ERIC Number: ED440440
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Northwest Trends Shaping Education: The 1998 Regional Needs Assessment.
Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.
This regional needs assessment has three objectives: (1) collect and analyze information with the goal of identifying emerging trends and issues in the Northwest that affect public education; (2) use the findings from this analysis as a basis for assessing perceptions of how significantly these issues impact their local schools; and (3) use these and other needs-assessment findings to guide Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory program development. The needs-assessment process operates on an annual cycle to ensure that results can be applied routinely to planning throughout the institution. Data collection includes surveys of education stakeholders, monitoring of regional news releases, senior staff recommendations, and regional meetings. In review of the findings, the most prominent issue to emerge was professional development. Teachers indicated their willingness to accept new challenges but wanted ongoing assistance to develop their skills. Another emergent theme was that of family and community support for student learning. Educators requested assistance in defining roles and developing strategies to involve families and the community in setting high standards. A final major issue was that of school climate and the need for a safe learning environment for all students. Recommendations for changes in the assessment procedure and three appendices detailing survey responses are included. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.