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July 8, 2017

New Resources And Features On Native education, Discipline Disparities, Youth Voice, Rural Schools And More

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Northwest Comprehensive Center launches updated website

Looking for resources and information about school improvement efforts in the Northwest? Then check out the new and improved Northwest Comprehensive Center (NWCC) website! With a single click, you can discover how we’re supporting efforts to improve teaching and learning in our region. The NWCC website also offers a one-stop shop for:

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New resources help schools identify American Indian and Alaska Native students

Accurately identifying Native students is vital for ensuring their civil rights, treaty obligations, and academic success. However, the process presents many challenges for K–12 schools and colleges.

A new video and brief provide states, districts, and schools with information needed to improve the way they identify and serve Native students. An accompanying blog post highlights the process the University of Oregon has implemented.

Working to reduce exclusionary and disproportionate discipline through a research-practice partnership

Education Week’s Urban Education Reform blog recently featured two posts highlighting discipline reform work that emerged from a research-practice partnership comprising several Oregon Leadership Network school districts and REL Northwest researchers. Beaverton School District’s Jon Bridges wrote about how a sense of urgency to reform discipline policy and practice led to a collaboration with neighboring districts and researchers, and REL Northwest’s Vicki Nishioka wrote about the lessons learned from engaging in the partnership.

New on our blog

Lessons from a Public Investment in Native Language Immersion Classrooms

One strategy for restoring and revitalizing Native languages in Montana is to establish language immersion classrooms in elementary schools. What can states and districts learn from Montana’s approach? Mandy Smoker Broaddus from the Montana Office of Public Instruction offers answers in a guest post.

Four Principles for Meaningfully Incorporating Youth Voice into Programs and Services

Promoting youth voice gives students a sense that they belong, they are valued, and their contributions matter. It also helps them fully engage and develop team-building and leadership skills. What are some ways to build youth voice into your classroom or youth program?

Learning from the Recent Past: How the SIG Program Can Inform Rural School Improvement

The Every Student Succeeds Act gives states and districts flexibility in how they manage school improvement. What can rural schools learn from past programs as they move forward on improvement strategies?

Ask-A-REL question of the month: What effect does grade-span configuration in elementary schools have on student achievement?

REL Northwest’s Ask-A-REL librarian recently reviewed the available research related to this topic. Do you have a research question? Contact Jennifer Klumpfor free, customized answers.

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