What truly characterizes a professional learning community? And, more important, How can PLCs improve teacher practice and student learning?
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. Originally envisioned as groups that worked together in the same location, technology can now overcome
School leadership is complex and requires wisdom, informed judgment, and choosing among multiple options. Should leaders push for fast results or incremental improvements over time? Do they focus on closing the achievement gap or raising the rigor of teaching and learning? There is no single right
The use of research and data in decision making has become a popular mantra in education circles, but putting it into practice presents some real challenges. Often, educators and policymakers may not have the time or skills to identify, access, analyze, and apply data, or the capacity to use
Education Northwest’s work in equity, English learner instruction, postsecondary and career readiness, and school improvement were highlighted at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), April 16–20 in Chicago.
Welcome to the Oregon Leadership Network's monthly blog series. Topics relate to building the capacity of education leaders to sustain research-based equitable practices across Oregon’s P–20 education system. Learn more about the Oregon Leadership Network. Many of us are working to reduce and
According to data compiled by the Education Commission of the States (link is external) (ECS), only 11 states and the District of Columbia currently require districts to provide publicly funded full-day kindergarten.
Lessons, Tools, and Results from the Field In Seattle on March 13, this free, one-day event is for school leaders, educators, and technical assistance providers interested in building early warning systems for identifying and supporting students most at risk of not graduating from high school
Our Evidence Blast series provides research, data, and resources to help practitioners and policymakers make important decisions about schools and students.
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
The following are Common Core State Standards (CCSS) resources that focus on Assessment.
The following are Common Core State Standards (CCSS) resources that focus on implementation.
A series published by Education Northwest to keep regional stakeholders informed about the Common Core initiative.
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,
This April 2013 article in Principal Leadership, written by Rob Larson and Rhonda Barton, looks at lessons for school leaders on improving educational equity. It provides examples from OLN member districts and discusses use of OLN’s LEAD Tool™. One message is that equitable education begins with
External evaluation is a critical part of any program. It can tell you what elements are—or are not—working and whether the program is making a difference. A successful evaluation depends on a complex interaction of people, methods, and a genuine interest in looking critically at program challenges
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