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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
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
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
Our Evidence Blast series provides research, data, and resources to help practitioners and policymakers make important decisions about schools and students.
Our Evidence Blast series provides research, data, and resources to help practitioners and policymakers make important decisions about schools and students.
The following are Common Core State Standards (CCSS) resources that focus on Assessment.
The following are Common Core State Standards (CCSS) resources that focus on implementation.
A series published by Education Northwest to keep regional stakeholders informed about the Common Core initiative.
At last week’s Oregon Leadership Network (OLN) Fall Leadership Institute, more than 400 leaders and educators from OLN member districts and organizations gathered to focus on leading for equity. Cohosted by North Clackamas Schools, the institute featured presentations by the National Equity Project
This April 2013 article in Principal Leadership, written by Rob Larson and Rhonda Barton, looks at lessons for school leaders on improving educational equity. It provides examples from OLN member districts and discusses use of OLN’s LEAD Tool™. One message is that equitable education begins with
External evaluation is a critical part of any program. It can tell you what elements are—or are not—working and whether the program is making a difference. A successful evaluation depends on a complex interaction of people, methods, and a genuine interest in looking critically at program challenges
      This professional development opportunity is offered through a partnership between the Oregon Leadership Network (OLN) and the National Equity Project. The role of the instructional coach goes beyond sharing good strategies; it’s about supporting teachers to think differently about what’s
      Idaho Association of School Administrators (IASA) Summer Leadership Conference is taking place place in Boise, Idaho on August 5–7, 2015. Researchers from Education Northwest are presenting two sessions: Supporting English Language Learners: Sheltered Instruction and Beyond Presenter: Theresa

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