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Dr. Ethel Simon-McWilliams, a strong advocate for children and educational equity, died July 12, 2017. She joined Education Northwest (then known as the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory) in 1979 and served as the organization’s executive director/chief executive officer from the mid-1990s
Springdale Elementary School in Washington state dedicated itself to school improvement through a series of focused change cycles. Did the school's efforts pay off?
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?
Education Northwest congratulates North Clackamas School District Superintendent Matt Utterback on being named National Superintendent of the Year. The award was presented by AASA, The School Superintendents Association, on March 2 in New Orleans at the 2017 National Conference on Education.
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
What is social and emotional learning (SEL)? What about nonacademic skills; workplace-essential skills; 21st-century skills; and mindsets, essential skills and habits (MESH)?
"Changing the Conversation,” a new case study brief from Education Northwest, looks at Highline Public Schools’ participation in the Road Map Project.
This new REL Northwest study explores the relationship between students’ participation in dual-credit programs and their education outcomes.
Many promising approaches are available to help high schools better prepare students for postsecondary achievement, but what evidence is out there to support these improvement models?
Oregon Leadership Network events always focus on equity for all students, but this year's spring leadership institute also provided steps to support the safety of undocumented students.
Educators and advocates for education research, including some from the Pacific Northwest, voiced their support for the Institute of Education Sciences’ Regional Educational Laboratory program during a March 15 briefing on Capitol Hill.
Designed to help educators, administrators and front office staff properly enter students with non-English names into databases, this guide has been expanded to include 11 languages.
In honor of Black History Month, Education Northwest is recognizing the contributions of African American educators and community leaders in our region who are doing exceptional work to improve public education and make a difference in students’ lives. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and check
Join us as we look back on our first 50 years with a new video featuring the voices of Education Northwest staff members describing how their work connects to civil rights by striving to create equitable opportunities for all students and a timeline of the major national and regional milestones...
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 to October 15 in the United States, Education Northwest celebrates the careers and service of four leaders from our region who are making a difference in the lives of Latino students and families.
English learner students who were enrolled in Washington state public high schools between 2009-2010 and 2012-2013 took fewer advanced courses per school year than never-English learner students, according to a new study by REL Northwest—but students who were similarly academically prepared took...

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