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Redmond, Wash. – The Lake Washington School District (LWSD) Board of Directors has selected Dr. Jon Holmen to be the next Lake Washington School District Superintendent. They announced their decision on Monday, March 23, 2020.

Redmond, Wash. – The Lake Washington School District has been following guidance from Public Health in an effort to stay open as long as possible. In light of the current information shared today by our elected officials, we believe it is time to plan for alternative ways to serve our community and families. 

In collaboration with our School Board of Directors and our Lake Washington Education Association, we have made the decision to close all schools from March 12 through March 27, and re-evaluate any further closures during that time. 

In light of today’s news about a King County resident’s death related to the Coronavirus (or COVID-19), and that additional cases are anticipated, we wanted to reach out to share what Lake Washington School District (LWSD) is doing to monitor and prepare for a potential increase in frequency of the Coronavirus in our schools.  

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    Assessment Framework

    The Curriculum and Assessment Framework defines curriculum as the work and learning of students. It involves instructional planning on the part of the teacher, the use of effective instructional strategies with students, and ongoing assessment of student learning. Curriculum provides students, teachers and parents with clear goals and targets for achievement. Out of this grows the work of teachers: instructional planning and delivery, and assessment practices that will support students in their development and learning.

    Planning for student success begins with a focus on student-centered classrooms. Teachers build unit and lesson plans incorporating a variety of assessments with student-centered learning as a foundational framework. Thinking skills and strategies are at the center of student learning.

    Key Points in Student-Centered Learning

    • Students benefit when they help to design/implement instruction and assessment.
    • Effective instructional activities meet academic standards and student needs/interests.
    • Decisions about instruction are based on assessments of what students already know and can do.
    • There is a strong connection between what students are learning in class with applications in the world beyond the classroom.

    Characteristics of Student-Centered Learning

    • Ongoing reflection on assessment of standards and learning
    • Student choice
    • Relevant connections to the world
    • Collaboration
    • Student involvement in planning
    • Student interests and needs at the center of instruction
    • Student awareness of the importance of their learning:
      • What am I doing?
      • Why am I doing it?
      • What am I learning?
      • How will I show my learning to others?

    The teacher’s first step in curriculum planning is to develop a comprehensive plan for the units of study students will engage in over the course of the school year. With a yearlong plan in mind, the teacher designs specific units to help students reach the standards set in the Curriculum and Assessment Framework.