Teaching & Learning

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     A focus on learning

    The Teaching and Learning Department supports quality instruction and rich learning experiences in a wide variety of ways and functions. Our goal is to provide effective, differentiated, and intensive support to teachers and students.  Our staff works together with schools and parents to enable children to achieve their highest potential and reach individual goals. 

    Thanks to our community levy investment, we are able to once again review our curriculum, update teaching strategies and replace instructional materials on a predictable, annual cycle.  Current textbooks and technology provide our students the best opportunity to compete and achieve in the classroom.  This year, we are reviewing our programs in K-8 math, 5-6 reading, writing, and social-emotional learning.  Parents and community members are encouraged to participate in the review process.  Please contact our department if you are interested in serving on a curriculum or instructional review committee at 360.279.5035.
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    Teaching and Learning L To R:  Katie Coder, Peter Szalai, Nicole Bouvion, Krystal Erwin, Deena Malsom, Susie Nesmith
     
    Ongoing professional development

    We provide many professional development training opportunities for teachers throughout the year.  Teachers are required to be current with and to implement the latest research-based practices and initiatives.  These include transitioning to Common Core State Standards and other national and state learning standards, preparing students for the state tests called Smarter Balanced Assessments, and learning how to use the latest technology such as Chromebooks and interactive projectors.  Our department has two teachers on special assignment, or TOSA’s, who provide professional support to teachers.

    Our department is also responsible for the highly capable student program. This year, we continue to expand services from kindergarten through grade 12. Our goals are to identify more eligible students, to reach out to under-represented populations, and to improve our continuum of services. 

    We also support science instruction in elementary and middle schools through stocking, distributing, and purchasing interactive kits that feature hands-on and engaging learning experiences. Our Science Center maintains thousands of educational items from fossils to beakers to pill bugs.

    We are accountable

    Our team administers legal and instructional requirements to assess student learning.  We provide support to teachers in selecting and implementing classroom-based assessments in social studies, art and physical fitness; maintaining i-Ready math and reading data; and managing state-mandated tests. Student test scores are one way to measure our department’s effectiveness.

    Finally, we are conscientious stewards of our publicly-funded instructional resources. We manage the handling and storage of learning materials, and we surplus obsolete textbooks.  We manage inventory control procedures that utilize barcoding to track all secondary and most elementary text and library books.

     

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