Classroom Snapshot: Sparking student interest in college and careers at Chinook Middle School

“When students see relevance, they step up and engage.” That is one of the key reasons that Principal Kirsten Rue cites for ensuring each of her sixth grade students completes a career interest inventory. The...

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Interview with Kim Reykdal, OSPI School Counseling Lead

With the closure of school buildings and changes in routines because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we think it’s more important than ever for students to keep their goals in mind and work toward them. How...

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Classroom Snapshot: ‘Character is just the combination of your choices.’

“Character is just the combination of your choices.” That’s how Ridgeline Middle School teacher Ryan Healy summarizes the content of the character development classes he teaches. Near the end of his first semester course with...

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Classroom Snapshot: Mariner HS students gain connection, career opportunities through expanded learning

As an aspiring dentist and teacher, respectively, high school seniors Chris and Lisette credit their after-school program with exposing them to career pathways, financial aid options for college, and strong relationships with their peers. The...

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Classroom Snapshot: Three Ways Hidden River Middle School is Making the HSBP Process Meaningful for Students

Essential skills for every student. At Hidden River Middle School in the Monroe School District, that shared purpose drives the culture and practices to meet each student where they are (read our previous blog post...

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#InstaClassroom: Ali Reykdal

Washington educators are innovating and creating every day to support their students’ success. In our fifth #InstaClassroom experience – designed to showcase great classrooms in our state – Ali Reykdal showed us how she integrates...

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