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A snowstorm may have hit the Pacific Northwest recently, but the winter weather didn’t stop a group of dedicated practitioners from meeting to address a growing concern: the lack of minority educators in Oregon. Founded with the purpose of developing a plan to meet the goals of the Oregon Minority
Northwest schools are serving an increasingly diverse population. Some districts, such as those found in the South Seattle area, may have as many as 90 different languages spoken among students. Consequently, school staff faces the challenge of accurately entering data for students whose names may
Latest REL Northwest Study Finds Little Connection Between Teacher Perceptions of School Effectiveness and Student Outcomes Policymakers and educators frequently use teacher perception surveys to inform state and local school improvement efforts. However, a new REL Northwest study of Idaho schools
Education Northwest’s work in school improvement, English learner instruction, and equity will be highlighted at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), April 3–7 in Philadelphia. One of the premier research gatherings in the nation, this year’s event focuses
A major hurdle to postsecondary success is students’ lack of academic preparedness for college-level math. A number of studies of incoming community and four-year college students show that referral rates for developmental (or remedial) math far outpace those for developmental English. Education...
Education Northwest is pleased to welcome five new members to our Board of Directors at a meeting in Portland September 25–27. Nominated and elected by 920 member organizations from throughout the Northwest, the directors govern Education Northwest’s operations and represent the educational
Currently no federal laws directly address bullying. However, under civil rights laws, schools that receive federal funds are required to respond to discriminatory harassment: situations where a student is bullied because of race, national origin, color, sex, age, disability, or religion. Educators
A solid grasp of mathematical concepts is a proven predictor of later academic success for children. However, a national study has found that most kindergarten teachers spend substantial time teaching math concepts that are too basic for most students. How can teachers optimize instructional time
As Education Northwest reflects on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, we are inspired
Last week, the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) welcomed 17 guests, including three representatives from REL Northwest, to participate in a focus group on the usability, relevance, and accessibility of Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) and What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) products and
REL Northwest invites you to a free workshop September 29 in Portland, Oregon, to learn how an understanding of adolescent development informs practices for helping hard-to-reach youth chart a pathway to college.
Education Northwest is continuing work on the Northwest Rural Innovation and Student Engagement (NW RISE) Network, an innovative collaboration through which members will share problems of practice and work to improve student outcomes.
Approximately half of all undergraduates and 70 percent of community college students take at least one remedial course, according to a U.S. Department of Education study. Unfortunately, many of these students never move beyond their placement in remediation. A 2006 sample from the National...
With all but a handful of states having adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), schools and districts nationwide are now working to ensure effective implementation. The standards demand that all students have access to the high-quality instruction needed to meet college- and career-ready
“Much like emergency systems that sound a warning of natural disasters, such as hurricanes or tsunamis, educational EWS [early warning systems] signal school staff that action is needed to mitigate undesirable outcomes,” according to Education Northwest’s Sarah Frazelle and Rhonda Barton, authors
Education Northwest’s work to improve equity, STEM education, and student writing will be prominently featured July 16–19, 2013, at the 28th annual Pacific Educational Conference—the premiere professional development event for educators in the Western Pacific.
“This is our moment,” proclaimed Michele McLaughlin, president of the Washington, D.C.-based Knowledge Alliance (KA), in two presentations June 25 and 28 to Education Northwest staff and board members. McLaughlin was referring to increasing recognition that policy and practice informed by evidence
What are the most effective uses of college readiness indicators? Jenny Nagaoka of the Consortium on Chicago School Research (CCSR) and Dr. Susan Fairchild of New Visions for Public Schools responded to that question in a webinar earlier this month. “Staying on Track for College Readiness,” funded
What does postsecondary success mean in Alaska? More than 30 Alaska State Policy Research Alliance (ASPRA) members, education policymakers, and other stakeholders gathered in Anchorage earlier this month to delve into this topic and break ground on a statewide indicator system for monitoring
If you are a teacher of grades 3–12, special education, or English language learners; literacy coach or trainer; curriculum specialist; or school or district administrator, we can help you prepare for the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

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