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Earning college credit while still in high school can benefit students in many ways. What can states, districts and schools do to help their dual-credit programs become successful?
Our conversation with Dana Kelly and Carson Howell from the Idaho State Board of Education on Idaho’s approach and success in creating dual-credit programs.
A study found disparities in advanced course enrollment among students from different language groups. What can schools do to increase advanced course enrollment and success for English learners?
This 2004 booklet presents some research-based ideas as a starting place for those who want to develop better policies and practices to support student attendance.
Financial aid helps expand college access but not all eligible students apply. This post explores the barriers students face in applying for aid and provides FAFSA-completion strategies for educators.
Once schools are using data to identify the students at risk of falling through the cracks, what’s the next step? Graduation coaches who help kids cross the graduation stage is one potential solution.
Mike Siebersma writes about the urgency around boosting Oregon's high school graduation rate and a few of ways Education Northwest is helping form the solution.
Montana has the best graduation rate in the state's history. State Superintendent Denise Juneau writes about the initiative that brought together educators, communities, educators, nonprofit organizations and businesses to help make that happen.
Read about how Corbett School District Superintendent Randy Trani wanted the same opportunities for his district’s students as his own kids, and how the district is getting close to reaching its goals of 100 percent...
As we approach our 50th anniversary, we are running a series on the work we do with the five states that make up our region. This post looks at how Idaho is changing and what’s needed to meet the demands of an evolving workforce.
      Date and time: August 22, 2019, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Education Northwest, 101 SW Main, Suite 500, Portland, Oregon 97204 Cost: $40 Scholarships available for rural youth development programs. Contact Celeste Janssen for more information on scholarships. Throughout the United States,
Malkeet Singh writes about the potential of the Common Core State Standards to improve outcomes for disadvantaged students and his own work in providing professional development to math teachers.
As graduation draws near, Education Northwest would like to honor a group of exemplary students and future leaders from Pasco High School in Washington who met with us last year during a site visit. A minority-majority school, Pasco High promotes bilingual and biliterate education. Their culture is
I’m a researcher at Education Northwest. I’ve worked in district offices and parented six children who are now adults, so for both personal and professional reasons, I have a long interest in helping young people succeed in school. The part of my job that I enjoy the most is producing results that
Collective impact initiatives thrive on meaty problems—problems worth the attention, energy, and resources of the community that cannot be solved by the efforts of single organizations or sectors. At Education Northwest, we are currently working with three communities in Montana that formed
This blog post examines ways education leaders in Oregon are working to address the problem of rural students struggling to get a head start on college while still in high school.
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
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
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

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