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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
A new report on school suspensions based on data from Chicago Public Schools shows that not only are students of color held out of class at a high rate even as overall suspensions are decreasing but also that as schools reduced suspensions, rates of unsafe behavior decreased and students reported
With an increasing focus in Oregon on expanding educational opportunities and success for English learners, education leaders from around the state gathered in Eugene on March 11-13 for the State English Learners Alliance Conference. The event was sponsored by the Confederation of Oregon School
Collective impact involves bringing together a wide range of partners—schools, community-based organizations, government, businesses, foundations, and individuals—to address a critical community issue. Initiatives are often complex with many moving parts, and challenges include making sure that
Involving parents in their kids’ education experience can be a key to student success. More than 300 participants―a mix of parents and educators from K-12 and early childhood programs―came together to focus on the importance of family engagement for equity, empowerment, and engagement at the 22nd
One way to help students get ready for the rigors of college is to give them opportunities to start college-level work and earn credits while still in high school. Another approach is to infuse a college-going culture into schools (starting as early as the elementary grades) so that students from
In Anchorage, Alaska, a broad partnership called 90% by 2020 has set an ambitious goal. As suggested by its name, the initiative seeks to increase the local graduation rate to 90 percent within the next five years. Better Together, a partnership based in Central Oregon, has a similar mission of
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
Every 26 seconds a teenager drops out of school in the United States. To reverse that trend, many districts and organizations are turning to early warning systems (EWS) that signal whether a student is at risk of not graduating from high school. While some research exists about establishing these
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
Portland, Oregon — Knowledge Alliance, a DC-based non-profit and non-partisan organization that advocates for the greater use of research-based knowledge in education policy and practice, announced this morning on Twitter the appointment of Education Northwest CEO Steve Fleischman as incoming board
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

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