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Oxley, Diana; Luers, Katie Whitney – Education Northwest (NJ1), 2010
For the last decade, small learning communities (SLCs) and small schools have dominated the education landscape as cures for large comprehensive high schools' failings: high dropout rates and graduates unprepared for postsecondary careers and college. Recently, redesign efforts have begun to falter in light of evaluations showing stalled…
Descriptors: Small Schools, High Schools, School Restructuring, Dropout Rate
Garringer, Michael – Education Northwest (NJ1), 2010
School-based mentoring (SBM) has exploded in popularity in recent years: Today approximately one fourth of the youth mentoring programs in the country use a school-based format (Herrera, Grossman, Kauh, Feldman, & McMaken, 2007). In SBM, a K-12 student is paired with an adult from the community or an older (usually high school) student in a…
Descriptors: Mentors, Elementary Secondary Education, Delinquency Prevention, Prevention
Lockwood, Anne Turnbaugh; Fleischman, Steve – Education Northwest (NJ1), 2010
Droves of school turnaround providers are chasing the massive federal infusion of funds flowing into failing schools. They arrive armed with glossy materials, impressive sounding claims, and, often, citing their prior relationships or experiences with one's school to support their promises of great service and impressive outcomes. But, are their…
Descriptors: School Restructuring, Accountability, Educational Improvement, Program Effectiveness
Stepanek, Jennifer; Raphael, Jacqueline – Education Northwest (NJ1), 2010
The past two decades have brought the second largest wave of immigration in U.S. history. This has led to a rapid and unprecedented influx of immigrants to the Pacific Northwest as well as a rise in the number of English language learners (ELLs) in schools. Between 2002-2003 and 2007-2008, the Northwest's annual growth in ELL enrollment was nearly…
Descriptors: Evidence, History, Academic Achievement, Second Language Learning
Nelson, Steve – Education Northwest (NJ1), 2010
Much of the Northwest Region (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington) is rural in nature. A characteristic of the extractive economies such as timber, agriculture, mining, and fisheries is that they are generally located in small communities isolated by distances. While schools in these communities face the same challenges as those in…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Rural Schools, Rural Areas, Technical Assistance
Education Northwest (NJ1), 2010
Founded in 1966 as the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, Education Northwest works alongside educators, administrators, policymakers, and community members to transform teaching and learning. In the Northwest, educational priorities remain focused on closing the achievement gap. Through analysis of client requests, student assessment…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Ethnicity, Rural Schools, Family Income