Educators and community members often view evaluation in the same way as they think of the work of Dr. “Ducky” Mallard, the fictional medical examiner on the popular TV series, NCIS. While viewers may think that what Ducky does is important—examining corpses to determine their time and cause of
Jerry Colonna's blog post kicks off our March series on collective impact—an approach that mobilizes the community to form a long-term and permanent solution to a societal problem. Subscribe to our blog so you never miss a post. As Oregon starts a new legislative session, I am encouraged that
Improve the the way you teach writing for English learners, students with special needs, gifted and talented students and all the students in your classroom.
Last year, we unveiled Success Now!—our new approach to school improvement. Unlike other approaches, the Success Now! framework helps schools focus their efforts and see quick gains in student success while working toward long-term goals and sustainable change. The Mary Walker School District in
An important feature of Education Northwest’s Success Now! school improvement approach is the development of shared leadership throughout a school. Shared leadership does not minimize the need for a strong principal leader; rather, it adds to “leadership” the concept of creating the conditions for
At the beginning of our second annual Northwest and Pacific Equity Convening, I asked participants to shout out the temperature it had been at home the day before they arrived at our meeting in Honolulu. I wanted to see who came from the hottest and coldest location—to give folks a sense of the
I just finished facilitating one of the most satisfying evaluation meetings of my career. No, I did not present results of outstanding successes or reveal the secret to improving schools. Drawing on materials from the Wallace Foundation, I helped project leaders create a logic model to inform the
When AmeriCorps was just getting off the ground more than 20 years ago, Rachel Raddick was there. She participated in 1993’s “Summer of Service” by supporting teachers and gathering donations in California for the Oakland Head Start program. Today, she joins eight Education Northwest colleagues
The authors wrote this post on behalf of the Association of Educational Service Districts Network (AESD Network). In Washington state and around the country, educational service agencies—or ESDs, as they are known in our state—play an important role in delivering professional development, financial
A parent once asked me where I had gone when I was no longer a principal at his neighborhood school. I replied that I was working in school improvement. He said, “That’s great! Our playground needs more stuff to play on.” That would have been an easy fix. Instead, I chose the simple task of school
This blog post examines ways education leaders in Oregon are working to address the problem of rural students struggling to get a head start on college while still in high school.
Welcome to the Oregon Leadership Network's monthly blog series. Topics relate to building the capacity of education leaders to sustain research-based...
Do you know what it takes to build an emotionally and physically safe space for youth? Building an emotionally safe community of peers and adults is essential for youth to learn and develop as individuals. This interactive workshop will introduce participants to a variety of activities
The Research Institute (TRI), in partnership with the Oregon Department of Education (ODE), is hosting the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) 2016 Spring Conference at Western Oregon University on May 5 and 6. The conference theme is "Every Student Thriving, and the
Leading For Equity (LFE) is an intensive two-day institute for teams working on educational equity efforts. The National Equity Project provides teams with expert, caring guidance and facilitation to collaboratively address the personal and technical challenges they face in their schools,
Oregon Promise, a program that covers most tuition at Oregon community colleges, appears to be having an impact on the college-going decisions of students—particularly first-generation students.
Spanish-speaking students—the largest group of language minority students in Washington state—take fewer advanced courses and earn lower grades in those courses than other language minority students and English-only speakers, regardless of whether they are classified as English learners.
A new report from Education Northwest offers an early look at the implementation of developmental education reforms in Oregon.
A new study by REL Northwest has found that high school GPA was better than college entrance exam scores at predicting college course grades for recent Alaska high school graduates.
What role can researchers play in closing achievement gaps and expanding equitable outcomes for students?