Posted: November 20, 2017

JOY and HOPE are intimately connected and are powerful gifts we can give our students, perhaps the most powerful! One of the very best parts of being involved in public education is the JOY and HOPE students give us each and every day! The past few years we’ve featured stories that highlight the HOPE and JOY in our district. Let me know if you have any story suggestions. Thanks for helping us share the HOPE & JOY each week!

Today’s HOPE/JOY comes courtesy of Dr. Williams. Have a fantastic week and a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Equity conversations – A hopeful launch.

At our fall kickoff, we ventured on a journey to explore ways to see and serve each and every student in Camas. Over 40 educators launched small group discussions across our system to discuss practices and beliefs that promote equity. As a result, leaders and staff members at each building took up the challenge to intentionally “see” each student within the first few weeks of school. Some staff initiated positive phone calls, others sent positive notes home and still others held daily community circles. The result: unsuspecting parents and students pouring out gratitude for the kind and thoughtful expressions of care for their students. “Mom, I must be smart in math!” “You called my house last night?!” and one principal reported “I have dozens of emails from families” who showed appreciation for the outreach.

Many have been credited with the phrase, “people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” We are lucky to have such caring educators in our system who work tirelessly to ensure that our 7000+ students are seen and known. Our work continues as educators across the system engage in a close reading of Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain, by Zaretta Hammond. The link below provides a preview of topics addressed in the text. Stay tuned as we continue to elevate practices that promote hope and joy for our students and families.

Making Culturally Responsive Teaching Manageable