Education Connections




     OSPI Candidate Forum



    • *Events are held from 12-1 p.m. in the Rainier Room at the Wilburton Instructional Service Center (directions here).
    • Complimentary lunch will be provided by the Foundation
    • Advance registration is requested

    Additional Winter/Spring Events To Be Announced Soon...


    Winter/Spring 2017
    Wednesday, Jan. 11, Who Pays for Public School Education in Bellevue? Taxes, Bonds & Levies, Bellevue Schools Foundation & Our PTSAs, from 7-8:30 p.m. at Spiritridge Elementary School
    Melissa deVita, District Deputy Superintendent Financial Services & Operations will break down the ins and outs of financing public education in Bellevue, and the roles played by taxes, levies & bonds, and support organizations such as Bellevue Schools Foundation and Bellevue's PTSAs. Join us for this event, co-hosted by Bellevue PTSA Council. Please register here. The event is free and open to the public (a second session will be held at a later date).
    Spring 2016


    Monday, Nov. 28, The Power of Creativity, from 12-1 p.m.
    "Creativity is critical in my classroom," says presenter Kristin Leong, a Bellevue International School teacher and TED-Ed Innovative Educator. Kristin will be presenting about the power of creativity to transform classroom learning into lifelong inspiration and sharing about the impact of inviting diverse unexpected guests into schools.   Through Leong's charismatic presentation, you'll get a first-hand look at what creativity means in the modern classroom, and how our teachers are inspiring students to collaborate, think critically, and apply these skills across the curriculum in ways that generate new thinking.


    Monday, Oct. 24: Candidate Forum 12-1 p.m. Join us for a lunchtime forum with state Superintendent of Public Instruction candidates Erin Jones and Chris Reykdal. Bellevue Schools Foundation and the Bellevue PTSA Council have partnered to bring you this opportunity to learn more about the candidates who are seeking Washington public education's top job. At this forum, from noon to 1 p.m., both candidates will share their priorities and vision for OSPI's direction, and answer your questions about education in Washington state.
    Monday, Oct. 24: An Evening with Houston, from 6:30–7:30 p.m. Hear a high-energy presentation on creating lives filled character, purpose, and compassion by Houston Kraft, a professional speaker, leadership consultant, and kindness advocate. Kraft, who speaks to middle schools, high schools, colleges, and businesses across the country, inspires audiences to create cultures through storytelling, experiences, and hands-on tools that will leave you energized for lasting and sustainable change. His presentations for Bellevue School District are in support of the donor-funded Social Emotional Learning initiative in our schools. Light snacks will be served.




















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    Thursday, April 28, 2016 - Career & College Planning
    It's that time of year, when a new crop of middle school students will log onto Naviance, the Foundation-funded College & Career planning platform used across the District starting in 6th grade.
    At this month's Education Connections event, hear from middle school counselors how they utilize the platform with students at that level and how it can help them prepare to prepare and begin to explore their interests and options now, so when it's time to begin planning for post-high school steps they have a leg up.
    Join us on Thursday, April 28, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Rainier Room. Simply register at the link above!


    Monday, March 7, 2016 - Social Emotional Learning
    Research has shown that students who acquire the core social and emotional competencies--including self-management, self-awareness, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making--experience academic and behavioral benefits.
    Please join us at this Education Connections event, presented in collaboration with the Bellevue PTSA Council 2.3, to learn more about the SEL Pilot .



    Fall 2015

    December 9, 2015 - Early Learning
    Why is quality preschool important to the future of the Bellevue community? In the late 1990's, scientists confirmed that early brain development -in the years leading up to kindergarten - is critical for future learning, both socially and academically. Landmark research studies demonstrate that children who attend preschool score higher on achievement tests, attain higher levels of education, require less special education, have lower levels of incarceration, and earn higher wages. Recent evidence suggests that high quality preschool positively contributes to the language, literacy and mathematics skills for children from all income groups, races, ethnicities, including English language learners, and children with special needs. Join Deborah Duitch, BSD Director of Early Learning and state Early Education experts, to learn why universal access to high-quality pre-K is critical for the future success of Bellevue's youngest learners.





















































    November 16, 2015 -K-12 Computer Science
































    Bellevue continues to be on the cutting edge as computer science (CS). Lessons are introduced in elementary and middle school core curriculum and new CS electives are provided in middle and high school. Curriculum Developers Greg Bianchi and Cheri Bortleson showcased coding projects and how critical thinking and computer science skills are used to create, solve, and design -Live! In case you missed it or want to see it again, click here to watch the presentation.

