Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A Call For Proposals - 2012 ATL Conference

Mark your calendars!

Assessment, Teaching and Learning Conference
Vancouver, WA
May 2-4, 2012

What will you share with your colleagues?
·         Innovative assessment strategies?
·         Use of open education resources?
·         Multiple delivery methods using instructional technology?
·         Research related to assessment, teaching and learning?
·         Professional development, or how you share best practices with your colleagues?
·         Transitioning students from precollege, ABE, and ESL programs into college-level courses?
·         Modularization, contextualization, integration, inverted models…so much going on the classrooms…

More Information here

Monday, November 7, 2011

Register for the 2nd Annual STEM Summit

Registration is now open for the second annual STEM Summit (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math): Integrating STEM into Today’s Classroom to Develop Tomorrow’s Leaders on Thursday, February 9th, and Friday, February 10th, 2012.
About the STEM Summit: This free two-day Summit will introduce you to industry’s perspective on STEM, emerging technology trends and jobs that require STEM graduates and  K-20 best practices in education focusing on innovative teaching and learning in STEM.  As attendees, you will be examining curriculum for incorporation of best practices in STEM teaching and learning.
This free event includes lunch and snacks, materials, and fun giveaways.
  • Your educational colleagues will be sharing their strategies for incorporating STEM in the classroom
  • Industry professionals from aerospace and advanced manufacturing, education, energy, and information and computing technology will highlight emerging technology and workforce trends.
For more info go to

Friday, November 4, 2011

Quality Matters Workshop

upcoming Quality Matters training.

When: Friday November 11 | 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Where: Pierce College Fort Steilacoom | Rainier Bldg 261
Who: Open to all interested full and part-time instructors from WA Community & Technical Colleges

Register Online & More Info:
Hurry – Space is limited!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

devEd Workshop Invitation

We’re hoping to have faculty, staff and administrators from community and technical colleges all around Washington to join us for a developmental education workshop—see initial details below:

Olympic College is interested in bringing Diego Navarro of the Academy for College Excellence at Cabrillo College in Aptos, CA to our campus for a two-day experiential workshop in January, 2012.  Mr. Navarro has visited Washington at least twice before:  November, 2010 at the Pre-College Conference in Bellevue, WA and again in February, 2011 at Bates Technical College for a Friday morning workshop experience.  We would like to open his presentation to faculty, staff, and administrators from other colleges.   We are considering either a full day on a Friday with a half day Saturday (or the other way around), in late January. 

Please reply directly to Mary Garguile, or Mary Ann Kelso,  to let them know of your interest.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Technology for Educators: Tools for Teachers

What:  Online Webinar; Technology for Educators: Tools for Teachers
When: Thursday, October 26th, One PM Pacific
For Whom: Anyone is welcome

Part of a weekly series of presentations and live office hours offered by the Washington State eLearning Community, the presenter of this workshop, Sue Frantz of Highline Community College will provide participants with a handout covering approximately 50 primarily web-based tools useful to educators divided into 16 categories. Attendees will choose which tools they would like to see demonstrated. A few of the tools we may discuss are YouCanBook.Me (web scheduler), Dropbox (file management), JoinMe (share your desktop), and Socrative (turn any web-enabled device, including smartphones, into classroom clickers).  .

Please consider attending this session, regardless of whether you are a veteran online instructor, are just getting started, or are merely curious.

Log into the live Blackboard Collaborate Session on Thursday, using this link:

This session will be recorded. The recording link is:

You will find links from previous sessions, a schedule of future sessions and more info at

Please send questions and comments to

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

PCAEYC conference

Save The Date
Pre-Conference Institute prior to PCAEYC 2012 Conference: As A Teacher Grows
From Administrator to Innovator:
Transforming your program to support reflective teaching
A unique professional development offering guided by Margie Carter & Deb Curtis, authors, of The Visionary Director, with special guest speakers:
Christina Aubel, Puget Sound ESD, WA & Michael Koetje, Pierce College , WA
Peter Blair, Merage JCC Orange County, CA
Sarah Felstiner, Hilltop Children’s Center, WA
Kristie Norwood, Chicago Commons Child Development, IL

Wednesday, Feb 29, 3:00pm through Friday, March 2, 4:00pm

Seattle Airport Marriott 3201 South 176th, Seattle, WA, 98188 USA

From Administrator to Innovator will explore how leaders of early childhood programs can transform their organizations to be learning communities for children, families and teachers.

