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…

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…

Alisson Bonner, counselor at Columbia Elementary School, is recognized with the Physical Activity Leadership Award from SHAPE America organization

Wellness and activity champion Alisson Bonner earns state recognition

The Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) has selected Columbia Elementary School counselor Alisson Bonner as the Physical Activity Leader (PAL) of the Year for 2020 in Washington state. According to the SHAPE announcement, “the PAL award recognizes an individual who exemplifies leadership within the PAL Learning System, embodies the Let’s Move! Active Schools spirit, and…