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Education Northwest Community Outreach Manager Joyce Harris and two others have won the 2016 awards for public service given annually by the University of Oregon Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management and the department’s advisory council. Harris will be honored in a ceremony on May...
A REL Northwest study of developmental education (remedial, noncredit bearing courses) and college readiness of first-time students at the University of Alaska found that high school grade point average (GPA) was more predictive of students’ success in college English and math courses than SAT, ACT
U.S. Representative Suzanne Bonamici—whose Congressional district stretches from the west side of Portland all the way to the Oregon coast—spoke with Education Northwest staff...
The education world is paying more attention than ever before to gaps in our students’ writing ability. What’s helping to close the gap at Roosevelt High School, Oregon’s most diverse high school, is extending writing beyond the classroom. In 2012, this North Portland high school used funds from
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual meeting bills itself as the world’s largest annual gathering of educational researchers, and while the participants benefit from a wide variety of professional development and collaboration opportunities, the impact is also felt outside
In a three-minute video, educators from small rural schools in the Pacific Northwest talk about the value of participating in a network.
When we started the Northwest Matters blog a year and a half ago, we hoped our posts would contribute to the regional and national conversations about the most critical education issues. Seventy posts and more than 35,000 page views later, we can pause for a moment to say thank you to all of our
At last week’s Oregon Leadership Network (OLN) Fall Leadership Institute, more than 400 leaders and educators from OLN member districts and organizations gathered to focus on leading for equity. Cohosted by North Clackamas Schools, the institute featured presentations by the National Equity Project
When Kaiser Permanente began offering a $2,000 scholarship—aimed at increasing college access and participation of students from diverse backgrounds...
Many rural school districts face challenges such as high rates of poverty, geographic isolation, and low student engagement.
Although discipline disparities along racial and gender lines have gained increasing attention in recent years, students with disabilities are not always a part...
The 46th annual National Indian Education Association (NIEA) Convention and Trade Show is taking place in Portland on October 14–16....
Education Northwest launched a new scholarship program for Native educators at the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) convention...
What skills can preschoolers learn that will ultimately help them get into college? It may sound surprising, but research suggests even very young children are already developing skills that will help them later in life. In a famous set of “marshmallow” studies conducted at Stanford University in
According to recent data from the National Center for Education Statistics, one in three students in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington is now...
Education leaders from the Knowledge Alliance welcomed the appointment of Ruth Curran Neild to lead the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).
As the national focus on community college grows, a new report released by REL Northwest unveils the developmental education enrollment rates and postsecondary outcomes of public high school graduates at Oregon community colleges. Among the findings, the study shows that nearly 75 percent of recent
With discussions about race gaining momentum across the country, Filmmaker Melissa Lowery is doing her part to make sure girls of color are included in the conversation. At next week’s OLN Spring Leadership Institute, she will present her film, Black Girl in Suburbia, to an audience of
In the end, they traveled more than 1,500 miles over six days in a van usually rented out to rock bands. When they weren't in the van, they were visiting schools in five remote communities across three Northwest states as part of NW RISE —a project that aims to increase rural students'
Since this article appeared in March, 2015 as part of our series on collective impact, the Institute for Youth Success has joined Education Northwest to better support youth-serving agencies in Oregon and across the region. Schools alone can’t do everything when it comes to reaching out to

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