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As most folks know, Montana is geographically large. As a result, it’s not always easy to attend conferences across the state. For that reason, many districts provide practical and closer-to-home options for employees to obtain training to fulfill their required in-service hours. Several years ago...
Have you seen The Maze Runner ? Here is a spoiler alert. I have not, so don’t read any further if you’re looking to learn more about this popular movie or book series. Sorry. However, hearing about the movie reminded me how much the effort to improve low-performing schools feels like trying to get...
Join the Institute for Youth Success at Education Northwest for a series of professional development opportunities designed for youth program staff. Intro to Active Participatory Approach—Free! July 19 (Portland, Ore., location TBA, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.) How do young people learn? Is your program...
Congratulations to Tacoma Public Schools Superintendent and Education Northwest Board Member Carla Santorno who received a 2016 Women in School Leadership Award at the American Association of School Administrators national conference in Phoenix in February.
Registration Open October 17–18, 2016 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Education Northwest, Portland, Oregon Want to learn how to set the conditions required for effective discussion and collaboration focused on equity work — and gain the essential knowledge and skills for responding to groups’ unique dynamics...
Forest Grove School District Superintendent Yvonne Curtis writes the latest entry in the Oregon Leadership Network's new, monthly blog series. Albert Einstein once said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. In the Forest Grove School...
As a former teacher, I often run into adults I taught years ago when they were children and marvel at what they’ve achieved. Sometimes my mind scrambles, though, to square the confident, accomplished person in front of me with the child who struggled to write an expository paragraph or make sense...
Join us as we look back on our first 50 years with a new video featuring the voices of Education Northwest staff members describing how their work connects to civil rights by striving to create equitable opportunities for all students and a timeline of the major national and regional milestones that show how Education Northwest’s work has evolved since 1966.
Joyce Harris, community outreach manager at Education Northwest, received a lifetime achievement award from the Portland Human Rights Commission on Dec. 2 at the Emily G. Gottfried Human Rights Awards ceremony.
Do you all remember the classic “Now & Later” chewy candy? After having gone many years without popping one of those tasty morsels in my mouth, I thought about the candy as I began to write this post about Education Northwest’s school improvement approach, called Success Now! In this data-rich...
This is the first entry in the Oregon Leadership Network's monthly blog series. Future posts will cover discipline policy and practice, high school success, English learners, and other topics related to building the capacity of education leaders to sustain research-based equitable practices across...
Like many educators, I try to take time in the summer to reflect and recharge. For many of you, a new school year is about to begin—or already has. For others, the summer break will last just a few more weeks. I know that when I taught, this was when I asked myself, “How can I do better by my...
It’s easy to understand why teachers are not always thrilled when they learn their district is considering using value-added models to help evaluate their effectiveness. One concern teachers may have about any system that rates them based on their students’ performance is, What if, by design or...
What I remember most from when my kid was starting kindergarten is the anxiety. We didn’t know the school as well as we would have liked, didn’t know the staff, or even the name of our son’s teacher. The orientation materials arrived in the mail just before the school year started and didn’t answer...
Flowers as symbols of life and hope This summer, we observe the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I. My grandfather fought in that war. One of my most prized possessions is a commemorative picture of him (he’s on the right) and his friend, taken just before they left for the front...
This year, on July 2, we will mark the 50th anniversary of the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. For me, as director of the Region X Equity Assistance Center, it is another landmark because the Equity Assistance Centers were created in the Civil Rights Act as Desegregation Assistance Centers...
Is there a recipe for a “super teacher” when it comes to helping English language learner (ELL) students develop academic English skills? That question is important throughout the nation, as the proportion of ELL students has climbed by almost 64 percent from 1994–95 to 2009–10. During the same 15-...
Findings and recommendations from a 10-state study Community colleges are the first point of access to higher education for millions of students looking for an affordable path to a bachelor’s degree. Nearly half of community college students are the first in their families to go to college, and...
Does our fear of failure stifle our creativity and innovation? Focusing on failure may seem like an odd way to inaugurate a blog on strengthening schools and communities. But failure is a significant and everyday fact of life. As the pizza lovers among you might know, one major takeout chain has...
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 than 190 youth programs that support kids by building a strong connection to an adult or older peer. For...
The Institute for Youth Success (IYS) at Education Northwest is a a lead organizer of the National Collaborative Webinar Series . Each month, we partner with MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota, and Friends for Youth to deliver a free, monthly webinar...
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 broadcast via live steam and featured a keynote from Karen Pittman. Karen Pittman is our country's...
Join the The Institute for Youth Success at Education Northwest for the Together We Thrive Luncheon and help us transform outcomes for Oregon youth. Keynote Speakers Cameron Knowles marks his fifth season as an assistant coach for the Timbers in 2016. A former defender for the second-division...
Education Northwest Community Outreach Manager Joyce Harris and two others have won the 2016 awards for public service given annually by the University of Oregon Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management and the department’s advisory council. Harris will be honored in a ceremony on May 19 on the University of Oregon campus.
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 class of 2009 to help students pursue a postsecondary education and join the health care workforce. Specifically,...
Helping Students Plan Through Personalized Learning Education Northwest's Rhonda Barton, Michelle Hodara , and Nora Ostler contributed this article on Oregon's online Personal Education Plan (PEP) to the March 2015 edition of Principal Leadership . The PEP is part of a process of personalized...
From Familiar to Unfamiliar: Pre-reading Scaffolds That Connect Students From What They Know to What They Don't Know Yet May 9 , 2016 Presenter: Tim Blackburn Pre-reading tasks provide scaffolded supports for English learner students to negotiate the content, analytical practices, and language...
Elementary teachers are well-versed in English Language Arts shifts in the Common Core Standards—but are they equitable? That’s a matter of practice. In our Shifting Toward a Culturally Responsive Common Core webinars, we’ll unpack each shift and strategies to ensure the shift is applied to meet...
The education world is paying more attention than ever before to gaps in our students’ writing ability. What’s helping to close the gap at Roosevelt High School, Oregon’s most diverse high school, is extending writing beyond the classroom. In 2012, this North Portland high school used funds from...
Providing a safe place for children to go after school isn’t enough. If we want to support our schools and communities to build the skills that youth need to thrive, the quality of your youth program matters. Join us for this webinar to learn more about an evidence-based framework in application in...
How well do you collect information and work to understand the perspective of the students you work with? Surveying students on their perspective is an important source of data that can provide helpful—and surprising—outcomes. In this webinar, we’ll hear from guest presenter Steve York about My...
Looking for ideas to incorporate youth voice in your setting? Excited about the possibilities but unsure how to build safe and supportive Youth-Adult Partnerships? This webinar featured Education Northwest researcher Julie Petrokubi to learn ways your organization can go beyond youth input to...
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual meeting bills itself as the world’s largest annual gathering of educational researchers, and while the participants benefit from a wide variety of professional development and collaboration opportunities, the impact is also felt outside...

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