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Field trips must continue

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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

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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 . . .

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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.


This will revolutionize education

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Thanks to Seattle EA member Missa Marmalstein for alerting us to this clever and clear common sense message about the role teachers and other educators play in the lives of their students. “What really happens," our Veritasium (science blog) speaker tells us, "is what happens inside the head and that learners need to be in a social setting with other learners." The most important thing for a student is a teacher who inspires, challenges, guides and makes the student feel important.


Tired of too many standardized tests?

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The Network for Public Education (NPE), a student advocacy group headed by Diane Ravich, continues to call for Congressional hearings regarding the amount of time and number of standardized tests our students are taking in our schools. You can send a letter or an email to add your voice to the thousands of educators, parents and others who are calling for common sense testing. Click here to share your voice through email or print out a letter here and mail it to:NPE Call for Hearings
c/o Institute for America’s Future
1825 K St. NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC20006


New film exposes lies about standardized testing

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Standardized tests have been a part of public education for decades. Over the last 10 years, however, the number of standardized tests, the amount of time students lose taking them and the impact on their lives as well as on the lives of those who work in our schools is off the charts. What’s behind this and who is benefitting financially? Watch “Standardized, Lies Money & Civil Rights: How Testing is Ruining Public Education” tonight, Nov. 20 at 6:30 at the Ark Lodge Cinema, 4816 Rainier Ave. South in Seattle. Following the movie, sponsored by the Seattle Education Association, join in on a panel discussion featuring several teachers and other educators from around the area. Admission is free though donations will be accepted.


Enough already!

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Georgia teacher Ian Altman has a list of seven things educators are tired of hearing from those who are not working with students every day. He created the list based on conversations he has had with teachers and other school employees across the country. Altman also says that "troublemakers" can actually lead us to where we need to go. What do you think?


1351 ways to lower class size

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North Kitsap EA teacher Jan Kragen talks about innovative ways to lower class sizes in her Stories From School blog post.


What's wrong with this picture?

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If you have any doubt that there is something very wrong with the Teach For America system, read this article in "The Nation" to learn more about what is happening in school districts across the nation including those in our own back yard.


Our day in court

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      Today is the day the Washington Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments about whether or not Washington’s charter school law violates the state constitution. Last December, a King County Superior Court judge ruled that some of the new law was unconstitutional. The ruling was based on tax dollars aimed at public schools which would be funneled to charter schools.


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