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Notes from the NWESD Superintendent
Seventeen NWESD schools are â€œSchools of Distinctionâ€?
A spotlight on NWESD programs & services
Professional development opportunities for winter Register early!
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ducational Service Districts have a 40-year history of providing vital services functioning as advocates for local districts. Northwest Educational Service District 189 (NWESD) serves Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, Island and San Juan counties. NWESD’s more than fifty programs are organized into seven departments to serve you: Administration, Fiscal Services, Technology Services, Prevention Center, Special Programs and Services, Teaching and Learning, and Educational Technology Support Center. Visit us online at www.nwesd.org for more information.
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Using Journals to Teach History
Authentic Writing in Response to Reading Reflecting on Our Practice
Managing Science Materials and Math Manipulatives Powerful Formative Assessment in Math and Science Don’t Wait: Getting Students Ready to Meet Grad Requirements Powerful Formative Assessment in Math & Science: Follow-up Sessions
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AUTISM OUTREACH PROJECT (AOP) Jan 13, 2011 Jan 20, 2011 Jan 27, 2011 Feb 2, 2011 Feb 10, 2011 Feb 17, 2011 Feb 24-25, 2011 Mar 10, 2011 Mar 17, 2011
Supporting Youth with High Functioning Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Autism and Social Thinking Meets RTI and PBS Increasing Engagement and Independence in School-Age Children Launching Into Adulthood: Transition Planning Assistive Technology for Individuals with Autism Strategies for Paraeducators Working with the Autism Spectrum The Incredible 5-Point Scale Visual Thinking Strategies for Students with Autism Using Structured TEACCHing Methods in the Classroom
PREVENTION CENTER Jan 24-Feb 25, 2011 Feb 21-Mar 25, 2011 Mar 21-Apr 22, 2011 Apr 11-May 13, 2011
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TEACHING & LEARNING (T&L) History Courses Jan 21-22, 2011 Literacy Classes Feb 9, 2011 May 25, 2011 Math & Science Jan 25, 2011 Jan 26-27, 2011 Feb 2, 2011 Feb 9, Mar 9, Mar 30
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Balancing Reality with a “Night at the Movies” The film’s reductive messaging-“charters are good” and “teachers’ unions are bad”-oversimplifies complicated issues and impedes thoughtful discussions about education reform. The “us” versus “them” mentality that the film promotes encourages division rather than collaboration, which few would dispute is necessary for true improvement to occur.
Let me begin by saying thank you to all the educators in the northwest region who work hard each and every day helping our children learn and reach their potential. Please know what you do is noticed and appreciated. We all recognize there is room for improvement, sometimes significant improvement, in our schools and districts. Our students deserve nothing less.
Regarding Charter Schools—We must develop a system in which all students can be winners. Not everyone can win in a charter school lottery, but everyone can win in a public school. Good charter schools exist. We need to look for elements of success in them and then apply what we learn to struggling schools. But, we must remember (as this film briefly states) that only one in five charter schools outperform traditional public schools. We must also remember that two in five charter schools perform worse than traditional public schools, a fact that this film does not acknowledge.
The recent release of Waiting for “Superman,” an emotional film that follows five public school students who compete in lotteries to attend public charter schools, seems to have stoked a public awareness of the need for improvement in some public systems. Waiting for “Superman” is very moving. However, we must remember that it is ultimately entertainment created to make a profit. Sensationalism generates interest, which generates ticket sales, which generates profit. As educators, we would be very short sighted to simply ignore or discount the issues raised by the film. To do so might be interpreted as defensiveness or an inability to refute the facts presented. We must not merely criticize the system. Rather, we must use the opportunity for dialogue created by this film to assure financial and societal support exists to ensure that every student can succeed.
Given that 90 percent of American students attend traditional public schools, change in a single classroom, school, or even district is not enough. We need replicable, scalable, effective ways to provide all children the education they need. Regarding Traditional Public Schools—While there are struggling public schools, there are also public schools across the country— and the northwest region—that help children from all backgrounds reach great academic heights. In these schools, unheralded teachers are doing extraordinary things every day. Unfortunately, this film did not feature those schools or teachers.
For example, the film’s call to action on behalf of our public schools is critical, as community involvement in education reform is crucial to its success. However, the film presents five despicable situations as reflective of all public school systems. We know these examples are not illustrative of the northwest region; yet as the highest predictor of student achievement is family income, we acknowledge a moral imperative for improvement. Education Connection, Winter 2011
The staff in each of these schools has worked hard to attain significant student achievement. Several of these schools serve students from typically underachieving demographics, yet exceeded performance levels that would statistically be expected. We need to also look for elements of these success stories and then apply what we learn to struggling schools.
