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 Improving Educational Equity Through Cultural Responsiveness in Schools and Educator Preparation Programs

Webinar | September 17, 2019

This webinar will define educational inequity and discuss its implications. It will include a brief introduction to culturally responsive pedagogy and what broader systemic changes may be necessary to implement equity and culturally responsive pedagogy.

 The Changing Role of Education Finance Leadership

Webinar | August 27, 2019

This interactive webinar with Edunomics Lab will answer questions about financial transparency reporting under ESSA. Webinar participants will learn about the new Supplement-not-Supplant requirement for a district “resource allocation methodology” and explore what conducting “resource allocation reviews” means for states and districts.

 How School Counselors Can Support Postsecondary Readiness

Webinar | August 20, 2019

Schools and districts are looking to provide more coherent school experiences that align with students’ postsecondary and career aspirations through initiatives such as personalized learning or individualized learning plans. With their advanced training addressing students’ postsecondary, career, social -emotional, and school safety goals, school counselors are well-positioned to provide the expertise and leadership for these postsecondary readiness efforts.

 Supporting the Evaluation of Early Childhood Educators

Webinar | August 14, 2019

Lori Connors-Tadros, senior director at the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO), will present the report State Teacher Evaluation Systems: Fifty State Scan on Resources for Early Childhood Teachers. Connors-Tadros will explain how states have addressed evaluating and supporting the knowledge and skills of their early childhood educators.

 Identifying and Addressing Gaps in Access to Effective Educators

Webinar | August 8, 2019

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires states to identify and close gaps in equitable access to effective teachers but does offer flexibility on how to get there. These flexibilities are an opportunity to build on states’ 2014 equity plans and use ESSA’s requirements and flexibilities to select ambitious and innovative strategies that address root causes, close gaps in access, and strengthen the educator workforce.

 July News

July 10, 2019

Our information services coordinator conducts monthly searches for the best available research, resources, and tools on topics important to Northwest education leaders.

  Northwest Rural Innovation and Student Engagement (NW RISE) Network Convening

Walla Walla, WA | June 19-20, 2019

Teachers and leaders from some of the region's most isolated and remote communities will gather for their biannual meeting to learn from each other, share strategies to meet their unique challenges, and spread best practices of the Northwest's rural schools.

 New Resources for Supporting English Learner Students

May 15, 2019

Learn about two new resources that can help teachers hone their practice for developing English learners' language proficiency.

 Federal Funding Streams and Strategies to Improve Conditions for Learning: A Resource Guide for States

April 5, 2019

This CCSSO guide outlines the federal funding sources that can be accessed (and often coordinated or combined) by states to improve the conditions for learning, and identifies strategies state leaders might pursue as they enter into partnerships related to this priority.

 Financing Early Educator Preparation, Support, & Compensation: A Conversation About State Action

Webinar Recording | March 27, 2019

This webinar presented findings from the National Academies report Transforming the Financing of Early Care and Education. Presenters shared recommendations related to supporting the education, skills, and credentials of the early education workforce as well as action steps states can take that align with recommendations in the report.

 Developing a College- and Career-Ready Workforce

March 2019

Aligning the education-to-workforce pipeline can help increase cost-efficiency, promote coherence, and produce better outcomes for students and workers. The CCRS Center has produced a set of resources to help state and local leaders identify opportunities to align and leverage policies, programs, and funding across ESSA, Perkins V, IDEA, and WIOA.

 How Teacher Networks Can Facilitate Deeper Collaboration

March 5, 2019

Karen Martin of Denali Borough School District writes about the benefits of teacher networks in general and specifically the Northwest Rural Innovation and Student Engagement (NW RISE) Network in this Education Week blog post.

 Teacher Leadership Webinar

Webinar Recording | January 18, 2019

This webinar highlights a new toolkit from the Great Teachers & Leaders (GTL) Center and Leading Educators to help states and districts make decisions about creating new or strengthening existing teacher leadership approaches.

 Using Learning Huddles to Improve Teaching and Learning

Webinar Recording | October 30, 2018

This archived webinar introduces the learning huddle: an innovative update to traditional teacher-inquiry protocols centered on continuous-improvement cycles known as "Plan-Do-Study-Act".

 The Big Impact of Networking in Small Places

October 2018

In the October 2018 issue of AASA’s School Administrator magazine, Danette Parsley writes about rural schools’ need to collaborate spurring the formation of the Northwest Rural Innovation and Student Engagement Network (NW RISE).

