In the Northwest region, 39 percent of schools are rural, compared to 31 percent nationally. While rural schools face many of the same challenges as those in urban settings, they also have unique characteristics that should be taken into consideration when carrying out school improvement efforts.
Data-driven decision making has become a national education priority. But do educators have the capacity to understand the data and use them appropriately to make instructional improvements? What can schools and colleges of education do to better prepare future teachers and administrators to use
“How Small Schools Grew Up and Got Serious (But Didn’t Lose Their Spunk)” is in the December 2010/January 2011 issue of Kappan Magazine. Written by Education Northwest’s high school redesign experts Diana Oxley and Katie Whitney Luers, the article draws on the duo’s field experience from the past
State education agencies (SEAs) are required by federal policy to provide a statewide system of intensive and sustained support to Title I schools and districts identified as in need of improvement due to persistently low student performance. One component of a statewide system of support is the
This March 2012 NASSP Principal’s Research Review, written by Education Northwest’s Rhonda Barton and Rob Larson, looks at strategies for improving educational equity. With racial and economic disparities still an everyday reality throughout our education system, this brief suggests steps
In this report, Education Northwest researchers describe how it is possible to make a statistically significant difference in struggling readers’ achievement in just a single year.
In the May 2012 issue of NASSP's Principal's Research Review, the longtime topic of grade configuration is explored. The writers, Rhonda Barton and Jennifer Klump of Education Northwest, zero in on what the research says about organizing students in various elementary, middle level and
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
Bullying presents one of the greatest health risks to children, youth, and young adults in U.S. society. It is pernicious in its impact even if often less visible and less readily identifiable than other public health concerns. Bullying—a form of harassment—needs to be understood form a
Improving college readiness rates, especially for young men of color, requires an understanding of the challenges they face, and of the levers that might serve to increase college readiness and enrollment. Moving the Needle speaks to both issues by examining the trajectory of Black and Latino males
How the Common Core Must Ensure Equity by Fully Preparing Every Student for Postsecondary Success Recommendations from the Regional Equity Assistance Centers on Implementation of the Common Core State Standards An effective education that prepares youth for postsecondary success should not be a
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
May 28, 2015, 4–5 p.m. PDT Recent studies have shown that students’ belief in themselves as learners can have a positive impact on their ability to persist in their academic coursework when faced with challenges. Understanding that learning is a process and results from effort and seeking
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
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.
The Idaho State Department of Education is offers the next biennial federal programs conference on April 15—17, 2015. The Idaho ESEA Conference, "Listen.Learn.Lead." will be held at the Boise Centre in beautiful downtown Boise, ID. The featured keynote speakers will be Jim Knight and Dr....
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'