New federal law requires state and local education agencies to engage in "timely and meaningful" consultation with area tribes while preparing and submitting plans for federal programs. But what does “meaningful” consultation look like?
Montana has the best graduation rate in the state's history. State Superintendent Denise Juneau writes about the initiative that brought together educators, communities, educators, nonprofit organizations and businesses to help make that happen.
After fly fishing on Oregon's McKenzie River, Steve Fleischman connects his experience to the Every Student Succeeds Act and the practical choices educators make when determining how rigorous evidence should be when planning their school improvement efforts.
Based on their experiences working with districts in Washington state, researchers David Stevens and Theresa Deussen offer three recommendations for districts on using data to help ensure equitable educational experiences and outcomes for students.
Oregon’s Education Innovation Officer writes about the necessity to improve the state’s graduation rate and a few of the promising practices that could help Oregon reach its goal.
With experience working to improve data use in two southern Oregon school districts, Guest Blogger Todd Bloomquist shares the questions that informed the process and takeaways for districts looking to improve the ways they use data to support student success.
Jason Neiffer of the Montana Digital Academy writes about new research from REL Northwest that confirms what he's long believed to be a key element for student success in online credit recovery programs.
Caitlin Scott writes on a new REL Northwest study that uncovers challenges faced by rural schools with School Improvement Grants and shows the promise of technical assistance when it comes to implementing evidence-based strategies.
Laura John writes about how Montana's graduation rates for American Indian students are rising and the state's various programs and initiatives that are helping close the achievement gap in Indian Country.
"To paraphrase Author Robert Fulghum, school is where we learn to share, play fair, not hit others, and say you’re sorry when you hurt someone. It is also the place where we learn to clean up our own messes."
Researchers Jason Greenberg Motamedi and Malkeet Singh write about how they used a methodology developed by medical researchers to create a useful tool for determining how long it will take students to pass a language proficiency test and exit English learner services.
Belonging is a fundamental human need. What strategies that educators can use to help students feel more secure in their school experiences?
Networks are a promising strategy for rural teachers to overcome the challenges of isolation. Danette Parsley provides three takeaways from our role in establishing a rural network in the Northwest.
Steve Fleischman responds to a critic's assertion on the status of education research and points to several examples of research consistently and effectively building local capacity of educators in the field.
Jacob Williams looks at the role educators can play in supporting youth to help keep them out of trouble and discusses several risk domains associated with young people based on a new, comprehensive literature review.
Alaska's Superintendent of the Year breaks down the three principles that have helped shape his district: attention, building, and collaboration.
Jacqueline Raphael and Rhonda Barton look closely at the demands of the Common Core State Standards on student writing and show how a traits-based model for teaching writing can help educators meet the challenge.
"We wrestle with these issues of privilege, dominant culture, and expectations in North Clackamas schools. We’ve found that there is a strong interplay among instructional practices, equity, and leadership. At the intersection of these concepts lie five principles that we can follow to have a...
Steve Fleischman writes in praise of the new federal education law for its expansion of the use of evidence to drive school improvement.
Read about how Corbett School District Superintendent Randy Trani wanted the same opportunities for his district’s students as his own kids, and how the district is getting close to reaching its goals of 100 percent...