Light a Fire 2016: Extraordinary Board Member

How SMART Board Member Elizabeth Large Helps Create Confident Readers

Start Making a Reader Today pairs adult volunteers with in-need students.

10/10/2016 By Claire Colby

DIY

How to Do It (Mostly) Yourself at ADX

Tinker your ideas into existence at Portland’s “gym for making stuff.”

09/21/2016 By Katie Vaughan

PDX Index

The Raw Numbers on Carole Smith’s Time as PPS Superintendent

Beyond the lead fiasco.

08/15/2016 By Marty Patail

HEALTH NEWS

Oregon Quietly Increases Protections for Transgender Students

While other states battle Obama over bathroom rights, our department of education is fostering safe learning environments for everyone.

05/27/2016 By Molly Woodstock

GOOD EATS

What’s Cooking at Portland Public Schools?

Local nonprofit Curriculum of Cuisine brings the kitchen to the classroom.

04/13/2016 By Sylvia Randall-Muñoz

ESSAY

How Picking a School Splits Portlanders into Hostile Camps

It's all very genteel, but still.

03/25/2016 By Audrey Van Buskirk

EDUCATION

Inside Portland’s Schools

Explore the fast-changing landscape of local learning.

01/15/2016 Edited by Ramona DeNies By Zach Dundas, Fiona McCann, Rachel Grozanick, Katelyn Best, and Alex Madison Illustrations by Matthew Billington

INSIDE THE SCHOOL BOARD

Gentrification, Testing, and Social Justice: School Boards Sit at the Center of the Storm

How Portland’s volunteer education leaders cope with an impossible job.

01/15/2016 By Fiona McCann

TEST YOURSELF

Could You Handle the Brutal New Test Oregon Students Face?

The state’s Smarter Balanced test is a real doozy.

01/15/2016 By Ramona DeNies

ISSUES & INNOVATION

Portland’s Schools Take On Tough Issues and Bold Ideas

From absentee kindergartners to meditation classes, local education is transforming.

01/15/2016 Edited by Ramona DeNies By Alex Madison, Katelyn Best, Rachel Grozanick, Zach Dundas, and Emma Mannheimer

SHAKEDOWN

What’s the Deal with Wim Wiewel?

Portland State’s president wants a new payroll tax. But first, we size him up.

12/21/2015 By Marty Patail

EDUCATION

Is This The Perfect College For the 21st Century?

The Indiegogo-funded Wayfinding Academy will focus on honing real-world skills rather than fulfilling prerequisites.

12/21/2015 By Keegan Clements-Housser

SCIENCE

How One Seriously Cool Kids Chemistry Set Is Getting Girls Into Science

Yellow Scope's rigorous science kits step away from the pink and towards STEM gender equality.

11/23/2015 By Marty Patail

LIGHT A FIRE 2015

Game-Changing Project: Right Brain Initiative

Demonstrating the need for art in the classroom, every day

10/20/2015 By Ramona DeNies

TOP SCHOOLS 2015

Academic Success, Hunger Games-Style?

Trackers Earth, a radical homeschool program, teaches archery, blacksmithing, and survival with an "unschooling" philosophy.

01/27/2015 By Eric Earle

V IS FOR VICTORY

Is This the Best Way to Educate Children with Autism?

At the pioneering Victory Academy, kids make strides through crafted curriculum, specialized architecture, and patience—lots of patience.

11/05/2014 By Randy Gragg

Slideshow

Slide Show: Exploring Portland's Victory Academy

At one pioneering school, autistic kids make strides through crafted curriculum, specialized architecture, and patience—lots of patience.

10/28/2014

Feature

The Parents’ Survival Guide

When you first reluctantly handed him over to his kindergarten teacher, your heart pounded. When he graduates years from now, you’ll breathe a sigh of relief. After all, the fact that your child is standing there, diploma in hand, is largely because of y

05/19/2009 By Jill Davis, Kasey Cordell, and Maura Flaherty With Brian Barker Edited by Sally Powers

Higher Education

The 2008 Northwest College Report

You’re the one filling out the application, but the school’s got to meet your criteria, too. And we’re not just talking about SAT scores and financial aid packages. We mean those less quantifiable campus-life kinds of things. In our 2008 NW College Repor

05/19/2009 Research by Martha Calhoon By Kasey Cordell