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Early Release/Teacher Collaboration at West T.V. Elementary School​

The entire staff of West Tualatin View (West T.V.) Elementary School, from the principal to the front office secretaries, gathered around tables in the school's cafeteria to learn and collaborate on International Mindedness on Wednesday, October 4. 

The school has been working to become a Primary Years Program (PYP) school for several years, and on September 29, 2017, applied to become authorized.  With applying for authorization comes the requirement for all of the school's staff to be trained in the International Baccalaureate (IB) standards and practices.  This year's administratively directed Early Release/Teacher Collaboration will be focused on just that. 

"The advantage of having Early Release/Teacher Collaboration on Wednesdays is that I don't have to give up my staff meeting time.  We can use staff meeting time for other important learning and professional development staff should have this school year, like readers workshop, math workshop, restorative practices, PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports), etc.," says principal Kalay McNamee.  "Having the time to focus directly on our IB requirements is invaluable."

The lesson focused on International Mindedness, one of the IB learner profiles.  The staff discussed the meaning of their names, how to act locally and think globally and how to incorporate these important lessons in their classrooms and their daily work.