WWU Woodring College partners with Mount Vernon grade school

The elementary education department at Western Washington University’s Woodring College of Education plans to partner with Washington Elementary School in Mount Vernon in a pilot program to improve student achievement and prepare current and future teachers and school administrators to meet the needs of diverse students, including many who are English language learners.

“We are pleased, along with Washington Elementary, to be one of the sites to explore how authentic and productive collaborations with K-12 schools might be enacted,” said Francisco Rios, Woodring College’s dean, in a press release. “In a very real sense, we will be one of the leaders in the state in creating innovative partnerships in pursuit of learning for both students and education professionals.”

WWU will receive $425,680 over the next year for program planning via the Collaborative Schools for Innovation and Success grant, which is administered by the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Professional Educator Standards Board.

The Bellingham university was one of only three schools statewide chosen for funding.

For more information about Washington Elementary School, visit http://www.mv.k12.wa.us/department.asp?pagenumber=64

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