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Claudia Rowe

16 May 2015

Seattle, Washington, United States

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In 1997, researchers found a connection between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and adult health problems. Seattle's public schools are part of a growing cohort nationwide applying this knowledge in the classroom...

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Katherine Long

9 May 2015

Olympia, Washington, United States

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At Evergreen College, students take fewer classes for longer durations and are instructed by teams of teachers who have not been sorted out by subject departments. As a result, students’ education is exploratory and o...

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John Higgins

5 May 2015

Bellevue, Washington, United States

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Many schools across the Bellevue, Washington school district have integrated social-emotional learning curricula into their daily lesson plans. Using a program called RULER (Recognize, Understand, Label, Express, and ...

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Katherine Long

6 April 2015

Washington, United States

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Many students who are funneled into remedial courses don't end up completing their community college degrees. For the past decade, I-BEST has offered students a hands-on approach, connecting academic work with direct ...

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Claudia Rowe

16 March 2015

Seattle, Washington, United States

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After implementing the International Baccalaureate curriculum, graduation rates at Seattle's historically underperforming Rainier Beach High School increased 25 percentage points from 2011 to 2015. In a city whose pub...

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Susan Kelleher

4 March 2015

Seattle, Washington, United States

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People need a place to sleep and eat, they need privacy, but they also need community. Seattle had a recent boom in micro-housing which offers a community living model where individuals have a personal tiny room and b...

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John Higgins

22 February 2015

Washington, United States

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Throughout Washington, administrators have rolled out new preschool teacher evaluation methodology. Called "CLASS", instructors are observed at length and judged on their interactions in categories including emotional...

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Claudia Rowe

25 January 2015

Burien, Washington, United States

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When tackling the topic of student discipline, some of the country’s toughest schools have done a turnaround. Instead of focusing on rules broken, they now ask kids to confront themselves. The result? Fewer suspension...

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Claudia Rowe

5 December 2014

Kent, Washington, United States

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It stands to reason: Kick troubled students out of school and they often come back even worse. The Kent School District is trying to tackle this national problem by overhauling the way it handles discipline. But its a...

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Katherine Long

29 November 2014

Seattle, Washington, United States

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In an idea borrowed from college athletics called redshirting, STARS enrolls promising engineering students — many of them women and minorities — to give them an additional year of collegiate academic work before they...

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John Higgins

28 October 2014

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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Research in the U.S. suggests that a small class size is not enough but in combination with teacher training it leads to a change in achievement.

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Claudia Rowe

20 September 2014

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

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Preparing the young for elementary education is a priority to nurture reading and social skills. For 16 years, Tulsa Oklahoma has instituted a state funded preschool, staffed with teachers trained in early education....

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Linda Shaw

20 September 2014

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Universal preschool is a policy that is often hard to pass on voter referendums. But, as evidenced by examples in Detroit and New York, such an investment means that more children would do well in kindergarten, fewer ...

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Claudia Rowe

26 August 2014

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Incoming students are more likely to submit to hazing if they fear being ostracized. Link Crew is a national program that teaches upperclassman during the summer to connect with freshman throughout the year, changing ...

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Lynda V. Mapes

2 August 2014

Brewster, Washington, United States

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New water management technology implemented along the Columbia has significantly helped the fish population - specifically salmon - return to healthy numbers and has restored much of the community and industry that re...

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Linda Shaw

14 July 2014

Mercer Island, Washington, United States

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In the Renton School District, teachers found that only a very few fifth-graders could solve problems with the skill that, in other schools, was common in third or even second grade. So they turned math lessons into c...

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Claudia Rowe

14 June 2014

Toppenish, Washington, United States

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Toppenish High School in Washington State boasts a graduation rate of 94% despite the fact that a third of all parents in the town dropped out of school by ninth grade and the student body is all low-income. Respondin...

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Katherine Long

17 May 2014

Walla Walla, Washington, United States

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Individualized advice and counseling, boosted by software tools, is helping hundreds more students earn degrees and certificates each year at Walla Walla Community College in Washington.

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Linda Shaw

27 April 2014

Auburn, Washington, United States

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As school poverty rates goes up, learning and test scores fall. At Gildo Ray elementary school in Washington state uses a teaching method called director or explicit instruction, in which children learn from a structu...

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Abigail Higgins

25 April 2014

Seattle, Washington, United States

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In S. King County, Wash., the organization Global to Local identified Seattle's ironic status as being a global-health center but having an increasingly unhealthy populace. Global to Local pointed local citizens to a ...

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Claudia Rowe

14 April 2014

Oakland, California, United States

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The Rainier Scholars program in Seattle places fifth graders, who are all minorities, in special coursework through middle and high school, finally offering rigorous college coaching. In Oakland, CA, the National Coll...

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Linda Shaw

1 March 2014

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Several dozen schools across the country are participating in an experiment to determine whether project-based learning in lieu of lecture-only instruction can improve student outcomes on Advanced Placement tests. Man...

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Katherine Long

8 February 2014

Bellingham, Washington, United States

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Fewer than one in four high-school graduates in the Sedro-Woolley and Meridian school districts, for example, go to four-year colleges. Just a little over half of all graduates in surrounding districts go to college a...

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Claudia Rowe

12 January 2014

Kent, Washington, United States

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Cities save money and help kids by connecting them with diploma programs. In Washington, iGrad is helping students do just this – and seeing results.

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Linda Shaw

8 December 2013

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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A lot of research backs the notion that parents play an important role in the academic success of their children, and their children’s schools. While too much parent involvement can cause problems, as happens in some ...

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