Friday, December 28, 2012

Four Auburn Schools Named “2012 Schools of Distinction” by the Center for Educational Effectiveness

Alpac, Gildo Rey, Lake View and Pioneer Elementary Schools in the Auburn School District have all been named 2012 School of Distinction Award Winners from The Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE), the Association of Educational Service Districts (AESD), the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP), Phi Delta Kappa-Washington Chapter (PDK-WA), Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA), Washington State ASCD and Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA).
The award recognizes the top 5% highest improving schools in the state of Washington for increased reading and mathematics achievement over the past five years. This represents the 6th annual School of Distinction award recognition in Washington State.
Alpac, Gildo Rey, Lake View and Pioneer will be recognized at the 2012 Schools of Distinction Awards Ceremony on Thursday, January 24, 2013, at Puget Sound ESD in Renton.
For more information contact Amy Spence, public information officer, at (253) 931-4713.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

PD opportunity with Seattle University

Seattle University is gearing up for its 2013 Supporting New Faculty Success cohort, but there are still a couple of open seats!

“For the first time in its 100-year history, the community college is seeing a new learner. Students are ethnically and linguistically more diverse, have more varied levels of skills and experience, often have many competing demands for their time, and have complex aspirations and goals.
These new learners want to succeed, and their success is helped by instructors' abilities to respond to their changing needs. Instructors are now required to be equipped not only with expertise in their subject area, but armed with teaching skills, resources and support networks to train today's new community college students.

Seattle University’s year-long Supporting New Faculty Success (SNFS) program supports community college faculty success, helping new instructors hone the skills required to teach these new learners. SNFS is open to all community college instructors with 3 years of full-time teaching experience or less. No need to be in the Seattle area; we’ll meet via Collaborate so that faculty statewide can participate!

The 2013 cohort will begin on January 3, but it’s not too late to register! Find more details on our webpage at  or email Lindsey at with questions.”

Monday, December 17, 2012

Washington college instructors are 'flipping' the way they teach

For years, Scott Freeman taught Biology 180 - a gateway class - by standing in front of his students at the University of Washington and lecturing about biological systems, evolution and the chromosome theory of inheritance. Read more here

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

King County schools win $40 million in Race to the Top support

The Auburn, Federal Way, Highline, Kent, Renton, Seattle and Tukwila school districts worked together to create "The Road Map District Consortium," a collaborative effort to dramatically improve education in South Seattle and South King County. Find out more about the Race to the Top, and what was awarded here

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

U.S. Math, Science Achievement Exceeds World Average

The math and science achievement of U.S. students continues to surpass the global average for nations taking part in a prominent assessment, results issued Tuesday show, but several East Asian countries and jurisdictions far outpace the United States, especially in mathematics.  Find out more here

Monday, December 10, 2012

Growing Network of Schools Considers Art Essential

As a group of Oklahoma principals toured Millwood Arts Academy on a recent morning, they snapped photos of student work displayed in hallways, stepped briefly into classrooms, queried the school’s leader, and compared notes.  Find out more here

Friday, December 7, 2012

How Blogging Can Improve Student Writing

Command of the written word is a vital 21st-century skill, even if we are using keys, buttons, and tablets instead of pens and pencils. In fact, in our digital world, communication is now more instantaneous than ever.
How do we prepare our students to meet the challenge? Find out more here

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Arne Duncan Sketches Out 'Long Haul' Agenda

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who says he plans to serve in the Obama Cabinet for the "long haul," has begun sketching out his priorities for the next four years. They include using competitive levers to improve teacher and principal quality and holding the line on initiatives he started during the president's first term. Read more here