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Education Northwest congratulates North Clackamas School District Superintendent Matt Utterback on being named National Superintendent of the Year. The award was presented by AASA, The School Superintendents Association, on March 2 in New Orleans at the 2017 National Conference on Education.
      Committing to Student Safety: A Call to Action in Uncertain Times 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
What is social and emotional learning (SEL)? What about nonacademic skills; workplace-essential skills; 21st-century skills; and mindsets, essential skills and habits (MESH)?
      Education Northwest’s work across several research areas, including support for English language learners, college and career readiness, school improvement and equity in public education, will be highlighted at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association (AERA),
As the director of Oregon State University’s Precollege Programs, I was naturally disappointed when I had to turn down a request by the I Have a Dream Foundation (IHD) in 2012 to “adopt” one of their classrooms at Alder Elementary in Portland. Adopting a high-need classroom fits perfectly within
      Culturally Responsive Mathematics Instruction (Webinar 1) April 28, 2016 Presenter: Patrice Woods This webinar will provide action research-based models of culturally responsive mathematics instruction proven to be effective in improving student learning and achievement. Practitioners will
      New math pathways to address barriers students face in successfully completing college math requirements At community colleges, the majority of new students are considered underprepared for math and must take remedial math classes. Few students who take these courses progress into college
      Good Instruction for All (Webinar 1) April 19, 2016 Presenter: Jacob Williams In this webinar we’ll look at teaching practices that promote high-quality and equitable instruction for all students, regardless of their backgrounds. Participants in this webinar will be introduced to these three
The idea for the early warning system (EWS) work came out of a meeting I had with superintendents and other leaders from the AA districts of Montana—the seven largest districts in the state. What I heard over and over was, “We have students in our districts who are struggling, and we’re providing
For many Americans, high tuition costs are a primary barrier to attending college and earning a postsecondary credential. President Obama’s new plan to make community college tuition-free seeks to alleviate this barrier, but the plan is not just about working with states to provide a more
In my previous job as a teacher of students with disabilities, I often wished I had more time with my class—more time for quiet reading, more time for raucous games, more time to connect lessons to the real world. In short, I wanted more time for everything in the curriculum to sink in and take
It’s a new year, a time when many of us resolve to be healthier and happier. This typically involves making changes, like becoming more physically active, giving up smoking, or learning how to be a more effective parent. Then, despite our goals and plans, we inevitably encounter the very human
Whenever I get together with my fellow members of Knowledge Alliance, we spend time discussing how research, evaluation, and data use can further support the improvement goals of state education leaders. Daily, staff from our nearly 20 member organizations help apply research and data to address
Roughly one-third of students who did not file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly known as the FAFSA, would have been eligible for a Federal Pell Grant, which provides aid for low-income undergraduate students and substantially lowers the costs of college. What are the barriers
"Changing the Conversation,” a new case study brief from Education Northwest, looks at Highline Public Schools’ participation in the Road Map Project.
Looking at the assets (rather than the deficits) of English learners is a way of reframing the conversation.
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. While some people still view speaking
Our work as the Region X Equity Assistance Center (EAC) covers more than just the five Northwest states and Hawai’i. It also covers quite a bit of the Pacific, including American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of Palau, the Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of
In the classroom, the ability of students to provide explanations while talking to the teacher is an important skill. I looked closely at what English learners are able to do with their emerging English in a school setting while I was working on my dissertation in California. Among my findings, I
When you approach a district with a request to conduct research or receive data, you probably won’t be the first. Districts are likely to have a process for managing requests, especially districts like DC Public Schools where I used to manage this process and everyone wants to do research. The

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