I want to take a moment to pause, reflect and acknowledge the incredible efforts I’ve witnessed over the past few months.
This month is the start of a new year, a new decade and a new school for Vancouver iTech Preparatory.
Our staff, students, families and community members take care of one another every day, but the generosity of spirit is perhaps most evident this time of year.
Graduations are a cause for celebration and a source of pride—for everyone.
Hear from two innovative teachers who are helping their students speak out and learn in new ways about not only technology, but also collaboration and communication.
In Vancouver Public Schools, we believe that emotional intelligence is something to be cultivated and embraced.
Superintendent Webb visits Hough Elementary in downtown Vancouver to speak with a few of the folks in the school’s Green Team and Garden Club.
Years of planning and community support of a 2017 bond measure have led to this: building new schools and making upgrades at every school in the district.
I’m reminded that this district is blessed to educate so many young people, with thousands of stories of resilience, achievement, perseverance, hopes and dreams.
At Marshall Elementary, preschoolers learn shapes, letters and numbers. They sing the “Hello Song” and practice coloring.
Careers in Education is an incubator for future educators.
Enough is enough. Our nation’s children deserve better.
Positive relationships bolster students when their focus is lagging, or life intervenes in challenging ways, and let them know that we want every one of them to be successful.
Fifteen Alki students from the leadership class and structured communication program worked through a series of warm-ups and stretches. Then they moved onto skills: those that can be used in soccer, like passing, as well as social skills that can be used off the pitch.
We know that life tragedies can and do happen. Things that can irrevocably alter one’s circumstances. Especially if no support is available.
Over the next six years, you’ll see a lot of changes around the district as every single school and other facilities are rebuilt or renovated.
Learn about Ogden's new makerspace, which has expanded opportunities for hands-on learning.
The cheering was thunderous as seniors from Columbia River High School paraded down the halls of Eisenhower.
Vancouver iTech Preparatory was an answer to the increased student demand for STEM-focused programming in Vancouver Public Schools.
Let’s go back to the year 1956. Eisenhower was in the White House. “Heartbreak Hotel” topped the charts. America’s Oldest Teenager Dick Clark picked up a gig hosting “American Bandstand.” A loaf of bread cost about 18 cents.
Art is not a thing; it’s a way. That’s what writer Elbert Hubbard believed, and the same could be send of an arts education: It’s a way of learning—a lesson in how to look at and think critically about the world. The arts are vital to educating the whole child.
With the sound of pins falling, it’s time for the Skyview High School bowling team to begin another tournament. As the team prepares for its last match before districts, there’s one thing these student-athletes can strike from their to-do lists: schoolwork.
In our schools, it’s not unusual to hear Spanish or one of the 75 other languages spoken by our students.
I want to introduce you to a young man named Heartstone, a student at Hudson’s Bay High School.
In case I haven’t yet told you, happy new year! In Vancouver Public Schools, 2014 is off to a terrific start. Earlier this month, students began applying for our secondary magnet programs, including the new [...]
Community Symposium In the last podcast, I talked about our strategic plan. As you’ve probably heard, we’re looking ahead five years and refreshing Design II. Three critical steps in the process were very successful: a [...]
Graduation season is here, and once again the spotlight is on our seniors as they walk across the stage to receive their diplomas. Each graduate has accomplished a major milestone. For a few, the journey [...]
Public education is under attack," warned my friend Mark Edwards in his presentation to the 100+ attendees of our recent National School Boards Association (NSBA) technology site visit. Unfortunately, his comment was spot on. America's [...]
The employees of Vancouver Public Schools constantly amaze me with their strong commitment to our mission and vision for students, staff, families, and community. I feel blessed to work with the greatest group of talented [...]
This past month, Vancouver Public Schools hosted the second annual weLearn Technology Showcase. The event highlighted the ways in which our schools are transforming student learning through the use of 21stcentury technology. iPods, iPads, laptops, [...]