The writing shared in these two volumes is insightful, reflective, and thought-provoking. These teachers have made valuable contributions to our profession. Click on an image to view Teachers' Voices.
This morning the House Education Appropriations and Oversight Committee held a work session on National Board.
National Board Certified teacher leaders tell stories of how policy decisions impact learning and teaching in their classrooms in order to spark constructive dialogue across the education community. Read more »
Herman's arm was stretched across the top of his desk, his head had long ago dropped down and I was pretty sure that a small pool of drool had puddled on his desk. Jocelyn shifted in her chair, bumping her knees under her desk. She was tall for a 4th grader, but desks come in one size fits all around here, so she makes due. Vincent, always the achiever, was the lone hand offering a response as we went over the umpteenth worksheet from our Houghton Mifflin Literacy Curriculum. Read more »
"What do you remember learning in school?" For most of us, regardless of our age, the "I remember when I..." is almost always followed by a description of something that we made/painted/performed/recited/creatively moved or pounded out a beat to.... We remember the experience because it was connected to all parts of us - the mind, the hand (or body), and the heart.
I have lost count of the number of times I have received the same type of answer when asking middle school students to describe something they have learned. I never forget the sparkle I see in their eyes and the enthusiasm I hear in their voices as they recount learning about something as they danced and moved, sang, acted, drew or constructed. Their responses are not surprises to me, but rather, confirmations of the many central roles the arts (dance, music, theatre, and visual arts) perform in our lives and learning.
Well, we certainly have! So we decided to ask Hilary Seidel, Excellence in Education Recognition Coordinator at OSPI, all about it. Read more »
Summary Elements of Education Funding Bill - House Bill 2261