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
The Alaska Statewide Mentor Project has positive effects on the retention of new teachers and student achievement. What can other states take away from what Alaska is doing?
How does an eastern Washington high school build and retain an exceptional and diverse teaching staff despite challenges? Pasco High School Principal Raúl Sital shares his approach.
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?
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),
Findings from two large community college systems show that completing developmental education courses in reading and writing leads to an increase in earnings, suggesting that developmental education English credits may improve individuals’ employability. However, the study also shows that
Creating and enforcing a clear and equitable discipline policy plays an important role in ensuring that all students are afforded the opportunity to reach their full potential. For more than three decades, however, research has documented a gap between how discipline is assigned to students of
Whether driven by inherent challenges affecting student performance or simply an aspiration to excel, schools want to do better. The challenge is finding a way to get there.
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual meeting bills itself as the world’s largest annual gathering of educational researchers, and while the participants benefit from a wide variety of professional development and collaboration opportunities, the impact is also felt outside
Our always-on digital world presents “both the greatest challenge and the greatest opportunity to reframe what learning can and should look like today,” according to the authors of this Lessons Learned brief on e-learning. Based on best practices and experience from the field, the article offers
Many researchers and research funders want their work to be influential in educational policy and practice, but there is little systematic understanding of how policymakers and practitioners use research evidence, much less how they acquire or interpret it. By understanding what does shape
This September 2008 issue of the NASSP Principal's Research Review discusses how and why schools that build a coherent instructional program through common frameworks for curriculum, instruction, assessment, and learning climate achieve measurable improvements in student achievement. It also
When collaboration is embedded in teachers’ work and supported by leadership, meaningful professional learning and improved teaching follow. School redesign demands that practitioners make fundamental shifts in their beliefs about reaching all students. This Principal Leadership article, written by
Small learning community and small school reform efforts have begun to falter in light of evaluations showing stalled implementation and limited impacts. However, this Lessons Learned brief gives reasons why these reforms are useful when coupled with further instructional improvements. These
The process of selecting a school turnaround provider can seem overwhelming, with so many choices and so little time and information. External and internal pressure to make the selection as quickly as possible can lead to hurried decisions with long-term, costly consequences for both districts
In the Northwest region, 39 percent of schools are rural, compared to 31 percent nationally. While rural schools face many of the same challenges as those in urban settings, they also have unique characteristics that should be taken into consideration when carrying out school improvement efforts.
Data-driven decision making has become a national education priority. But do educators have the capacity to understand the data and use them appropriately to make instructional improvements? What can schools and colleges of education do to better prepare future teachers and administrators to use
“How Small Schools Grew Up and Got Serious (But Didn’t Lose Their Spunk)” is in the December 2010/January 2011 issue of Kappan Magazine. Written by Education Northwest’s high school redesign experts Diana Oxley and Katie Whitney Luers, the article draws on the duo’s field experience from the past
State education agencies (SEAs) are required by federal policy to provide a statewide system of intensive and sustained support to Title I schools and districts identified as in need of improvement due to persistently low student performance. One component of a statewide system of support is the