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Focus On Effectiveness

About This Site

Why "Focus on Effectiveness"?

Focus on Effectiveness brings together two powerful resources to improve classroom results: research about effective instructional practices, and carefully selected technology tools and recommendations for their use. Research and technology play an increasing role in curriculum development and school decision-making. This Web site brings the two together in a context that is useful for teachers.

Thirty classroom examples highlight the use of research-based strategies supported by technology. The examples are composites, drawn from observations in hundreds of classrooms. Each example showcases the power of the individual teacher to improve learning results, while also acknowledging the common challenges that teachers face every day.


Focus on Effectiveness builds on the landmark work of educational researchers Robert J. Marzano, Debra Pickering, and Jane E. Pollock, authors of Classroom Instruction that Works. Their meta-analyses and research shed light on effective strategies for improving teaching and learning. Their work can be found at the Mid-continent Research on Education and Learning (McREL).

Classroom Instruction That Works

About the Northwest Educational Technology Consortium

The Northwest Educational Technology Consortium (NETC) has been providing services and products in the Northwest since 1995. The consortium is made up of the state education agencies from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington, and the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (NWREL) in Portland, Oregon. NETC is one of the network of 10 Regional Technology in Education Consortia in the United States and receives funding from the U.S. Department of Education.

NETC responds to requests from educators in the region for professional development opportunities and technical assistance and supports educators in effectively integrating technology into teaching and learning.

Focus on Effectiveness was created in response to client requests for research-based strategies that align with effective use of technology to increase student achievement. The project was developed by the Northwest Educational Technology Consortium with the help of the Learning Innovation and Technology Consortium (LITC).

Learn more about the development of this resource.