In our region we note the following achievements: Cedar Wood Elementary, Everett School District Washington State Achievement Award Challenge Elementary School, Edmonds School District—Washington State Achievement Award Explorer Middle School, Mukilteo School District Washington State Achievement Award Fairhaven Middle School, Bellingham School District Washington State Achievement Award Fidalgo Elementary School, Anacortes School District Washington State Achievement Award Friday Harbor High School, San Juan School District Washington State Achievement Award Fisher Elementary School, Lynden School District Title I Academic Achievement Award Gateway Middle School, Everett School District Washington State Achievement Award Happy Valley Elementary School, Bellingham School District—Washington State Achievement Award Horizon Middle School, Ferndale School District Blue Ribbon School Award Larrabee Elementary School, Bellingham School District—Washington State Achievement Award Lopez Middle School, Lopez Island School District Washington State Achievement Award Maplewood Parent Cooperative School, Edmonds School District—Washington State Achievement Award Mariner High School, Mukilteo School District Washington State Achievement Award Mill Creek Elementary School, Everett School District—Washington State Achievement Award Mount Baker High School, Mount Baker School District—Washington State Achievement Award Nooksack Elementary School, Nooksack Valley School District—Blue Ribbon School Award; Washington State Achievement Award Nooksack Valley Middle School, Nooksack Valley School District—Washington State Achievement Award Orcas Island Middle School, Orcas Island School District—Washington State Achievement Award Orcas Island High School, Orcas Island School District—Washington State Achievement Award Samish Elementary, Sedro-Woolley School District Washington State Achievement Award Silver Firs Elementary School, Everett School District Washington State Achievement Award South Whidbey High School, South Whidbey School District—Blue Ribbon School Award Education Connection, Winter 2011
We must develop a system in which all students can be winners. Not everyone can win in a charter school lottery, but everyone can win in a public school.
We must also remember, while this film focuses only on the challenges of urban schools, there are significant challenges in educating rural and suburban students as well. In addition, there are significant challenges in working with certain student groups who were completely ignored in this film, such as students with disabilities. Yet, there are great schools overcoming these challenges every day. Everyone plays an important role in our school system— THANK YOU for working so hard for children in our region! Please know that your efforts are genuinely appreciated and think of the NWESD when you are challenged, could use assistance, or want to bounce an idea off of another professional. Service is our middle name and we will provide the best support possible. Together We Can accomplish much more—and will get there first!
Seventeen NWESD Schools Receive “School of Distinction Awards”
schools. Thirty-seven of these schools are repeat winners and 12 schools are three-time winners.
Outstanding improvement in student achievement has recently brought high honors for 17 schools in the NWESD region. These schools have received the 2010 School of Distinction Award from The Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) and Phi Delta Kappa - Washington State Chapter. The 4th annual School of Distinction award recognizes 94 schools throughout the state this year.
“The award represents a cross-section of the dedication to improvement occurring throughout Washington state,” said Greg Lobdell, CEE Director of Research. “From Cape Flattery to Clarkston, Metaline Falls to Everett, schools from all nine regional educational service districts received the awards. These schools also represent the diversity of Washington state—with poverty ranging from zero to 94 percent and English Language Learners as high as 45 percent of student enrollment.”
“Educators in these schools are creating systems of support for outstanding, sustained improvement in Reading and Math student performance,” Sue Mills, CEE Executive Director, said. “This award celebrates the multi-year improvement in both Reading and Math not recognized in the federal ‘No Child Left Behind’ law or in the year-to-year calculation of ‘Adequate Yearly Progress.’”
Three-time award winners demonstrated outstanding improvement over 5 years and sustained this improvement over multiple years of the award. The districts and schools with 3-time award winners include: Bainbridge Island - Eagle Harbor High; Bellingham - Columbia Elementary; Cascade (Leavenworth) - Cascade High; Clarkston - Charles Francis Adams High; Eastmont - Rock Island Elementary; Everett Gateway Middle; Lake Chelan - Chelan High; Quincy - Quincy High; Seattle - Catharine Blaine K-8; Seattle - Madison Middle; South Kitsap - East Port Orchard Elementary; and Waitsburg Waitsburg High.
Candidate schools for this award must be performing at least at the state average performance in fourth, seventh, and tenth grade Reading and Math assessments, as measured on the Spring 2010 Measure of Student Progress (4th and 7th grade) and High School Proficiency Exam (10th grade). Schools meeting this requirement were then evaluated on combined Reading and Math Improvement from 2005 to 2010 state assessments. The top 5 percent of elementary schools, middle/junior high schools, and high schools are designated as Schools of Distinction.
“While these schools are from all corners of Washington with varying methods of achieving this improvement, students are the real winners of this award,” Mills said. “Their success needs to be celebrated and shared to support improvement efforts across Washington to make this difference for all students.”
