What is EDU-speak?
Ever get confused by teachers, principals and other educators using complicated educational terms you don’t understand? That’s what we call EDU-speak!
In the EDU-speaking to me?! video series, a group of ESD 112 educators and communicators aims to explain education jargon (EDU-speak) in a clear and entertaining way that makes it easy for parents, community members, students, and even educators to remember.
For the deep-dive, we’ve included links to resources in each video. Browse our video library below, search the ESD site for keywords, or click on the Suggest a Topic tab if you don’t see what you’re looking for.
EDU-speak is everywhere, and ESD 112 Answer Man, Mike Nerland, is on a mission to stamp it out:
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Videography, editing, writing
Rose Yandell is an award-winning video production producer of TV ETC with over twenty years of experience helping schools tell their story. Rose specializes in short impactful videos such as bond and levy informational pieces; school initiatives, innovative classroom projects, and teacher/staff profiles. Rose has been nominated for a Northwest Regional Emmy, and has won a number of prestigious awards.
Acting, script editing, educational expertise
Mike has been an educator for thirty-six years and during that time has had the unique opportunity to both teach and serve as principal at the high school, middle school and elementary school levels. After many years as a teacher, coach and principal, Mike served as superintendent for the Camas School District for 11 years. In 2016 Mike joined ESD 112 as the Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning.
Writing, directing, post-production support
Melissa Burt is a creative mastermind with over 15 years of experience making dry topics come to life through the power of design, copywriting and photography. At ESD 112 Melissa is a Graphic Designer and Copywriter who specializes in executing multi-part campaigns, from brainstorming the message to writing the copy to taking the photos and laying out the finished pieces.
Michele is an award-winning social marketer who loves to share good stories. With more than 20 years of marketing communications experience, she held leadership roles in both the corporate and non-profit sectors before joining ESD 112. Now her work includes collaborating with a multidisciplinary group of communicators to launch marketing campaigns and working with school districts to showcase their accomplishments.
A natural storyteller and researcher with a background in journalism and advocacy writing, master’s degrees in journalism and creative writing, and experience teaching overseas, Sarah brings a diverse set of tools and perspectives to every project. At ESD 112, Sarah works with school districts and other ESDs to discover and share their most compelling stories.
Acting, script editing, technological expertise
Katherine is the Professional Development Manager for Digital Learning at ESD 112. She is a Google Certified Administrator and Trainer who trains district personnel on best practices for managing and using G Suite for Education in an educational setting, as well as providing general technology integration training.