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