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Tacoma teacher is $25,000 award recipient

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Tacoma Education Association member Nathan Gibbs-Bowling is Washington’s 2013-14 recipient of a $25,000 Milken Educator Award. In a surprise assembly this morning, the Lincoln High School teacher was greeted by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, state Rep. Jake Fey and Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland among other dignitaries. More than 1,400 students and faculty were on hand to watch Gibbs-Bowling receive the news from Foundation Co-Founder Michael Milken.


Listen (and watch)

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The Seattle Education blog has the full-length film called “Listen,” a documentary that looks at education from a student perspective. It is compelling and refreshing and an antidote to the usual “ed reform” hoopla we are so accustomed to seeing in mainstream media. Take a look.


Clever answers

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Due to post-Representative Assembly fatigue and in honor of "testing season," we post another day of laughter.


Laughter is the best medicine

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While RA is going on in Spokane, take a look at this advertisement for a new "medication," antiunionol.


Vancouver educators talking about CCSS

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Southwest Washington educators are talking about Common Core State Standards with colleagues today. They are encouraging them to write post cards to legislators and other education stakeholders to make sure there is appropriate collaboration time and resources for CCSS implementation. Their efforts are one in a number of grassroots events going on all over the country today to raise awareness about fulfilling the promise of public education for every student.


Rep Assembly 2014

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WEA’s 94th Annual Representative Assembly gets under way Thursday, April 3. Some 950 delegates will meet in Spokane to set WEA policy for the coming year.


VEA going to town

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Vancouver Education Association members are heading to an hour-long Town Hall meeting about Common Core (CCSS) implementation this coming Tuesday, April1. The meeting is part of a National Education Association Raise Your Hand National Day of Action the following day.


Likely New York CCSS moratorium

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other state leaders say they are probably going to institute a moratorium on Common Core State Standards(CCSS) implementation for at least three years.


High drama

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If you happened to be in Ellensburg last weekend, you might have run into some 900 thespians and their teachers from high schools all over the state who were sharing the terrific work they are doing in dramatic arts.


True grit

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Politico tells us that today is more than just the first day of spring. Today is Character Day. More than 1,000 colleges, schools, organizations and even the White House are talking about what it means to be more persistent and courageous. Part of the day includes promoting a film called “The Science of Character.”


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