About Bonnie Riggan

West Wind hosts student art show

on February 21st, 2014 in Blog by | No Comments

About twice each year we coordinate with a local school to have artwork by their students turn our office walls into our very own art gallery. This month we hung a new batch of work and invited the students and their parents to come by for an art show so…

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50th anniversary of MLK’s “I have a dream” speech

on August 30th, 2013 in Blog by | No Comments

I watched and listened to much of the event honoring the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s “I have a dream speech.” It was inspiring and prompted me to watch the entirety of Dr. King’s speech again. We hear the sound bytes from the speech often enough, but listening, really listening,…

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High School Graduation Means beginning of Endless Possibilities

on June 4th, 2013 in Blog by | No Comments

My son graduated from high school last Friday and I said I would write a blog post about it. As I started thinking about what to write I looked back at what I wrote when my colleagues and I posted back in the fall about our kids starting the school…

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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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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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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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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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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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Olympic chatter chastising a champion

on August 8th, 2012 in Blog by | No Comments

I have easily watched more television since the Olympics began on July 27 than I have since July of last year. It is so easy to just keep watching event after event. The command athletes have over their sports, their bodies, and their minds is evident and addictive to watch…

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