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This year's WEA Representative Assembly -- "R.A." for short -- has wrapped up with nearly 1,000 educators voting to support a statewide initiative to lower class sizes. Details

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04/17/2014

Education International has launched a global campaign, Unite for Quality Education. It spotlights quality tools, quality environment and quality teachers. As part of this campaign, they invite educators to take a few minutes to complete a survey which assesses teaching and learning conditions in their classrooms.


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.


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A demonstration of courage

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Congratulations to Seattle’s Garfield High School history teacher Jesse Hagopian who was honored with major education awards in Washington DC last Saturday from the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences International.


SAT scores continue to rise

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Once again, Washington’s 12th graders are near the top of the heap in SAT scores this year. The combined average score of 1526 on the 2013 SAT ranks Washington as the fourth highest score among states with at least 50 percent of eligible students taking the test. That national composite scores is 1474.


This day in history

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Fifty-six years ago today, President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent the 101st Airborne to Little Rock to enforce desegregation. Fifty-one years ago today, an appeal court ordered the University of Mississippi to admit James Meredith, the college’s first African American student.


Redrawing school boundaries in Seattle takes toll

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As Seattle prepares to redraw boundaries again, parents, teachers and students are up in arms with new plans for Hawthorne Elementary.


"Accountability tests" not accountable

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As some of you prepare to attend this evening’s Town Hall Meeting in Seattle about standardized testing (see post below), take a look at the Atlanta Journal Constitution article which spotlights how numerous and common errors in standardized tests are plaguing students around the country.


Town Hall test discussion

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Head over to Town Hall in Seattle this Tuesday (Sept. 17) at 7:30 p.m. for a discussion titled: To Test or Not to Test featuring a panel discussing standardized tests.


Resources for 9/11

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September 11. It means something different now. Click anywhere on this sentence for some resources for educators to talk with students – most who are too young to remember that day and others who want to mark the day by doing something to help others.


California Senate OK's new test plan

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The California State Senate green lighted a bill which will allow students to “test drive” the Measure of Academic Performance and Progress. What is worth pointing out is that the bill allows the schools to dump their current standardized testing program while they make the transition. Also worth pointing out is that parents are opting students out of tests more often.


Math story problem

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If you close 50 public schools in Chicago because they are underutilized, laying off veteran teachers along the way then you open 52 charter schools in the same city staffed by well-intentioned people who took a five-week training course, in the end, who wins?


TFA helpful or harmful?

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Brooklyn writer Owen Davis keeps his eye on public education politics and education reform. Read his compendium of critiques by those who worked as educators for TFA.


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TPEP training - Puget Sound
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WEA Small/Rural Locals Conference
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