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High drama

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If you happened to be in Ellensburg last weekend, you might have run into some 900 thespians and their teachers from high schools all over the state who were sharing the terrific work they are doing in dramatic arts.


True grit

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Politico tells us that today is more than just the first day of spring. Today is Character Day. More than 1,000 colleges, schools, organizations and even the White House are talking about what it means to be more persistent and courageous. Part of the day includes promoting a film called “The Science of Character.”


Engage in public policy

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Chimacum High School science teacher Maren Johnson is jazzed about Cheney Middle School’s Tammie Schrader. Johnson just returned from the Teaching and Learning 2014 Conference in Washington DC where she says she was “dazzled” by compelling speakers and so on, but that it was Schrader’s session that gave her lots of food for thought. Schrader, who facilitates student coding in her classes, talked a lot about how educators must be involved in creating educational policy.


SBAC backed up

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Officials from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium told states, last Friday, to expect a week-long delay for the rollout of the Common Core pilot tests.


Seattle secretary steps up

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Last week, we invited you to visit Ingraham High School Administrative Secretary Mary Smith’s video imploring Seattle School Supt. Jose Banda to avoid cutting clerical and other staff in the upcoming budget. Seattle EA members are voting down school budgets all over the city. As part of the state’s Classified Employees Week, WEA salutes Mary Smith and we encourage you to watch Smith’s creative video.


A salute to school bus drivers

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North Kitsap Transportation Employee Mike Buff, who drives students to Wolfe Elementary School, is more than just a good bus driver. Parents say Buff is always there -- a steady presence in the lives of the students.


Thank you to library assistants

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Library Assistant Kelly Eschbach carries a heavy load at Crestwood Elementary in Kent. Eschbach keeps the Crestwood library doors open supporting students and staff in her work. WEA salutes Kelly Eschbach and library assistants around the state as part of Washington’s Classified School Employees Week. 


Saluting school employees

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Administrative Secretary Marjorie Gamble is the first person our son met when he showed up at Roosevelt High School in Seattle for an impromptu visit after school nearly three years ago. He made no appointment, but Gamble welcomed him as if she was waiting for his arrival.


Vancouver EA counselor recognized

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Congratulations to Vancouver Education Association’s Dionne Vester, the Washington School Counselor Association’s  2013 High School Counselor of the Year. Vester accepted the award last Friday at a conference in Seattle. The Fort Vancouver High School counselor credits Federal Way High School teacher Pamela Ash for offering her encouragement when she was a student.


Clever creative call to action

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Many of you have seen the informational Common Core State Standard video being used here in Washington for parents and others in the community. Watch how Seattle Education Association’s Ingraham High School’s Mary Smith turned that same clever video technique into a call to action to stop Seattle Schools from cutting three clerical positions at secondary schools. One person can make a difference. Sign her petition asking the superintendent to go back to the drawing board.


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