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Recently, I noticed a green  “Accredited School”  emblem on the top of a local high school’s letterhead, which made me wonder - what exactly is school accreditation and who and what is involved in the process? 

I know that the Northwest Educational Service District (NWESD) happens to be...

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What is the Washington School Improvement Framework?

On March 16, I sat in a classroom at the Northwest Educational Service District (NWESD) while the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) unveiled the new Washington School Improvement Framework (WSIF) to our region’s superintendents. The WSIF is Washington’s response to the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaced No Child Left Behind (NCLB) back in the Obama era. Whew! Those are enough acronyms to make...

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Police Line

This past December I wrote about School Safety and the anxiety we feel when we turn on the news. Regrettably, not only did the tragic Florida school shooting occur in February, but as of this blog post, there have been 28 school shootings...

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Graduates cap and gowns on race track

Ed here. Wow, it’s been chilly lately! With all this snow and the heating bills climbing, my mind wanders to the students who are at this very moment preparing for their future jobs so that someday they can afford to pay their own bills. I know that those of you who are working with the fine youth of our region are working towards equipping all of your students for the “real world”. There are so many things to consider when working towards this goal and...

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Bookclub Open Books from above

During a recent visit to the Northwest Educational Service District 189 (NWESD), I was invited to attend a professional book study sponsored by the School Nurse Corps (SNC) program. They were discussing the book Brave Girl Eating by Harriet...

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