As a researcher working with English language learners (ELLs) and their families, Claudia Rodriguez-Mojica draws from her own experiences in learning English while in school. She has memories of getting pulled out of class as a child for small group English sessions until one day when she wasn...
When done well, educator evaluation systems can lead to increased student learning and success. That’s according to Education Northwest Researcher Hella Bel Hadj Amor who is serving as the host of this week’s free REL Northwest webinar on implementing educator evaluation and support systems. Before
This article briefly summarizes some of the latest research on grade school configuration, specifically the benefits of K-8 configurations versus middle school configurations. The article has an extensive bibliography of research studies. Assessing the Benefits of K-8 Schools This article briefly
Advisory programs (or advisories) are frequently implemented by schools as a way to strengthen connectedness between adults and students and foster a personalized and supportive school culture. Although advisories are set up in varying ways, they are generally characterized by regular meetings
Kindergarten and first-grade teachers striving to enhance their ability to meet individual student’s needs in mathematics have a valuable new tool at their disposal. Education Northwest introduces Assessing Mathematical Understanding —a comprehensive set of mathematics assessments that provides
Showcasing eight highly collaborative education projects, the newly released publication, Mobilizing Communities: Improving Northwest Education Through Collective Impact, offers a starting point for people wanting to learn more about this innovative concept. A term first introduced in a 2011
Educator effectiveness, Common Core State Standards (CCSS) implementation, school improvement, and dropout prevention: these are some of the challenges that matter most to state education agencies (SEAs) in the Northwest. And, they’re issues that the Northwest Comprehensive Center (NWCC) is
Alaska students follow 14,000 different pathways after high school, according to a preliminary analysis of graduation, college enrollment, and employment data. That’s one of the early findings of a study conducted by the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development and the state’s
As schools work to shift instruction and train teachers to help students meet the Common Core State Standards, the 6+1 Trait® Writing Model of Instruction & Assessment delivers a proven approach to conveying experiences and presenting careful analyses, well defended claims, and clear
An analysis of six Oregon school districts’ data from the 2011/12 school year, conducted by REL Northwest, shows that minority students are more likely to be suspended or expelled than their White peers. Suspension and Expulsion Patterns in Six Oregon School Districts —the first-ever Oregon study
Large numbers of students enter college academically underprepared, especially when it comes to mathematics. According to national data on a 2003 cohort of students that was tracked to 2009, 60 percent of students who attended a public, two-year college took a developmental math course, which is a
The Civil Rights Movement, past and present, loomed large at the spring Oregon Leadership Network (OLN) Spring Leadership Institute where more than 250 education leaders from across the state participated in plenary and breakout sessions focused on bringing equity to Oregon’s classrooms. The event
AmeriCorps VISTA members who enroll in free online courses administered through Education Northwest will continue receiving college credit through 2017 after the two core courses on grant writing/fundraising and volunteer mobilization were recently reaccredited by the American Council on Education.
Gone are the days when professional development typically meant an extended, off-site retreat or a few hours in an auditorium, listening to expert presenters. Today, organizations must consider how to deliver professional development and other trainings efficiently and effectively by tapping into
Bringing the families of low-income students into discussions of how to pay for college is one of the key messages Sara Goldrick-Rab shared at the Oregon GEAR UP SUCCESS Retreat on April 25 in Redmond. The event, focused on involving educators in college and career readiness issues, was supported
Steve Fleischman, a nationally recognized expert on evidence-based education improvement, has been named to head Education Northwest. The board of directors named Fleischman to succeed Carol Thomas, who is retiring after 17 years with the organization. Fleischman will direct the organization’s
As part of Oregon’s waiver from the No Child Left Behind mandates, more schools will receive additional support from the state this year to help increase student achievement and close persistent achievement gaps. Due to new, higher expectations, 95 schools have been identified for extra help, with
What system conditions are required for rapid and sustainable school change? An international audience will find out when Education Northwest’s Danette Parsley presents January 4 in Santiago, Chile, at the 2013 International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI) conference. Dr.
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. With today’s technology, more and more of these groups are being conducted online rather than face to
Internationally known researchers and educators Andy Hargreaves and Dennis Shirley will lend their considerable expertise to a major regional initiative planned by the Northwest Comprehensive Center (NWCC). The two authors and Boston College professors will work with NWCC, state education agencies,