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Vancouver Public Schools’ digital transformation garners tech award

Vancouver Public Schools’ (VPS) digital transformation through one-to-one technology that supports teaching and learning has earned recognition for the district. This month, it also garnered a 2014 Tech-Savvy Superintendent Award for VPS Superintendent Steve Webb. The award is given annually by eSch

Leadership transition by design

BY STEVEN T. WEBB Academic improvement happens when effective leaders have ample time to implement broad, sustainable reform. Timothy Waters and Robert Marzano’s study of 30 years of leadership research for McREL points to a statistically significant link between superintendent tenure and student ac

Architects help iTech Prep students prepare for design competition

Architects must consider much more than bricks and glass when designing a school. That’s what seventh- and eighth-graders in Mady Wohl’s pre-engineering class at iTech Preparatory Middle School learned last week as they embarked on an international competition to design a school of the future. Casey

Reimagining the school librarian

In 2007, three mothers in Spokane, Wash., launched a successful advocacy effort to save school librarian positions across the state. A recent article in School Library Journal talks about the continuing work to reimagine the school librarian role by involving librarians in education decision-making.

Technology accelerates superintendency evolution

Is technological vision a requirement for the modern superintendent? A recent Education Week article suggests it is. However, leading the charge into new technologies isn’t as simple as just purchasing and distributing devices. Developing a long-term plan for the infrastructure, strategically planni

How Vancouver Public Schools prepares students for a modern, digital workforce

In his recent speech in Mooresville, North Carolina, President Obama focused on the growing skills gap in America. Students are not graduating high school and college ready for the jobs available, especially in the STEM field. One path to closing that gap, Obama cited, is through digital learning, c