Forest Grove School District Superintendent Yvonne Curtis writes the latest entry in the Oregon Leadership Network's new, monthly blog series. Albert Einstein once said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. In the Forest Grove
As a former teacher, I often run into adults I taught years ago when they were children and marvel at what they’ve achieved. Sometimes my mind scrambles, though, to square the confident, accomplished person in front of me with the child who struggled to write an expository paragraph or make sense
Do you all remember the classic “Now & Later” chewy candy? After having gone many years without popping one of those tasty morsels in my mouth, I thought about the candy as I began to write this post about Education Northwest’s school improvement approach, called Success Now! In this data-rich
This is the first entry in the Oregon Leadership Network's monthly blog series. Future posts will cover discipline policy and practice, high school success, English learners, and other topics related to building the capacity of education leaders to sustain research-based equitable practices
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,
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
Research shows that developing students' social and emotional skills can lead to better academic and life outcomes. Check out this collection of recent, readily available studies and articles.
What I remember most from when my kid was starting kindergarten is the anxiety. We didn’t know the school as well as we would have liked, didn’t know the staff, or even the name of our son’s teacher. The orientation materials arrived in the mail just before the school year started and didn’t answer
Flowers as symbols of life and hope This summer, we observe the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I. My grandfather fought in that war. One of my most prized possessions is a commemorative picture of him (he’s on the right) and his friend, taken just before they left for the front.
This year, on July 2, we will mark the 50th anniversary of the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. For me, as director of the Region X Equity Assistance Center, it is another landmark because the Equity Assistance Centers were created in the Civil Rights Act as Desegregation Assistance Centers.
Is there a recipe for a “super teacher” when it comes to helping English language learner (ELL) students develop academic English skills? That question is important throughout the nation, as the proportion of ELL students has climbed by almost 64 percent from 1994–95 to 2009–10. During the same 15
Does our fear of failure stifle our creativity and innovation? Focusing on failure may seem like an odd way to inaugurate a blog on strengthening schools and communities. But failure is a significant and everyday fact of life. As the pizza lovers among you might know, one major takeout chain has
An effective and evidence-based way to improve schools, nonprofits, and government agencies is to make decisions in partnership with those being served. This six-page resource provides an overview and tips for educators and youth workers.
According to Karen Martin, a teacher and instructional coach in Alaska, the Northwest Rural Innovation and Student Engagement (NW RISE) Network builds connections.
Science inquiry poses particular linguistic challenges for English learners. Learn a few principles and strategies for effectively teaching science to students learning English.
The density and complexity of social science textbooks and other texts can be particularly challenging for English learners. What principles and strategies can social studies teachers employ?
Math has its own language, and English learners often struggle to understand math concepts in this language. What can math teachers do to help their English learner students succeed?
English learners benefit from the same approach to reading and writing as their peers but need additional supports. Find out what language arts teachers can do to support their English learners.
Designed to help districts assess and optimize their English learner (EL) services, this research-based tool contains 71 items organized into eight sections that address key components of a district’s program for English learners.