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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
      The Oregon Leadership Network (OLN) offers institutes twice a year to participants from its member organizations. The program includes plenary and breakout sessions designed to build the capacity of education leaders to sustain research-based equitable practices across Oregon’s P-20 education
In education, we are always hearing about research that points out a strong negative correlation between poverty and student achievement. In other words, the greater level of poverty, the lower the level of achievement. That’s not always the case. As I pointed out in an article for the WASA Hotline
According to Education Northwest’s Nanci Schneider, despite past efforts to turn around underperforming schools, you still have a good chance of predicting whether a school is successful or not by the degree of poverty in its zip code. For Schneider, improving schools is about more than just
It’s been happening for a long time. Students of color — mostly boys — find themselves pulled out of class and/or sent home far more often than their classmates. With new national and local data and research on discipline disparities and a push from the federal government to view discipline as a
      Webinar- 1:00PM Pacific- Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Online programs and courses have been hailed as a viable learning solution to many issues facing schools, including credit recovery. This free webinar will discuss key strategies in building a successful online program and curriculum to
Saying that bullying creates a hostile learning environment that impedes academic success only tells half the story. According to Education Northwest Researcher Vicki Nishioka, bullying often has a detrimental, long-term effect on students who are targets, students who commit bullying, and
      Building Our Collective Power OEA's 2014 Summer Leadership Conference OEA’s 2014 Summer Leadership Conference will build power to transform public education in Oregon through dynamic trainings that focus on our Mission, Vision and Core Values. OEA member participants will have the
On the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act and the Mississippi Freedom Summer, educators can make this milestone a teachable moment and use history to empower students to learn about leadership, justice, and the importance of education. It’s also a time to think about civil
When bullying occurs, it’s often the perpetrator who gets the attention. When Education Northwest’s Kendra Hughes provides support to schools and districts on preventing harassment and bullying, she emphasizes the victim’s perspective. “Typically in harassment and bullying, the victim gets singled
      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
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
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
For an English language learner (ELL), the science classroom can be a frustrating place. As their classmates focus on the scientific concept being studied, ELLs often feel left behind as they struggle to decipher between academic and vernacular English. And, many adult family members don’t feel
As districts nationwide welcome increasingly diverse student populations into their schools, the challenge of providing equitable educational opportunities for all grows. Two articles by Education Northwest staff in the April 2013 edition of Principal Leadership focus on this challenge, offering
When it comes to confronting bullying and harassment in schools, students have the power. That was the message behind a forum for students from across the Portland metropolitan area, sponsored by the Region X Equity Assistance Center at Education Northwest in collaboration with the U.S. Attorney’s
Tribal representatives from across the country gathered November 3, in Rapid City, South Dakota, for a common cause: examining how our education system incorporates indigenous language and culture and what research could help increase and improve those efforts. Convened by REL Northwest with REL
Ensuring equitable opportunities for Oregon students is “absolutely essential” work, Governor John A. Kitzhaber, M.D. told the crowd at the Oregon Leadership Network (OLN) Fall Institute last week in Portland. In addition to Governor Kitzhaber, the 300 OLN members in attendance heard from Rob
In early January, the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice released a school discipline guidance package to help states, districts, and schools enhance school climate and make sure their policies and practices comply with federal law. Significant numbers of students miss
Data compiled by Education Northwest researchers show a significant shift in student demographics in our region in recent years. Most notably, the number of Hispanic students has nearly quadrupled in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, and Washington, increasing from 106,000 in 1992–93 to 395,000 in...

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