Science Education in WA: Learning with ‘Hands and Minds’

 Walk into a science classroom at Cedarcrest Middle School in Marysville, and you will see hands-on, minds-on learning. Exploring concepts such as gravity, light, and energy happens with investigative projects where students ask questions,...

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Camille Jones: Do Something Hard, on Purpose, Every Single Day

Washington state’s 2017 Teacher of the Year has the same advice for students as she does for teachers: “do something hard, on purpose, every single day." Camille Jones teaches kindergarten through third grade enrichment at...

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Martin Sortun Elementary: Building Confidence Through STEM

Robotics. Snap circuitry. 3-D Printing. These are just some of the everyday activities for students at the STEM&M Lab at Martin Sortun Elementary in Kent, WA. Doug Ferguson, Elementary STEM Specialist and Washington teacher leader...

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North Hill Elementary: Setting a Standard With Teaching Standards

North Hill Elementary in Des Moines, Wash., has approached teaching Washington state's math and English language arts standards in a unique way, and the results are paying off in improved student learning. "Our school approached...

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Medical Lake School District: Every Student, Every Day

Educators in Medical Lake School District have clear motto that focuses their work in helping their students reach high expectations. "Students need to be a part of their education. It's something done with them, not...

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Next Generation Science Standards: Hands-On Learning

Matt Whitton and Victoria Wells teach science in different, smaller school districts in southwestern Washington. The two districts, Kalama and Ridgefield, sit about 20 minutes apart on the Interstate 5 corridor. Whitton, who teaches 7th...

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