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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
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.
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
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.
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 elementary schools.
Dr. Steve Klein, a nationally recognized leader in career and technical education (CTE) and workforce development will join Education Northwest on September 24. Klein has more than 25 years of experience leading large-scale research, evaluation, policy analysis and technical assistance projects
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
In May 2018, we explored educator networks in the Northwest that enhance professional development and student engagement.
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?
This report is the first external evaluation of Future Connect. It examines the program’s impact on college performance, progression, persistence, transfer, and completion.
Read how the NW RISE network that connects educators in rural schools across the Northwest inspired a new network in a remote Alaska school district the size of West Virginia.
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
Preparing students for their next steps in life is at the core of every high school’s mission. We're featuring programs and practices that help educators empower students toward their next steps on our blog, website and social media. Here are some of the thought pieces, actionable tools and
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.
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 customized and can be delivered across grade levels and adapted for special education and English
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 provide objective feedback and/or create a customized set of benchmark papers that will guide your application of
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 ® throughout a building or district. These coaching and modeling services provide on-the-ground teaching experiences for

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