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In this report, Education Northwest researchers describe how it is possible to make a statistically significant difference in struggling readers’ achievement in just a single year.
In the May 2012 issue of NASSP's Principal's Research Review, the longtime topic of grade configuration is explored. The writers, Rhonda Barton and Jennifer Klump of Education Northwest, zero in on what the research says about organizing students in various elementary, middle level and
What truly characterizes a professional learning community? And, more important, How can PLCs improve teacher practice and student learning?
There’s growing recognition that communities of practice—peer-to-peer learning groups—offer an effective way to work together on a common problem, share strategies, and deepen members’ knowledge. Originally envisioned as groups that worked together in the same location, technology can now overcome
School leadership is complex and requires wisdom, informed judgment, and choosing among multiple options. Should leaders push for fast results or incremental improvements over time? Do they focus on closing the achievement gap or raising the rigor of teaching and learning? There is no single right
The use of research and data in decision making has become a popular mantra in education circles, but putting it into practice presents some real challenges. Often, educators and policymakers may not have the time or skills to identify, access, analyze, and apply data, or the capacity to use
Bullying presents one of the greatest health risks to children, youth, and young adults in U.S. society. It is pernicious in its impact even if often less visible and less readily identifiable than other public health concerns. Bullying—a form of harassment—needs to be understood form a
Improving college readiness rates, especially for young men of color, requires an understanding of the challenges they face, and of the levers that might serve to increase college readiness and enrollment. Moving the Needle speaks to both issues by examining the trajectory of Black and Latino males
How the Common Core Must Ensure Equity by Fully Preparing Every Student for Postsecondary Success Recommendations from the Regional Equity Assistance Centers on Implementation of the Common Core State Standards An effective education that prepares youth for postsecondary success should not be a
U.S. Representative Suzanne Bonamici—whose Congressional district stretches from the west side of Portland all the way to the Oregon coast—spoke with Education Northwest staff...
      Elementary teachers are well-versed in English Language Arts shifts in the Common Core Standards—but are they equitable? That’s a matter of practice. In our Shifting Toward a Culturally Responsive Common Core webinars, we’ll unpack each shift and strategies to ensure the shift is applied to
The education world is paying more attention than ever before to gaps in our students’ writing ability. What’s helping to close the gap at Roosevelt High School, Oregon’s most diverse high school, is extending writing beyond the classroom. In 2012, this North Portland high school used funds from
      Providing a safe place for children to go after school isn’t enough. If we want to support our schools and communities to build the skills that youth need to thrive, the quality of your youth program matters. Join us for this webinar to learn more about an evidence-based framework in
      This webinar is a follow up to the March 18 session on social emotional learning and building youth belonging. This one-hour webinar is an introduction for nonprofits that are curious about learning more about additional social emotional learning constructs including emotional competence,
Are you utilizing the vehicle of relationships to shape positive outcomes for youth? Wondering if these relationships are really moving the needle for youth?
      How well do you collect information and work to understand the perspective of the students you work with? Surveying students on their perspective is an important source of data that can provide helpful—and surprising—outcomes. In this webinar, we’ll hear from guest presenter Steve York about
      Looking for ideas to incorporate youth voice in your setting? Excited about the possibilities but unsure how to build safe and supportive Youth-Adult Partnerships? This webinar featured Education Northwest researcher Julie Petrokubi to learn ways your organization can go beyond youth input to
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
      Schools and districts nationwide are turning to Early Warning Systems (EWS) to reduce dropout rates and promote on-time graduation. Two elements that are essential for an effective EWS are the development of an implementation team and the alignment of the EWS with related data use initiatives
      Can a sense of belonging influence a young person’s engagement, motivation, and persistence in school? Research is increasingly recognizing that feeling valued and accepted by others is an important psychological factor for academic success, particularly for underrepresented groups of

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