Eatonville School District
Teaching & Learning
February 26, 2021
I know it has been stated many times but.......................what a year right? I remember so well the day of Friday, March 13, 2020. I was standing in the office at EES and took a picture of the beautiful full moon. I thought to myself what could go wrong on this day? Little did I know what was to come.
Through all of this WE have been strong and in touch of our WHY. It was not always easy, it was tough some days. But bringing students in has brought laughter, joy, and conversation to our schools. The next phase will be happening soon and WE are ready. I am so proud to work with such an amazing group of people.
As a result of our new normal we will not have clock hour opportunities on Wednesdays beginning on March 17, 2021. You will find a list of classes available in this notice every two weeks. The up side is you will find classes that you are truly interested in and don't forget to pay for them with IDEA $. Your building administrator may create opportunities for your building.
Here is to an amazing March!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
"I define mindfulness as training the mind to return to the present moment over and over again with a sense of non-judgemental curiosity and kindness guided by an intention to reduce harm for ourselves and others."
Lama Rod Owens
Removing the predictability of success and failure that currently correlates with race or any social/cultural factor.
Interrupting inequitable practices, examining biases, and creating inclusive school environments for all students, especially our historically marginalized ones.
Discovering and cultivating the unique gifts, talents and interests that every human possesses, especially our historically marginalized ones.
Racial Equity in Education
Raising the achievement of all students while eliminating the gap between the highest and lowest performing students and eliminating the racial predictability and disproportionality of which student groups occupy the highest and lowest achievement categories.
Travis Rush Technology Education Lead
As the snow falls and spring attempts to rear its head, time marches on! I know that plans continue to change and flex for everyone. I would like to keep you all in the loop on some plans that are staying consistent and steady in the world of Technology Education. We have created and began our Blended Learning Teaching Team. A big thank you to all of you for volunteering, coming forward and applying to a modern environment teaching skills that we know to work! The purpose of this team will be to help lead PD efforts for the following year at each building in support of Personalized and Blended Learning. The team members have just started and more information will come in regards to participants and process.
In addition to the creation and implementation of the BLTT’s. We have created support for digital citizenship, consequences and support, as well as working on implementation of a grant for our middle school health teachers that is centered on digital citizenship and on-line health. Thank you to Jessica Morrish, Erik Danielson, Rich Wind, Carl Heheman and Rickie St.Louis.
Another exciting development has been the beginning creation of a learning management system. We have begun the structure and backbone of a digital learning system for teachers. This system would allow teachers to upload materials that align with standards and find guidance for pacing, as well as scope and sequence. Thank you to those who have previewed this for the Teaching and Learning department. It is a start with a long way to go. The goal is to support all of us with the right tools for the job!
Guest teacher training has been a success. Close to all of our substitute teachers have completed the module. We are also creating a district wide Google Drive, that will have building emergency plans, building information and supports for substitutes to help alleviate the redundancy and volume of information many feel that they may need to leave for a guest teacher.
As schools begin to reopen, I understand that we all may be asking ourselves how? How do I instruct, organize and get students to their learning targets? I would like to remind you that it is not going to be the same. Try to keep in mind what we have learned during remote learning that may work in your classroom.
* Does there need to be a front of the room?
* If I can't do small groups, what can I do with digital or online stations?
* What can be done digitally?
* What can be done that reaches out to other rooms, students or environments?
*What tools are at my disposal that have been successful?
*And how can I still make these hours the best part of their day and my own?
If you have needs, questions, or would like to work together do not hesitate to reach out!
Coming next newsletter:
* Who is on the BLTT’s and what exactly is it?
* What is Blended Learning and Personalized Learning?
* What does 1:1 actually mean, and how will it impact my practice?
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Three Ways to Leverage Jamboard by Jeff Utecht's
If you've been playing around with the free tool Jamboard, I bet we can agree that it is an incredible resource for collaboration and building community.
That's why I wanted to share three of our latest Jamboard templates with you. Click below to make a copy, and you are ready to roll them out with your peers or students.
Love numberless math problems? We do too! Check out our jamboard template below and get your students collaborating on one!
Collecting gratitude or perspective? Click below to make your copy of templates to do both!
Ready to Go Lessons Available
Important training available for Eatonville Staff. Please find the Since Time Immemorial Training Schedule from OSPI in the link bellow. All Sessions are Zoom and free clock hours available.
Additional Clock Hours
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Read Side by Side
New on the blog! We reposted Redfin's article Creating the Perfect Reading Nook for Kids!
This article's literary contributors - including The Read Side by Side Program - detail fun and unique ways to create the perfect space for young readers to dive into a world of books. Topic covered include:
- Space Design
- Furniture picks ️
- Color schemes
- Decor ideas
Whether you're looking to set up new space or refresh your current reading digs, this article is for you.
Welcome to the Podcast
Inclusionary Practices Project
Inclusionary Practices Project
WEA Inclusionary Practices Asynchronous Canvas Courses
The Washington Education Association (WEA) has created a number of asynchronous learning modules on a wide range of topics, but all with the central focus of increasing a school’s capacity to provide inclusion for ALL students.
Clock hours are available. You do not need to be a WEA member to access the courses. These courses are free and can be completed at your own pace. See link below.
WEA Inclusionary Practices Zoom Webinars
Starting this month and running through March, the Washington Education Association (WEA) will be hosting professional development webinars. Topics include IEP transition, special education law, SEL and many more!
Clock hours are available. You do not need to be a WEA member to view these webinars. These are free offerings. See link below.
*please note: while some dates have passed there are several upcoming
WA K-12 COVID-19 Learning Loss
In October 2020, Challenge Seattle and the Washington Roundtable initiated a study on learning loss in Washington state with a three-fold purpose:
1. Document the existing research on COVID-induced learning loss and its impacts on students
2. Identify evidence-based strategies to halt the accumulation of learning loss, and then accelerate recovery
3. Broadly socialize and gather input on those strategies from key K-12 stakeholders throughout Washington state.
Click on the picture for more information.