For 2010, the School of Distinction award winners include 52 elementary schools, 22 middle/junior high schools, and 20 high Education Connection, Winter 2011
2010 NWESD “Schools of Distinction” Anacortes - Anacortes Middle School Bellingham - Columbia Elementary *** Bellingham - Whatcom Middle School Bellingham - Options High School Darrington - Darrington Middle School Edmonds - Terrace Park School Edmonds - Edmonds Heights K-12 Everett - Silver Lake Elementary Everett - Gateway Middle School*** Ferndale - Skyline Elementary Granite Falls - Mountain Way Elementary Lake Stevens - North Lake Middle School** Lake Stevens - Lake Stevens Sr. High Lynden - Isom Elementary Mukilteo - Mukilteo Elementary** Oak Harbor - Olympic View Elementary Stanwood-Camano - Elger Bay Elementary**
**Two-year winning schools ***Three-year winning schools
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Griggs Returns as NWESD District 8 Director The Northwest Educational Service District Board of Directors welcomes back Gordon Griggs for the District 8 position, representing Mukilteo and Edmonds School Districts. Griggs fills the seat of Darrol Haug who resigned in May 2010. Griggs currently serves as an administrative law judge for the Social Security Administration Office of Disability Adjudication and Review. Griggs is familiar with this leadership role since he previously served on the NWESD Board of Directors from 1994 through 2008. During his previous service on the board, he was the NWESD representative to the Washington Association of Educational Service Districts (AESD) Executive Board from 2002-2008. As an active leader, Griggs has served as past president to the NWESD Board of Directors, the AESD Executive Board, and the Washington Administrative Law Judges’ Association. Griggs is very interested in focusing his leadership efforts on the following issues: equal access to educational opportunities, student achievement, teacher development, administrative efficiency, and special education. “Educating our children is a social responsibility of the highest priority,” Griggs stated. “I am very grateful for the opportunity to help support the efforts of professionals who are dedicating their careers to fulfilling this responsibility.” “Gordon brings a valued perspective and considerable experience to the District 8 position. He will be a tremendous asset to the NWESD and the districts in our region,” Dr. Jerry Jenkins, NWESD Superintendent, noted. Education Connection, Winter 2011
View Ridge Elementary PTA Wellness Committee Hosts Walking Rallies
“We know that it takes a healthy body and a healthy brain for students to learn.”
Jessica Burt, View Ridge Elementary PTA Wellness Committee Chair
Inspired by the “iwalk 2010 International Walk to School Day,” Everett’s View Ridge Elementary PTA Wellness Committee organized its first of the year “Walking Rally” in October. More than 100 parents, students and staff walked to school where a healthy snack awaited them. Walking points were recorded and the classrooms with the most points throughout the year will receive the Golden Sneaker award. Future walking rallies will take place in November, February, March, April and May. The View Ridge Elementary PTA Wellness Committee is an unusual component for most PTA organizations. “We know that it takes a healthy body and a healthy brain for students to learn. Exercising and eating well are habits that help students learn—and they are a lot of fun,” Jessica Burt, View Ridge Elementary PTA Wellness Committee Chair, explained.
History of “Walk to School Day” In 1997, the Partnership for a Walkable America sponsored the first National Walk Our Children to School Day in Chicago, modeled after the United Kingdom’s lead. Back then, it was simply a day to bring community leaders and children together to create awareness of the need for communities to be walkable. Children, parents, teachers and community leaders in all 50 states joined nearly 3 million walkers around the world in 2002 to celebrate the second annual International Walk to School Day. The reasons for walking grew just as quickly as the event itself.
Whether communities want safer and improved streets, healthier habits, or cleaner air, Walk to School Day events are aimed at bringing forth permanent change to encourage a more walkable America — one community at a time. In 2005, new legislation recognized the value of Safe Routes to School programs and is providing funding for states to establish safe walking and biking routes to school. The international Walk to School program began in Great Britain in 1994 and has spread to more than 40 countries involving millions of people. Education Connection, Winter 2011
Kamiak High School Chosen for NASA and MIT Space Software Program Kamiak High School (Mukilteo School District) has recently been chosen as one of 24 schools in the nation to participate in a new science, technology, engineering, and math education program with NASA and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The high school teams will design software to program small satellites aboard the International Space Station. The Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, and Reorient Experimental Satellites, or SPHERES, are three volley ball-sized spherical satellites that fly inside the space station’s cabin to test advanced maneuvers for spacecraft, like formation flying and autonomous rendezvous and docking. Each contains its own power, propulsion, computing, and navigation equipment. The selections are part of the Zero-Robotics investigation, which is run by MIT and designed to inspire future scientists and engineers. Students write their own algorithms to solve a problem important to future missions. This year’s pilot program, Education Connection, Winter 2011
“HelioSPHERES,” allows selected high schools to compete against each other and helps students build critical engineering skills, such as problem solving, design thought process, operations training, teamwork and presentation skills. The competition was open to all accredited high schools in the United States and attracted 48 applications. The 24 high schools are from 19 states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Washington. The 24 teams will compete in elimination rounds against each other using online simulations and ground-based testing at MIT. The software of the top ten winners will be sent to the station and an astronaut aboard the orbiting laboratory will program the SPHERES satellites to run the students’ tests.
