Erin Ryan, a sophomore at Skyview High School, raised $212,000 to help find a cure for childhood cancer. She was inspired by the story of former Skyview student Trey Foote who died in 2006 from [...]
Learn how VPS is working to keep students safe in their use of technology.
Recognizing that school principals are not digital natives like their young students, Vancouver Public Schools' team of instructional technology facilitators developed a program to train school administrators as edtech leaders in their schools. The program, [...]
At the time of the partial announcement, VPS and iTech were the only district and school on the West Coast featured in the resulting series of case studies.
Vancouver School of Arts and Academics teacher Margaret Green was featured in Leaders in Learning.
VPS' network of Family-Community Resource Centers is a promising approach to boosting family engagement and addressing poverty's effects on learning.
Superintendent Chris Reykdal signed new K-12 learning standards that launch Washington classrooms into the digital age. OLYMPIA—May 18, 2018—Today’s students are “digital natives,” and need to be prepared to thrive in the ever-growing technology-powered world. [...]
At 17, Rachel Friesen has soared to a major accomplishment.
Vancouver Public Schools received the Schools of TechXcellence designation in December 2017.
Columbia River’s Sophie Landers not just another brick in the wall Published by Clark County Talk, Nov. 16, 2017 Sophie Landers doesn’t seem like the type to get all nostalgic and weepy. But the Columbia [...]
VPS' efforts to support students were lauded in a study by the Washington, D.C.-based Economic Policy Institute.
American School Board Journal visited six districts across the country, including Vancouver, to see how public schools and districts "break down the barriers to achievement for their students."
Photo source: The Columbian Three teams from Fort Vancouver High School Center for International Studies took part in the Southwest Washington MESA Day competition at Washington State University Vancouver on April 15. [...]
Representatives from Vancouver Public Schools recently were invited to the 2017 AASA National Conference on Education to share best practices with other educators
When a Hudson's Bay High School student's heart stopped during wrestling practice, the staff sprang into action.
Vancouver School District’s magnet programs tempt middle, high school students with specialized studies, hands-on training
The Welding/Fabrication Technology program at Fort Vancouver High School is one of the options that students have to learn through doing and explore their unique interests.
In this article, Superintendent Steve Webb describes how Vancouver Public Schools uses data to measure student and organizational progress.
Just in time for ConnectED Day comes a blog post by Superintendent Steve Webb that delves into Future Ready leadership and how it enables access, leadership and innovation in a school district.
Reducing class sizes is part of a larger goal to overhaul aging, crowded schools that no longer meet today's teaching and learning needs.
"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.
VPS teacher Kendra Yamamoto is the Regional Teacher of the Year!
Superintendent Steven Webb speaks with AASA Executive Director Dan Domenech about removing barriers to student success. Webb explains how educators in Vancouver Public Schools are changing the future for their students through hope, opportunity and agency. Listen to [...]
America's newspaper and website of record for K-12 schools selected Vancouver, Wash., educators as two of 13 in the U.S. to recognize for leadership and innovation.
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 [...]
Vancouver Public Schools' teen parent program, Graduation Reality And Dual-role Skills, recently was the subject of a blog post.
Insights from Dr. Webb and other top superintendents who belong to the League of Innovative Schools.
Vancouver Public Schools is one of eight Future Ready districts featured in a set of professional learning resources recently released by the U.S. Department of Education.
Dr. Steve Webb, Superintendent Vancouver Public Schools at Eisenhower Elementary School. Photo credit: Katharine Kimball Photography VPS’ top administrator, Dr. Steve Webb, is Washington state’s 2016 Superintendent of the Year, an honor given by [...]
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, [...]
Original source: The Columbian, October 2015 National leader of community schools Marty Blank visits Vancouver and sees first-hand the work of Family-Community Resource Centers at local school districts. Blank is the president of the Institute for Educational [...]
Original source: eSchool News, September 2015 Vancouver iTech Preparatory was mentioned in this article examining forward-thinking practices by the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools' member districts, which include VPS. Read the full story in eSchool News.
For the first time, the foundations for the Vancouver and Evergreen school districts paired up to collect supplies for students who can't afford to purchase their own.
More than 1,700 students and families attended our second annual Go Ready! Back-to-School-Readiness Festival.
Case study released as VHA board votes to target Section 8 opening to families with children and health-burdened households The study explores collaboration between public housing authorities and education service providers in three U.S. cities. [...]
Original source: School Administrator, May 2015 As many school districts across the country have slashed library programs, Vancouver Public Schools has written a different narrative, giving its school librarians re-imagined roles. In this cover story, Superintendent [...]
Original source: Education Week, April 2015 "Teach more and librarian less." That's part of the strategy for utilizing teacher-libarians in new, technological capacities, says Director of Instructional Technology and Library Services Mark Ray, one of [...]
As part of its ongoing efforts to document the work of innovative school districts around the country, Digital Promise has published a multimedia case study spotlighting how teacher-librarians at Vancouver Public Schools in Washington state [...]
Original source: The Columbian, Oct. 12, 2014 Tiffany McCormick picked up a student's world history textbook and flipped to the publication date: 2001. By now, the book itself seems like ancient history. Read the full [...]