Archive of 2013 May

All Aboard! Teachers and Principals join efforts in collaborative learning teams to understand assessment for learning

on May 21st, 2013 in Capacity Building, Educator Effectiveness, Systems Change by | No Comments

IN ONE IOWA DISTRICT, ALL TEACHERS AND PRINCIPALS ARE ON THE SAME JOURNEY Collaborative learning teams are improving teacher practice and student learning results in the Dallas Center-Grimes Community School Districts near Des Moines, Iowa. To continue reading, download the document below: Download the Document (PDF)

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Teacher collaboration improving outcomes for students

on May 21st, 2013 in Blog by | No Comments

The Dallas Center-Grimes Community school district in Iowa is making strides in reaching important district and building goals by having collaborative teams of teachers learn together about how to conduct formative assessments of student learning. The entire district leadership and teaching force is focused on this effort and four years…

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Consulting on a Problem of Practice: A Collaborative Inquiry Protocol

on May 17th, 2013 in Leadership Development by | 5 Comments

This consultation protocol is designed to help a participant work on a problem of practice they are in the midst of and have not yet resolved. To continue reading, download the document below: Download the Document (PDF)

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Silos

on May 17th, 2013 in Blog by | No Comments

At my in-law’s annual reunions of the offspring of Danish immigrants who settled in northern Iowa, one can learn a lot about life by listening to the stories about farming. Last year, I heard a retired farmer reminisce about the time he loaded the grain silo on Thorvold’s farm with…

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May 2013 Cultural Heritage Recognition

on May 7th, 2013 in Blog by | No Comments

May is Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Jewish American Heritage month. We were in the midst of our customary recognition of cultural heritage months, which we hold every month, when we ran into a wrinkle that we just couldn’t smooth out on our own and we’d like…

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May 7, 2013 Teacher Appreciation Day

on May 7th, 2013 in Blog by | 6 Comments

In recognition of the day, some of us at West Wind want to share about teachers from our K-12 years who we remember and appreciate. BY DEB HANSEN—I have been thinking lately about my High School German teacher, Frau (Mrs.) Chua. At the time I thought she was very strict,…

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The Burden

on May 6th, 2013 in Blog by | 2 Comments

Last weekend I was reminded of the care and caution needed with raising young Black men. My sons have been involved with a local Boy Scout troop for the last five years.  My eldest joined the scout troop at the beginning of sixth grade and my younger two sons followed…

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