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The 2014 WEA Representative Assembly -- "R.A." for short -- wrapped up early Sunday as nearly 1,000 educators voted to support a statewide initiative to lower class sizes. Details

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Class size matters. A new research brief confirms the commonsense notion that children learn more and teachers are more effective in smaller classes. Details

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Tacoma teacher is $25,000 award recipient
04/15/2014

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)
04/09/2014

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.


Clever answers
04/07/2014

Due to post-Representative Assembly fatigue and in honor of "testing season," we post another day of laughter.


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'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.

 

MLTP Teaching Equity Conference

Join fellow WEA educators of color and future teachers on April 26 to learn about what equity looks like in today's classroom.

 

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.

 

Edupourri

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)