Tuesday, July 9, 2013

International Competition

Three Washington State students, all from Kalama High School, will compete in an international competition later this month. Juniors Morgan VanRiper and James Willman, and Sophomore Brady Harmon each took first place at a national competition for students in the Microsoft IT Academy.  Find out more here.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

State’s Trainers of Teachers Criticize New National Rankings

A national advocacy group released a report Tuesday that harshly criticized the nation’s higher-education teacher-preparation programs, but Washington educators called the report flawed. Read more here

Monday, June 3, 2013

REACH Summer Institute

Building Capacity for Educational Equity 
& Organizational Change:Renewal, Resiliency and Resistance

Summer Institute

June 26, 27 and 28, 2013
Western Washington University
Bellingham, Washington
Credit Option Available
Save $50 with Early Registration

Who Should Attend?

P-20 Educators interested in educational equity and social justice, including:
  • Teachers
  • Professors
  • Administrators
  • Staff
  • Teacher candidates
  • Student Affairs Professionals
  • Early Learning Professionals

Keynote Speakers
Dr. Sonia Nieto
Dr. Wayne Au
Dr. Karen Dade 


Friday, May 31, 2013

Career Fair - Kent School District - Monday, June 3rd!

Career Fair Monday, June 3, 2013, 4:00 -5:30 pm
Administration Center, 12033 SE 25th Street, Kent WA 98030 (No appointment necessary.)

KSD’s is interested in administrators, teachers and support staff that can address the needs of their diverse student population and be able to support an inclusive learning environment for the special education and English Language Learner (ELL) students.

Below are links for more information:

·         To find out more about our district, please visit www.kent.K12.wa.us . You will also use this link to apply for a position. Simply click on KSD Careers and follow the links.

·         To check out our community, visit www.ci.kent.wa.us
For information on applying for your Washington state certificate, visit the Office of Public Instruction http://www.k12.wa.us/certification/ESAMain.aspx

Thursday, May 30, 2013

TED Talk

Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish -- and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational "death valley" we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility. Watch it here

Sen. Patty Murray proposes preschool bill

U.S. Senator Patty Murray has introduced legislation aimed at encouraging states to do more to prepare children for kindergarten. Called the Ready to Learn Act, the bill would establish a competitive grant program for states to create or expand school-readiness programs for four-year-olds. Find out more here 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

NweLearn 2013 Conference

Registration and call for proposals (CFP) are open for the 2013 NWeLearn Conference Oct. 10 & 11 in Spokane, WA!  Join your colleagues and peers for an exciting, cost-effective, information packed conference. 

The keynote speaker is Chris Haskell of Boise State University.  Chris has been a popular presenter at previous NWeLearn conferences and webinars.

The CFP closes on May 30.  They hope to have the schedule available mid-late June.

Find out more info here

Free Webinar: Web tools for K-12 Teachers

Check out these Free Webinar's for Teachers!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Nominate Your Favorite WA Teacher for Kidd Valley Teacher of the Year

Kidd Valley's Teacher of the year will receive $1,000 Gift Certificate for class supplies in recognition of the 10th annual contest.  The student who nominated them will win a Kidd Valley Burger Party and an admission ticket to Imagine Children's Museum for their class.  Open to WA State students 14 and younger.  Nominate your teacher here.

Friday, April 26, 2013

A Nation at Risk: Where Are We Now?

This week marks the 30th anniversary of the release of A Nation at Risk by the National Commission on Excellence in Education formed by U.S. Secretary of Education Terrel H. Bell. The landmark report declared that "the educational foundations of our society are presently being eroded by a rising tide of mediocrity that threatens our very future as a nation and a people." Pointing to what it said were flagging test scores, diluted curricula, and weak teacher-preparation programs, among other issues, A Nation at Risk argued that an "incoherent, outdated patchwork quilt" of instruction was creating a culture of passive learning in which students could advance with minimum effort.  Find out more here

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Monday, April 22, 2013

Call for Proposals! Mark your Calendars!

Please consider being a presenter at this exciting regional conference:
2013 NW eLearning Conference - October 10-11, 2013, Spokane WA
Where teaching, learning & tech converge.
Join us in Spokane WA for the 8th annual Northwest eLearning Conference. This year's conference is hosted by Eastern Washington University, and will be held at the Red Lion at the Park in beautiful downtown Spokane.
The call for proposals is now open!  Topic Strands:
  • Collaboration of Faculty, Staff and Administration
  • Best Practices in eLearning
  • Retention/Student Engagement
  • Emerging Trends in eLearning
Submit a Proposal Now.  (Due by: May 30, 2013)
NW eLearning Conference is a unique, cost-effective opportunity for faculty, administrators and instructional designers to come together to discuss best practices, collaborations and ideas in integrating technology in learning.
Mark the date and register for NW eLearning 2013 today!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