SPHERES are bowling ball-sized spherical satellites used to test maneuvers for spacecraft performing autonomous rendezvous and docking. Three of these satellites fly inside the station’s cabin. Each is self-contained with power, propulsion, computing and navigation equipment.
Research Projects Agency, NASA, and other researchers with a long-term test bed for validating technologies critical to the operation of future satellites, docking missions and satellite autonomous maneuvers. SPHERES have been used by many organizations, including other government agencies and graduate student research groups, since the program began in 2006. The satellites provide opportunities to test a wide range of hardware and software at an affordable cost. For additional information on NASA and MIT’s Zero-Robotics program, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/ station/science/experiments/SPHERESZero-Robotics.html Source: NASA website, www.nasa.gov
MIT’s Space Systems Laboratory developed the SPHERES program to provide the Defense Advanced 9
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a spotlight on NWESD programs & services ADMINISTRATION The NWESD provides specialized services and cooperative programs designed to support all aspects of school administration, including: • Certification assistance for teachers, administrators, educational staff associates, and career tech educators • Clock hour approval/management • Construction management services from “conception to completion” • Fingerprinting/background check services, using digital technology • Grant writing services • Contract services for E-Rate application/review processes • Ongoing training and support to superintendents and school boards • Legal services through a cooperative that provides legal support on many aspects of school law • Contract services for student Traffic Safety Education programs • Graphic design, communications and website support services AUTISM OUTREACH PROJECT The AOP provides information, education, and assistance to families, schools, and agencies for students with autism spectrum disorders throughout the state of Washington, such as: • Training through local, regional, and statewide workshops and conferences • Lending library containing reference materials on autism • Website containing information on autism, links and resources • Referral to support groups, associations, and diagnostic centers • Information on early intervention, educational intervention, school/home collaboration, and transition planning • Technical assistance through individual consultation and collaboration with agencies supporting children with autism spectrum disorders Education Connection, Winter 2011
DEAF & HARD OF HEARING The Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing program consists of 20-25 students, ages 3-21, in elementary, middle and high school settings. The D/HH program supports the areas of: • Academic growth • Social & cultural supports • Least restrictive environment with peers and adults • Self-contained classroom as well as general education inclusion • Family language support systems and training DISCOVERY CENTER There are three Discovery programs within the NWESD region. These programs serve students who experience mental health and behavioral difficulties in larger school environments. Discovery Programs promote student academic, social/emotional and behavioral growth. The five major program goals are: • Assist students to successfully and actively engage in the academic process • Teach students the skills necessary to regulate and self monitor their behaviors • Enhance student self-esteem and prosocial development • Orient students toward successful interpersonal and vocational relationships • Facilitate the acquisition of skills needed for the successful transition from school to community
EARLY CHILDHOOD The Early Childhood Programs and Services is focused on the educators and service providers of children birth through age eight; offering a range of professional development, technical assistance and support to school districts and early learning partners across the region. Some of our current programs and services include: • Technical assistance and support to district Special Education Programs • Monthly Early Childhood Special Education and Early Intervention Program Coordinator meetings • Early learning professional development and P-3 Alignment • Family Resource Coordinator Training FISCAL The Fiscal Services Department provides liaison services with state and local officials, and technical assistance for financial purposes to the 35 regional school districts. Additional services provided through the Fiscal Services Department include providing cooperatives and services that financially benefit the school districts including, but not limited to: • Compensated Absences Liability Pool • Unemployment Cooperative Pool • Business management services • Business Manager Academy • Regional Transportation Coordination Services
MIGRANT EDUCATION REGIONAL OFFICE (MERO) The focus of MERO is to assist school district staff in their efforts to improve migrant student achievement by providing high quality professional development opportunities and technical assistance within seven areas of concern. MERO services include assistance in: • Program development—program models and student interventions to close the achievement gap for migrant students • Parent Leadership & Involvement • Migrant program compliance – technical assistance in migrant program planning, implementation and evaluation, including migrant federal and state regulations and guidelines, iGrant support and mid-year and EOY report support NORTHWEST REGIONAL LEARNING CENTER (NRLC) The NRLC provides a non-traditional high school experience for students in 8th through 12th grades. Students work in a systematic, well-rounded curriculum with high expectations for daily work and behavior performance. NRLC program opportunities include: • Credit Retrieval Program through Online Courses • Graduation from NRLC based on Home District and State Standards • GED and Study Skill Preparation • A Senior Seminar is provided to complete state and district graduation requirements and can provide certifications in CPR, First Aid and Food Handler’s Permit. NORTHWEST REGIONAL DATA CENTER The NWRDC focuses its attention on client support and services in the use of WESPaC Student and Business Management Information Systems. In addition, NWRDC has a full-time ASP technology coordinator who works directly with school district staff on technology issues related to WESPaC. The Operations Center houses the servers and printers for all of WESPaC as well as hosts the fee-for-service Print Shop. Ongoing activities include: Education Connection, Winter 2011
