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The Plan

Port Townsend Schools are transforming K-12 education by unifying learning around a central maritime theme. This is not an elective track or a series of field trips, but a holistic change for every classroom, every subject, every grade level: making education come alive by connecting it to the students’ community.

Change takes work, and we are not pushing yet another unfunded mandate in education nor shall we compromise student learning during this transition. Each grade and subject has unique needs for implementing this change, and no one knows that work better than the teachers themselves. Lead staff will assist classroom teachers to define the resources, time and support needed to successfully implement this maritime framework in their classrooms.  

Teachers will be given time over the summer and throughout the school year to immerse themselves in the initiative and work with other teachers, a curriculum consultant, and community partners to design change elements to be implemented this calendar year.

Sarah Rubenstein was hired in spring of 2014 as the Project Director. She will coordinate this change work and to engage community partner organizations, marine and maritime industries, and to keep the community abreast of our progress.

Anticipated timeline for teacher work and training:

2015-2016 School Year: Professional Development and Planning

Monthly district-wide Wednesday early release professional development

Teaching Labs with a focus on student thinking in classrooms

Project Team coaching and collaboration time for all teaching teams

Teacher-Partner Round Tables with Guest Education Experts in collaboration with Port Townsend Marine Science Center

Summer 2016: Teacher Workshops and Planning Time

Maritime Industry Collaboration and Curriculum Development

Math Workshop and Curriculum Design Session

2016-2017 School Year: Professional Development and Planning

Monthly district-wide Wednesday early release professional development

Peer Teacher Observation and Teaching Labs

Project Team coaching and collaboration time for all teaching teams

Teacher-Partner Round Tables with Guest Education Experts in collaboration with Port Townsend Marine Science Center

 

 

Guiding principles

There is a direct correlation between a student's education and the health of a community.
 Learning is powerful when it is relevant and applicable.
Hands-on craftsmanship is a complement to intellect.
Our natural setting  is unique, and offers incredible opportunity for learning.