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Yakima educators united. They got organized. They hung in there. They pushed back against obstinate administrators. Now they have more cash in their pockets and a living wage. See how they did it! Video or mobile version

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It’s our best opportunity in a generation to win increased funding for public education, including educator compensation and smaller class sizes. Details

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Meet Lyon Terry, Washington's 2015 Teacher of the Year. He's a lot like the rest of us, with great days and days that feel like failure. Ultimately, he knows teaching matters: as educators, we change lives. Watch the video

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The time is now
02/19/2015

New York’s 2013 Principal of the Year, Carol Burris, is shedding light on the way high stakes testing is hurting students. She says there comes a time to break rules if it means protecting students from unneccessary high stakes testing and that time is now.


Litzow assails, attacks educators as usual
02/10/2015

WEA members are in Olympia today opposing irrational bills mandating the use of state test scores in teacher evaluations. The bills, sponsored by Sen. Steve Litzow, have no basis in research proving that enacting either one would have any kind of positive impact on student learning. This is part of a national movement assailing teachers. Check out the letter seven teachers of the year in New York sent to their governor for the same kind of test score shenanigans.


State Democrats Oppose Common Core
02/02/2015

While Seahawks fans were gearing up for the Superbowl this weekend, the Washington State Democrats passed a resolution in opposition of Common Core. Read what National Board Certified Teacher Tom White says about dealing with the frustration around this latest development.


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Clever answers

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


Laughter is the best medicine

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While RA is going on in Spokane, take a look at this advertisement for a new "medication," antiunionol.


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.


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