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State Superintendent Chris Reykdal signs new educaitonal technology standards at Skyview High School, Vancouver WA
State Superintendent Chris Reykdal signs new educaitonal technology standards at Skyview High School, Vancouver WA
Washington State Adopts Educational Technology Standards (Photo) - 05/18/18

Superintendent Chris Reykdal signed new K-12 learning standards that launch Washington classrooms into the digital age.

OLYMPIA—May 18, 2018—Today’s students are “digital natives,” and need to be prepared to thrive in the ever-growing technology-powered world. Communicating digitally, understanding computer applications, and using online research tools are examples of skills that students apply daily and need to know for success in the future.

To ensure all students are ready and empowered to learn, Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal formally adopted the new educational technology learning standards today at Skyview High School in Vancouver, Washington (Vancouver Public Schools). Teachers at Skyview already incorporate many of these standards into classes and programs.

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) developed the ISTE Standards for Students for use all over the world. One of the main differences between the previous standards (adopted in 2008) and today’s are the “aspirational” statements about what we want for our students’ futures, and the emphasis on students as contributors and producers, not just consumers of information. Being a “Computational thinker,” for example, is one new element.

“Transforming education for the digital age means thinking critically about how we learn and teach,” Reykdal said. “These educational technology standards empower our state’s innovative educators and administrators to re-imagine their schools and classrooms for today’s digital landscape and inspire students to become digital citizens and computational thinkers.”

The standards aim to have every student graduate as a/an:

  • Empowered learner,
  • Digital citizen,
  • Knowledge constructor,
  • Innovative designer,
  • Computational thinker,
  • Creative communicator, and
  • Global communicator.

Each standard describes how students can demonstrate learning. For example, students must use digital tools to connect with learners from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, and engage them in ways that broaden mutual understanding and learning.

“We congratulate Washington on becoming a national leader in endorsing the ISTE Standards,” said ISTE Senior Director Carolyn Sykora. “We see first-hand how technology is being used to transform learning and teaching and accelerate innovation. The ISTE Standards for Students help frame areas of focus and provide a roadmap that can be adapted from classroom to classroom.”

To honor the new standard adoption, Superintendent Reykdal and ISTE’s Senior Director Carolyn Sykora and Chief Membership Officer Jessica Medaille visited Skyview High School to tour the Science, Math and Technology magnet program and viewed student work.

“Our students must be innovators and problem solvers in every aspect of their learning,” said Steve Webb, superintendent of Vancouver Public Schools. “These new technology standards are critically important for preparing future-ready graduates.”

Teams of educators from across Washington convened during the 2017-18 school year to update the original 2008 state educational technology standards. After careful review and discussion, the decision was made to adopt the 2016 ISTE Standards for Students as the updated 2018 Washington state educational technology standards.

Two goals framed the development work that led to these updated standards:

  • Integrate technology across core curricula, and provide realistic examples connected to other content standards whenever possible.
  • Determine what students should know and be able to do in a digital world.

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About ISTE

ISTE sets a bold vision for education transformation through the ISTE Standards, a framework for students, educators, administrators, coaches and computer science educators to rethink education and create innovative learning environments. ISTE hosts the annual ISTE Conference & Expo, one of the world’s most influential edtech events. The organization’s professional learning offerings include online courses, professional networks, year-round academies, peer-reviewed journals and other publications. ISTE is also the leading publisher of books focused on technology in education. For more information or to become an ISTE member, visit Subscribe to ISTE’s YouTube channel and connect with ISTE on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Students, professional writers to read original work - 05/03/18

Approximately 35 student writers and 17 professional authors representing several disciplines will take the stage at the Fort Vancouver High School Center for International Studies in May. Orpheus is an annual event that brings together these two groups for a few nights of honest, compelling, original stories shared live before an audience.

This year’s featured authors include Eli Saslow, a Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter for the Washington Post.


