Instructional technology facilitator named 2015 ESD 112 Classified Employee

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 [...]

Vancouver Hosts National Educator Visit [VIDEO]

Top educators from across the nation visited Vancouver Public Schools from April 19-21, during the spring meeting of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools. The focus of the visit was implementing digital tools in the classroom, such as mobile devices, laptops, and school-oriented software.  Superintendents, administrators, and business leaders toured schools, conferenced, and heard [...]

2015-04-25T17:32:45+00:00 April 25th, 2015|weLearn news|

K-12 librarians’ roles shift to meet digital demands

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 [...]

2015-04-15T13:55:10+00:00 April 15th, 2015|weLearn news|

A one-to-one program done slowly—and right

Original source:, 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 [...]

2015-03-10T20:30:09+00:00 March 10th, 2015|weLearn news|

Vancouver Public Schools technology director named education tech leader to watch

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’ leadership team to participate in Future Ready Regional Summit

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 [...]

2017-01-04T09:13:30+00:00 February 17th, 2015|Vision timeline, weLearn news|

Librarians’ role as digital learning leaders highlighted in national case study

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 [...]

2017-01-04T09:19:01+00:00 October 23rd, 2014|Vision timeline, weLearn news|

Flipped out

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 [...]

2017-01-04T09:18:52+00:00 October 22nd, 2014|Vision timeline, weLearn news|