Archive of 2012

Cultural Heritage Banner Compilation

on December 24th, 2012 in Blog by | No Comments

In 2012 we observed each of the national cultural heritage months recognized by Presidential proclamation. In doing so, we wanted the actions of the observation to be sincere and to be part of our professional development at West Wind. We decided that for each cultural heritage month we would have…

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What It Means to Say College and Career Ready

on December 14th, 2012 in Blog by | 6 Comments

Most of us have an idea of what the terms college and career ready mean – the skills, knowledge, and abilities necessary for a student to enter the workforce or postsecondary education.  And no doubt most of us have encountered several variations on college and career readiness and how we…

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Laser Talk for Powerful Speaking

on November 29th, 2012 in Blog by | No Comments

Learning how to speak powerfully about critical educational issues is an essential skill for educators and advocates for students. RESULTS [1], an international organization that advocates for preventing poverty, has designed a practical format for creating powerful laser talks. A laser talk is a structured way to communicate a message…

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West Wind receives New Communications Award

on November 16th, 2012 in Blog by | No Comments

West Wind Education Policy Inc. is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of a 2012 Commendation of Excellence in the Government division in the External Communications & Communities category of the Society for New Communications Research Excellence in New Communications Awards program. The prestigious awards program honors individuals…

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West Wind Aims to Provide Web Accessibility for All

on November 12th, 2012 in Blog by | No Comments

In an effort to learn about ways to make websites more accessible to all, I had a conversation with Jonathan Green, Communications Specialist with the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) recently. Thank you to Jonathan for taking the time to share his knowledge. His advice was very helpful with respect…

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Change of Crew at West Wind

on October 15th, 2012 in Blog by | 1 Comment

I love to sail. I love being out on the water, feeling the power of the wind, watching the sails fill with air and propel the boat across the waves, and being a member of a crew. When sailing with a crew, I am always impressed by the way the…

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The Power of Belief

on October 12th, 2012 in Blog by | No Comments

As I drove into work this morning, I realized that in a foreseeable amount of time (one month from now), a long-term goal that has been one of the biggest challenges I ever set out to achieve will culminate: I will defend my dissertation and have earned my PhD.  Though…

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October 1, 2012 is World Bullying Prevention Day

on October 1st, 2012 in Blog by | No Comments

Today is World Bullying Prevention Day. One in four students are bullied at school. Nine out of ten LGBT students are bullied. The effects of bullying include fear, anxiety, lack of self-confidence, and difficulty focusing in school. Marking October 1 as World Bullying Prevention Day is one example of how…

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Two Latino-Focused Events, This October!

on September 26th, 2012 in Blog by | No Comments

The  Latino Midwest Symposium and Iowa Latino Conference are taking place in Iowa City October 11-13. The University of Iowa Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, under the direction of three UofI professors (Claire Fox, Omar Valerio-Jimenez and Santiago Vaquera-Vasquez), organized the symposium which features a stellar lineup of academics well-versed…

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No Two Students Are the Same: The Potential of Competency-based Education

on September 17th, 2012 in Blog by | 1 Comment

I am a mother.  And this may shock you, I often resort to reading child-rearing books – usually about discipline.  Uncover your mouths.  It’s true.  The other day I came across a statement from Alan E. Kazdin, the Director of the Yale Parenting Center and Child Conduct Clinic, in a…

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