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Meet 2014 ESP of the Year Marguerite Jones. For decades, the Seattle special-ed para has seen schools evolve and history unfold. Video or Mobile Version

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This year's WEA Representative Assembly -- "R.A." for short -- has wrapped up with nearly 1,000 educators voting to support a statewide initiative to lower class sizes. Details

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Easily find and register for trainings to earn clock hours with the new WEA Professional Development Network.

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Education International has launched a global campaign, Unite for Quality Education. It spotlights quality tools, quality environment and quality teachers. As part of this campaign, they invite educators to take a few minutes to complete a survey which assesses teaching and learning conditions in their classrooms.

Tacoma teacher is $25,000 award recipient

Tacoma Education Association member Nathan Gibbs-Bowling is Washington’s 2013-14 recipient of a $25,000 Milken Educator Award. In a surprise assembly this morning, the Lincoln High School teacher was greeted by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, state Rep. Jake Fey and Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland among other dignitaries. More than 1,400 students and faculty were on hand to watch Gibbs-Bowling receive the news from Foundation Co-Founder Michael Milken.

Listen (and watch)

The Seattle Education blog has the full-length film called “Listen,” a documentary that looks at education from a student perspective. It is compelling and refreshing and an antidote to the usual “ed reform” hoopla we are so accustomed to seeing in mainstream media. Take a look.

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413 schools win state’s highest honor

More than 400 schools are recipients of the Washington Achievement Award, which combines the state's Accountability Index and federal accountability criteria. It is the highest honor awarded by our state's education department.


'Value Added' claim creates buzz, but peer review shows it's unjustified

Two economists recently claimed that higher value-added scores for teachers lead to greater economic success for students. But an academic review shows the paper's claim is unjustified.


Small Rural Locals Conference

Members from WEA locals with 175 members or fewer are invited to a special conference designed to address their specific needs.


NEA President: 'We need a course correction on Common Core'

NEA President Dennis Van Roekel says that despite initial good hopes, it's now time for a course correction on Common Core State Standards and the way they are being adopted in states across the nation.


'Better Lessons' from your union can help with Common Core

As WEA members and their students gear up for the new Common Core State Standards, the National Education Association and BetterLesson have launched a new website that features 3,000 plus classroom-ready lessons and allows teachers and other educators to share what is working in their classrooms.

State Supreme Court say Legislature still short on McCleary school funding

The Washington Supreme Court’s latest school funding critique confirms what teachers already know -- the Legislature is falling far short of funding the quality public education students deserve, and the state is failing to make adequate progress toward the 2017-18 deadline for fully funding K-12 public schools.


Special education online courses

Registration is now open for WEA's 2014 special education online courses for members. Coursework can be accessed 24 hours a day within the course's two-week timeframe, making the education experience convenient and inexpensive.



Check out these varied and evolving links to miscellaneous items submitted to WEA that are of likely interest to educators in our state. Read more...
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Tue Apr 22 @04:30PM - 07:30PM
TPEP training - Puget Sound
Thu Apr 24 @04:30PM - 07:30PM
TPEP training - Battle Ground
Sat Apr 26 @08:00AM - 04:30PM
MLTP Teaching Equity Conference
Fri May 16
WEA Small/Rural Locals Conference
Sat May 17
WEA Small/Rural Locals Conference
Sat May 31 @08:00AM -
ACT Meeting (Federal Way)