At this pre-conference institute you will:

  • Be guided by Margie, Deb, and their Harvest Resources Associates to rethink your core values, organizational culture and professional development systems.
  • Work in facilitated learning groups designed to demonstrate learning communities with the elements of a culture of inquiry and dialogue that generate reflective teaching and can be used in your center or ECE community.
  • Hear stories from program leaders who transformed their centers to create intellectual vitality, collaborative relationships, and exemplary programs for children.
  • Be offered optional study tour to Hilltop Children’s Center on Saturday to see reflective teaching in action (children will be present) and hear their journey to create collaborative engagement with families.

For Pre-Conference Institute Register at; $300 by Jan 15; $350 after that; limit 100 people; includes two lunches, one dinner; special hotel group rate $135/night.
Optional Saturday study tour to Hilltop Children’s Center, Seattle; limit 30 people;
Register at; $120 includes lunch; additional cost if transportation needed.

Pre-Conference Institute sponsored by PCAEYC Pierce County Association for the Education of Young Children Washington State

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Help us celebrate ECEAP

Help us celebrate ECEAP’s 25th anniversary!
Help us celebrate 25 years of growing our future with the state Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP)! Join DEL and several special guest speakers for a reception.
When: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6
Where: State Capitol Building, Columbia Room

Children welcome!
Thank you to our sponsors: Washington Association of Head Start and ECEAP, Thrive by Five Washington, Lakeshore Learning Materials, Kaplan and Occasions.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A video to share

Dr. Patricia Kuhl and Dr. Andrew Melzoff on Brain Power: Why Early Learning Matters. View video here

Latest Research on Early Learning

Early Ed Watch (NAT)

Science Magazine explores latest research on early learning
Clare McCann

The Aug. 19 issue of Science magazine featured a special section on early childhood learning, “Investing Early in Education.” The collection of articles offered policy updates, field studies and new research.

Friday, September 23, 2011

SkillUp Washington November Forum

Save the date - November 3rd
Community forum 
Register here 

For more information, call 206-388-1670

Monday, September 19, 2011

Two Professional Development Events

Here are two upcoming professional development events that may be of interest to you. 

- First is the 4th Annual Northwest Conference on Teaching for Social Justice, being held on October 1st at Chief Sealth High School. It is a great regional conference that consists mainly of K-12 teachers sharing classroom practices that focus on justice and the politics of equity in teaching. Several editors of Rethinking Schools will be in attendance and giving workshops.  The keynote is Karen Lewis, head of the Chicago teachers union (who last year won a progressive slate of union leadership). 
Get more information and register here .

- Second is Michael Apple coming to give a talk at UW Bothell on the evening of October 17th. As you likely know, Apple has been one of the leading critical scholars in education for 40 years now. This should be a nice opportunity to engage in some discussion about the current politics of education.
For more information or to register email Sue Morgan. 

College Readiness Retreat

October 13-14, 2011
Fall College Readiness Retreat
Eatonville, WA


Email your registration (click on the link, scroll down, it’s on the right-hand side)

by September 30 to:

The College Readiness Retreats are designed for pre-college (ABE/Dev Ed/I-BEST) faculty and their teaching partners,
and will include opportunities to:
·         share strategies and challenges
·         improve instruction and assessment
·         learn about system-wide initiatives and resources
·         develop a network of college readiness colleagues

We encourage participation from all colleges,
and we recommend that participants attend with a partner or team.

The registration fee for this two-day workshop is $75 per person.   The remainder of the cost is subsidized by SBCTC.  The registration fee covers meeting materials, one night’s lodging, and four meals (lunch and dinner on Thursday and breakfast and lunch on Friday).  Due to limited space, participants will be housed in double occupancy units.

