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Kindergarten students first day

My niece, Angelina, is going to be entering kindergarten in the fall and my sister shared with me that they are both a bit nervous about it. It reminded me of when my own little Emma put on her backpack and climbed on the bus for the first day of kinder. Although she had been a bit unsure about what to expect over the summer, we had a great opportunity to meet her teacher and get to know the school and the classroom before her first day of class. That made all the...

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I recall the days of my youth when “good” math instruction happened in quiet classrooms with students sitting in desks arranged in rows while working problems from their textbook. In recent visits to mathematics classrooms in our region, students were working together, engaging in discourse, creating visual models and questioning one another’s strategies to solve problems in context. There was an intentional focus on student conversations around the development of mathematical ideas. There was also...

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Group of K kids playing with balls and blocks

Recently, I had a chance to visit a kindergarten classroom here in the northwest region. Upon entering the classroom, I was surprised to see that all of the students were participating in a wide variety of activities. I saw one small group of children pretending to perform a health checkup on a doll, another group building a huge block tower, and yet another putting on a puppet show. When I finally noticed the teacher, I saw that she was...

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3 Backpackers hiking into the sunset

Recently, as I was strolling through the NWESD employee lounge, I came upon a fun group sharing a healthy “Breakfast at Break”. It is one of the annual healthy potluck events planned by the NWESD’s Wellness Committee and provides employees with the opportunity to choose from a variety of healthy breakfast options. It was wonderful to see this hardworking group sit down and enjoy each other’s company while fueling their bodies with the wholesome...

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Adults Learning

Ed here. Last month, I had the opportunity to drop in on the Northwest Educational Service District's (NWESD) Business Manager’s Academy (BMA). A small, but lively class of eight participants were learning about legislation, levy projections, long-term budget planning, and transportation funding pertaining to school districts.

After the class, I spoke to instructor Lori McLeod, NWESD Fiscal Services Supervisor, to learn a little more about the BMA. I learned that there are only two BMAs in the state: NWESD and at ESD 113 in Tumwater (which has a different...

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