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Go Hawks!

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Everett High School released this lip dub video last April in celebration of Superbowl XLVIII.  It’s fitting to take a look before Superbowl XLIX.


Washington is number one on "Terrible 10" tax list

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Washington is number one in most regressive taxes. That means our laws hurt the poor and benefit the rich. The nonpartisan Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy’s new analysis places us at the top when it comes to the most regressive tax systems in the nation. With pressure to fund McCleary, now is the time for lawmakers to close corporate loopholes and create a fairer tax system.


Focus on equal opportunities for all students

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As lawmakers in Olympia begin their 105-day session in Olympia today, the NEA is calling on lawmakers in the other Washington to refocus the Elementary Secondary Education Act where it belongs – on ensuring that all students have equal educational opportunities.


I teach fourth grade

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National Board Certified Teacher and blogger Tom White spent a little time, over winter break, reflecting upon Gov. Jay Inslee’s budget proposal. While White says he fully supports K-3 class size reduction, he is not at all convinced that it should stop there.


Fewer standardized tests on the horizon?

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Politico reporter Caitlin Emma’s story on new efforts to reduce the number of hours students spend on standardized tests reports that teachers in Rhode Island are spending more than 70 school days a year assessing students with mandated exams. Council of the Great City Schools Executive Director reports his group found that students in one school system take up to 113 standardized exams from kindergarten through senior year and that’s before Adavanced Placement (AP), ACTs or SATs.


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


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