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Learning Improvement Day provides opportunity for professional learning, collaboration

There were no students in our schools on Jan. 27, but the day was packed with robust learning opportunities for staff members during the annual Learning Improvement Day. Staff members had a slate of 42 learning sessions to select from that were differentiated based on their grade-level or their subject matter. Highland Elementary School hosted preschool through fifth-grade teachers. Sixth- through 12th-grade teachers gathered at Lake Stevens High School.

Topics ranged from the standards—reading, writing, math and science—to more specialized topics like Mindfulness to Address Anxiety, Supporting English Learners and Classroom Behavior Strategies. There were also very specific sessions for art, PE and music teachers.

Teachers gathered in a library

Elementary teachers had the opportunity to work with their grade-level colleagues to better understand how to use student reading and math data from i-Ready—a diagnostic used to assess student learning. Here, the Hillcrest Elementary School third-grade team discusses strategies with their principal and associate principal.

Teachers trying out VR technology

Corey Gibb, a North Lake Middle School teacher, tries out a virtual reality lesson at Lake Stevens High School as part of the Facilitating Student Created Media session, led by secondary teacher librarians.