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      Common Ground for Practice & Research: Targeted Improvement Initiatives The Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness Fall Conference 2014 focuses on the design, conduct, and use of research to improve practice in the complex settings in which it occurs, including schools, school
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
The International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI) has posted a call for proposals for presentations at its January 2015 meeting to be held in Cincinnati, Ohio. Education Northwest is one of the event's sponsors. “Strengthening schools and communities is a worldwide
      The 28th International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement—ICSEI 2015 —is a unique gathering that brings together international researchers, educators, and policymakers to share how we can improve children's lives through the best educational practices. Presenters from as
When done well, educator evaluation systems can lead to increased student learning and success. That’s according to Education Northwest Researcher Hella Bel Hadj Amor who is serving as the host of this week’s free REL Northwest webinar on implementing educator evaluation and support systems. Before
Educator effectiveness, Common Core State Standards (CCSS) implementation, school improvement, and dropout prevention: these are some of the challenges that matter most to state education agencies (SEAs) in the Northwest. And, they’re issues that the Northwest Comprehensive Center (NWCC) is
Bringing the families of low-income students into discussions of how to pay for college is one of the key messages Sara Goldrick-Rab shared at the Oregon GEAR UP SUCCESS Retreat on April 25 in Redmond. The event, focused on involving educators in college and career readiness issues, was supported
As part of Oregon’s waiver from the No Child Left Behind mandates, more schools will receive additional support from the state this year to help increase student achievement and close persistent achievement gaps. Due to new, higher expectations, 95 schools have been identified for extra help, with
What system conditions are required for rapid and sustainable school change? An international audience will find out when Education Northwest’s Danette Parsley presents January 4 in Santiago, Chile, at the 2013 International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI) conference. Dr.
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. With today’s technology, more and more of these groups are being conducted online rather than face to
More than a requirement of a program’s funders, external evaluation is integral to successful program planning and data-based decision making. Evaluations can answer many questions, such as: What’s working and what’s not? Is the program making a difference? Should it continue, expand, or be cut? At
“The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” Education Northwest’s Nanci Schneider quoted Albert Einstein during a recent professional development event, but asked the audience of more than 200 principals and coaches to consider this
How suspension and expulsion rates vary in a group of Oregon school districts and how students of color may be affected by those differences is just one of the topics that REL Northwest researchers are delving into in the coming months. Seven studies are now underway by REL Northwest research
As districts nationwide welcome increasingly diverse student populations into their schools, the challenge of providing equitable educational opportunities for all grows. Two articles by Education Northwest staff in the April 2013 edition of Principal Leadership focus on this challenge, offering
How can Oregon’s education leaders best use evidence to serve their students? Governor John A. Kitzhaber, M.D. will address this timely topic at the Oregon Leadership Network (OLN) Fall Institute on December 3, 2013 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. In addition to Governor Kitzhaber, OLN
Tribal representatives from across the country gathered November 3, in Rapid City, South Dakota, for a common cause: examining how our education system incorporates indigenous language and culture and what research could help increase and improve those efforts. Convened by REL Northwest with REL
Recent efforts by states to make their educator accountability systems more rigorous represent a “seismic shift rarely seen in education,” according to the National Council on Teacher Quality. Northwest states are among those now requiring districts to incorporate multiple measures of effectiveness
Education leaders should approach school improvement and other complex situations by intentionally balancing tensions, or seemingly opposing approaches, to optimize desired results. That approach has been dubbed “ In tension” by the authors of a new Lessons Learned, a series that captures Education
Ensuring equitable opportunities for Oregon students is “absolutely essential” work, Governor John A. Kitzhaber, M.D. told the crowd at the Oregon Leadership Network (OLN) Fall Institute last week in Portland. In addition to Governor Kitzhaber, the 300 OLN members in attendance heard from Rob
Across the country, researchers, practitioners, and policymakers are partnering to address critical local education issues. These research-practice partnerships, or research alliances, are designed to promote the use of evidence that’s relevant, timely, and user friendly. REL Northwest, a project

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