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With the new year upon us, we are excited to kick off 2015 with a blog series on postsecondary and career readiness. This is a high priority topic in the Northwest and one of our organizations’ primary areas of expertise. We’ve lined up Northwest Matters blog posts from our researchers and
I recently reminded supporters of the Black Parent Initiative (BPI)—a community-based, “culturally specific” nonprofit in Portland that I co-founded—that their actions empower a parent just down the street, protect a child who sits next to theirs in school, and make the community in which we all
      Using the Change to Common Core-Linked Assessments To Enhance Discussions About Instructional Practice The 90-minute webinar took place on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 starting at 12 p.m. PST/3 p.m. EST. Register now for a presentation on strategies for communicating about CCSS-linked
      Our second annual convening was built on the equity priorities in the Northwest and Pacific identified in 2013 by education and community leaders from as far north as Alaska, as far south as American Samoa, as far east as Montana, and as far west as the Republic of Palau. This year’s theme,
Across the country, 79 percent of public schools rely on educational service agencies (also called educational service districts) to provide services such as handling financial and data-processing needs, implementing school improvement initiatives, and providing curriculum and professional
With nearly 50 years’ experience providing coaching and technical assistance to schools, Education Northwest today announces the launch of a new, research-based approach for school improvement, Success Now! The approach focuses on increasing student achievement and creating a schoolwide culture of
      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
      The National Title I Association is dedicated to improving and implementing the Title I program so that more children reach their academic potential. The Association provides educational leaders at the state and local levels with the opportunity to work together to share ideas on effective
Alaska has low rates of high school graduation compared to the national average, and schools are often hard-pressed to support students at risk of dropping out or who have dropped out, especially in remote areas. For those students who do make it to college, upwards of 50 percent enrolling in the
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
      Common Ground for Practice & Research: Targeted Improvement Initiatives The Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness Fall Conference 2014 focuses on the design, conduct, and use of research to improve practice in the complex settings in which it occurs, including schools, school
      The 28th International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement—ICSEI 2015—is a unique gathering that brings together international researchers, educators, and policymakers to share how we can improve children's lives through the best educational practices. Presenters from as
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
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
Bringing the families of low-income students into discussions of how to pay for college is one of the key messages Sara Goldrick-Rab shared at the Oregon GEAR UP SUCCESS Retreat on April 25 in Redmond. The event, focused on involving educators in college and career readiness issues, was supported
As part of Oregon’s waiver from the No Child Left Behind mandates, more schools will receive additional support from the state this year to help increase student achievement and close persistent achievement gaps. Due to new, higher expectations, 95 schools have been identified for extra help, with
What system conditions are required for rapid and sustainable school change? An international audience will find out when Education Northwest’s Danette Parsley presents January 4 in Santiago, Chile, at the 2013 International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI) conference. Dr.
There’s growing recognition that communities of practice—peer-to-peer learning groups—offer an effective way to work together on a common problem, share strategies, and deepen members’ knowledge. With today’s technology, more and more of these groups are being conducted online rather than face to
More than a requirement of a program’s funders, external evaluation is integral to successful program planning and data-based decision making. Evaluations can answer many questions, such as: What’s working and what’s not? Is the program making a difference? Should it continue, expand, or be cut? At

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