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OLN Alliance

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Oregon Leadership Network Alliance

The OLN alliance seeks to promote equity for each and every Oregon student through evidence-based policies, programs, and practices. Part of a network that’s worked for more than a decade on issues of equitable practice and leadership development, the alliance particularly focuses on eliminating disparities in graduation and exclusionary discipline rates.

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OLN members include representatives of more than 20 Oregon school districts, the Oregon Department of Education, institutions of higher education, and several professional associations. The alliance’s goals are to:

  • Increase high school graduation and completion rates and eliminate disparities in graduation rates among student subgroups
  • Decrease discipline disparities among student subgroups and reduce overall suspensions and expulsions

Representing more than 40 percent of all Oregon students, the OLN districts and their partners have participated in several activities aimed at reducing dropout and discipline disproportionality, including working with REL Northwest to produce three studies. Two studies examine exclusionary discipline patterns from six Oregon districts—one looks at data of all students and the other focuses on data of English learner students. A third report highlights early indicators of students likely to drop out or graduate on time from OLN schools.

The alliance is also working to build members’ capacity to:

  • Implement early warning systems using interactive, online modules designed by REL Northwest, as well as onsite training and coaching
  • Develop tools and educator skills aimed at improving the academic outcomes of English learner students
  • Provide customized services to enhance family engagement of traditionally underrepresented groups
  • Continue to use evidence from literature reviews and published studies to improve district discipline policies and procedures