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Program evaluation is an increasingly important area of operations for all youth mentoring programs. These resources, developed by our National Mentoring Center project (1998-2012), can help youth mentoring programs evaluate the quality of the mentoring relationships they are building, as well as...
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 Mentoring Center project (1998-2012), can help agencies and schools that are developing mentoring...
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 students, particularly those headed for community college, are underprepared for college math and consequently...
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 2009). Poor writing skills are a barrier to hiring and promotion for many individuals, and remediation of problems with writing...
Last fall, REL Northwest, joined with REL Central and REL Pacific to organize a convening of tribal representatives from across the country to examine how our education system can incorporate indigenous language and culture and what research can increase and improve those efforts.
This booklet summarizes research on best practices for implementing successful small learning communities and career academies. When well implemented, improvements in instructional and personalization strategies in combination with structural supports have demonstrated improved student attendance...
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, instruction, assessment, and learning climate achieve measurable improvements in student achievement. It also...
When collaboration is embedded in teachers’ work and supported by leadership, meaningful professional learning and improved teaching follow. School redesign demands that practitioners make fundamental shifts in their beliefs about reaching all students. This Principal Leadership article, written by...
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 students after graduation. Readers get step-by-step guidance on how to collect postsecondary data using state...
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 language arts instruction.
Small learning community and small school reform efforts have begun to falter in light of evaluations showing stalled implementation and limited impacts. However, this Lessons Learned brief gives reasons why these reforms are useful when coupled with further instructional improvements. These...
The process of selecting a school turnaround provider can seem over­whelming, with so many choices and so little time and information. External and internal pressure to make the se­lection as quickly as possible can lead to hurried decisions with long-term, costly consequences for both districts...
School-based mentoring (SBM) is becoming increasingly popular as a way to help students in a number of academic and psychosocial domains. In this model, a K–12 student is paired with an adult from the community or an older peer in a supportive one-to-one relationship at the school site. To be...
“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 experts Diana Oxley and Katie Whitney Luers, the article draws on the duo’s field experience from the past...
State education agencies (SEAs) are required by federal policy to provide a statewide system of intensive and sustained support to Title I schools and districts identified as in need of improvement due to persistently low student performance. One component of a statewide system of support is the...
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 economic disparities still an everyday reality throughout our education system, this brief suggests steps...
In this report, Education Northwest researchers describe how it is possible to make a statistically significant difference in struggling readers’ achievement in just a single year.
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, zero in on what the research says about organizing students in various elementary, middle level and high school...
There’s growing recognition that communities of practice—peer-to-peer learning groups—offer an effective way to work together on a common problem, share strategies, and deepen members’ knowledge. Originally envisioned as groups that worked together in the same location, technology can now overcome...
School leadership is complex and requires wisdom, informed judgment, and choosing among multiple options. Should leaders push for fast results or incremental improvements over time? Do they focus on closing the achievement gap or raising the rigor of teaching and learning? There is no single right...
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 than other public health concerns. Bullying—a form of harassment—needs to be understood form a...
How the Common Core Must Ensure Equity by Fully Preparing Every Student for Postsecondary Success Recommendations from the Regional Equity Assistance Centers on Implementation of the Common Core State Standards An effective education that prepares youth for postsecondary success should not be a...
As the national focus on community college grows, a new report released by REL Northwest unveils the developmental education enrollment rates and postsecondary outcomes of public high school graduates at Oregon community colleges. Among the findings, the study shows that nearly 75 percent of recent...
May 28, 2015, 4–5 p.m. PDT Recent studies have shown that students’ belief in themselves as learners can have a positive impact on their ability to persist in their academic coursework when faced with challenges. Understanding that learning is a process and results from effort and seeking help can...
With discussions about race gaining momentum across the country, Filmmaker Melissa Lowery is doing her part to make sure girls of color are included in the conversation. At next week’s OLN Spring Leadership Institute , she will present her film, Black Girl in Suburbia , to an audience of...
Education Northwest’s work in equity, English learner instruction, postsecondary and career readiness, and school improvement were highlighted at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), April 16–20 in Chicago.
The Idaho State Department of Education is offers the next biennial federal programs conference on April 15—17, 2015. The Idaho ESEA Conference, "Listen.Learn.Lead." will be held at the Boise Centre in beautiful downtown Boise, ID. The featured keynote speakers will be Jim Knight and Dr. Steve Perry.
In the end, they traveled more than 1,500 miles over six days in a van usually rented out to rock bands. When they weren't in the van, they were visiting schools in five remote communities across three Northwest states as part of NW RISE —a project that aims to increase rural students' engagement...
Since this article appeared in March, 2015 as part of our series on collective impact, the Institute for Youth Success has joined Education Northwest to better support youth-serving agencies in Oregon and across the region. Schools alone can’t do everything when it comes to reaching out to...
A new report on school suspensions based on data from Chicago Public Schools shows that not only are students of color held out of class at a high rate even as overall suspensions are decreasing but also that as schools reduced suspensions, rates of unsafe behavior decreased and students reported...
With an increasing focus in Oregon on expanding educational opportunities and success for English learners, education leaders from around the state gathered in Eugene on March 11-13 for the State English Learners Alliance Conference . The event was sponsored by the Confederation of Oregon School...
Collective impact involves bringing together a wide range of partners—schools, community-based organizations, government, businesses, foundations, and individuals—to address a critical community issue. Initiatives are often complex with many moving parts, and challenges include making sure that...
Welcome to the Oregon Leadership Network's monthly blog series. Topics relate to building the capacity of education leaders to sustain research-based equitable practices across Oregon’s P–20 education system. Learn more about the Oregon Leadership Network . Many of us are working to reduce and...
The Oregon Leadership Network (OLN) offers institutes twice a year to participants from its member organizations. The program includes plenary and breakout sessions designed to build the capacity of education leaders to sustain research-based equitable practices across Oregon’s P-20 education system.
Involving parents in their kids’ education experience can be a key to student success. More than 300 participants―a mix of parents and educators from K-12 and early childhood programs―came together to focus on the importance of family engagement for equity, empowerment, and engagement at the 22nd...
A major challenge facing students as they pursue a postsecondary degree is a lack of academic preparedness for college-level math, evident by high rates of referral to developmental math and low rates of college math completion. This study, by Education Northwest’s Michelle Hodara, reviews rigorous...
According to data compiled by the Education Commission of the States (link is external) (ECS), only 11 states and the District of Columbia currently require districts to provide publicly funded full-day kindergarten.
One way to help students get ready for the rigors of college is to give them opportunities to start college-level work and earn credits while still in high school. Another approach is to infuse a college-going culture into schools (starting as early as the elementary grades) so that students from...

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