Evidence on the Importance of Writing Writing skills are important for an increasing number of jobs (National Commission on Writing 2004; Executive Office of the President 2009). Poor writing skills are a barrier to hiring and promotion for many individuals, and remediation of problems with writing
This report presents the results of a study that examined the efficacy of professional development for teachers using the 6+1 Trait Writing model with respect to improving student writing skills. To achieve this purpose, a randomized experimental study was conducted in 2003-2004 in grades 4 to 6 to
Last fall, REL Northwest, joined with REL Central and REL Pacific to organize a convening of tribal representatives from across the country to examine how our education system can incorporate indigenous language and culture and what research can increase and improve those efforts.
One of the major tasks facing Native American communities is to create lifelong learning opportunities that allow all the members to improve their quality of life.
Developed by master American Indian and Alaska Native educators, the inventory is designed to determine how and to what extent your school is supporting the needs of Native students. Nine key school areas that impinge upon students were identified to inventory. Those who administer the inventory
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 booklet summarizes research on best practices for implementing successful small learning communities and career academies. When well implemented, improvements in instructional and personalization strategies in combination with structural supports have demonstrated improved student attendance
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
In response to the challenges of collecting data on post secondary outcomes, this guide helps high schools identify efficient and cost-effective strategies to find out what happens to their students after graduation. Readers get step-by-step guidance on how to collect postsecondary data using state
This report describes how students increased their reading comprehension after one semester of tutoring with Read Right, a nationally used intervention program that supplements regular English language arts instruction.
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
What can district leaders do to create schools that support success for English learners?
School-based mentoring (SBM) is becoming increasingly popular as a way to help students in a number of academic and psychosocial domains. In this model, a K–12 student is paired with an adult from the community or an older peer in a supportive one-to-one relationship at the school site. To be
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
This March 2012 NASSP Principal’s Research Review, written by Education Northwest’s Rhonda Barton and Rob Larson, looks at strategies for improving educational equity. With racial and economic disparities still an everyday reality throughout our education system, this brief suggests steps