Tag Archives: Tim Fulton

School Board approves new K-8 math programs

The change was prompted by Alaska’s switch to new Common Core standards, which call for introducing concepts anywhere from one to two years ahead of when they are taught now. more

Teacher evaluations pit student scores against ‘dream building’?

The Sitka School District will pilot the iObservation teacher evaluation tool next year. Board members wondered if it will change the management model in buildings. "You can not be both an evaluator and a mentor," said incoming superintendent Mary Wegner.

A new, state-mandated evaluation system will hold everyone — teachers and administrators — accountable for student performance, beginning next fall. The Sitka School Board Tuesday night (4-15-14) got its first look at web-based software that will follow the progress of teachers over the course of the school year. But how far poor student outcomes can drag down a teacher’s evaluation remains a big question mark. more

Trend, or trendy? Examining technology’s role in education

The Sitka School District envisions tablets for students in the elementary grades, and laptops for older students. (Flickr photo/Devon Christopher Adams}

The Sitka School Board remains committed to putting a mobile computing device in the hands of every student in the near future. The board held a presentation on the Alaska 1:1 Digital Learning Initiative Tuesday night (2-18-14). The presentation evolved into a free-wheeling discussion of the role of technology in all our lives, and whether it contributes to real learning, or creates shortcuts that may ultimately weaken education. more