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Hispanic mom with baby

Last week, when I was at the Bellingham Public Library to return my overdue books (I know! I know!), I heard the wonderful sound of children singing. I followed my ears to the source of the happy songs to see just who dared to disrupt the usual library silence. There, inside the community room, were a dozen children, all around five or younger, belting out a round of "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes". Moms, dads, and grandparents stood in a ring around them, watching and...

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Entering an elementary classroom recently, I was immediately dazzled by the colorful boards sprinkled with spring art, and delighted in the diversity portrayed through the eyes of young children. Then it hit me: April is fast approaching! My connection had nothing to do with ‘April showers bring May flowers'. The month of April is special in my world for another reason.

April has been honored as World Autism Month for years and more recently, April 2nd is recognized internationally (per...

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As teachers, administrative staff and student support personnel, we know that a significant number of angry, depressed, addicted, and sometimes suicidal students are walking the halls of our schools.  These youth are dealing with multiple traumas in their life, struggling to cope in an environment that requires maintaining control. Understanding how to engage these students in a healthy, positive way has become critical.

 The 1998 Adverse Childhood Experiences study (ACEs), which sent...

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Roaming the Region: Learning about English Learning (EL) ServicesDiverse Adults Learning

I recently learned that school districts in the NWESD Region serve a growing number of English Language students (5%-25%), who are learning English as a second or even third language! To address this growing percentage of students, school districts from across our region have formed the NWESD ELL Cooperative. The purpose of this cooperative is to develop the capacity for ELL Specialists to deliver training within their own districts. EL Specialists are invited to attend...

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While visiting schools in our Northwest region, I am constantly reminded that students of all ages have intuitive number sense and understand how to use mathematics to solve real-world problems. 

On a recent visit to an elementary school, I observed a school-wide fun run. They giggled and cheered as they circled the playground. Parents marked each lap on the back of students’ T-shirts on a circle with 36 sections. Additional laps were tallied above the circle. All students were proud of the number of laps recorded on their shirts. As the teacher and I walked her third graders back to...

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