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Working with Educators to Address Implicit Bias

on January 12th, 2018 in Blog by | No Comments

Written by Ellen Daye Owens Implicit Bias is more than just a hot topic that surfaced during the 2016 presidential campaign. Implicit bias is real and it negatively impacts the lives of marginalized individuals every day across our country. The Kirwan Institute at The Ohio State University defines implicit bias…

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Some Tips on Staying Healthy This Holiday Season

on December 22nd, 2017 in Blog by | No Comments

One of the things I love about being at West Wind is that we support each other to be healthy. We do our best work and feel our best when we eat well and exercise, so I am happy to share some tips with you. With all of the rich…

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Equity in Personalized Learning

on November 10th, 2017 in Blog by | No Comments

This summer the International Association for Online Learning (iNACOL) and CompetencyWorks invited me to the 2017 National Summit on K-12 Competency-based Education to explore personalized learning and CBE. The Summit brought together experts and leaders from across the country to focus on 4 key areas: 1) quality, 2) equity, 3)…

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Check out the Dream Center’s Summer Leadership Camp

on September 12th, 2017 in Blog by | No Comments

Check out the awesome work of our partners at the Dream Center during their Summer Leadership Camp 2017. Congratulations to the team and nice job to the participants! Enjoy their video HERE. To learn more about the Dream Center visit them online HERE or on FaceBook at TheDreamCenter1.

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We’re Back!

on August 6th, 2017 in Blog by | No Comments

We took a hiatus from blogging as we re-doubled our efforts to build our racial equity programming and our work on personalized learning and equity. As the 2018-19 school year is about to commence, we are excited to be back on our blog! Watch this blog for new posts and…

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My Teacher: A Poem

on May 6th, 2015 in Blog by | No Comments

  By Beckett Age 6, First Grade Awesome teacher Teachers teach Caring Loving Helping me learn Hoping I feel happy Can I learn? Yes!

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Thanks to All Who Attended the West Wind Open House

on March 10th, 2015 in Blog by | Comments Off

The West Wind Open House was a success! We enjoyed catching up with long-time friends, colleagues, family, and connecting with new faces. We especially appreciate the Dream Divas who rocked Eastdale Plaza! If you’re less familiar with the Dream Divas, this is a team of young ladies, ages 4-23, who…

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West Wind Open House March 2nd, Join Us!

on February 27th, 2015 in Blog by | No Comments

The annual Open House for West Wind Education Policy Inc. is March 2nd from 4-6 p.m. We look forward to your visit and are excited to announce the Dream Divas dance team, sponsored by the Dream Center, will entertain with a short performance around 5 o’clock. Come enjoy light refreshments, great…

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Black History Month Events in Iowa City

on February 17th, 2015 in Blog by | No Comments

I recently heard yet another story of black youth who feel left out of their school community year round, but who feel it especially strongly during Black History Month, which has gone mostly unrecognized at their school.  I hope that voices of these youth will spark a review of curricular offerings, celebrations,…

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Why Personalized Learning? A Parent’s Perspective

on February 13th, 2015 in Blog by | No Comments

This is the first in a series of blogs to explore personalized learning.  In the first installment, I share my own journey as a parent to understand why personalized learning should be a goal of PK-12 systems and how I came to believe that.  The “evidence” for my parental belief…

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