Welcome to Teaching & Learning Services
Dear Snohomish students, families and staff,
Greetings! As executive director of Teaching and Learning Services, I am truly grateful for the opportunity to serve Snohomish School District. Our district staff is fully committed to positively impacting the lives and educational experiences of all our students, and I am honored to be able to work with such a dedicated staff. In my efforts to promote student learning, I bring to the district my experiences as a former high school principal, associate principal, instructional coach, English teacher and substitute teacher.
Teaching and Learning Services is one of the departments in the district office dedicated to transforming the lives and minds of our students by supporting our school staff, primarily through professional development. Our purpose statement reads: “In order to maximize student learning, Teaching and Learning Services encourages, supports and facilitates professional growth opportunities for district staff.” This purpose statement guides our department in our ongoing efforts to systematically support the instructional practices of district staff so that they can provide the best possible learning experiences for our students.
Throughout the year, Teaching and Learning Services is busy carrying out several significant tasks, projects, and initiatives, including our work facilitating continued learning around the Framework for Intentional and Targeted (FIT) Teaching, authored by Fisher, Frey and Pumpian. The four elements of FIT Teaching help ensure that students are immersed in challenging, meaningful and relevant learning experiences each and every day. These four elements are:
- Culture of achievement – integrating academic outcomes with a positive school culture
- Purpose – providing a clear and intentional rationale behind lessons and learning activities
- Gradual release of responsibility – delivering scaffolded instructional practices to foster independent learning
- Formative and summative assessments – using assessment data to inform instruction.
There is much positive energy and enthusiasm around FIT Teaching amongst our staff, and I am confident that this will lead to enhanced and transformed instructional practice.
In addition to providing targeted support and professional development around curriculum, assessment, instruction and the district’s highly capable program, we also manage various state and federal grants and oversee the process for curriculum materials adoption, ensuring that resources are responsibly allocated to best support learning goals. We are also poised to help staff members effectively integrate technology into their practice through Canvas, a software based learning management system, and mobile laptop carts, among others.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. I would love to hear from you.
Miriam M. Mickelson, Ed.D.
Executive Director, Teaching and Learning Services