• Telephone support for individual questions and consultations • Product training at multiple locations • On-site support • User forums on a variety of topics • Software testing and documentation • Conversions PREVENTION The Prevention Center is focused on eliminating the barriers that prevent students from graduating on time. To that end, we provide: • Information and training regarding Compassionate Schools and Adverse Childhood Experiences • Regional Crisis Response Team • Tobacco Prevention and Control Program Assistance • Drug and Alcohol treatment services • Detention Center to School transition in Snohomish and Skagit Counties • Assistance with Healthy Youth Survey SCHOOL NURSE CORPS (SNC) The primary goal of the SNC program is to support regional school districts in improving health services and student health outcomes so students are safe, in school and ready to learn. SNC provides: •Direct registered nursing services in 13 rural districs •Technical assistance, consultation and professional development TEACHING AND LEARNING The Teaching and Learning Department provides focused leadership to deliver quality, coordinated services to meet district needs in our shared goal of continuously improving student achievement. Some of our current 11
programs and services include: • Professional development in content areas (math, science, literacy) as well as general instruction, alignment, and assessment • Regional Cooperatives in Science Materials, LASER, and ClassroomBased Assessments • Regular Curriculum/Assessment/ Title 1 director meetings • Student programs such as student leadership skill-building, Young Authors, Poetry Out Loud, and Knowledge Bowl • Individual district/school coaching in leadership, data collection/use, professional learning communities, collaborative inquiry cycles, student learning • Technical assistance in School Accreditation TECHNOLOGY SERVICES Technology Services provides quality technology support and resources to assist districts in their goal to increase student achievement. This includes: • Providing highly-skilled network infrastructure support services • Providing support and resources to assist in the classroom/curriculum integration of technology • Acting as the first point of contact for all districts in our region for the state’s K-20 data/video network issues and opportunities • Providing high-quality online learning resources and media • Reducing the costs of technology purchases through representation and advocacy on the Washington Learning Source (walearningsource.org) advisory
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Autism Outreach Project Assistive Technology for Individuals with Autism: Offthe-Shelf and Low-Mid Cost Technology Event ID: 16781
According to the Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988 (Public Law 100-407), assistive technology refers to any item, piece of equipment, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. Research has found that individuals with autism who use technology may communicate more effectively, stay in their seats longer, develop improved fine motor skills, show greater ability to generalize skills across environments, and have increased attention spans. This class will focus on various modes of technology, from low- to high-tech, which can be used to increase the functional capabilities and academic success of individuals with autism. Class participants will be introduced to a number of tools, their use, customization strategies, and resource sites. Presenter(s): Monica Meyer Facilitator: Patricia Yates Clock Hours: 6 Registration Fee: $90 Location: NWESD and video conference locations Date/Time(s): Feb 10, 2011 - 8:30 AM-3:30 PM
Autism and Social Thinking Meets RTI and PBS Event ID: 16762
Response to Intervention (RTI) supports students in academics, and Positive Behavior Support (PBS/PBIS) offers behavioral support for students with challenging behaviors. Both processes are based on differentiated instruction. Students with social thinking deficits, high functioning autism, Aspergerâ€™s Syndrome, ADHD, and other behavioral disabilities often struggle to keep up with academics and fit in socially. In this class, participants will explore ways to integrate social thinking with RTI and PBS/PBIS as a school-wide system of support and will learn how to differentiate social thinking instruction for all students. The class will also introduce tools for universal screening, data collection, progress monitoring, and more. Presenter(s): Gretchen Mertes Facilitator: Patricia Yates Clock Hours: 6 Registration Fee: $90 Location: NWESD and video conference locations Date/Time(s): Jan 20, 2011 - 8:30 AM-3:30 PM
Increasing Engagement and Independence in School-Age Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders Event ID: 16768
Promoting engagement and independence in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) often presents challenges for educators and parents. Children with autism may demonstrate significant issues with off-task behavior and prompt dependency. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn a variety of strategies to facilitate engagement and increase independence in children with ASD. Self-management, prompt-fading strategies, activity schedules, and other practical, evidence-based tools will be covered. Video clips and other examples will be used to help demonstrate key ideas. Presenter(s): Nancy Rosenberg Facilitator: Patricia Yates Clock Hours: 6 Registration Fee: $90 Location: NWESD and video conference locations Date/Time(s): Jan 27, 2011 - 8:30 AM-3:30 PM
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The Incredible 5-Point Scale Event ID: 17173