Registration forms should be emailed to by September 30
Checks should be made payable to SBCTC & mailed to SBCTC, PO Box 42495, Olympia WA 98504.

Co-sponsored by:

Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges

The Washington Center for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Register Today -16th Annual WA-Faculty and Staff of Color Conference

16th Annual Washington State Faculty and Staff of Color Conference
The 16th Annual WA-Faculty and Staff of Color Conference will be held in Vancouver, WA at the Vancouver Conference Center, October 26 - 28.
Conference highlights include:
 * Dynamic keynotes from:
-   Caprice D. Hollins, Psy.D.
-   Frances Contreras, Ph.D.
-   Justin Guillory, Ph.D.
* Variety of engaging workshops
* Networking with Faculty and Staff from across the State
Please visit the FSOCC website for a detailed overview of the 2011 conference agenda and to register today!

2011 WA-FSOCC Fees & Deadlines
$225.00 - Early Bird Registration      October   1, 2011
$250.00 - Registration                        October 15, 2011
$275.00 - Late Registration               October 25, 2011
$300.00 - On-site Registration          October 26, 2011
The conference hotel is the Vancouver Hilton. Conference rates will be available until October 11, 2011 or block has filled. To reserve your room visit :
We look forward to seeing you in Vancouver!
WA Faculty and Staff of Color Conference Planning Committee

Thursday, September 8, 2011

ATL Community Registration open: NWeLearn 2011, Vancover WA Oct 13 & 14, 2011 - Sign up now!

Looking for a low-cost professional development opportunity somewhere close by?
Sign up now for the 6th annual Northwest eLearning Conference  in Vancouver, WA on Oct. 13 & 14, 2011!.

Here’s some basic info:

Keynote: Assessing Learning Gains Using Online Tools, presented by Dr. Susan Zvacek, Director of Instructional Development and Support at the University of Kansas.  Dr. Zvacek will also be giving a workshop entitled Teaching Partially Clothed: For Those Not Ready for ‘Naked.’

Who can benefit: Faculty, eLearning professionals & technologists, librarians, administrators, anyone interested in or using technology in education, and particularly those involved in distance, hybrid or enhanced face-to-face classes.

Location: Clark College’s Corporate Learning Center, with lodging at Phoenix Inn (Special room rate guaranteed through Sept 15 (see flyer), so reserve early).

Cost: Only $75 for both days, $50 for one, or free for the online-only option.  Register Now!

What to Expect: Two full days of sessions (see a partial list of proposed sessions) presented by colleagues like you as well as our vendors, plus terrific meals, a Thursday evening reception, time for networking, and door prizes. You'll also have opportunity to see the beautiful area around Vancouver and Portland, Oregon.

Participation: Submit a proposal for a breakout (45 or 90 minutes) or for a three-hour pre-conference session at  . The final deadline for consideration is 5 p.m. PT/ 6 p.m. MT Friday, Sept. 9.

Organizers: The Northwest eLearning Community, a consortium of eLearning professionals from Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Learn more at


Mark your calendars: NWeLearn 2011 - Oct. 13 & 14, Vancouver, WA -

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Online university gets Gates grant

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded a $4.5 million grant to Western Governors University, the private, nonprofit online university aimed at working adults.
The funds will go toward development and outreach at three branches of the university, in Washington state, Indiana and Texas, as well to launch other state subsidiaries. The chancellor of the Washington branch, which was launched this year, is Jean Floten, the former president of Bellevue College.
The university, established in 1997, said it now has 25,000 students.

Seattle Times (8.30.11)

Western given $2.9M to study science teacher prep

The National Science Foundation has given Western Washington University $2.9 million to study the university's innovative program for training elementary science teachers.  More.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Promoting Academic Integrity Workshop, Wednesday, 1 PM

Promoting Academic Integrity Workshop

Topic: Strategies for Promoting Academic Integrity
Presented By: Stephanie Delaney of Cascadia College, Renee Carney of Lower Columbia College, and Connie Broughton of SBCTC, eLearning
When: Wednesday, July 20th at 1 PM Pacific Time
Where: Online via Elluminate

Anyone is welcome to attend this presentation at no cost.