2 Head Start programs to close after losing federal funding

Seattle’s First AME Child Development Center and United Indians of All Tribes Foundation have forfeited their ongoing federal Head Start grants after failing to meet performance benchmarks.  Find out more here

Friday, April 12, 2013

Qualified Math Teachers Elusive for Struggling Students, Studies Find

Struggling students face longest odds

In many schools in the United States, students struggling the most in mathematics at the start of high school have the worst odds of getting a qualified teacher in the subject, new research finds. Find out more here

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Obama Budget Would Invest in Pre-K, High School Overhaul

President Barack Obama's budget unveiled today proposes new money for a big expansion of prekindergarten programs, a new competitive-grant program for high school improvement, a new Race to the Top competition focused on higher education—and level funding for the two formula grants school districts depend on most: Title I grants for disadvantaged students and special education. Read more here 

Monday, April 1, 2013

The State's Education Funding Dilema

The Washington Constitution says the state must make "ample provision" for the education of all children, but a recent lawsuit claimed the state has been shirking that duty. The Washington Supreme Court agreed last year, ruling the state must rely less on local levies for K-12 schools and start paying for programs it doesn't fully fund. Finding that extra money is one of the top issues facing lawmakers this legislative session.

For more information and information graphics click here.

Friday, March 29, 2013

UW to offer first all-online degree-completion program

The University of Washington will start an all-online degree program in early-childhood education this fall.

The University of Washington will begin offering its first all-online degree program this fall, allowing about 100 students to earn a bachelor’s degree in early-childhood education without having to attend classes in person.  Click here for the full article.....

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Design Your Dream Teaching Job

According to the recently released MetLife Survey of the American Teacher, more than half of teachers are at least somewhat interested in taking on hybrid roles that combine classroom teaching and other responsibilities in their school or district, with 23 percent saying they are "extremely" or "very" interested in this option.  Meanwhile, 51 percent of teachers currently hold leadership positions in their schools, such as "department chair, instructional resource, teacher mentor, or leadership team member."  Find out more here 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Free Webinar this Saturday at 9 am by MomsRising.org

Best Practices for Using Screen Media with Young Children!
Meeting Description:
Screens!   From cell phones to tablets, television to computers, we are surrounded by screens and so are our kids.

Ever wonder what and when children learn from screens?  Looking for some tips or some best practices for screen use?

Here's the event for you!  You dont even have to leave the house (or find parking) to attend - you can even listen in your PJ's.  All you need is a  phone and an internet connection.

Join us, this Saturday at 9:00 am for an exclusive (and free) webinar with the University of Washington's Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS) where we'll explore child development and screen time and learn some practical tips.

Click here to register

Online classes may worsen educational achievement gap, study shows

A study of online courses at Washington Community Colleges shows that students who are already struggling do worse in those courses than in courses taught in classrooms.  But Washington schools are working to try to change the numbers.  Find out more here

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Survey Suggests Hurdles for Math, Science Teaching

Mismatch seen in classroom practices, standards

A rich new set of survey data on math and science teachers highlights some big challenges the nation faces if it hopes to significantly increase student achievement in those disciplines. It also drives home, experts say, the huge need to support teachers as districts begin implementing the common-core math standards, and as an effort to develop common standards for science nears completion.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Washington Begins Pilot Test of Next-Generation Student Assessments

In the coming weeks, some schools in Washington state will participate in the pilot test of the new “Smarter Balanced” assessments.  Find out more

Thursday, March 7, 2013

WWU Diversity in Education Conference

Western Washington University is celebrating Diversity in Education.  The conference is at WWU Bellingham Campus on Friday, May 3rd 2013.  This conference is designed to attract and support educators from underrepresented groups.  We expect a mix of high school, community college, WWU students, and instructional assistants to attend.

The planning committee and I are searching for workshop presenters to volunteer their expertise for this cause. If you might be interested in presenting, please read the attached info for presenters and view the workshop proposal form. The deadline for proposals is Friday, March 15th.

For general information about the conference, visit our website: http://www.wce.wwu.edu/DiversityinEd/. Please feel free to begin spreading the word about this event to your students as well! 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Registration Is Now Open
May 1-3, 2013

24th Annual Assessment, Teaching and Learning Conference
Spokane, WA

Former Seattle School Board president, 8 others named to state charter school commission

Officials announced the nine members of the state's new charter-school commission on Wednesday, taking the next step in setting up a structure for the just-approved independent, but public schools.