Become familiar with current thinking in the areas of social cognition and relationship building as they relate to teaching students on the autism spectrum. Discover the connection between learning styles and problems of social understanding to educational strategies. The instructors will demonstrate the use of a simple 5-Point Scale and other predictable systems to teach social and emotional concepts. The connection between social anxiety and explosive behavior will be discussed, and the Anxiety Curve Model of proactive behavior planning will be demonstrated. Participants will learn how to use The Social Times magazine as a tool in social skills groups. Presenter(s): Kari Dunn Buron, Mitzi Curtis Facilitator: Patricia Yates Clock Hours: 12 Registration Fee: $245 Location: Shoreline Conference Center Date/Time(s): Feb 24 - 25, 2011 - 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Launching Into Adulthood: Transition Planning for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders Event ID: 16448
The high school years pose exceptional challenges for adolescents and young adults with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. This workshop will focus on specific strategies to ensure a successful transition for these students. Participants will learn the characteristics of autism and Asperger’s along with practical strategies for helping these students successfully plan for transition to life after high school. Academic, employment, community, social, and behavioral strategies will be covered with engaging anecdotes, examples, and case studies. Presenter(s): Crystal Gray Facilitator: Patricia Yates Clock Hours: 6 Registration Fee: $90 Location: NWESD and video conference locations Date/Time(s): Feb 02, 2011 - 8:30 AM-3:30 PM Education Connection, Winter 2011
Strategies for Paraeducators Working with Students on the Autism Spectrum Event ID: 16524
This course will provide an overview of the social deficits in students with autism spectrum disorders and how these characteristics impact all areas of school functioning, including academics. Participants will learn a variety of applicable and easy-to-implement strategies to support behavior, organization, and learning in students on the autism spectrum. Effective strategies for working with students in inclusive classrooms, resource rooms, or in self-contained settings will be included. Presenter(s): Gretchen Mertes Facilitator: Patricia Yates Clock Hours: 6 Registration Fee: $90 Location: NWESD and video conference locations Date/Time(s): Feb 17, 2011 - 8:30 AM-3:30 PM
Supporting Youth with High Functioning Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome in the Middle School Setting Event ID: 16760
This workshop is designed to increase participants’ understanding of students with high functioning autism (HFA) and Asperger’s Syndrome and to assist in supporting these students throughout the school day. Following a brief overview of the characteristics of HFA and Asperger’s, participants will learn researchbased strategies to support educational, emotional, and behavioral success within a middle school setting. Topics will include classroom strategies, effective inclusion ideas, academic supports (e.g., accommodations and modifications), and positive behavior support techniques. Time will be provided to discuss relationships and sexual health. Participants will leave with ideas, materials, techniques and resources to add to their tool boxes. 13
Presenter(s): Ronda Schelvan Facilitator: Patricia Yates Clock Hours: 6 Registration Fee: $90 Location: NWESD and video conference locations Date/Time(s): Jan 13, 2011 - 8:30 AM3:30 PM
Using Structured TEACCHing Methods in the Classroom for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Event ID: 16446
Structured TEACCHing is a program planning methodology for students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), developed by the University of North Carolina’s Division TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children). This course will provide an overview of the structured teaching philosophy and basic framework of the model as it applies to children with ASD. Participants will learn how this evidence-based intervention approach can be adapted to a variety of ages and skill levels and applied in any educational setting. Examples, small group activities, and opportunities for discussion will be provided. Presenter(s): Glenna Clouse Facilitator: Patricia Yates Clock Hours: 6 Registration Fee: $90 Location: NWESD and video conference locations Date/Time(s): Mar 17, 2011 - 8:30 AM-3:30 PM
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Visual Thinking Strategies for Students with Autism: Understanding Learning in a Different Way Event ID: 16763
Based on the most current brain research, this workshop will describe how students with autism spectrum disorders and additional diagnoses process information into visual symbols that affect their academic learning, social skills, and behavior. Background information on autism will be presented and the differences between learning styles and neurological learning systems will be addressed. Participants will discover how a student’s behavior is both a form of communication that represents thinking and also an indicator of how well the child’s neurological learning system is functioning. Understand how staff can support a student’s communication to enhance learning in academic and non-academic environments. Presenter(s): Carole Kaulitz Facilitator: Patricia Yates Clock Hours: 6 Registration Fee: $90 Location: NWESD and video conference locations Date/Time(s): Mar 10, 2011 - 8:30 AM-3:30 PM
Teaching History Using Journals to Teach History Event ID: 16426
Keeping a journal is a time-honored American tradition. In today’s classroom, journal writing integrates history, science, and art. It provides a natural connection to language arts and literacy. Learn to create various kinds of journals and develop lessons that will encourage research, creative writing, scientific observation, and fine arts appreciation. Presenter(s): Janet Oakley Facilitator: Nancy Menard Clock Hours: 10 College Credits: 1 Registration Fee: $140 Location: Burlington Fire Department Date/Time(s): Jan 21, 2011 - 4:30 PM-7:30 PM Jan 22, 2011 - 8:30 AM-4:30 PM $10 materials fee will be payable to instructor at class. There will be a one-hour lunch break on your own on Saturday.