 A School Superintendent’s Challenge to America

Webinar Recording | September 18, 2018

Get advice and hear lessons learned from former superintendent and author of Wildflowers: A School Superintendent's Challenge to America, Jonathan Raymond, in this Alliance for Excellent Education webinar.

 Networks for Success

May 9, 2018

We've joined our parent organization Education Northwest in sharing our knowledge and lessons learned about networks. Explore with us the impact educator networks such as NW RISE are having on school improvement and learn how your school, district, or state can get involved.

 Creating Caring and Culturally Responsive Classrooms for Students in Prekindergarten to Grade 3

Webinar Recording | April 24, 2018

Learn strategies to create culturally responsive and emotionally supportive pre-K-3 classrooms for children from diverse racial and cultural backgrounds in this REL Northwest webinar recording.

 Improving Outcomes for Students in Rural Areas: The Promise and Challenge of Educator Networks

Webinar Recording | October 24, 2017

This REL Northwest webinar spotlights networks that are helping connect geographically isolated educators and prepare students in rural areas for postsecondary success. Hear from leaders of three rural education networks—our own Northwest Rural Innovation and Student Engagement (NW RISE) Network, the Vermont Rural Partnership, and the Ohio Appalachian Collaborative--about their successes and challenges. Presenters share strategies to promote cross-district collaboration through job-alike groups; student engagement through place-based learning; and college and career preparation through personalized learning pathways.

 Key Teaching and Learning Shifts for Personalized Learning: Preparing for Success

Webinar Recording | October 23, 2017

This webinar recording focuses on the key teaching and learning shifts that occur in successful personalized learning settings over time, including how these shifts can help improve students’ college and career readiness. The webinar featured both national experts and local leaders from districts implementing personalized learning approaches.

 Video Conveys Promise of Regional Rural Educator Network

September 8, 2017

In this new video, several teachers also talk about their experiences in NW RISE and reflect on the network’s growth from a handful of districts to a vital resource that connects her to a large group of K–2 teachers who share ideas and plan classroom projects together.

 Native Language Immersion Programs and Native Student Identification Resources

July 18, 2017

Our parent organization, Education Northwest, recently spotlighted two areas related to one of the NWCC’s highest priorities: improving the educational experience and outcomes of American Indian/Alaska Native students.

 Oregon Submits ESSA Plan

May 5, 2017

The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) submitted its final state plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act to the U.S. Department of Education today.

 Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Resources

May. 1, 2017

As state education agencies (SEAs) continue to develop and implement their ESSA plans, the Northwest Comprehensive Center has been providing on-the-ground technical assistance to each of the five SEAs we serve.

 School Discipline Data Indicators: A Guide for Districts and Schools

April 18, 2017

A new guide by our partners at REL Northwest helps schools and districts use data to identify the root causes of discipline disparities and to monitor progress towards eliminating racial disproportionalities in exclusionary discipline.

 Guide Helps Districts Use Data To Improve Dual-credit Programs

April 6, 2017

To increase college and career readiness in Washington, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction is strengthening the state’s capacity to offer quality dual-credit options and ensure equitable access and course completion for all students.

 Recommendations for Making Consultation With Tribes Meaningful

Dec. 16, 2016

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) stresses the importance of improving educational outcomes for American Indian and Alaska Native students.

 Providing High-Quality Technical Assistance across the Region

October 15, 2016

State education agencies in the Northwest face many challenges and competing priorities, but a few have risen to the top of the list in the past few years, including how to improve education for American Indian/Alaska Native students, promote college and career readiness, and support low-performing schools.

 ESSA Implementation in the Northwest

May 4, 2016

With the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), state education agencies (SEAs) have been examining the new requirements and developing plans to implement the national education law within each state’s unique context.

 Reaching Rural and Remote Schools: A Lesson From Montana

Apr. 7, 2016

Supporting professional learning is essential to effective implementation of the Montana Common Core Standards (MTCCS).

 Deepening Rural Collaboration Through Video Study

Dec. 24, 2015

The NWCC helps build the capacity of state education agencies in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, and Washington to strengthen internal effectiveness to plan, implement, monitor, and evaluate large-scale reforms; and support local education agencies in implementing reform initiatives.

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