The presentation will cover the concept of Academic Integrity as it pertains to setting expectations, assessment design and strategies, and strategies for redirection and remediation when academic dishonesty has occurred.

The session will be recorded and the recording will be available here:

For more information about this and other presentations and workshops, please visit:

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Thurs. 6/30 @ 2 pm: Using Prezi for Education

Using Prezi for Education – everyone is welcome. 

Join us to learn about Prezi: a free, user-friendly, zoom-based presentation tool that is a great alternative to PowerPoint.

Thursday, June 30th, 2 pm Pacific

Presented by:
Suzanne Chandler, Whatcom Community College
Ann Garnsey-Harter, Shoreline Community College

Where: Elluminate (click link below and type in your name):

Sponsored by the Washington eLearning Community:

Visit the blog to find links to recordings of previous sessions, a calendar of future events, our twitter and rss feeds, and ways to provide your feedback.

For questions, please contact:

Scott Dennis
eLearning Professional Development Manager
WA State Board, Community & Technical Colleges
PO Box 42495 | 1300 Quince Street SE  Olympia, WA 98504-2495 
Voice: 360.747.7211
ANGEL Videos | Tegrity Videos

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Community College Teaching Certificate Program

There is a great training opportunity coming up this summer!  CWU’s Community College Teaching Certificate Program

Find out more information here.

Still have questions?

Contact: Marji Morgan, Dean
College of Arts and Humanities
Central Washington University
400 East University Way
Ellensburg, WA  98926-7518
phone:  509-963-1858
fax:  509-963-1851

Save the Dates - September 29th and 30th

Teaching & Technology:
A summit of professional development, information technology, faculty and eLearning leaders working toward
a better understanding of perspectives and processes for communication and collaboration -
 supporting student success

September 29th – 30th
Dumas Bay Centre
Federal Way, WA

This Summit is designed for college TEAMS.

Who should be included in your team?
·         Faculty
·         eLearning Coordinators
·         Professional Development Coordinators
·         Information and Instructional Technology Leaders

For more information please contact  

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Early Childhood Professional Development

20 Hours Early Childhood Basic Training Mixed

20 Hour Class Hybrid – July 9th and 23rd 2011 (homework required to meet 20 hours)
9:00 am  - 4:00 pm

Contact Debbie via email or phone at 253-222-5016 for more information or to register.

Location details:
421 165th Street South
Spanaway, WA 98387

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Nanotechnology Workshop for Educators

 FREE Summer Workshop August 3rd5th, 2011
Train the NanoTrainer
Chemeketa Community College -Salem, Oregon

Join us for a free3 day summer workshop introducing High School and Community College educators to nanotechnology. Educators will learn how to bring this emerging science into the
 classroom through interactive experiments, lab tours, and curriculum that are aligned with WA and OR curriculum requirements.

Participants Receive

•$300 Stipend • Breakfast and lunch daily • Supplies to bring back to your classroom • Professional Development credit • WA and OR clock hours offered  

2011 Focus –Energy

Day 1: Wednesday, August 3rd8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Day 2: Thursday, August 4th
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Day 3: Friday, August 5th
8:00 AM to 3:30 PM

For more information or to register, please contact
Maureen Devery at 206-934-7014 or

Mark your calendars - October 13th & 14th

Sponsored by NW eLearning Community (NWeLearn) & Washington Online eLearning Community. 
Mark your calendars for the 2011 NWeLearn Conference, Oct 13 & 14, 2011, Vancouver, WA.  It’s a great conference at a great price!

News: Susan M Zvacek, Ph.D announced as keynote. Call for papers is open! 

Accessibility & Universal Design for Learning Workshop

Tue. June 7, 2011, 2 pm (PT) 3 pm (MT)
Join us for this webinar in which Julie Shen will share the principles of UDL as well as practical tips on how you can make your presentations more accessible to learners of all abilities!

