Northwest Regional Comprehensive Center

Printed from:







Teaching and Learning

Schools that flourish use innovative instructional approaches for all students, including English language learners, students with disabilities, and low-achieving students. The NWCC provides technical assistance to build Northwest states’ capacity to identify and scale up the exceptional work of schools and districts whose approaches to teaching and learning are improving student outcomes.

The following resources related to this priority area have been compiled by NWCC staff.


SEA of the Future: Uncovering the Productivity Promise of Rural Education

The Building State Capacity and Productivity Center released the fourth volume of the SEA of the Future. In this volume, the authors illustrate how rural schools and districts are uniquely poised to contribute to these efforts. Like their urban counterparts, rural schools and districts are being...

Using Technology to Support At-Risk Students’ Learning

The Alliance for Excellent Education released a report finding that technology—when implemented properly—can produce significant gains in student achievement and boost engagement, particularly among students most at risk.

Equity Priorities in the Northwest and Pacific: A Regional Dialogue

NWCC recently partnered with Education Northwest and the Region X Equity Assistance Center on an event that drew representatives from across the region to examine common areas of concern and best practices related improving equity in education. The resource, Equity Priorities in the Northwest and...

Personal Competency: A Framework for Building Students’ Capacity to Learn

The Center on Innovations in Learning released a practice guide examining the key components of four personal competencies in detail, clarifying their interrelationships with one another and defining the specific clusters of knowledge and skills, values, attitudes, and learning habits (patterns of...

Focusing Formative Assessment on the Needs of English Language Learners

WestEd released a paper examining how formative assessment can enhance the teaching and learning of ELL students. The authors highlight the opportunities and challenges inherent in integrating formative assessment into instruction for ELL students in the era of the Common Core and other “next...

Handbook on Innovations in Learning

The Center on Innovations and Learning released a handbook focusing on innovations—both methodological and technological—in teaching and learning that promise to surpass standard practice in achieving learning outcomes for students. The chapters in this Handbook consider best practice from the...

Through the Student’s Eyes: A Perspective on Personalized Learning and Practice Guide for Teachers

The Center on Innovations in Learning released a paper expanding upon the standard definition of personalized learning to assert a multidimensional role for the teacher and vivify the place of motivation, metacognition, and social and emotional competency in personalized learning. Although this...

Teaching the Whole Child: Instructional Practices That Support Social-Emotional Learning in Three Teacher Evaluation Frameworks

The Center on Great Teachers & Leaders released a brief identifying the instructional practices that promote student social-emotional learning, which in turn are critical for student academic learning and showcasing how three popular professional teaching frameworks embed practices that...

Quakertown Community School District: A Systematic Approach to Blended Learning That Focuses on District Leadership, Staffing, and Cost-effectiveness

The Alliance for Excellent Education released the first in a series of interactive video profiles highlighting innovative school districts that utilize digital learning to improve teaching and learning. This interactive video profile of the Quakertown Community School District (QCSD) provides...

The School Principal as Leader: Guiding Schools to Better Teaching and Learning: Expanded Edition

The Wallace Foundation released a brief summarizing a decade of foundation research and work in school leadership to identify what it is that effective school principals do.

Expanding Evidence Approaches for Learning in a Digital World

The U.S. Department of Education released a report focusing on evidence approaches that can be used individually or in combination to design education research and gather and analyze evidence produced by the vast amounts of data generated as teachers and students use digital learning systems.

Building the Foundation: A Suggested Progression of Sub-skills to Achieve the Reading Standards: Foundational Skills in the Common Core State Standards

The Center on Instruction released a paper based on an analysis that determined the sub-skills students need to achieve in each of the Foundational Skills (K–5) in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

Choosing Blindly: Instructional Materials, Teacher Effectiveness, and the Common Core

The Brookings Institution released a report stating that while evidence shows that instructional materials have large effects on student learning, little research exists on the effectiveness of most instructional materials, and very little systematic information has been collected on which...

Connecting High-Quality Expanded Learning Opportunities and the Common Core State Standards to Advance Student Success

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) released a brief exploring ways to strengthen expanded learning opportunities (ELOs) by building their connection to the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

Preparation of Effective Teachers in Mathematics

The National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality (TQ Center) has released a paper applying the recommendations of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel (2008) to the practice of preparing and developing highly effective mathematics teachers.

Model Core Teaching Standards: A Resource for State Dialogue

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) has recently released new draft standards comprising a set of principles of effective teaching. The new standards are revised from the 1992 model standards in response to new visions for teaching. This document is being distributed as a draft for...

A Resource Guide Identifying Technology Tools for Schools

This guide by The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) and the National Association of State Title I Directors (NASTID) provides definitions of key technology components and relevant examples, where appropriate as a glossary for educators.

The Promise and the Power of Distance Learning in Rural Education

This paper focuses on the applicability and potential of two-way interactive television (I-TV) for small and rural K-12 schools as a primary asset in improving educational access and equity and calls for the adoption of enlightened distance learning policies and guidelines at the state and local...

Adolescent Literacy Resources: An Annotated Bibliography (2nd Ed.)

The Center on Instruction released the second edition of its annotated bibliography on adolescent literacy. Updated from a 2007 edition, the bibliography is intended as a resource for technical assistance providers as they work with states on adolescent literacy.

Adolescent Literacy Walk-Through for Principals: A Guide for Instructional Leaders

The Center on Instruction recently released a guide designed to help principals monitor and support adolescent literacy instruction in their schools more effectively. The guide can be used at the late elementary school level, in content-area classes in middle and high school, and with intervention...