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This week in our WEA holiday series, hear from Linda Myrick and Janice Petrin on how gratifying it is to connect with students. Watch their stories

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With 946 new National Board teachers, Washington has once again topped the nation with the most new NBCTs. Details

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Kelly Riggle Hower is passionate about students, and connecting with colleagues through her union, WEA. Hear her heartwarming essay on teaching and the community she trusts to help students excel. Video or Mobile Version

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Field trips must continue
12/18/2014

An “Atlantic Monthly” article published this month concludes that cutting field trips hurts student learning. In it, education reporter Emily Richmond says the study found students have a deeper, richer understanding of material when they experience it live rather than in a film or reading it in a book according to a new study published by University of Arkansas Professor Jay P. Greene.


Inventive tech ideas gain recognition
12/09/2014

WEA members Wally Blessinger, Peggy Cameron, Marc Coyner and Joanne Szegedi are brand new recipients of NEA Foundation Grants that will be used to help students and members at their schools in learning ways to use technology for learning.


For your consideration . . .
12/08/2014

See what NBCT fifth grade math and science teacher Spencer Olmsted says in his Stories from School Blog about his realization (one year later) that becoming a National Board Certified Teacher is much, much more than becoming a better teacher. He though the program would help him improve his practice (it did). He talks about a host of other “less tangible prizes” that comes with becoming certified.


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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.


ADHD disgnoses correlated to punitive ed reform policies

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“The ADHD Explosion” authors Stephen Hinshaw and Richard Scheffler found disturbing correlations between educational policies and the prevalence of ADHD diagnoses. The two, who are colleagues at University of California Berkeley, found that when rates of ADHD diagnoses are broken down by state, there are dramatic discrepancies. Their data-based analysis shows that high rates of ADHD diagnoses correlated closely with state laws that penalize schools when students fail. Check out this fascinating article in Salon.com.


No tying student test scores to evaluations

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As we head into the weekend, we reiterate that WEA opposes mandating the use of state test scores in teacher evaluations. While the Washington State Senate defeated the misguided teacher evaluation bill last week, the pressure to tie teacher evaluations to student test scores is continuing from the federal and state level. Read WEA’s statement of principles to gain a stronger understanding where WEA stands.


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