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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
When I led the data and research request process at DC Public Schools, I heard a range of arguments from researchers who wanted to conduct research or receive data. Some were funny, others outrageous. That’s why I am writing an introduction on how to do this right. Believe it or not, doing research
English learners entering high school have to learn both English and grade-level content to begin accumulating credits to graduate. Unfortunately, in many cases, English language development courses do not provide the necessary credits. So how are students supposed to graduate if their required
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. The problem: Beaverton middle schools
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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.
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

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