Northwest Regional Comprehensive Center

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NWCC supports the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) in implementing and monitoring initiatives that improve educational outcomes for the more than 601,000 students attending Oregon's 1,250 public K-12 schools.

Current priority areas in which we are providing capacity-­building support to ODE include:

Developing and Implementing the ESSA Plan

ODE is committed to incorporating the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requirements into a strong state plan that embeds child- and student-centered learning, equity, and continuous improvement as its core values and will result in increased graduate rates for each student. NWCC has been serving ODE as a thought partner in project management processes to plan, coordinate, and monitor implementation; conducting facilitation and engagement among stakeholders; and adapting or developing policies that align with federal requirements and incorporate evidence-based practices. The final state plan was submitted to the U.S. Department of Education on May 3, 2017.

Increasing Data Literacy

State education agencies rely on data to guide planning, oversight, and evaluation of statewide initiatives such as increasing graduation rates, strengthening school and district improvement, and ensuring equitable opportunities and outcomes for every student. NWCC is helping ODE establish organizational and structural processes that support a culture of data literacy and increase staff members' ability to make data-informed decisions.

Facilitating the Governor's Council on Educator Advancement

The Governor’s Council on Educator Advancement has developed recommendations to ensure equitable access and efficient delivery of relevant, high-quality, and culturally responsive professional development for all of Oregon’s educators. NWCC supported planning and facilitating the council’s meetings comprising exemplary teachers, school leaders, state agencies, legislators, and nonprofit partners. The resulting recommendations are compiled in a report now available on the Chief Education Office website.

Improving American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Student Learning and Outcomes

Working with ODE and the Northwest’s four other state education agencies (SEAs), we provide capacity-­building support to meet the educational needs of American Indian/Alaska Native students. We do this by helping the SEAs’ Indian education coordinators share resources and lessons learned with each other, as well as by providing technical assistance to individual SEAs through state­-level projects. For example, NWCC helped ODE create an Indian education plan for the state, and we are now assisting with implementation. We are also helping ODE design an evaluation plan and tools to monitor the Tribal Attendance Pilot Projects—an initiative that aims to reduce chronic absenteeism of Native students in nine Oregon schools.

Promoting Rural Innovation and Student Engagement

In 2013, NWCC and its partners at Boston College created a network designed to connect isolated rural educators as they work to implement rigorous new standards and improve outcomes and opportunities for students. The Northwest Rural Innovation and Student Engagement (NW RISE) Network currently includes schools from six districts in Oregon (Blachly, Dayville, Gilchrist, Ione, Powers, and Wallowa), along with districts in Alaska, Idaho, and Washington.

Oregon State Coordinator

Vicki Nishioka
Vicki Nishioka

Vicki Nishioka serves as the NWCC’s Oregon State Coordinator. She and the Oregon team work closely with ODE staff to provide highly customized and timely support, which in turn enhances ODE’s ability to support Oregon districts and schools. At NWCC’s parent organization Education Northwest, Nishioka works as a senior researcher with extensive experience in evaluation and technical assistance that particularly focuses on bullying and harassment prevention, special education, and early childhood education and transitions.