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Diana Haglund | Ski film to promote STEAM

Wenatchee Learns and North 40 Productions have teamed up to produce a mini documentary called “Designing the Edge.” The documentary is being directed by Wenatchee High School student interns with the help of the crew at North 40 and will follow two students in Doug Merrill’s engineering class as they design, make and test snow skis.
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Jodi Smith Payne | Make an impact on learning by becoming an emergency sub

You may have read about it in newspapers across the state. It’s a challenge many school districts face this year. Substitute teachers are in short supply. The sub shortage is causing a crisis in schools across the state when teachers are out due to illness, personal leave, or professional learning, and substitutes are not available to their cover classrooms.
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Jill Fineis and Ariaha Jones | Wenatchee School District taking STEAM outdoors

The world is full of acronyms and the latest buzzword to hit the educational system is STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) and PBL (project based learning). Knowing what they stand for is one thing, but putting them into practice is precisely what the Wenatchee School District’s Science Resource Center aims to do with their outdoor science field experiences (SFE).
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Diana Haglund | Fostering economic innovation and creating a talent pipeline

Gaps in the talent pipeline pose a serious challenge as we look towards the future. There are 75 million baby boomers that are on the verge of retirement. For the next 20 years, an average of 10,000 people each day will reach age 65 and become “eligible” to retire. These numbers and their impact are awe-inspiring and a bit frightening. The “silver tsunami” as it’s called will dramatically change the economic outlook of our nation and community.
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Diana Haglund | Making learning personal for special education students

Imagine going to work and loving your job so much that you throw away your first paycheck. This is a true story. A special education student who went through the Wenatchee High School Community Based Learning Program was hired at Pizza Hut after doing a work-based learning experience there. He felt so valued for the work that he was doing that he didn’t understand why he was being paid to do a job he loved so he threw away his first check in the trash. If this isn’t the essence ...
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Dennis Conger | Preparing local kids for careers

If you were to do a Google search on CTE the first result is “Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.” That is not what I am writing about in this article. You will need to dig a little deeper and go down to the eighth Google Search result, where you will find CTE defined as “The Association for Career and Technical Education.”