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April 24, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Guest: Experienced teachers need new advancement opportunities

Katie Piper

Katie Piper

I am fortunate to work with a collaborative and talented staff at the public high school where I teach. Over the past few years, all teachers at Sammamish High School in Bellevue had the chance to work on a curriculum design team and re-imagine the courses we teach to make them “problem-based.”

In this approach, units of study are organized around authentic problems that students must solve, typically while playing a role such as a candidate for public office. Some teachers have also taken on leadership roles while remaining part-time in the classroom, and have helped plan high-quality professional development that most of my colleagues agree is an improvement over what school districts traditionally offer.

But most of these opportunities are not the norm today in public education, and they may not be able to continue to the same degree at our school because most of this work was made possible by a federal Investing in Innovation (i-3) grant. Next year is the last year of our grant, and many of us wonder what comes next.

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