With ESSA placing states and districts in the driver’s seat when it comes to school improvement, what lessons can be learned from the School Improvement Grant (SIG) program?
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Guest Blogger Jason Younker writes on the challenges colleges face in identifying their American Indian and Alaska Native students and the solution that U of O developed to better serve the community.
Mandy Smoker Broaddus writes on how Montana is creating language-immersion elementary classrooms as one strategy to restore and revitalize Native languages.
The February convening will provide an opportunity for ISN members to share the progress they have made in establishing collaborative leadership within their districts and/or processes they’ve used from either In Praise of American Educators or Leaders Make it Happen. It will also be an opportunity...
Empowering Volunteers and Increasing Impact: Lessons from SMART’s Refreshed Volunteer Training Program
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 effective mentoring services in K-12 school settings. The ABCs of School-Based Mentoring This revised version...
When students are struggling in reading and writing, a promising approach is to emphasize the connections through strategies like sentence starters and mentor texts. Our author gives insights.
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?
Students with dyslexia are intelligent but struggle to "crack the code" of written language. What can educators do to best support them in the classroom?
This report is the first external evaluation of Future Connect. It examines the program’s impact on college performance, progression, persistence, transfer, and completion.
Financial aid helps expand college access but not all eligible students apply. This post explores the barriers students face in applying for aid and provides FAFSA-completion strategies for educators.
Once schools are using data to identify the students at risk of falling through the cracks, what’s the next step? Graduation coaches who help kids cross the graduation stage is one potential solution.
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 opportunity to earn college credit. A growing body of literature has found that accelerated learning...
A few weeks ago, just after the tragedies in Baton Rouge and Dallas, I met informally with some colleagues. Each of us felt a confusing array of pain and numbness. I remember feeling especially unmoored by seemingly endless and totally senseless violence. I told my colleagues about a vulnerable moment I’d experienced recently—something that had really stuck with me in the wake of all the trauma.
What educational barriers do youth face when they enter and exit the juvenile justice system, and how can schools and detention facilities help incarcerated youth keep their education on track?
With raising Oregon high school graduation rate a top priority, we asked Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction Salam Noor a few questions on the direction that the state is taking to make progress in this area.
Mike Siebersma writes about the urgency around boosting Oregon's high school graduation rate and a few of ways Education Northwest is helping form the solution.
What strategies promote teacher collaboration across a school and provide English learners more opportunities for academic success?
How well do students feel they get along with their teachers? Three students from Portland YouthBuilders share experiences on the role that teacher-student relationships have played in their high school education.
What skills can teachers learn to relate better to their students across cultures? Researcher Vicki Nishioka offers strategies to build teacher-student relationships and close the racial discipline gap.
New federal law requires state and local education agencies to engage in "timely and meaningful" consultation with area tribes while preparing and submitting plans for federal programs. But what does “meaningful” consultation look like?
Montana has the best graduation rate in the state's history. State Superintendent Denise Juneau writes about the initiative that brought together educators, communities, educators, nonprofit organizations and businesses to help make that happen.
After fly fishing on Oregon's McKenzie River, Steve Fleischman connects his experience to the Every Student Succeeds Act and the practical choices educators make when determining how rigorous evidence should be when planning their school improvement efforts.
Based on their experiences working with districts in Washington state, researchers David Stevens and Theresa Deussen offer three recommendations for districts on using data to help ensure equitable educational experiences and outcomes for students.
Community college students who transfer to four-year universities have low rates of bachelor’s degree completion. What policy changes does research suggest?
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 exposed to trauma.
How do you scaffold instruction for diverse learners—including English learners—so that all students in your classroom become stronger, more confident writers? Our new customized onsite 6+1 Trait Writing workshop addresses this challenge with evidence-based and easy-to-implement strategies that...
You can have the professional staff at Education Northwest assess your students' writing using 6+1 Trait® Writing. Education Northwest's writing assessors will provide writing assessment scores you can depend on for providing valuable direct student assistance. These assessments yield the essential...
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 Writing throughout a building or district. These coaching and modeling services provide on-the-ground teaching experiences...
We are deeply inspired by the seven people we are honoring as we observe Hispanic Heritage Month. This year, we are focusing on people who are doing meaningful work right now and have the potential to create wonderful legacies as leaders and role models.
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 learner. English and Spanish versions are available.
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 to earn a more-rigorous high school diploma—the Board of Education Recognition Diploma (BOERD). The...
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.
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.
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 graduating from college.
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.
This brief serves as a resource for K–12 districts, state education agencies, higher education institutions and district Title VI Indian education offices.
Join REL Northwest for a free Oct. 4 webinar exploring two programs that have helped underrepresented students earn a degree.
OLN Guest Blogger Carlos Sequeira outlines a new project designed to increase interest among talented and diverse Oregon high school students in becoming teachers.
IYS Night at the Movies is a celebration—a time to recognize the work of the afterschool, mentoring, and youth-development staff in our community. Your dedication is transforming Oregon, one student at a time.
With experience working to improve data use in two southern Oregon school districts, Guest Blogger Todd Bloomquist shares the questions that informed the process and takeaways for districts looking to improve the ways they use data to support student success.
Dr. Ethel Simon-McWilliams, a strong advocate for children and educational equity, died July 12, 2017. She joined Education Northwest (then known as the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory) in 1979 and served as the organization’s executive director/chief executive officer from the mid-1990s...
Jason Neiffer of the Montana Digital Academy writes about new research from REL Northwest that confirms what he's long believed to be a key element for student success in online credit recovery programs.
Springdale Elementary School in Washington state dedicated itself to school improvement through a series of focused change cycles. Did the school's efforts pay off?
Caitlin Scott writes on a new REL Northwest study that uncovers challenges faced by rural schools with School Improvement Grants and shows the promise of technical assistance when it comes to implementing evidence-based strategies.