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Do English learner students miss more class time due to discipline than their non-English learner peers? Art Burke examines this and other questions in his newly published REL Northwest study.
Danette Parsley writes about two exceptional schools in rural Oregon that are beating the odds through data use, high-quality instruction, community building, and strong leadership.
Malkeet Singh writes about the potential of the Common Core State Standards to improve outcomes for disadvantaged students and his own work in providing professional development to math teachers.
Coming into high school a few years ago, I could not have anticipated how valuable skills like marking up important parts of the text or re-reading certain passages could be to my grasping of the material. As a sophomore last year (and a freshman the year before), I shrugged off most of the advice,
      Join the Institute for Youth Success at Education Northwest for a series of professional development opportunities designed for youth program staff. Intro to Active Participatory Approach—Free! July 19 (Portland, Ore., location TBA, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.) How do young people learn? Is your
Congratulations to Tacoma Public Schools Superintendent and Education Northwest Board Member Carla Santorno who received a 2016 Women in School Leadership Award at the American Association of School Administrators national conference in Phoenix in February.
      Registration Open October 17–18, 2016 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Education Northwest, Portland, Oregon Want to learn how to set the conditions required for effective discussion and collaboration focused on equity work — and gain the essential knowledge and skills for responding to groups’ unique
Join us as we look back on our first 50 years with a new video featuring the voices of Education Northwest staff members describing how their work connects to civil rights by striving to create equitable opportunities for all students and a timeline of the major national and regional milestones...
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 to October 15 in the United States, Education Northwest celebrates the careers and service of four leaders from our region who are making a difference in the lives of Latino students and families.
English learner students who were enrolled in Washington state public high schools between 2009-2010 and 2012-2013 took fewer advanced courses per school year than never-English learner students, according to a new study by REL Northwest—but students who were similarly academically prepared took...
Joyce Harris, community outreach manager at Education Northwest, received a lifetime achievement award from the Portland Human Rights Commission on Dec. 2 at the Emily G. Gottfried Human Rights Awards ceremony.
Rural schools around the country are challenged in hiring and keeping high-quality teachers. Many things contribute to this reality: Teaching in a rural and/or remote community can mean being geographically isolated, having fewer resources and colleagues, dealing with the sense of being an
When schools get an influx of English learners, what can principals do to help ensure their academic success?
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) turned 50 on April 11, 2015. The law is our nation’s primary mechanism for distributing federal funds to schools and for guiding improvement efforts, especially in schools with high percentages of low-income students. I, too, turn 50 in 2015. As I
This blog post describes how a one-size-fits-all approach to school turnaround may be inappropriate — or even detrimental — to rural schools.
Four years ago, when I taught first-year composition at Portland Community College, I remember working hard to focus my class on topics I felt would interest my students: how experts achieve excellence in their chosen fields, for example, and how to balance work, school, and personal life. My
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. In 2013, the Oregon Legislature made
My sister is about to become the first college graduate in our family, and we were chatting recently about the things that our future holds as well as our childhood. We were looking through some old baby pictures—cringe-worthy ones, may I add—and we started talking a lot about our upbringing. Both
Located on the Spokane Indian Reservation, the Wellpinit middle and high schools serve roughly 150 students in grades 6 through 12. When I started in September as a first-year principal, I was looking for a method to maximize results. I’d taught at Wellpinit for six years and saw that our teachers
As graduation draws near, Education Northwest would like to honor a group of exemplary students and future leaders from Pasco High School in Washington who met with us last year during a site visit. A minority-majority school, Pasco High promotes bilingual and biliterate education. Their culture is

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