About Northwest Educational Resources Association

Northwest Educational Resources Association is a professional organization dedicated to supporting a partnership between educational resource providers and the districts they serve.

Whether a company provides curriculum, technology, furniture and equipment, or some other vital service for schools in WA, OR, AK, ID or MT, we provide valuable information including announcements of adoptions/RFPs, upcoming conferences and pertinent information from each states Department of Education. In addition, we strive to promote fellowship and goodwill among members and foster fair business relations in dealings with educators and each other.

Members of Northwest Education Resources Association promote and maintain a high standard of ethics among members and toward the school people of the Northwest.

What's Happening

  • Wash. state must abide by school-choice law under NCLB

    The federal government has rejected Washington state's request to be exempt from a requirement under No Child Left Behind that students at struggling schools be given the option to switch to a higher performing school. In a letter to state officials, Assistant Education Secretary Deborah S. Delisle said it was important for parents to be notified that under the law, they have the right of school choice. (AP via The Oregonian)

     
  • Summer Learning Loss

    NBC's Brian Williams discusses how summer learning loss puts students at a disadvantage academically. For more information, go to gradelevelreading.net.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZolcNG3GVCs


     
  • Seattle Falling Behind in Specialed Reforms

    $11 MILLION AT RISK

    As deadline looms, state says district’s plan lacks specifics

    By LINDA SHAW

    Seattle Times education reporter

    To fix longstanding prob­lems in Seattle Public Schools’ special­education programs, the district’s first step was to write a correc­tion plan — and already it has stumbled.

    The school district sub­mitted a proposal to state officials by the June 30 deadline, but they have rejected it, saying it falls far short of what is required.

    In April, the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction gave the district 18 months to fix its short­comings or risk losing $11 million a year in federal support.

    Read the rest of the article here.

     

Our Mission

Northwest Education Resources Association (NWERA) is a nonprofit organization of professionals comprised of representatives of materials that support the education community. NWERA's mission is to partner and work hand in hand with districts and Northwest Departments of Education to proivde teachers and administrators with quality educational materials and programs. We strive to provide solutions that contribute to the education of all. We have a vested interest in following good business practices; this allows us to partner effectively with districts and the Departments of Education for WA, OR, AK, ID and MT especially in these difficult budget times.

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OER

Mathematics Vision Project (Travis Lemon)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lfr7Un88ik8

 

OER as a Full Curriculum  (Hetav Sanghavi)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3KPB9aV6sk

 

Finding, Using, and Modifying OER (Cable Green)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5wRUHl6ZVU

What's News

  • School test results mixed on Twin Harbors


    School test results mixed on Twin Harbors


    Schools on the Twin Harbors reported mixed results as standardized test passing rates for 2013-14 were released Wednesday by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

    MSP or Measurement of Student Progress tests are taken at all levels except at the high school. The 10th graders take the HSPE (High School Proficiency Exam).

    This year’s test results carry a bit more weight, since the U.S. Department of Education refused to renew Washington State’s waiver from some of the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, including the reporting of “adequate yearly progress.” Without the waiver, schools could be forced to divert some of their federal Title 1 funding to specific programs prescribed by the law if they don’t make adequate yearly progress, taking those funds away from other programs. Title 1 funding supports low-income students.

    According to the OSPI, of 295 school districts in the state, just 22 met the adequate yearly progress requirement. At the school level, just 260, out of more than 2,100 elementary, middle and high schools statewide, made adequate yearly progress.

    Many Harbor districts and individual schools are in some level of “school improvement” under the law due to not making adequate yearly progress.

    Missing from today’s MSP test results release were Aberdeen, Cosmopolis, Montesano and McCleary school districts, who participated in field testing for the Smarter Balanced Assessment. The results of the field test were not compiled and released, so those districts do not have test results for the elementary and middle-school grades that took the new assessment.

    The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is working to develop the new test that is in line with so-called “common core” standards in English, language arts and math.

    Though the Legislature has yet to finalize all the details, the plan is for Smarter Balanced tests to replace the reading and writing portions of the MSP for this school year. High school juniors will also take a Smarter Balanced test, but it will not be a graduation requirement until the Class of 2019, according to the OSPI. Currently, high school sophomores must pass the HSPE to graduate.

    Hoquiam

    Hoquiam Superintendent Mike Parker noted the mixed results in his district. “we’ve been busy, boy, we have been busy over the past many years with the purpose of wanting to improve and doing all we can to improve.”

    The HSPE scores in reading and and writing did drop slightly to 82 percent and 83 percent respectively. “Kids are all different aren’t they?” Parker said. The high school had “really good groups” that scoreD in the 90s a year or two ago, he said.

    “We are not where we want to be, but we are not disappointed either,” Parker added. The scores were competitive, he added.

    The 9th grade showed some gains and “we have been working hard with our middle school,” where an OSPI coach has been working with the principal and teachers, he said. The students benefited from that work. “We are on the right track there,” he said. “We didn’t quite see the gain we want” in 6th and 7th grade, he said.

    Skill groups, where students of like abilities are grouped together, are helping in elementary ages, he added.

    Scores dropped in math and writing for 4th and 5th grade, and Parker said OSPI coaching will be added to Central Elementary to help it meet yearly progress this year.

    The staff met Tuesday to emphasize personalizing teaching so that each student feels they have an adult advocate, Parker said.

    “We have to be prepared to dig deep to reverse the trend at Central,” he said.

    “We don’t want any students to fall through the cracks,” he said. “It’s not realistic that 100 percent of the kids meet reading and math standards.”

