Brian Pahl with students on computers

Brian Pahl selected as Microsoft Innovator Educator Expert for 2021-22

Sunnyland Elementary School educational technology coach Brian Pahl was recently selected as a Microsoft Innovator Educator (MIE) Expert for 2021-22 by Microsoft Education. According to the program website these experts are “self-driven educators who are passionate about teaching and learning. They inspire students with creative thinking, and work in a collaborative spirit to share their…

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…

Shuksan Middle School student Raul Morales explaining how a cloud forms with his demonstration in a FlipGrid

Science in a remote learning environment: Mating spiders, growing mold (at home) and Brittany’s ongoing saga

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, teachers across the country have been doing figurative backbends to adapt to a remote learning environment. This is especially true for science teachers, who have been teaching curriculum that increasingly emphasizes hands-on learning. How does one do hands-on learning online?  And how do you cultivate student engagement when 90% of…

School board directors visited Alderwood Elementary School in December 2019.

School board directors discuss unprecedented spring 2020

In the June 2020 edition of InsideSchools, our community newsletter, school board directors Doug Benjamin and Jenn Mason discuss the unprecedented spring of the pandemic closure and widespread protests against systemic racism.  Photo above: (left to right) Alderwood Principal Micah Smith, Superintendent Greg Baker, Alderwood Assistant Principal Minh Nguyen with School Board Directors Doug Benjamin…

Squalicum teacher Riley Liddle, Squalicum student Maya Haggen, Sehome teacher Kevin Criez and Bellingham High teacher Paul Clement put together the final phase of masks.

Teachers and students use 3D printers to meet PPE shortage

The emails and calls started coming in just days after schools were officially closed due to COVID-19. Students wanted to use their school’s 3D printers to make masks for essential employees who may face a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE). “There was more and more interest,” says Riley Liddle, Career and Technical Education (CTE)…