Ms. Shen is the subject librarian for business and computer science at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Her interest in accessibility began when she learned about Universal Design for Learning through a Faculty Learning Community at Cal Poly’s Faculty Center for Professional Development. Now she designs all of her workshops and learning objects with UDL in mind.

Info page with registration link for the webinar.

For best results use a headset, however you may participate at a minimum using speakers.   Additional suggestions included in appointment link in confirmation e-mail.

Monday, May 2, 2011

An Open Letter From Arne Duncan to America's Teachers

I have worked in education for much of my life. I have met with thousands of teachers in great schools and struggling schools, in big cities and small towns, and I have a deep and genuine appreciation for the work you do. I know that most teachers did not enter the profession for the money. You became teachers to make a difference in the lives of children, and for the hard work you do each day, you deserve to be respected, valued, and supported.

I consider teaching an honorable and important profession, and it is my goal to see that you are treated with the dignity we award to other professionals in society. In too many communities, the profession has been devalued. Many of the teachers I have met object to the imposition of curriculum that reduces teaching to little more than a paint-by-numbers exercise. I agree.
Inside your classroom, you exercise a high degree of autonomy. You decide when to slow down to make sure all of your students fully understand a concept, or when a different instructional strategy is needed to meet the needs of a few who are struggling to keep up. You build relationships with students from a variety of backgrounds and with a diverse array of needs, and you find ways to motivate and engage them. I appreciate the challenge and skill involved in the work you do and applaud those of you who have dedicated your lives to teaching.

Many of you have told me you are willing to be held accountable for outcomes over which you have some control, but you also want school leaders held accountable for creating a positive and supportive learning environment. You want real feedback in a professional setting rather than drive-by visits from principals or a single score on a bubble test. And you want the time and opportunity to work with your colleagues and strengthen your craft.

You have told me you believe that the No Child Left Behind Act has prompted some schools—especially low-performing ones—to teach to the test, rather than focus on the educational needs of students. Because of the pressure to boost test scores, NCLB has narrowed the curriculum, and important subjects like history, science, the arts, foreign languages, and physical education have been de-emphasized. And you are frustrated when teachers alone are blamed for educational failures that have roots in broken families, unsafe communities, misguided reforms, and underfunded schools systems. You rightfully believe that responsibility for educational quality should be shared by administrators, community, parents, and even students themselves.
The teachers I have met are not afraid of hard work, and few jobs today are harder. Moreover, it’s gotten harder in recent years; the challenges kids bring into the classroom are greater and the expectations are higher. Not too long ago, it was acceptable for schools to have high dropout rates, and not all kids were expected to be proficient in every subject. In today’s economy, there is no acceptable dropout rate, and we rightly expect all children—English-language learners, students with disabilities, and children of poverty—to learn and succeed.

You and I are here to help America’s children. We understand that the surest way to do that is to make sure that the 3.2 million teachers in America’s classrooms are the very best they can be. The quality of our education system can only be as good as the quality of our teaching force.
So I want to work with you to change and improve federal law, to invest in teachers and strengthen the teaching profession. Together with you, I want to develop a system of evaluation that draws on meaningful observations and input from your peers, as well as a sophisticated assessment that measures individual student growth, creativity, and critical thinking. States, with the help of teachers, are now developing better assessments so you will have useful information to guide instruction and show the positive impact you are having on our children.
Working together, we can transform teaching from the factory model designed over a century ago to one built for the information age. We can build an accountability system based on data we trust and a standard that is honest—one that recognizes and rewards great teaching, gives new or struggling teachers the support they need to succeed, and deals fairly, efficiently, and compassionately with teachers who are simply not up to the job. With your input and leadership, we can restore the status of the teaching profession so more of America’s top college students choose to teach because no other job is more important or more fulfilling.

In the next decade, half of America’s teachers are likely to retire. What we do to recruit, train, and retain our new teachers will shape public education in this country for a generation. At the same time, how we recognize, honor, and show respect for our experienced educators will reaffirm teaching as a profession of nation builders and social leaders dedicated to our highest ideals. As that work proceeds, I want you to know that I hear you, I value you, and I respect you.

