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With the new year upon us, we are excited to kick off 2015 with a blog series on postsecondary and career readiness. This is a high priority topic in the Northwest and one of our organizations’ primary areas of expertise. We’ve lined up Northwest Matters blog posts from our researchers and
Every 26 seconds a teenager drops out of school in the United States. To reverse that trend, many districts and organizations are turning to early warning systems (EWS) that signal whether a student is at risk of not graduating from high school. While some research exists about establishing these
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
I recently reminded supporters of the Black Parent Initiative (BPI)—a community-based, “culturally specific” nonprofit in Portland that I co-founded—that their actions empower a parent just down the street, protect a child who sits next to theirs in school, and make the community in which we all
On a day designed to empower Oregon education leaders to take action to improve equity in the state’s public school system, the Oregon Leadership Network (OLN) Fall Leadership Institute brought together roughly 400 participants on December 10 at Portland’s Sentinel Hotel. “Education is the
      Using the Change to Common Core-Linked Assessments To Enhance Discussions About Instructional Practice The 90-minute webinar took place on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 starting at 12 p.m. PST/3 p.m. EST. Register now for a presentation on strategies for communicating about CCSS-linked
What can school counselors do to help all students be prepared for college? To address that question, the White House recently convened a meeting of school counselors and college/career readiness experts, including a representative from Education Northwest. The November 17–18 meeting at San Diego
This January 2013 NASSP Principal’s Research Review, written by Education Northwest’s Diana Oxley, examines what the research says about the relationship between parent involvement and student achievement.
It’s an exciting time for educators dedicated to improving the educational success of English learners across the country. According to U.S. Department of Education Assistant Deputy Secretary Libia Gil, there’s increasing recognition and value placed on linguistic diversity, as well as growing
      Our second annual convening was built on the equity priorities in the Northwest and Pacific identified in 2013 by education and community leaders from as far north as Alaska, as far south as American Samoa, as far east as Montana, and as far west as the Republic of Palau. This year’s theme,
      Webinar: Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 10–11 a.m. PST Come join this problem-solving/peer-coaching webinar to learn about the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Network's “Ask A REL” service, which provides research-based responses to education questions. You’ll learn what the service
Kindergartners arrive on the first day of school with a wide range of skills. For some kids, kindergarten will continue their earlier school experiences; for others, it will be their introduction to formal education. One way for schools and kindergarten teachers to tailor instruction to meet the
Welcome to the Oregon Leadership Network's monthly blog series. Topics relate to building the capacity of education leaders to sustain research-based equitable practices across Oregon’s P-20 education system. Learn more about the Oregon Leadership Network. Students, families, and educators
This edition of NASSP's Principal’s Research Review, written by Education Northwest’s Rhonda Barton, explores both the difficulties and positive aspects of teaching in a rural community.
As schools and districts work to improve the academic success for a growing number of English language learner and bilingual students, a new study provides insights into students’ perceptions of a program that grants high school credit to students with dual-language proficiency. Researchers from
      The transition from preschool or other early learning settings into kindergarten marks an important event in the lives of more than 3.5 million children and their families each year. This REL Northwest webinar will explore one component of successful transitions: kindergarten entry
Across the country, 79 percent of public schools rely on educational service agencies (also called educational service districts) to provide services such as handling financial and data-processing needs, implementing school improvement initiatives, and providing curriculum and professional
      DevLearn 2014 is a conference for training and learning professionals who are leading or engaged in their organizations’ use of learning technologies. The comprehensive program includes the tools, technologies, ideas, strategies, and best practices to ensure your success. This event is for
In this article, we ask teachers in a small, rural district in eastern Washington how they used 10- to 12-week change cycles to make gains in their students’ reading scores.
      Washington Educational Research Association (WERA) and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) present the 29th Annual Washington State Assessment Conference on December 10–12, 2014 at the Hilton Seattle Airport Hotel and Conference Center. The annual conference is also

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