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 [...]
The White House selected VPS Superintendent Steve Webb as one of 100 school district leaders in the country to participate in the U.S. Department of Education’s “ConnectED to the Future” summit meeting on Nov. 19, 2014.
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 [...]
Design II Showcase Goal Area: Programs of Choice Vancouver Flex Academy at Lewis and Clark High School is Vancouver Public Schools' newest program of choice. Recently, Principal Rob Duncan and teacher Katie Cunningham shared what’s happening in the school's new flexible learning program. “Students who come [here] have more control over what they are doing,” said [...]
For driving a series of systemic advancements to prepare VPS for a digital transformation through the use of 1:1 technology, eSchool News presented Superintendent Steve Webb with a 2014 Tech-Savvy Superintendent Award. He was one of eight superintendents to earn the honor this year.