Arne Duncan is the U.S. secretary of education.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Two public hearings for draft federal Child Care and Development Fund plan

The Department of Early Learning (DEL) is seeking public input on the state’s two-year plan for the federal Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF), which helps promote accessible, affordable, quality child care around the state.

DEL serves as the lead CCDF agency for the state, and must submit a plan every two years describing how the state will spend its federal child care dollars. CCDF funding is used to:
  • Help low-income families find and pay for child care.
  • Fund activities to improve the quality of child care.
  • Fund child care resource and referral services for parents and caregivers.
  • Provide training for child care providers.

Many activities in the plan are federal or state requirements. About 70 percent of CCDF federal dollars provide the funding to help low-income families pay for child care. DEL will post a draft CCDF plan online in May at and will hold two public hearings.

May 9, 2011 from 4 to 7 p.m.
Tahoma Room
Children’s Administration and DEL offices
1313 W Meeker Street Suite 102

May 11, 2011 from 4 to 7 p.m.
ATEC Masto Conference Center
Big Bend Community College
7611 Bolling Street NE
Moses Lake

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Kids who can will learn to teach

Here is an interesting article from the News Tribune about the Federal Way Public Schools teaching academy: 

Students will get training when Federal Way district’s program launches in September

Read more

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Commitment to Better & Best, Washington's Public Schools" - May 16th

Renton Community Foundation's Maxwell Fund for Youth & Families
invites you to:

presented by Bill Daggett, Ed.D
nationally recognized educator, speaker, and CEO of the International Center for Leadership in Education.  Dr. Daggett knows - our state's education system, federal education mandates, current issues and trends - and he will share what all students need to succeed. 

Monday - May 16th, 2011

at the Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center - 400 South 2nd Street, Renton, 98057
Cost:  FREE with advance reservation by April 30th  (cancellation or no show fee is $45 to RCF)    

A)  8:00am to 11:00am:   superintendents, administrators, principals, legislators,
                                       school board directors, civic policy makers

B)  12:30pm to 3:30pm:   same as A above

C)  4:00pm to 6:00pm:     teachers, counselors, classified staff, parents, community, and all

D)  7:00pm to 9:00pm:     same as C above

Please send your email reservation to Your reservation must include attendee's name, email address, title or affiliation, and school district.  You also must specify A, B, C or D time selection.  

Event Co-Sponsors:
Renton Community Foundation Maxwell Fund for Youth & Families
Association of Washington School Principals
League of Education Voters
Renton School District
Washington Association for Career & Technical Education
Washington Association of School Administrators
Washington Business Alliance
Washington State PTA
Washington State School Directors Association

CWU at Kent - Science Education - Information Session - April 6th

Friday, March 18, 2011

Teaching Equity - Keynote speaker announced

Keynote Speaker – TeachinEquity 2011

Jeffrey Michael Reies Duncan-Andrade, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Raza Studies and Education Administration and Interdisciplinary Studies at San Francisco State University (SFSU). In addition to these duties, he continues as a high school teacher in East Oakland where for the past 18 years he has practiced and studied the use of critical pedagogy in urban schools. He currently teaches English at Mandela High School in East Oakland. Before joining the faculty at SFSU, Duncan-Andrade taught English and coached in the Oakland public schools for 10 years, and completed his doctoral studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Jeffrey Michael Reies Duncan-Andrade

Duncan-Andrade has lectured around the world about the elements of effective teaching in schools serving poor and working class children. He works closely with teachers, school site leaders, and school district officials nationally, and as far abroad as Brazil and New Zealand, to help them develop classroom practices and school cultures that foster self-confidence, esteem, and academic success among all students. His research interests and publications span the areas of urban schooling and curriculum change, urban teacher development and retention, critical pedagogy, and cultural and ethnic studies. He has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters on the conditions of urban education, urban teacher support and development, and effective pedagogy in urban settings (see that have been published in leading journals such as Harvard Educational Review and Qualitative Studies in Education. He recently completed two books, The Art of Critical Pedagogy: Possibilities for Moving from Theory to Practice in Urban Schools and What a Coach Can Teach a Teacher, with Peter Lang Publishing. These books focus on effective pedagogical strategies for urban schools. He is currently completing his third book on the core competencies of highly effective urban educators with Routledge Press.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Webinar Invitation: Introducing Carnegie's Work in Community College Developmental Math

