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Ashlea Rosinski Shepherd with her computer and a poster of tribal nations

Teacher creativity helps students dig into year-long Washington state history

Teachers at all levels have had to think creatively to engage students in remote learning. Whether it’s creating virtual tours, using interactive online tools, or asking students to write their favorite movie on an interactive slide deck, teachers like Ashlea Shepherd Rosinski, seventh grade social studies teacher at Kulshan Middle School, are going above and…

Happy Valley principal Nick Hayes welcomes members of the Lummi Nation.

Relationships with local Native peoples and Tribes are key in place-based approach to social studies

In 2015 the legislature passed a law mandating the teaching of social studies curriculum that accurately conveys the history, challenges and Native perspectives on tribal sovereignty and Native culture. The resulting Since Time Immemorial: Tribal Sovereignty Curriculum was created through a partnership between the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and tribal nations…

Maddie Ellis speaking on the floor

High school students win statewide leadership positions in YMCA Youth and Government program

The future of the state of Washington is in good hands. In May, three Bellingham Public Schools juniors campaigned for and won high-level leadership positions in a YMCA program called Youth and Government. In this program, students learn how to run a state government in hands-on simulation, culminating in an annual four–day mock-Congressional session held in Olympia at the State Capitol.   Sehome’s Thomas Cassella was elected…

The Trip of a Lifetime: Students Head to Spain through World Fellows Program

Three tenth graders from Bellingham Public Schools will embark on the trip of a lifetime this summer as they join the inaugural cohort of World Fellows, as selected by the Lieutenant Governor’s Office. Michelle Jimenez of Squalicum, Aaron Padilla Monterrey of Sehome and Cristina Calleros Martin of Bellingham High School will travel to Leon, Spain…