November 30, 2022

NWEA launches new professional learning series that drives educational change

PORTLAND, Oregon., April 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — NWEA – the nonprofit research and education service provider serving K-12 students – today announced a new professional learning series featuring workshops that unleash the power of data to guide instructional decisions and help change instructional practices to develop student learning, well-being, and self-efficacy.

“We know that simply taking a test is of no use if that data is not used to inform adjustments in teaching and learning,” said Jacob Bruno, Vice President of Professional Learning at NWEA. “But far too often there is a disconnect between data and instruction. We are launching this series to help connect these dots for educators and help them build the skills needed to make teaching truly responsive, equitable and impactful. “

The Professional Learning Series summarizes the best research and insights from respected education leaders, coupled with an understanding of the challenges that have impacted classrooms in recent years to identify key practices that support a thriving learning environment for students in a post-pandemic era. The series supports and encourages educators to celebrate the hard work already underway, then take the next steps that make necessary, appropriate, timely, and positive action a reality. The series includes three categories of offerings:

  • Classes eligible for assessment
    Provides educators with a framework for appropriately using assessments and their results to inform critical instructional decisions.
  • Reactive learning cycles
    Helps educators make effective, day-to-day, in-the-moment learning “moves” with their students that are fast, appropriate, and necessary.
  • Goal setting to empower (and motivate) students
    Based on the book, Enter Goal Setting for Students: A Path to Growth, Motivation, and Agencywritten by dr. Chase Nordengren, the sessions highlight how teachers can use goal setting with students as an integral strategy to motivate, increase learning, express confidence and achieve aspirations. A copy of the book is given to each participant.

Sessions in each category are available in the formats that best meet educators’ needs: on-site, virtual, small group, or 1:1.

“Our organization’s history is deeply rooted in providing quality data to our educational community. But what we have observed over the years is that data is not always used effectively in ways that improve learning. student outcomes and lead to actions that produce equitable teaching practices,” mentioned Chris Minnich, CEO of NWEA. “Data alone is worthless if it doesn’t influence teaching in a way that truly meets the needs of every student. That’s why we invest our efforts beyond just providing quality data towards support that leads to effective teaching.”

The new Professional Learning Series is now available. To learn more about the series, visit:

About the NWEA
NWEA® (formerly known as the Northwest Evaluation Association) is a mission-driven, nonprofit organization that supports students and educators in more than 146 countries through research, assessment solutions, policy and advocacy, professional learning, and school improvement services that fight for equity, impact classrooms, and push for systemic change in our educational communities. Visit to learn more about how we partner with educators to help all children learn.

Contact: Simona Beattie, Senior Manager, Public Relations, [email protected] or 971.361.9526