  • May 8: professional writers Acacia Blackwell, Tabitha Blankenbiller, Sage Cohen and Eli Saslow

  • May 15: professional writers Shannon Brazil, Jude Brewer, Celeste Gurevich and Erika Worth

  • May 17: professional writers Daria Eliuk, Kirsten Larson, Kate Ristau, Kahlie Towle and Desiree Wright

  • May 22: professional writers Jenny Forrester, Aaron Gilbreath, Jewels and Kevin Sampsell

Time: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (all dates)

Where: Fort Vancouver High School auditorium, 5700 E. 18 St., Vancouver, WA 98661

This event is free and open to the public.

This is the fifth year of Orpheus, coordinated by teacher Ben Jatos. More than 45 professional authors and 175 students have shared their writing since the event began.

“It's been thrilling watching kids share their authentic voice and tell their stories in front of their friends, family and community. That they get to share the stage with professional writers empowers them and validates their talents,” said Jatos.

Public art project celebrates Skyview's community builders - 04/30/18

A public work of art created by and featuring photos of students from Skyview High School will be on display at the Vancouver Community Library, 901 C Street, May 15 to June 15.

The project, called Community Builders, is a large-scale photographic art display created by Skyview photography students in partnership with the Inside Out Project. Skyview students featured in the photos were nominated by classmates and staff members for their work to improve the community. The photos, measuring 36 by 53 inches each, will be visible from Evergreen and C streets.

The Inside Out Project is a global effort to transform personal identity into works of art. Skyview photography students have been creating these public installments since 2015.

Administrative changes announced for 2018-19 - 04/30/18

Vancouver Public Schools will make several administrative additions and changes for the 2018-19 school year. Personnel assignments are subject to final approval by the school board.

New half-time associate principal positions will provide added support at the elementary schools.

Sacajawea and Anderson elementary schools – Connie Hogan, currently an enhanced K-3 teacher at Sacajawea, will be a half-time associate principal at Sacajawea and a half-time associate principal at Anderson Elementary.

Lake Shore and Salmon Creek elementary schools – Alyssa Alvord, an elementary student achievement specialist in the David Douglas School District, will fill half-time associate principal positions at Lake Shore and Salmon Creek elementary schools.

Lincoln and Eisenhower elementary schools – Greg Roberts, currently serving as the school climate transformation coach at McLoughlin Middle School, will fill half-time associate principal positions at Lincoln and Eisenhower elementary schools.

Marshall and Walnut Grove elementary schools – Jessica Graham, currently associate principal at Roosevelt Elementary School, will fill half-time associate principal positions at Marshall and Walnut Grove elementary schools.

Truman Elementary School – Lee Gunter, currently half-time associate principal and half-time counselor at Truman, will become full-time associate principal at Truman Elementary.

Hough Elementary School – Hough teacher Erick Hoffarth will be half-time associate principal and half-time teacher at Hough Elementary.

Roosevelt Elementary School – Casey Greco will move from full-time associate principal at Gaiser Middle School to full-time associate at Roosevelt Elementary School replacing Jessica Graham.

Gaiser Middle School – Luis Castro-Quintanilla, currently a half-time sixth-grade dual language teacher and half-time dean of students at Gaiser Middle School, will replace Casey Greco as full-time associate principal at Gaiser.

Skyview High School – Julian Williams, currently dean of students and athletic coordinator at Skyview High School, will fill the full-time associate principal position vacated by Luke LeCount at Skyview High School. As previously announced, LeCount will replace Tom Adams as principal at Jefferson Middle School. Adams is leaving to take a position with Battle Ground Public Schools.

Jim Parsley Administrative Office – Erin Deboard, currently dean and learning support teacher at Discovery Middle School, will be an area manager in the special services department.

Student stories shape community event - 04/24/18

At Skyview High School, students and staff members share personal stories in an annual series of talks called BOLT, which stands for Building Our Legacy Together. Skyview Unmasked is this year’s theme. Student leaders and staff members will take the stage to share stories of identity and diversity through speeches, dances and original music.

When: Wednesday, April 25, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Skyview High School auditorium, 1300 NW 139th St., Vancouver, WA, 98685

This event is free and open to the public.

The event is coordinated by students in the school’s leadership/peer mentorship elective class under the direction of teacher Meredith Wales.