The members, three each appointed by the governor, lieutenant governor and state House speaker, will manager and oversee the state's first 40 charters, which were approved in November.  The members will serve four-year terms.  Find out more here

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

K-5 Teacher Overload: Too Many Trained, Not Enough Jobs

But Shortages remain in math, science and special education

The nation is training twice as many K-5 elementary school teachers as needed each year, while teacher shortages remain in the content specific areas of math, science and special education.  Read more here

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Obama Urges Big Preschool Expansion in State of the Union Speech

President Barack Obama called on Congress in his State of the Union address to significantly expand access to preschool to all 4-year-olds from moderate- and low-income families, and to create a new spin-off of his Race to the Top program aimed at pushing high schools to adopt curricula that better prepare students for the jobs of the future. Read more here

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

How Community Colleges Are Serving Skilled Immigrant Students

Promising Practices:
How Community Colleges Are Serving Skilled Immigrant Students

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
3-4 p.m. Eastern Time

In this free webinar, experienced practitioners from the Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education will share examples of innovative models being used by community colleges to respond to adult immigrants' learning needs. You will hear about the most common barriers faced by skilled immigrants and how community colleges can help by addressing gaps in their education and enhancing job skills. The presentation will include a case study from Miami Dade College featuring two exemplary programs:
Project ACE, a fast-track English for Academic Purposes program, uses content-based instruction to teach English as a Second Language and helps students continue with their education or advance in the workforce.
REVEST provides adult refugees of various nationalities with English language training, vocational courses, referrals to other service agencies, transportation and childcare subsidies, and help with evaluation of foreign-earned credentials.
Each example will include the specific program model, evaluation results to date, staffing and financing details.

Teresita Wisell, Executive Director, Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education

Michelle Thomas, Ph.D.
Chairperson, Department of
ESL/Foreign Languages
Miami Dade College

Monday, February 11, 2013

$2.75 million WaKIDS program helping early learning

Becky Bennion has been wiping runny noses and teaching kids to read for 30 years.  The Renton kindergarten teacher says the children haven't changed much but that society's expectations about what a 5-year-old should know has evolved dramatically. Read more here

Thursday, January 24, 2013

P-3 Symposium offers STARS credit, clock hours

The Department of Early Learning—in collaboration with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Washington Educational Research Association—is pleased to present an upcoming event featuring Dr. Robert C. Pianta, dean of the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia and creator of the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS).

The P-3 Symposium will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Hilton Seattle Airport Hotel and Conference Center. STARS credits and clock hours are available. A limited number of scholarships are available for early learning participants.

For more information and to register, please visit this link 

The DEL Communications Team
Kids' Potential, Our Purpose

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Colleges Overproducing Elementary Teachers, Data Find

Data, while imprecise, suggest that some states are producing far more new teachers at the elementary level than will be able to find jobs in their respective states—even as districts struggle to find enough recruits in other certification fields. Read more

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Zillah Educator is National Finalist for Teacher of the Year

Jeff Charbonneau, a high school science teacher at Zillah High School and Washington's 2013 Teacher of the Year, is one of four finalists for the National Teacher of the Year.  The other finalists include a high school English teacher from Maryland, a pre-Kindergarten teacher from Florida and a high school music teacher from New Hampshire. Find out more about Jeff Charbonneau here

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

OSPI Receives Grant to Help English Language Learners

A grant awarded to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction will help improve the career and college readiness of English language learners, the office announced today. Read more 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

New National Board Certified Teachers Announced

For the fourth consecutive year, Washington state has placed second in the country in new National Board Certified teachers.  View article 

Quality Counts: Involving Students in School Climate

FREE WEBINAR:  This event takes place on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, 2 to 3 p.m. ET.

Student behavior and attitudes are critical to a school's climate and academic success, but often students aren't involved in school improvement planning.  Emerging research shows that getting students to buy in to their school can improve trust between students and staff, reduce behavior problems, and increase academic engagement.  Yet it can seem a daunting task for educators, particularly with older students. 


Bennett Lieberman, principal, Central Park East High School, New York
Megan O'Malley, research associate, middle school climate initiative, WestEd

Click here to register. 

Thursday, January 3, 2013

A Teacher's New Year's Resolution: Brag More

Last month, I joined a friend for dinner and drinks after her Chamber of Commerce "Wednesday Friendsday." Sitting at the martini bar a midst real estate agents and financial advisors, all of whom were strangers to me prior to that evening, I found myself continually excluded from the conversation. When they found out I was a high school English teacher, they realized I had nothing to offer them—no contacts, no business, no money. All they had for me were sympathetic shakes of their heads and a few patronizing quips...Read more

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

K-12 Aid Faces Uncertain Future, Despite 'Fiscal Cliff' Deal

Education programs will be spared the prospect of the largest across-the-board cuts in history, but only temporarily, under a bill to avert much of the so-called "fiscal cliff," overwhelmingly approved by Congress on Tuesday. Find out more here