Uri Treisman (Introducing the problem via video) Carnegie Senior Partner Executive Director, Charles A. Dana Center at UT-Austin

Karon Klipple and Jane Muhich
Statway/Quantway Directors
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

Julie Phelps
Pathways Networking Liaison
American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges Professor, Valencia Community College

Carnegie and its partners are addressing the low success rate of developmental mathematics students by providing alternatives to the current community college mathematical sequence and content. The Statistics Pathway (Statway) is designed to take developmental math students to and through transferable college statistics in one year. Quantway provides an alternate and accelerated pathway with an innovative quantitative literacy focus in which students use mathematics and numerical reasoning to make sense of the world around them.

During the broadcast, the presenters will:

 *   Discuss how the Carnegie Foundation in partnership with the Charles A. Dana Center and 27 community colleges around the country are on the leading edge of a movement to disrupt the system that has been an impediment for our developmental mathematics students for decades.
 *   Describe the new pathways for non-STEM students that focus on the quantitative literacy and statistical reasoning skills needed in today's society and for college success.
 *   Outline Carnegie’s approach to building a networked improvement community centered around increasing student success in developmental mathematics

April 1, 2011
10 a.m. Pacific
1 p.m. Eastern


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

'Race to Nowhere' targets academic pressures

Since 'Race to Nowhere' was released in September, the small-budget, big-buzz doc has been shown in more than 1,400 community centers, schools and churches around the country, drawing audiences composed mostly of parents but including teachers and school administrators — many of whom are eager to share their anxieties about what students are sacrificing for the sake of academic success.  Have you, or will you see this documentary?  Read more about the movie here

Monday, March 7, 2011

New group promotes tech education in Washington

A new experiment in science and technology funding launched Monday in Federal Way. The goal is to give students more hands-on science education. Read more.

Leaders Call for Shared Curriculum Guidelines

Diverse group says framework needed for new common standards

Seventy-five respected leaders in education, business, and government issued a call this week to devise shared curriculum guidelines for the new common standards. Read more

Friday, March 4, 2011

English learner conversations held in Seattle

The U.S. Department of Education is bringing its series of national conversations on English learner education to Seattle on Monday and Tuesday. Read more information here

Happiest Careers (Teaching comes in 3rd)

For education employees, who land at No. 3 on the list, the importance of the supervisor fell to the bottom. Teachers valued (in order of importance): the work that they do, the way that they work and the people they work with. Translation: educating children, control over their daily tasks and their fellow teachers. Read more here

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Bob Watt, Thrive by Five board member, advocating in the Seattle Times for more investment in early learning

Quality early learning is important for children's development. But guest columnist Bob Watt also argues that dividends from investing in this area will pay off in more people to qualified to fill high-skilled jobs that too often go unfilled.  Read more here

Friday, February 25, 2011

Lesley University M.Ed. in ECE - Deadline Quickly Approaching

Lesley University is currently accepting applications for the Tacoma, WA Master's degree program in Early Childhood Education. The program will start May 2, 2011 with the first face to face weekend scheduled for May 7, 8, and June 4, 5, 2011. All classes will meet at Tacoma Community College. Deadline for applying is March 5th.

This non-licensure Master's degree program provides a developmentally-appropriate educational perspective on young children and their learning environments.For more program information or a list of information sessions in your area visit

Tuition for the 2010 - 2011 academic year is $520 per semester credit. Financial aid in the form of loans is available. Programs are 33 semester credits delivered over 22 months.  Face to face classes are held once a month Saturday/Sunday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm with the exception of two courses that will be delivered fully online.

Lesley University is a regionally accredited institution and authorized to offer Master's degrees in Washington. For more information call Carla Borovicka at 1-866-600-3245 or email