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Education Northwest

Building a clear path toward equitable education for all, together.

Portland, OR   |  http://educationnorthwest.org

Mission

Our mission is to use evidence to help partners solve educational challenges and improve learning.

Ruling year info

1967

Chief Executive Officer

Jessica Johnson

Main address

1417 NW Everett St, Suite 310

Portland, OR 97209 USA

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EIN

93-0553346

NTEE code info

Management & Technical Assistance (W02)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

At Education Northwest, we are committed to advancing equity in education. We partner with communities across the United States to conduct research and evaluations, build organizational capacity, provide professional development, and design learning experiences that support an excellent and equitable education for all

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Career & Technical Education

Empower students and communities with a data-driven, equity-centered approach to career and technical education.

Career & Technical Education Specialties:

- Applied research and policy studies
- Performance accountability
- CTE program evaluation
- Career pathways design and implementation
- Comprehensive local needs assessment development

Population(s) Served

Through research and deep collaboration, we improve early learning opportunities so children and their families can access a brighter can access a brighter future.

Early Learning Specialties:

- Culturally responsive early learning program evaluation
- Early learning program improvement
- Family, school, and community engagement evaluation and technical assistance
- Early learning workforce development research
- Professional development for early childhood educators
- Early literacy for multilingual children

Population(s) Served

Transform English language learning for your students with effective and equitable practices that build on their strengths.

How We Can Support You:

- Dual language programming and evaluation
- Teacher preparation partnerships
- Integrated language and core content instruction
- Multilingual learner policy and programming
- Newcomer services
- Multilingual literacies

Population(s) Served

Building on the strengths of your community, we help you create the conditions that allow each learner to thrive academically, socially, and emotionally.

Equitable Learning Environments Specialties:

- Asset-based practices (social and emotional learning, trauma-informed and restorative practice, student engagement and voice, culturally responsive and culturally sustaining practice)
- Family engagement and school-community partnership
- Systems alignment and coherence
- Applied research and evaluation

Population(s) Served

Give every student a learning experience that affirms their identity, nurtures their potential, and supports them in achieving academic success.

Equity & Diversity Specialties:

- Equity audits and program reviews
- Equity-centered strategic planning
- Diversifying the workforce
- Culturally responsive curriculum educational and instruction
- Equitable evaluation

Population(s) Served

Improve outcomes for Native students with educational practices that sustain Indigenous cultures and honor Tribal sovereignty.

Native Education Specialties:

- Culturally responsive and Tribally specific curriculum development
- Tribal consultation
- Indigenous English language learners and Tribal language preservation
- Professional development
- Strategic planning

Population(s) Served

Together, we build pathways and supports that guide any learner, at any age, to college success.

Postsecondary Success Specialties:

- Evaluation of postsecondary access and completion programs
- Applied research on postsecondary access and completion
- Applied research and dashboards on college credit opportunities in high school
- Using data and evidence to improve college student outcomes
- Culturally responsive and equitable evaluation approaches

Population(s) Served

Build stronger schools for students and educators alike with an asset-based, data-driven approach to school improvement.

School System Improvement Specialties:

- Equity-centered school improvement
- Continuous improvement
- Leadership coaching and professional development
- Teacher coaching and professional development
- Communities of practice

Population(s) Served

Set students up to excel in school and life through effective, engaging, and culturally responsive youth programming.

Youth, Family & Community Specialties:

- Program quality/continuous improvement
- Communities of practice
- Evaluating programs and large-scale initiatives
- Youth reengagement
- Landscape/policy scans

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Knowledge Alliance 2024

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In late 2022, we lost a major federal contract (PNW REL). In 2023, we diversified our contract sourcing.

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

Native Education

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

Native Education

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our team is deeply invested in the success of learners of all ages, everywhere. We are researchers, trainers, coaches, former teachers and administrators, parents, students, youth advocates, and committed community members. We draw on our passion and experience to help our partners overcome problems of practice and find solutions that allow students to flourish.

We know that context matters. Every community has unique strengths and experiences that impact their approach to education. Through deep collaboration and community engagement, we help design evidence-based, contextually relevant, equitable, and effective solutions.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Education Northwest

Board of directors
as of 05/07/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Debra Clemens


Board co-chair

Alexandra Hollingshead

Bruce Bell

Bryce Coefield

Alex Ator

Jeffrey Strickler

Kelly Manning

Maegan Rides At the Door

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/6/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/06/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.