It’s easy to think that the main difference between students who come from poverty and their more affluent peers is their exposure to learning opportunities. However, poverty manifests itself often in unexpected ways in the classroom, and there are specific strategies schools and families can use
In honor of Washington state’s new Seal of Biliteracy law, a group of educators, lawmakers, and other stakeholders who are dedicated to the academic success of English learners gathered at the Kent School District office on June 9. The law recognizes high school graduates who are proficient in
Resources from a REL Northwest webinar held June 17, 2014. In this webinar, Education Northwest staff members addressed requirements for rigorous evaluations for GEAR UP.
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...
A Regional Educational Laboratory Webinar Thursday, June 26, 2014, 12–1:30 p.m. PDT Join us for a webinar presentation and discussion on data trends in discipline disparities from two recent REL studies—REL Northwest’s Suspension and expulsion patterns in six Oregon school districts and REL
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
Bringing together the latest research and the expertise of veteran Oregon grantees, this webinar explores promising practices for effectively promoting academic engagement. Veteran 21stCCLC grantees share how they are putting these strategies into action in innovative ways. View the Promoting
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
What you should know about evaluating, monitoring, and continually improving educator evaluation and support systems A REL Northwest Webinar May 28, 2014—11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (PST) Educator effectiveness remains a national priority in the wake of Race to the Top and No Child Left Behind
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