaska, Idaho, Montana,...
A snowstorm may have hit the Pacific Northwest recently, but the winter weather didn’t stop a group of dedicated practitioners from meeting to address a growing concern: the lack of minority educators in Oregon. Founded with the purpose of developing a plan to meet the goals of the Oregon Minority...
Northwest schools are serving an increasingly diverse population. Some districts, such as those found in the South Seattle area, may have as many as 90 different languages spoken among students. Consequently, school staff faces the challenge of accurately entering data for students whose names may...
Latest REL Northwest Study Finds Little Connection Between Teacher Perceptions of School Effectiveness and Student Outcomes Policymakers and educators frequently use teacher perception surveys to inform state and local school improvement efforts. However, a new REL Northwest study of Idaho schools...
Education Northwest’s work in school improvement, English learner instruction, and equity will be highlighted at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) , April 3–7 in Philadelphia. One of the premier research gatherings in the nation, this year’s event focuses...
Education Northwest is pleased to announce that Nettie Legters, a nationally recognized leader in education research and school improvement, will join the organization in July to lead a variety of secondary school reform initiatives. Steve Fleischman, Education Northwest’s CEO, said, “The...
Assessing Mathematical Understanding is a set of mathematics assessments for kindergarten and first-grade students that provides both cumulative data about students’ progress over time and in-depth diagnostic information. Aligned with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, it is intended...
A major hurdle to postsecondary success is students’ lack of academic preparedness for college-level math. A number of studies of incoming community and four-year college students show that referral rates for developmental (or remedial) math far outpace those for developmental English. Education Northwest researcher Michelle Hodara has examined the problem and investigated three types of interventions and reforms to address under-preparedness and to foster college math success.
Education Northwest is pleased to welcome five new members to our Board of Directors at a meeting in Portland September 25–27. Nominated and elected by 920 member organizations from throughout the Northwest, the directors govern Education Northwest’s operations and represent the educational...
Currently no federal laws directly address bullying. However, under civil rights laws, schools that receive federal funds are required to respond to discriminatory harassment: situations where a student is bullied because of race, national origin, color, sex, age, disability, or religion. Educators...
A solid grasp of mathematical concepts is a proven predictor of later academic success for children. However, a national study has found that most kindergarten teachers spend substantial time teaching math concepts that are too basic for most students. How can teachers optimize instructional time...
Last week, the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) welcomed 17 guests, including three representatives from REL Northwest , to participate in a focus group on the usability, relevance, and accessibility of Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) and What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) products and...
Olga Vargas, formerly of Texas Instruments, has joined Education Northwest as Director of Communications & Marketing. Mike Siebersma has been named NWCC Director.
Education Northwest is continuing work on the Northwest Rural Innovation and Student Engagement (NW RISE) Network, an innovative collaboration through which members will share problems of practice and work to improve student outcomes.
Approximately half of all undergraduates and 70 percent of community college students take at least one remedial course, according to a U.S. Department of Education study. Unfortunately, many of these students never move beyond their placement in remediation. A 2006 sample from the National Educational Longitudinal Study shows only about a quarter of community college students who take a remedial course earn a college degree within eight years. These findings point to a significant need to transform remedial education to help more students complete postsecondary education.
With all but a handful of states having adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), schools and districts nationwide are now working to ensure effective implementation. The standards demand that all students have access to the high-quality instruction needed to meet college- and career-ready...
“Much like emergency systems that sound a warning of natural disasters, such as hurricanes or tsunamis, educational EWS [early warning systems] signal school staff that action is needed to mitigate undesirable outcomes,” according to Education Northwest’s Sarah Frazelle and Rhonda Barton, authors...
Education Northwest’s work to improve equity, STEM education, and student writing will be prominently featured July 16–19, 2013, at the 28th annual Pacific Educational Conference—the premiere professional development event for educators in the Western Pacific.
Results just in from the Wolf Point School District in Montana show that Education Northwest’s technical assistance is helping to make a difference in improving student outcomes. The number of junior high students scoring below proficiency on the state assessment went down substantially during the...
“This is our moment,” proclaimed Michele McLaughlin, president of the Washington, D.C.-based Knowledge Alliance (KA), in two presentations June 25 and 28 to Education Northwest staff and board members. McLaughlin was referring to increasing recognition that policy and practice informed by evidence...
What are the most effective uses of college readiness indicators? Jenny Nagaoka of the Consortium on Chicago School Research (CCSR) and Dr. Susan Fairchild of New Visions for Public Schools responded to that question in a webinar earlier this month. “Staying on Track for College Readiness,” funded...
On June 19, 2013, Education Northwest announced the appointment, effective immediately, of Dr. Danette Parsley to serve as the organization’s Chief Program Officer, and Ms. Joy Bell to serve as its Chief Operating Officer. These are new executive positions in the organization. Parsley, who...
What does postsecondary success mean in Alaska? More than 30 Alaska State Policy Research Alliance (ASPRA) members, education policymakers, and other stakeholders gathered in Anchorage earlier this month to delve into this topic and break ground on a statewide indicator system for monitoring...
If you are a teacher of grades 3–12, special education, or English language learners; literacy coach or trainer; curriculum specialist; or school or district administrator, we can help you prepare for the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
Education Northwest’s Caitlin Scott was honored by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) as the 2013 Emerging Scholar in School Turnaround and Reform. Scott received the award at AERA’s annual meeting in April because of her contributions to school turnaround research and evaluation...
“Equity is about giving people what they need,” Dr. Patrick Camangian of the University of San Francisco told members of the Oregon Leadership Network (OLN) at the Governor Hotel in Portland on April 10th. The keynote speaker at the OLN 2013 Spring Institute, Camangian addressed the theme of the...
Education Northwest’s work in school improvement, equity, and STEM will be highlighted at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), April 27–May 1 in San Francisco. One of the premier research gatherings in the nation, this year’s event focuses on “Education and...
In 1972, the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory received funding from the National Institute of Education for the development of a community-based reading and language arts program especially for Indian children. Twelve Northwest Indian reservations actively participated in the program from...

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