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Senior Policy Analyst, Deb Hansen, Retires

on November 26th, 2014 in Blog by | 29 Comments

This month the team at West Wind Education Policy is proudly celebrating the career of our own Deb Hansen. It has been an honor for all of us to share the capstone years of her career. During the past four years, Deb has lent her wisdom and experience to West…

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Racial Equity in Iowa City and Johnson County: A Report of The Coalition for Racial Justice

on July 27th, 2014 in Racial Equity by | No Comments

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West Wind and Diversity Focus to Partner for Educational Equity

on July 22nd, 2014 in Blog by | 9 Comments

West Wind Education Policy and Diversity Focus announce a new partnership, The Creative Corridor Center for Equity. We invite you to collaborate with us! Our communities have experienced tumultuous change in the past decade as our population has diversified, we weathered the 500-year flood, and we strive to bring 21st…

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National Teacher of the Year

on May 2nd, 2014 in Blog by | No Comments

Congratulations to the 2014 Teacher of the Year, Sean McComb, a teacher at Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts in Baltimore. McComb and his fellow State Teachers of the Year were recognized by President Obama yesterday in the East Room of the White House. Check out more Teacher of…

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Science Fair Theory Leads to Real-World Suggestion

on March 28th, 2014 in Blog by | No Comments

This middle school student had a good idea that just kept getting better. A Pittsburgh-area teen had a hypothesis for his science fair project: The school district might save some money by reducing its use of printer ink…by changing the font used to create the handouts teachers distribute in class….

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4, 3, 2, 1…some of our favorite posts from 2013

on December 24th, 2013 in Blog by | Comments Off

As we reflected on 2013  while making plans for 2014, we talked about the ideas we shared via the online communities of practice we created or manage for our partners and clients. Each of our policy staff members has chosen a blog post or discussion entry that they wrote  to…

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Implementation Science: Closing Gaps Between Policy and Practice

on December 12th, 2013 in Implementation by | No Comments

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Leadership and Implementation: A Collaborative Inquiry Protocol

on August 20th, 2013 in Leadership Development by | No Comments

West Wind Education Policy Inc. originally developed this Collaborative Inquiry Protocol to guide our consultations on racial equity in K–12 public education. We have since customized the protocol for specific audiences, including those working on educator evaluation system redesign and—here—those using implementation science to support their work. To continue reading,…

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Quick Scan: Resources for Designing, Implementing, and Sustaining Online Communities of Practice

on August 15th, 2013 in Online Collaboration by | No Comments

West Wind conducted a quick scan of the field to find information for the 2013 Global Implementation Conference about the use of social media in support of online communities of practice (CoPs). The following scan was prepared by Deb Hansen. This scan is not intended to be an exhaustive review…

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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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