Educators and community members often view evaluation in the same way as they think of the work of Dr. “Ducky” Mallard, the fictional medical examiner on the popular TV series, NCIS. While viewers may think that what Ducky does is important—examining corpses to determine their time and cause of
Jerry Colonna's blog post kicks off our March series on collective impact—an approach that mobilizes the community to form a long-term and permanent solution to a societal problem. Subscribe to our blog so you never miss a post. As Oregon starts a new legislative session, I am encouraged that
Last year, we unveiled Success Now!—our new approach to school improvement. Unlike other approaches, the Success Now! framework helps schools focus their efforts and see quick gains in student success while working toward long-term goals and sustainable change. The Mary Walker School District in
Do you know what it takes to build an emotionally and physically safe space for youth? Building an emotionally safe community of peers and adults is essential for youth to learn and develop as individuals. This interactive workshop will introduce participants to a variety of activities
The Research Institute (TRI), in partnership with the Oregon Department of Education (ODE), is hosting the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) 2016 Spring Conference at Western Oregon University on May 5 and 6. The conference theme is "Every Student Thriving, and the
Leading For Equity (LFE) is an intensive two-day institute for teams working on educational equity efforts. The National Equity Project provides teams with expert, caring guidance and facilitation to collaboratively address the personal and technical challenges they face in their schools,
Oregon Promise, a program that covers most tuition at Oregon community colleges, appears to be having an impact on the college-going decisions of students—particularly first-generation students.
An important feature of Education Northwest’s Success Now! school improvement approach is the development of shared leadership throughout a school. Shared leadership does not minimize the need for a strong principal leader; rather, it adds to “leadership” the concept of creating the conditions for
Spanish-speaking students—the largest group of language minority students in Washington state—take fewer advanced courses and earn lower grades in those courses than other language minority students and English-only speakers, regardless of whether they are classified as English learners.
A new report from Education Northwest offers an early look at the implementation of developmental education reforms in Oregon.
A new study by REL Northwest has found that high school GPA was better than college entrance exam scores at predicting college course grades for recent Alaska high school graduates.
What role can researchers play in closing achievement gaps and expanding equitable outcomes for students?
At the beginning of our second annual Northwest and Pacific Equity Convening, I asked participants to shout out the temperature it had been at home the day before they arrived at our meeting in Honolulu. I wanted to see who came from the hottest and coldest location—to give folks a sense of the
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),
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