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Equity in Education

As I visited schools in our region and listened to educators plan instruction for student learning, I heard many conversations about equity. Educators are studying the achievement gap (subgroups of students underperforming as compared to the whole student body) and the opportunity gap (not all students having the same access to the attitudes, experiences and supports). Educators are seeking to find what supports and experiences are necessary to best meet the unique needs of groups and/or individual...

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Girl getting vacinated

With the 2017-18 school year fast approaching, I have been thinking about a conversation I had with school nurses regarding back to school vaccination requirements in Washington State. I then realized that seven of our State mandated vaccines for school, pre-school and child care entry, were developed by an American microbiologist whose life’s work has affected nearly every human on the planet. Work that continues to save over 8 million lives each year. How many know his name? Sadly, most of us do not. 

His name was...

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CAMP students

Some of the most engaged learning I’ve ever witnessed was during a visit to the Dare to Dream Academy at the University of Washington. Even though students were out of school for the summer, they were totally immersed in this camp experience. The Dare to Dream Academies are sponsored by the Migrant Education Program (MEP) of the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) in partnership with College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) on each university campus in WA (CWU, EWU...

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Kid learning math

Last week I traveled to an elementary school to meet with my third-grade friends and their teacher. Students were just developing their ideas about fractions and area. The classroom environment was one in which students felt comfortable taking risks. These third-graders were comfortable engaging in tasks without relying on teacher direction. Students had previous experiences with Graham Fletcher’s Three-Act Lessons GFletchy.com and loved the exploration that accompanied Act 2!  (If you are not familiar with Graham Fletcher...

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Group of teenage students talking in classroom

On any given school day, it is common to hear a student say, “Hey, wait up!” and “Nice game last night.” In the social studies classroom, however, that same student might state, “Clearly, our Founding Fathers established three branches of government to limit the powers of any one branch and avoid tyranny.” While the former use of language is a casual and appropriate peer interaction, the latter demonstrates how that same student is capable of switching gears and demonstrating content understanding through the use of more sophisticated or “academic”...

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