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Apr 2015

Instructional technology facilitator named 2015 ESD 112 Classified Employee

2017-01-04T09:12:22+00:00 April 27th, 2015|Vision timeline, weLearn news|

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 [...]

Apr 2015

K-12 librarians’ roles shift to meet digital demands

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

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 [...]

Mar 2015

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

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

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 [...]

Mar 2015

Vancouver Public Schools technology director named education tech leader to watch

2017-01-04T09:08:49+00:00 March 9th, 2015|Vision timeline, weLearn news|

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 [...]

Feb 2015

Vancouver Public Schools’ leadership team to participate in Future Ready Regional Summit

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

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 [...]

Oct 2014

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

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

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 [...]

Oct 2014

Flipped out

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

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 [...]

Oct 2014

Leading and learning for a successful digital transformation

2017-01-04T09:20:22+00:00 October 9th, 2014|Vision timeline, weLearn news|

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.

Mar 2014

weLearn 1:1

2017-01-04T09:21:41+00:00 March 26th, 2014|Vision timeline, weLearn news|

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 [...]