    Part of the challenge is that students with special needs such as fetal alcohol syndrome, learning disabilities, or “social and emotional deficits” are expected to do as well and judged in comparison to other students, he said.

    That is the “challenge across all of our schools, we have got to focus and find a way to move those kids higher and we are doing that in middle school,” he said.

    Aberdeen and other districts

    Aberdeen’s only reported scores — its 10th-grade scores — were higher than last year and close to the state average.

    Montesano’s reported scores showed optimistic trends. All of the district’s scores in the 7th, 8th and 10th grades were up except for math in the 7th and writing in the 10th grade.

    Pacific County schools had some good news to report, as well. Tenth-graders in Raymond outdid the state average in writing, though they dropped in reading. Willapa Valley 10th-graders scored higher than the state average in both reading and writing.

    Elementary students in the Wishkah Valley also did well, particularly in 4th grade where math and writing scores hit the 90th percentile, though reading dropped below 60 percent.

    Ocosta Schools reported increases in virtually every grade and every category except the 5th grade, which fell in reading and math. Seventh-graders reported lower math scores, as did 4th-graders.

    “We were very happy with the results, we are still analyzing them,” Ocosta Superintendent Dr. Paula Akerlund said. “We are actually looking at what our strategies for even hopefully strengthening our scores are … yeah, we were pretty pleased.”

    Unlike Hoquiam, Ocosta did not have to send a letter to parents saying they have failing schools.

    “We are one of those districts that did not fail, we had certain subgroups where we did not make AYP overall results (but) we did not have to send a letter to parents saying we were ‘failing schools.’ ”

    With the changes next year to standardized tests and the move to common core, Ocosta is in the same boat as most everyone else. “We are just looking at all that right now,” she said.

    http://thedailyworld.com/news/local/school-test-results-mixed-twin-harbors

     
  • Washington STEM Announces $4 million in 2014 Grant Recipients to Fuel Innovation in Science, Math Education

    August 26, 2014 | SEATTLE, WA – Washington STEM announced today nearly $4 million in investments in innovative, regionally based programs aimed at improving teaching and learning of science, engineering, technology, and math across Washington state.
     
    The statewide nonprofit's investments have two main focuses: (1) Continuing the growth of regional STEM Networks across the state and (2) Expanding its cutting-edge professional development initiative to help teachers with implementation of the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.
     
    "These investments will bring STEM professionals, educators, and communities together to improve STEM education and prepare our students for the STEM careers that drive Washington state's economy," said Patrick D’Amelio, Washington STEM CEO. "The networks will improve STEM education coordination in their community and across the state; and rigorous, high-quality teacher professional development will help ensure students in the classroom are STEM literate."

    Regional STEM Networks

    Subject to meeting specific grant requirements, each of the seven regional networks will receive $200,000 over the next three years to partner with Washington STEM and continue growing systems in which educators, employers, and community leaders work together to match STEM education to STEM career opportunities in their communities. STEM Networks have been created in seven regions around the state: Mid-Columbia (Tri-Cities), Snohomish, South Central (Yakima), South King County, Southwest Washington, Spokane, and West Sound (Bremerton). While working with Washington STEM to meet grant guidelines, each network is tailoring their approach to unique regional needs and opportunities. Detailed descriptions of the networks can be found at www.washingtonstem.org/stem-networks
     
    "The grant will bring STEM professionals into classrooms and students into STEM work places in south-central Washington communities and build programs that train our young people for the jobs of the future," said Jeff Charbonneau, ESD 105 STEM Coordinator and 2013 National Teacher of the Year. "The investment will help bring our plans to fruition and learn best practices from STEM Networks across the state."
     
    Math and Science Professional Development

    The STEM Networks help stream innovations into the schools including the teacher professional development initiative known as STEM-PD. Building on a pilot project in the Anacortes, Nooksack, Bellevue, Renton, and Highline school districts, Washington STEM is investing $2.5 million to expand the STEM-PD initiative to 45 schools statewide, the majority of which are in STEM Networks. Additionally, six teachers will be participating individually to share their practice to teachers across the initiative as they explore new ways to use technology in their professional learning.
     
    "The key to successful STEM learning is excellence in STEM teaching," said Sandi Everlove, Chief Learning Officer at Washington STEM. "Washington STEM's professional development innovations will help spread best practices and help teachers share ideas and techniques around the state and beyond.”
     
    The professional development initiative uses state-of-the art technology that enables teachers to take charge of their own professional learning. With this technology, teachers can collaborate, share and learn from one another, and request real-time coaching.
     
    “This technology helps me overcome big constraints, like location and time, to provide personalized and high quality professional development to teachers,” said Bethany Sjoberg, Science Coach at Highline Public Schools. "I look forward to sharing this with teachers around Washington state as we prepare all our students for a world in which STEM education is vital."
     
    For a list of schools participating in the professional development initiative, go to www.washingtonstem.org/stem-pd
     
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    About Washington STEM
    Washington STEM is a statewide nonprofit advancing excellence, equity, and innovation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. Launched in March 2011 with support from the business, education, and philanthropic communities, our goal is to reimagine and revitalize STEM education across Washington. For more information, go to www.washingtonstem.org

     
  • L.A. students breach school iPads' security

    It took exactly one week for nearly 300 students at Roosevelt High School to hack through security so they could surf the Web on their new school-issued iPads, raising new concerns about a plan to distribute the devices to all students in the district.

    Similar problems emerged at two other high schools as well, although the hacking was not as widespread.

    Officials at the Los Angeles Unified School District have immediately halted home use of the Apple tablets until further notice.

    Read the rest of this article at The LA Times.

     
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