    September 21, 2015 - College & Career, Naviance

    Middle and high schools in Bellevue are using the cutting-edge Naviance system to help students with college and career planning. Students can take interest assessments, research college and financial aid information, submit applications, explore interactive statistics on acceptance rates, and more. New this year will be the pilot programs that help track volunteer hours for high school students and the Naviance curriculum tool for middle school students.  

    In case you missed it or want to see it again, click here to watch the presentation!

    Fall 2014-Spring 2015

    May 18, 2015 - STEM Education for All

    Bellevue’s elementary STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) pilot is expanding to all seventeen elementary schools next year. This innovative project will make Bellevue one of the first school districts in the country to offer comprehensive STEM education for every elementary student. STEM Curriculum Developers Greg Bianchi and Cheri Bortleson gave an update on how this innovative work is making a difference for kids.

    March 26, 2015 - Graduation Success

    What would it take for 100% of Bellevue students to graduate? Bellevue School District is committed to finding an answer. Graduation Success Leader Shomari Jones explained how students in need of support are being identified and why it’s so important to reach them long before high school graduation. He also shared a roadmap for the work and highlighted some of the innovative strategies being undertaken to engage students.

    January 12, 2015 - School Funding: An Insider's Guide

    Do you know how your taxes actually fund the schools? Why is school funding such a big topic in Olympia? Guests joined Bellevue School District's Deputy Superintendent for Financial Services and Operations Melissa deVita to learn how schools are funded in the state of Washington. She also provided insight into the funding issues being discussed by state legislators this year and the potential implications for Bellevue schools.December 8, 2014 - A Global Perspective: How Bellevue Students Compare to Their International Peers











































































































































































    Bellevue School District students recently took a school-based version of the international PISA exam for the first time, setting a benchmark for how their performance compares to that of students from other countries around the world. PISA tests 15-year-olds on standardized mathematics, science, and reading material. Guests joined Superintendent Dr. Tim Mills and Director of Research, Evaluation & Assessment Dr. Naomi Calvo to hear about the encouraging results and learn what Bellevue schools are doing to prepare students for success in the global economy.

    November 25, 2014 - Music in the Schools

    Research consistently shows a strong correlation between participation in music programs and high academic achievement. Music education also provides students with many benefits outside the classroom. Guests joined Visual & Performing Arts Curriculum Developer Mark Wilbert to learn about the opportunities available for music education in Bellevue schools, how our music programs compare to others across the country, and why music is such an important part of a well-rounded education.

    October 30, 2014 - College and Career Planning with Naviance

    Middle and high schools in Bellevue are using the cutting-edge Naviance system to help students with college and career planning. Students can take interest assessments, research college and financial aid information, submit applications, explore interactive statistics on acceptance rates, and more. The system also provides counselors with an inside look into students’ progress, helping track letters of recommendation, applications submitted, and acceptances all in one place.  Guests joined counselors Susan La Rosa (International School), Kelly Troisi (Bellevue High), Heather Erickson (Newport High), Alicia Williams (Interlake High), and Katherine Lamb (Sammamish High) to see firsthand how students and counselors are taking advantage of this resource.

    Spring 2014

    May 30, 2014 - Bilingual Education: Pathways for Our Students

    Language learning is more important than ever in today's global economy. Language curriculum developers Tina Ying Bogucharova and Paris Granville, Bilingual Programs Supervisor Heidi LaMare, and Sarah Soares, instructor for the International Spanish Academy at Tillicum, shared the various opportunities for students to learn languages in Bellevue schools and explained how the programs and instruction differ to meet the needs of a wide range of students.

    April 17, 2014 - Advanced Placement for All

    Bellevue School District has some of the highest AP course participation rates in the country, with 91% of seniors graduating with at least one AP course. Bellevue students also pass AP exams at rates significantly higher than the national average. Guests joined Bellevue School Board Member Chris Marks, Deputy Superintendent Eva Collins, and Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction Sharon Kautz to learn how Bellevue schools developed a focus on AP participation for all and how it makes a difference for students. 

    March 20, 2014 - Elementary STEM

    Comprehensive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education in elementary school helps prepare kids for rigorous coursework in middle and high school, and increases the chances they'll consider careers in STEM fields. K-5 STEM Curriculum Developer Greg Bianchi explained how an innovative new pilot is taking STEM education to Bellevue elementary schools and shared some of the exciting early results.

