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This week in our WEA holiday series, hear from Linda Myrick and Janice Petrin on how gratifying it is to connect with students. Watch their stories

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With 946 new National Board teachers, Washington has once again topped the nation with the most new NBCTs. Details

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Kelly Riggle Hower is passionate about students, and connecting with colleagues through her union, WEA. Hear her heartwarming essay on teaching and the community she trusts to help students excel. Video or Mobile Version

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Weighing In ...
Field trips must continue
12/18/2014

An “Atlantic Monthly” article published this month concludes that cutting field trips hurts student learning. In it, education reporter Emily Richmond says the study found students have a deeper, richer understanding of material when they experience it live rather than in a film or reading it in a book according to a new study published by University of Arkansas Professor Jay P. Greene.


Inventive tech ideas gain recognition
12/09/2014

WEA members Wally Blessinger, Peggy Cameron, Marc Coyner and Joanne Szegedi are brand new recipients of NEA Foundation Grants that will be used to help students and members at their schools in learning ways to use technology for learning.


For your consideration . . .
12/08/2014

See what NBCT fifth grade math and science teacher Spencer Olmsted says in his Stories from School Blog about his realization (one year later) that becoming a National Board Certified Teacher is much, much more than becoming a better teacher. He though the program would help him improve his practice (it did). He talks about a host of other “less tangible prizes” that comes with becoming certified.


Nominate an amazing ESP colleague

Here's your chance to nominate and recognize an amazing WEA education support professional for his or her work in our schools. WEA is seeking nominations for the 2015 WEA Education Support Professional of the Year.

 

Bag the junk and share your school's smart snacks ideas

Share your successes and challenges with providing healthy options in vending machines, cafeteria a la carte lines, school stores, and fundraisers.

 

WEA decries court ruling that cuts stock profits from pension plans

After a seven-year legal fight led by WEA, the Supreme Court has upheld cuts in retirement benefits for more than more than 100,000 K-12 educators.

 

WEA applauds Supreme Court's latest McCleary order

WEA members applaud the Supreme Court's leadership and willingness to hold the Legislature accountable for failing to fully fund K-12 public schools as required by the Constitution -- and its own legislation.

Educators, the people who work directly with our students, know firsthand that the need to fully fund K-12 public schools is urgent and immediate. We can't afford to let the Legislature shortchange another generation of Washington students.

Instead of making more excuses and risking contempt of court charges, legislators should follow the Court's directive and fully fund Washington's K-12 public schools. Our students deserve nothing less.

-- WEA President Kim Mead

 

Prestigious award to WEA-Retired member Jean Savidge

Jean Savidge was awarded the 2014 NEA-Retired Distinguished Service Award at the NEA-Retired Annual Meeting. Congratulations, Jean!

 

Edupourri

Check out these varied and evolving links to miscellaneous items submitted to WEA that are of likely interest to educators in our state. Read more...
 
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