This year the Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation invested over $15,000 to back our members' innovative ideas. SVEA thanks you for your support! Check out the fourteen projects they funded at five of our schools.
The National Education Association (NEA), SVEA's national partner, is offering a free webinar series targeted at early career educators. It's called the New Educator Professional Supports series and the next webinar is coming up at the end of the month. The webinar is called: Teacher Evaluation 101: Tips for a Successful Classroom Observation. RSVP today!
When? October 27, 2016 • 4:00-5:00 PM • Pacific Time
Your first classroom observation provides opportunities to demonstrate your commitment to teaching, learning, and continuous improvement. It is an opportunity to share what your students are learning and receive actionable feedback on your teaching practice. This observation allows you to tap into the educational expertise of school/district-based observers and learn about resources and supports that are available to advance your professional growth.
Join our professional practice experts as they provide beginning teachers with tips on preparing for their first observation, demonstrating student learning, and maximizing the opportunity learn about ways to strengthen their teaching practice.
Can you join us? Click here for details and to RSVP: https://actionnetwork.org/events/teacher-evaluation-101-tips-for-a-successful-classroom-observation?source=tylinkshare&
McCleary is about fully funding our schools
In Washington state, public education is a civil right. A quality public education gives all children the opportunity to be successful. Yet every day the state fails to fully fund basic education, we are violating our children’s civil rights. Now, nearly 10 years after the McCleary school funding case began, it is time to deliver on the promise our Constitution makes to our children.
Recognizing that public education is both the state’s paramount duty and every child’s constitutional civil right, the Supreme Court, in its McCleary decision, ordered the state to increase state funding for basic education. Some, however, want to make McCleary about anything other than increasing state funding for basic education. Washington Education Association members remind legislators that:
General election recommendations for WEA members are updated and online, including our new members-only personal voter guide.
The general election is Nov. 8, but ballots will be mailed beginning around Oct. 20 -- so now is a good time to check out the election information we've compiled for WEA members.
And while the presidential election has garnered a lot of media attention, the outcome of legislative races here in Washington will have a huge impact on our K-12 public schools and higher education. On issues like smaller class sizes, competitive compensation and full funding for public education, the makeup of the 2017 Legislature matters a lot.
While they're important, legislative races are listed far down the ballot; our message this election is "Vote the Whole Ballot!"
Want to know which ballot measures WEA supports? How about which candidates are both pro-public education and pro-labor? Who is the WEA-PAC recommended candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction?
Find out here, and then share with other WEA members.
If you are not registered to vote, or if you need to change your address, do it online by this Monday, Oct 10.
McCleary, elections and you
From WEA President Kim Mead...
This week, you should have received a We 2.0 from us in the mail. Its sole focus is the McCleary decision, and upcoming funding debate in Olympia. I encourage you to read it and hang onto this one as a reference tool.
I wish we could say we timed this issue of We 2.0 to arrive the same week as the Supreme Court reaffirmed that the state has failed to fully fund basic education, but that was just coincidence.
We do know that education funding will be front and center in the 2017 legislative session. It is timely and important to review the court's decision and what it means for our students, our schools and our profession. The election is, finally, just one month away, we need our members -- and our elected officials -- to understand and advocate for a robust interpretation of McCleary that ensures our students receive an amply funded public education.
We have developed a Students Bill of Rights based on McCleary. It includes things like making sure our students get the attention they need to thrive -- from teachers and support staff. It means that students have the tools and time to do the work. It means our students attend safe, uncrowded schools with access to technology for learning and smaller class sizes. It means they have great teachers, ESPs s and support staff who can afford to stay in the profession.
In addition to We 2.0, we have a McCleary funding web page, and of course, OurVoice, our candidate endorsement site and personalized on-line voter guide. Please refer to these resources when your ballot arrives later this month.
The Annual WEA HCR Leadership Conference on November 18th and 19th features a Friday evening keynote and dinner with an all-day training on Saturday. The purpose of this conference is to eliminate institutionalized racism by increasing our awareness and cultural responsiveness as WEA leaders and educators in all of our Washington public schools.
This conference is open to all WEA Members as we raise up WEA leaders of color throughout our association.
Part I will cover WEA leadership trainings based on participants' different levels of union involvement in the local and statewide association. -- Novice, Intermediate, and Elected Leadership -- in hopes of diversifying our future leaders both in the schools and within our association.
Part II will introduce the Culturally Responsive Strategies framework: Culturally Responsive Classroom Communities and Culturally Responsive Classroom Management.
If you have questions, please contact: Yvonne O’Neill or Ben Ibale.
Retiring in the next 5 years?
The Sammamish Uniserv Council and WEA-Retired are offering two seminars this fall at the Council office. The seminars will be held October 28/29 and November 18/19. These events are intended for those members who are within five years of retirement.
The Snoqualmie Valley Education Association represents the 475+ certificated staff of the Snoqualmie Valley School District. We believe empowered educators, stronger together, are the foundation of great schools.