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Vancouver educators talking about CCSS

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Southwest Washington educators are talking about Common Core State Standards with colleagues today. They are encouraging them to write post cards to legislators and other education stakeholders to make sure there is appropriate collaboration time and resources for CCSS implementation. Their efforts are one in a number of grassroots events going on all over the country today to raise awareness about fulfilling the promise of public education for every student.


Rep Assembly 2014

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WEA’s 94th Annual Representative Assembly gets under way Thursday, April 3. Some 950 delegates will meet in Spokane to set WEA policy for the coming year.


VEA going to town

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Vancouver Education Association members are heading to an hour-long Town Hall meeting about Common Core (CCSS) implementation this coming Tuesday, April1. The meeting is part of a National Education Association Raise Your Hand National Day of Action the following day.


Likely New York CCSS moratorium

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other state leaders say they are probably going to institute a moratorium on Common Core State Standards(CCSS) implementation for at least three years.


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.


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