[Editor’s note: “My Tech Essentials” is a new monthly feature on eSchool News that highlights the choice of ‘must-have’ technology used by one tech-savvy educator; with the hope that other educators might also find these peer-tested tools useful. Be sure to check back every month for a new “My Tech Essentials.”]

As the Curriculum Specialist with Vancouver Public Schools, I oversee Secondary English Language Arts, Advanced Placement, Running Start, and College in the High Schools.

In our district, we are making a concerted effort to move toward project-based learning and a “teacher as designer” model, which helps teachers learn how to partner...

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Chris Margolin is a Curriculum Specialist with Vancouver Public Schools. He oversees Secondary English Language Arts, Advanced Placement, Running Start, and College in the High Schools. He spent 12 years as a high school English teacher, working not only with students, but as a member of the curriculum team, designing unit plans, and developing the district’s Creative Writing program.