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The impact of exposure to abuse/neglect has far-reaching cognitive implications, including stunted brain growth, diminished academic functioning, poor impulse control, difficulty focusing, low self-esteem, anger bursts, and poor peer relationships/social skills. In this workshop, participants will acquire knowledge of abuse/neglect indicators, Washington State mandated reporting, and dynamics of violent families. Meets certification/re-certification requirements. Presenter(s): Corey Hodge Facilitator: Anne Elkins Clock Hours: 10, College Credits: 1 Registration Fee: $125 Location: Online Course Date/Time(s): Event ID: 16265 - Jan 24, 2011 thru Feb 25, 2011 Event ID: 16266 - Feb 21, 2011 thru Mar 25, 2011 Event ID: 16267 - Mar 21, 2011 thru Apr 22, 2011 Event ID: 16268 - Apr 11, 2011 thru May 13, 2011 14
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Literacy Workshops Presented by Sarah Collinge
Authentic Writing in Response to Reading Event ID: 16001
After reading a book, readers are naturally inclined to share it with someone else. This important step in the reading process helps readers synthesize their thinking and make personal connections with the book. In this workshop, participants will explore the formal genres of writing about reading that are authentic to what readers use in the real world: book reviews, literary essays, letters to other readers, and letters to authors. Participants will also have the opportunity to analyze these genres and learn how to guide readers through the writing process as they write in response to reading. In addition, time will be spent looking at student samples for assessment purposes. For teachers and reading specialists grades 2-8. Presenter(s): Sarah Collinge Facilitator: Nancy Menard Clock Hours: 3 Registration Fee: $40 Location: Everett Community College - Gray Wolf Hall, Room 388 Date/Time(s): Feb 09, 2011 - 4:30 PM-7:30 PM
Reflecting on Our Practice Event ID: 16002
The instructor will guide participants through the process of reflecting on their own teaching. Participants will learn how to engage in reflective protocols, coach colleagues through reflective questioning, design an action research question, and build an action plan to implement that research in collaboration with other participants. Teachers, teacher leaders, grade level teams, professional learning communities, and specialists will have an opportunity to reflect on and share personal/professional strengths and set personal goals for future learning. For teachers on a professional growth option, this will be the chance to plan your PGO! Donâ€™t miss this opportunity to reflect on the year and motivate yourself for future growth! Presenter(s): Sarah Collinge Facilitator: Nancy Menard Clock Hours: 3 Registration Fee: $40 Location: Everett Community College Gray Wolf Hall, Room 388 Date/Time(s): May 25, 2011 - 4:30 PM-7:30 PM
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Managing Science Materials and Math Manipulatives Event ID: 16449
Learn strategies for effective management of science materials and math manipulatives with students in the elementary classroom. Presenter(s): Adrienne Somera, Jeanette Grisham Facilitator: Nancy Menard Clock Hours: 3 Registration Fee: $25 Location: Stanwood, Port Susan Middle School - Library Date/Time(s): Jan 25, 2011 - 4:30 PM-7:30 PM The cost of this course is reduced due to the Washington State Legislature’s funding for regional math and science coordinators.
Powerful Formative Assessment in Math and Science Event ID: 16461
This course provides an introduction to the characteristics of powerful formative assessment in math and science. Participants will be given tools to design and implement a formative assessment system in math and science classrooms. Separate follow-up sessions will focus on implementation and effective feedback. While examples used in this course will be specific to math and science, the content of formative assessment is applicable to all subject areas. Teachers of all subjects are welcome to attend!
Math & Science Don’t Wait: Getting Students Ready to Meet Grad Requirements in Math & Science
Powerful Formative Assessment in Math & Science: Follow-up Sessions
Participants will learn about the graduation requirements in math and science. They will become familiar with the details of the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) and will be given strategies to help prepare their students to meet standards.
This three-day workshop provides followup to the introductory Powerful Formative Assessment in Math and Science class. Participants will examine their use of formative assessment in math and science classrooms and deepen their understanding of learning progressions, effective feedback, and standards-based grading. While examples used in this course will be specific to math and science, the content of formative assessment is applicable to all subject areas. Teachers of all subjects are welcome to attend!
Event ID: 16460
Presenter(s): Adrienne Somera, Jeanette Grisham Facilitator: Nancy Menard Clock Hours: 6 Registration Fee: No cost Location: NWESD Date/Time(s): Feb 02, 2011 - 8:30 AM-3:30 PM The cost of this course is reduced due to the Washington State Legislature’s funding for regional math and science coordinators.
