Episode 73: Finding the good
We’ve come so far since the pandemic shut our doors last March.
We’ve come so far since the pandemic shut our doors last March.
This episode is about finding a path forward when the landscape has changed dramatically.
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.
First photo, from left: Staff members Craig Witt and Julio Valencia learn techniques from a Fort student. Second photo: Witt, center, practices under the guidance of a Fort student while Valencia and Sam [...]
Sometimes, a missed day of school is inevitable. But as every educator knows, the reasons can sometimes be preventable. Just ask Trish Piliado. “Students would go get their hair done. Some would go spend [...]
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.
Graduation season. A chance to celebrate our seniors; acknowledge their accomplishments; and send them off to college, careers and life. A chance to reflect on the struggles and successes, the long nights, the early mornings [...]
In Vancouver, we believe in big ideas. Always have, always will. After all, one of the first schools in the state was established here in 1832. In 1929, we were among the first districts in [...]
The year was 1995. A new search engine called Yahoo! had recently launched. The San Francisco 49ers defeated the San Diego Chargers in the Super Bowl, and Forrest Gump took home the Academy Award for Best Picture. [...]
Of all the lessons we teach our students, compassion may be one of the most difficult. How do you teach a child to care about another person? How do you know when the lesson has [...]
Once again it’s graduation season, and once again we say goodbye to our seniors. This year’s graduating class is a remarkable group that includes four National Merit Scholars, two Washington Scholars, one Scholar Alternate, and [...]
You may not learn everything you need to know in kindergarten, but you certainly do learn a lot. That was the case for me a few weeks ago, when I visited Chinook Elementary. Every year [...]
“Everyone was really excited just knowing that the governor was coming to our school.” That was the mood at McLoughlin Middle School and Fort Vancouver High School on a soggy morning last March. As you [...]
This month, Vancouver Public Schools (VPS) hosted weLearn Tech Shows at McLoughlin and Alki middle schools. As in years past, these events gave the community a chance to see some of the district’s innovations. As [...]
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 [...]
It was a toy high chair that caught the mother's eye. She'd pedaled up the hill to King Elementary on her bicycle, her only means of transportation, to visit the school's holiday shop, where she [...]
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 [...]
Lately I’ve been thinking about storytelling. Not just the stories in these podcasts, but the stories that are told all over the district. Since 2008, we’ve worked together to shape the narrative of our strategic [...]