"Districts across the country are finding ways to turn after-school programs—once little more than glorified babysitting—into learning experiences that motivate students and close equity gaps," writes Deborah Yaffe.
Original source: Idaho Statesman, Aug. 18, 2016 As Boise School District prepares to launch Community Schools, the district is drawing on the Family-Community Resource Center model established in Vancouver Public Schools. Read more in the [...]
On Friday, March 25, Vancouver Public Schools Superintendent Steve Webb will host his last patron tour of the 2015–2016 school year. The tour will provide an in-depth look at the dynamic learning opportunities at Columbia River High School and Discovery Middle School.
A Broader, Bolder Approach to Education today released a case study about Vancouver Public Schools. Developed over the past year, the case study highlights the district's Family-Community Resource Centers, known as FCRCs, and work with local partners to remove poverty-created barriers to learning among more than half of VPS' 23,500 students.
Vancouver, Wash. — Vancouver Public Schools is one of 25 school districts in the nation commended by the White House for its commitment in support of President Barack Obama’s initiative to expand computer science curricula [...]
On Friday, Jan. 22, Vancouver Public Schools Superintendent Steve Webb will host his second patron tour of the 2015–2016 school year. The tour will provide an in-depth look at the dynamic learning opportunities at Vancouver [...]
Students from iTech Prep adopted the Marshall Elementary School Family-Community Resource Center over the holidays. They collected food, shoes, clothing and hygiene items worth a total of $500 for Marshall students and families!
Readiness for kindergarten is a predictor of school success in later years. So how do we provide a positive start for our youngest students? The Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS), helps ensure that [...]
Original source: School Administrator, December 2015 Arts are integral to our curriculum, which is why we engage students in arts-centric learning experiences and give them opportunities to select options that meet their needs and interests. Learn [...]
The growing needs of families directly affects our students. The role of Family-Community Resource Centers, now at 16 district schools, has always been to remove barriers to learning so all students can be successful. But [...]
Original source: The Columbian, October 2015 We believe all students deserve the opportunity to be successful. As Superintendent Steve Webb writes in this op-ed, our supportive community is critical in helping with this work. As a result, [...]
Nearly 1,750 kids and adults attended the second annual Go Ready, a free festival designed to help VPS families with their back-to-school needs so that all students are prepared to begin learning on the first day of school.
On Friday, October 30, Vancouver Public Schools Superintendent Steve Webb will host his first patron tour of the 2015–2016 school year. The tour will provide an in-depth look at the dynamic learning opportunities at Marshall [...]
One-hundred-seventy-five new educators were welcomed to VPS at the New Educator Training in August. This week-long program gives our new teachers a toolkit for success in their classrooms and schools, and opportunities to meet and [...]
After picking up awards from the Washington School Public Relations Association this spring, the Vancouver Public Schools communications team in June collected nine Publications and Electronic Media Awards from the National School Public Relations Association. [...]
In April, 150 education leaders from across the nation converged in Vancouver to learn about the district’s weLearn 1:1 technology initiative. The conference, hosted by the nonprofit Digital Promise’s elite League of Innovative Schools, featured [...]
First photo above, from left: Brittney Hauff, Cedric Hitzeman and Kasandra Wielenbeck show their mushrooms. Second photo: Wielenbeck, Hitzeman, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, teacher Steve Lorenz and Hauff receive their award in Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy [...]
Beginning this summer, Vancouver Public Schools will have a new mode of transportation: a mobile Family-Community Resource Center. Instead of students though, the Dodge Ram ProMaster will transport a coordinator, resources and supplies for families [...]
In March, the district conducted an informal online survey about district facilities needs. More than 1,500 respondents—parents, students, staff members and the community—told VPS how its buildings could be improved. King Elementary School, built [...]
You can find a bully anywhere. It’s hard to stop them. It’s even harder to change a school’s culture. But students and staff members at Minnehaha Elementary School are working to do both. Helping set [...]