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November is Homeless Youth Awareness Month—a great time for educators to reflect on how trauma-informed practices help meet the needs of all students, including those experiencing homelessness.
Education Northwest’s new Director of School Improvement Systems, Catherine Barbour, helps low-performing schools get better—with equity at the forefront of the effort.
When planning for summer programs, considering students’ full humanity, centering equity, and aiming for well-rounded programs will set students up for success.
Download a visual representation that describes the stages in a lesson study cycle and see interviews with three college instructors about their experience with each stage.
This webinar will introduce lesson study, showcase new implementation resources, and review research findings from the project. Participants will also hear from faculty and leaders about how this approach can be used to address current challenges in postsecondary education.
An independent evaluation of Arkansas’ Professional Learning Communities at Work project determined that the program has positively impacted student achievement on the ACT Aspire assessment.
The sudden pivot to online teaching comes with plenty of challenges, but teachers may be further ahead than they realize because they have already built relationships with their students. Mandy Smoker Broaddus explores different tools and resources to build upon that foundation.
This infographic offers a checklist for making virtual conferences and meetings just as engaging and useful as in-person events. Learn how to level up your next online conference.
The U.S. educational system is now experiencing a test run for the future. COVID-19 has demonstrated that despite the widespread use of online learning in many educational settings, we are still woefully unprepared to meet the needs of all students in such an environment. When students do return to
Intermediary partners can have a strong, positive impact on education networks. What are the qualities that make a good intermediary?
Bringing people together Is an investment that pays off—but how do you cover costs to build educator networks?
Lesson Study is a structured, collaborative professional development intervention with evidence showing that it improves mathematics instruction among K-12 teachers. Lesson Study provides a framework for instructors to actively investigate how to improve learning in their classrooms. Resources from
Jacqueline Raphael highlights a set of best practices that emerging networks can follow and makes a case for using an experienced intermediary organization to serve as the network's “backbone.”
Washington state continues to face a critical teacher shortage. To address the problem, state policymakers and district administrators are looking at “grow-your-own” teacher strategies, which seek to identify and support current paraeducators and limited certificated teachers who are interested in
For students in a writing class in a rural Idaho high school, sharing writing with peers in other states pushed their comfort zones. What did the students learn from this networking experience?
Nanci Schneider gives a districts a school improvement formula for juggling local mandates and meeting state standards: Stay focused on student achievement and build a network.
The Community College Research Center and Education Northwest are collaborating to adapt a pilot project at three community colleges in Oregon to test the usefulness of the lesson study professional development model in higher education.
For districts and schools hit hard by teacher shortages, there's only so much you can do alone in hiring and keeping high-quality teachers. Mike Siebersma writes on how networks can be the answer.
As school improvement evolves, what recent strategies should keep going strong?
For districts, what's the sweet spot for balancing school improvement decision making? This reflection process will help refine your approach.

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