Event ID: 16462
Prerequisite: Participants MUST have attended the introductory Powerful Formative Assessment in Math and Science class prior to the start of this workshop. Presenter(s): Adrienne Somera, Jeanette Grisham Facilitator: Nancy Menard Clock Hours: 9 Registration Fee: $25 Location: Burlington Fire Department Date/Time(s): Feb 09, 2011 - 4:30 PM-7:30 PM Mar 09, 2011 - 4:30 PM-7:30 PM Mar 30, 2011 - 4:30 PM-7:30 PM
Lunch will be provided (included in cost). We encourage you to also register for the Powerful Formative Assessment in Math & Science: Follow-up Sessions, (#16462). Presenter(s): Adrienne Somera, Jeanette Grisham Facilitator: Nancy Menard Clock Hours: 12, College Credits: 1 Registration Fee: $75 Location: Stanwood Middle School Professional Development Room Date/Time(s): Jan 26-27, 2011 - 8:30 AM-3:30 PM
The cost of this course is reduced due to the Washington State Legislature’s funding for regional math and science coordinators.
The cost of this course is reduced due to the Washington State Legislature’s funding for regional math and science coordinators. Education Connection, Winter 2011
Lakewood High Coach Named Seattle Seahawks Coach of the Week
Retirement Planning Seminar Unit 21, Skagit, Island, San Juan School Retirees Association is conducting a Retirement Seminar for school employees. Information for TRS, PERS, SERS – Plans 1, 2, 3 will be covered. Also, investments and financial planning, legal needs and estate planning. SHIBA, health insurance and long term care, VEBA and the Washington State School Retirees Association will be discussed.
Dan Teeter, Lakewood High School (Everett) football coach, was recently named the Seattle Seahawks NFL High School Coach of the Week. Teeter guided Lakewood to a 48-14 victory over Coupeville in September. The award includes a $225 sports equipment gift card from Sterling Savings for Teeter and a $500 donation to the Cougars’ football program from the Seattle Seahawks and the NFL Youth Football Fund.
Burlington Senior Center 1011 Greenleaf Ave., Burlington March 12, 2011 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided
The NFL High School Coach of the Week program, now in its 15th season, is a partnership between the Washington State Football Coaches Association, Seattle Seahawks and Sterling Savings Bank. Following the 2010 season, one coach will receive the Jim Ennis Award for High School Coach of the Year and a $2,000 grant.
A $10 donation to cover materials and supplies is requested. Questions? Contact: Robert Pickering 360-299-0741 Barbara Landrock 360-856-2190
2011 Young Authors Conference NWESD and Skagit Valley College are proud to co-sponsor the 2011 Young Authors Conference March 21-25 at Skagit Valley College’s Mount Vernon campus. This annual celebration of young authors has been held every spring for second through sixth grade students for the past 20 years. Professional authors and illustrators provide hands-on workshops for students. The program also provides resources for teachers to help students develop writing and illustration skills. Jesse Joshua Watson and Robert Bowman will be the featured presenters. Watson is an award-winning New York Times best-selling illustrator and author whose work includes Hope for Haiti, Chess Rumble, and the Hank Zipzer series. Bowman is a successful author of The Three Vest series—he is also an elementary principal in his “other life.” Registration forms can be found on the Young Authors website (nwesd.org/youngauthors). The conference reservation deadline for schools is January 14, 2011, or until filled. For more information or questions, contact Joanne Johnson, Young Authors Conference Coordinator, at 360-299-4046 / firstname.lastname@example.org; or Anita Garcia, Young Authors Conference Coordinating Assistant, at 360-299-4044 / email@example.com.
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Email Marketing is now available to districts
o you send newsletters to student families, community members and school staff? If so, the NWESD Email Marketing service could save your budget - and a few trees! The interface
Our intuitive interface makes even the most sophisticated email-marketing features easy for anyone to use, saving you time and effort and allowing you to let non-technical staff members help you manage your lists, content and account.
Whether you’re just getting started or you have a question about a campaign or its results along the way, we stay involved to make sure you’re getting the most out of your email marketing account.
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Whether you’re utilizing our professional design services or creating your own campaigns in house, we’ll help you create and send great-looking campaigns every time. No pre-fabricated templates here, just professional designs created just for you.
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From signup screens and database fields to campaign templates and content, there’s little about our service that can’t be customized to suit your particular projects and process. All you have to do is ask and there’s a good chance we’ll say yes.
You’ll spend much less than you would to use public services like Constant Contact or iContact, particularly when you factor in our custom designs, extensive features and customer support. Want a test drive? Give us a call and we’ll set you up with a demo account. 360.299.4714
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