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On a day designed to empower Oregon education leaders to take action to improve equity in the state’s public school system, the Oregon Leadership Network (OLN) Fall Leadership Institute brought together roughly 400 participants on December 10 at Portland’s Sentinel Hotel. “Education is the
What can school counselors do to help all students be prepared for college? To address that question, the White House recently convened a meeting of school counselors and college/career readiness experts, including a representative from Education Northwest. The November 17–18 meeting at San Diego
It’s an exciting time for educators dedicated to improving the educational success of English learners across the country. According to U.S. Department of Education Assistant Deputy Secretary Libia Gil, there’s increasing recognition and value placed on linguistic diversity, as well as growing
Kindergartners arrive on the first day of school with a wide range of skills. For some kids, kindergarten will continue their earlier school experiences; for others, it will be their introduction to formal education. One way for schools and kindergarten teachers to tailor instruction to meet the
As schools and districts work to improve the academic success for a growing number of English language learner and bilingual students, a new study provides insights into students’ perceptions of a program that grants high school credit to students with dual-language proficiency. Researchers from
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
In this article, we ask teachers in a small, rural district in eastern Washington how they used 10- to 12-week change cycles to make gains in their students’ reading scores.
Attending a small school near the Quinault Reservation marked Bob Rath forever. Bob’s dedication to Native American, Hispanic, and rural education was evident during his tenure at Education Northwest, then known as Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (NWREL). Bob made tremendous contributions
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
Stakeholder engagement, capacity for research, and use of evidence present some of the biggest challenges and greatest opportunities for researchers and practitioners working together. How two REL Northwest research alliances approach these issues will be the focus of a presentation at the Society
When schools struggle in communities experiencing high levels of poverty, it’s not just the schools that need community support to improve. Communities also need community support, which is where nonprofit organizations often play an important role. While Education Northwest is dedicated to
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
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
Graduating high school seniors accepted into a four-year college can arrive on campus in fall and go straight to work on their degrees. Their admissions tests took place when they were in high school and were often accompanied by test prep. Students heading to community college may face a different
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
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
It’s easy to think that the main difference between students who come from poverty and their more affluent peers is their exposure to learning opportunities. However, poverty manifests itself often in unexpected ways in the classroom, and there are specific strategies schools and families can use
In honor of Washington state’s new Seal of Biliteracy law, a group of educators, lawmakers, and other stakeholders who are dedicated to the academic success of English learners gathered at the Kent School District office on June 9. The law recognizes high school graduates who are proficient in

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