What's happening

  • Teaching Truth: Educators' Rights

    Educators are experts on making sure our students learn honesty about who we are, integrity in how we treat others, and courage to do what’s right. Recent broad-ranging attacks on how we teach and what we teach has created confusion about how we can safely continue teaching accurate and updated curricula to help our students understand our past and present in order to create a better future.
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  • Long-term care insurance

    What does the new Washington state long-term care insurance plan mean for you? With the state’s new program starting Jan. 1, 2022, each of us will have to choose whether to join the Washington Cares Fund, to get private insurance such as through NEA member benefits, or both.
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  • New certificate renewal requirements

    Starting July 1, 2023, all teacher certificate renewals must include at least 15 clock hours of professional development focused on equity-based practices. WEA is among the organizations that will be hosting PD courses that will meet this requirement. The 15 required clock hours count as part of the 100 total hours required for recertification. Because the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) has not yet created cultural competency, diversity, equity, and inclusion standards, they will align the current PD to the cultural competency standards. The STEM PD requirement remains in effect as well.
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  • Trauma-Informed Self-Care for Educators

    The American Institutes for Research (AIR) put together a great resource to help educators with the direct and secondary trauma they may currently be experiencing. The tool takes a comprehensive approach and includes a list of resources and references.
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"Every kid who walks in my door - they matter, they are worth it, and I care about them. They deserve every opportunity that I, and the state, can give them. "
Thea Layton, Bainbridge Island EA