New Professional Development Catalog features offerings for certificated staff

Front cover of new OSD Professional Development Catalog for Certificated Staff

The following is a message from Lauri Klancke, executive director of Teaching and Learning, about a new quarterly catalog featuring certificated offerings:

We are pleased to announce the very first edition of your quarterly Professional Development Catalog.

The goal has been to develop a catalog where our certificated teachers can access information related to all professional development offerings from the district on a quarterly basis. All departments that hold professional development offerings have been asked to participate in this catalog so you, the audience, have one place to look at all offerings each quarter. This isn’t dialed in perfectly yet, but we will continue to work with all departments and encourage them to participate.

Catalogs will be produced as follows:

Spring:   March – May classes
Summer:  June – August classes
Fall:  September – November classes
Winter:  December – February classes

The catalog is housed on the OSD Intranet in two places: under Staff Development and also on the Teaching and Learning landing page. Olympia School District employees may access the staff Intranet by logging in at the top of the district website Home page.

Please take a moment to look through the catalog. We want this to be a helpful resource you turn to regularly, so feedback will be appreciated!

We know that many factors contribute to a student’s academic success, but research suggests that the biggest school-related factor is directly related to the teacher. A teacher is estimated to have two to three times the impact of any other school factors, and teacher quality has a lasting effect on student learning. With this in mind, we continue to invest in you and your journey in helping all students learn. Thank you for all you do to support our Olympia School District students.

Nominations due by February 15 for district Teacher of the Year

The Olympia School District is accepting nominations through Thursday, February 15, for one or more staff members to be honored as OSD Teacher of the Year.

The program recognizes the work of teachers who have made a positive difference in their profession. Any Washington public school teacher who has a current certificate and works directly with students for at least 50 percent of his/her time is eligible to be nominated.

Please complete the online nomination form and submit by 4 p.m. on Thursday, February 15, 2018. A committee will review the applications and select the individual(s) to be recognized based on who best exemplifies the following Teacher of the Year criteria (please include examples of the following in your nomination):

  • The teacher has the respect and admiration of their colleagues;
  • The teacher is an expert in their field who guides students of all backgrounds and abilities to achieve excellence;
  • The teacher collaborates with colleagues, students, and families to create a school culture of respect and success;
  • The teacher deliberately connects the classroom and key stakeholders to foster a strong community at large;
  • The teacher demonstrates leadership and innovation in and outside of the classroom walls that embodies lifelong learning;
  • The teacher expresses themselves in an engaging and articulate way.

The individual(s) chosen will be eligible to be considered for the regional Teacher of the Year selection process. The winner at that level advances to the state Teacher of the Year selection process.

View the online nomination form

Hands On Children’s Museum invites educators to explore museum

Educator Night Out flier including location at Children's Museum, time and detailsThe Hands On Children’s Museum is hosting a free Educator Night Out event on Thursday, February 15.

Educators are encouraged to explore the museum, enjoy refreshments, and get information about field trip opportunities, its mobile education program, and art and science workshops. PTA leaders are also welcome.

The free event for educators 21 and older is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. To register, call 360-956-0818 Ext. 103, or email reservations@hocm.org.

Middle and high school teachers invited to apply for $250 mini-grants by January 12

The Thurston County School Retirees’ Association is accepting applications for its $250 middle and high school teacher mini-grants for the 2017-18 school year.

The deadline to apply for the mini-grants is January 12, 2018. The grants are designed “to provide an opportunity for  teachers to acquire materials or provide experiences for their students above and beyond what is paid for with district funds. The materials or experiences should supplement and enhance building or district goals.”

View and download a copy of this year’s application. The form is also available at http://www.thurstoncountysra.org.

Thurston County School Retirees’ Association is a chapter of the Washington State School Retirees’ Association.

Middle and high school teachers invited to apply for $250 mini-grants

The Thurston County School Retirees’ Association is accepting applications for its $250 middle and high school teacher mini-grants for the 2017-18 school year.

The deadline to apply for the mini-grants is January 12, 2018. The grants are designed “to provide an opportunity for  teachers to acquire materials or provide experiences for their students above and beyond what is paid for with district funds. The materials or experiences should supplement and enhance building or district goals.”

View and download a copy of this year’s application. The form is also available at http://www.thurstoncountysra.org.

Thurston County School Retirees’ Association is a chapter of the Washington State School Retirees’ Association.

Wildlife refuge hosts free field trip orientation workshop for educators

Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge flier

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Teachers interested in coordinating a field trip for students to the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge are invited to a free field trip orientation workshop scheduled in December, February and March.

Learn about the history of the wildlife refuge, participate in indoor and outdoor educational activities, become familiar with the facilities and resources available for educational groups, and walk the Twin Barns Loop Trail.

Four clock hours are available for a $13 fee through Educational Service District 113 for those participating in the workshop.

To participate in the field trip orientation workshop, complete and submit a registration form

For more information, see the attached flier.