Eddie Sawyer has been selected the 2015 Classified School Employee of the Year for the Educational Service District 112 region. The award is given by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and recognizes an outstanding classified school employee in each ESD region of the state. Sawyer received the award based on points acquired [...]
Original source: Education Week, April 2015 "Teach more and librarian less." That's part of the strategy for utilizing teacher-libarians in new, technological capacities, says Director of Instructional Technology and Library Services Mark Ray, one of NSBA's 2014-15 ed-teach leaders to watch. To learn more about how VPS librarians' roles have changed, read the full story [...]
Original source: eschoolnews.com, March 10, 2015 Superintendent Steven Webb’s successful one-to-one rollout could serve as a roadmap for districts. Dr. Steven Webb’s rise as a visionary leader in K-12 education is as much a credit to his listening skills as it is to his leadership skills. Before the board of Vancouver Public Schools adopted the [...]
Mark Ray, Vancouver Public Schools' director of instructional technology and library services, recently was named one of "20 to Watch" honorees for 2014-15 by the National School Boards Association's Technology Leadership Network. The honor recognizes education leaders from across the country for their work exploring and embracing innovative technology solutions that contribute to high-quality instruction [...]
Vancouver Public Schools will welcome school district leaders from across the country to Vancouver, Washington, Feb. 17-18, to participate in the second of 12 Future Ready Regional Summits. The summits are designed to help district leaders improve teaching and learning through the effective use of technology. The summit is being hosted by the U.S. Department [...]
As part of its ongoing efforts to document the work of innovative school districts around the country, Digital Promise has published a multimedia case study spotlighting how teacher-librarians at Vancouver Public Schools in Washington state are helping to lead the district through its digital transformation. “The New Librarian: Leaders in the Digital Age” is the [...]
Original source: Metro Parent Education Guide 2014 The flipped classroom model subverts the idea that homework must be done outside of school time. Instead, students in flipped classrooms learn new material at home, outside of school hours, and complete their homework while they're at school. A recent article in the Metro Parent Education Guide explores this concept further [...]
Original source: The Columbian, Oct. 12, 2014 Tiffany McCormick picked up a student's world history textbook and flipped to the publication date: 2001. By now, the book itself seems like ancient history. Read the full story on The Columbian.
Original source: Edutopia, Oct. 9, 2014 Education, like so many other aspects of our society, has been undergoing a digital transformation. Accepting this reality is inevitable. Embracing it would be wise. But my district has chosen to go a step beyond that as we strive to lead the transformation. Read the full story on Edutopia.
Design II Showcase Goal Area: Flexible Learning In spring 2013, every sixth-grader at Alki Middle School received an iPad for learning. It was the beginning of the weLearn 1:1 rollout of digital tools to every third- through 12th-grade student in the district. This year at Alki, every student and teacher is using an iPad. “Over the [...]