    Fall 2013

    December 16, 2013 - Learning to Read and Reading to Learn

    Mastering the ability to read is critical for student success. Bellevue School District's Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction Sharon Kautz, Director of Curriculum Heather Edlund, and K-12 Literacy Curriculum Developer Dana Harrison explained what reading instruction looks like in Bellevue schools, how data is used to identify and meet student needs, and how the district plans to get every  student reading proficiently by third grade.

    November 18, 2013 - Authentic Assessment

    How do students respond to assessments and grading practices designed to measure their mastery of specific skills? And how are these techniques implemented? Sammamish High School Teacher Ian Duncan shared how he and other teachers at Sammamish are using collaboration and culturally responsive instructional methods to build bridges from students to the standards they are attempting to master. They are empowering students to be successful and the initial results are incredible. 

    October 31, 2013 - The Emotionally Literate Child

    Research shows that children with strong social and emotional skills demonstrate higher academic achievement, are more engaged in school, and are less likely to suffer from bullying or depression. Dr. Marc Brackett, Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and co-creator of the RULER approach, will share his behind-the-scenes knowledge of the curriculum being adopted in Bellevue schools this year and explain how it helps children to become emotionally literate and prepared for success.

    Spring 2013

    May 28, 2013 - Testing: A Means to an End                             

    Testing has been a hot topic in the news recently. What tests do students in Bellevue schools take and why? How are tests used to measure student outcomes? Bellevue School District's Naomi Calvo, Director of Research and Accountability, and Chris Lindberg, Manager of Data, Research, and Testing, shared the answers to these questions and provided insight into the future of testing in the district.​

    April 19, 2013 - Curriculum: What Our Students Learn and Why

    Curriculum defines how and what students learn at school every day. Sharon Kautz, Bellevue School District's Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and Kathee Terry, Bellevue School District's Director of Curriculum and Instructional Technology, explained how curriculum is decided on and evaluated, as well as how the implementation of the new common core standards will impact curriculum in the district.

    March 20, 2013 - Making Sense of Mental and Emotional Health

    Understanding our students' mental and emotional health is critical to fulfilling their needs and enabling them to learn. Christopher Hibbeln, licensed mental health counselor at Overlake Hospital's Specialty School, shared the issues and struggles kids are facing, the parenting strategies and interventions that can support their success, and how parents can navigate the challenging path to getting help. 

    Fall 2012

    December 13, 2012 - A Primer on Problem-based Learning        

    What is problem-based learning and how do teachers use it in the classroom? Sammamish High School Social Studies Teacher and i3 Grant Project Leader Adrienne Curtis Dickinson shared how Sammamish teachers and others across the country are expanding their use of problem-based learning and how it's engaging students in remarkable ways.

    November 8, 2012 - Education for 21st Century Careers         

    Bellevue schools are on the leading edge of preparing students for success through career and technical education. Bellevue School District's CTE Director Estelle Collins explained the innovative offerings, from culinary arts to engineering. She also shared examples of the impact these real-world programs have on students and gave an update on the efforts underway to reach more students and reach them earlier by expanding CTE offerings to middle schools. 

    October 18, 2012 - Adaptive Technology for Student Success      

    How is adaptive learning technology being used in Bellevue schools? Bellevue School District’s Director of Curriculum and Instructional Technology Kathee Terry will explain how programs like DreamBox and Read 180 are incorporated into the curriculum and discuss how teachers are using them to meet the needs of all students.

    Spring 2012

    May 31, 2012 - Technology for Academic Success                       

    How can technology in our schools promote positive outcomes? Carl Sweetland, Bellevue School District’s Director of Technology discussed the technology being used in our schools, how it impacts student learning, and what’s on the horizon.Microsoft’s Kevin Wang shared the innovative and exciting TEALS program, which brings technology leaders into the schools to teach computer science.

    April 26, 2012 - The Arts: Part of a Complete Education for Every Student                                                                                         

    Did you know that the arts are part of "basic education" in Washington State? How does arts learning impact student engagement and success? What opportunities for arts education are provided in Bellevue? And what is our role in ensuring that the arts are equitably provided? Una McAlinden, Executive Director of ArtsEd Washington and a Bellevue parent, and Pam Schroeder, Bellevue School District Arts Coordinator, explored the answers to these questions and more.

    March 29, 2012 - School Funding 101                                          

    Why are Washington schools near the bottom in per-pupil funding? How can we provide Bellevue schools the resources they need to educate our children? Understanding school funding is critical to advocating for it. School Finance Consultant and Former Educator Howard Johnson made school funding understandable and surprisingly interesting!































































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