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National Board Certification is an extensive and expensive professional achievement for teachers. In Washington, teachers with a valid certification receive an annual bonus of $5,296, with a possible additional $5,000 if they work in a school with a high percentage of students eligible for free and reduced priced lunch — 70% percent for elementary schools; 60% percent for middle schools; or 50% percent for high schools. These incentives may have, “improved recruitment and retention efforts at those hard-to-staff schools.” -via the Seattle Times and UW’s Center for Education Data & Research
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“The UW received 13,108 applications from in-state students — an increase of nearly 6 percent from the previous year.” -via the Seattle Times
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Meet our Advocate of the Month, Jennifer Muroya Thomas, who is changing education, “from outside the classroom,” and says, “We need to support educators – not just teachers, but also paraeducators, playground supervisors, vice principals, school counselors, lunchroom staff, and janitors. It’s a team.”
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Read the Spokesman Review for stories of how schools are supporting students experiencing homelessness in Yakima County.
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“After Katrina’s devastation, New Orleans embarked on the most ambitious education overhaul in modern America. The state of Louisiana took over the system in 2005, abolished the old bureaucracy and closed nearly every school. Rather than running schools itself, the state became an overseer, hiring independent operators of public schools — that is, charter schools — and tracking their performance.” Learn more from this New York Times opinion piece.
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Check out OSPI’s online visual tool to view snapshots of each legislative districts’ K-12 education enrollment, student group percentages, number of schools, average salary, and more.
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What a neat project to help to help prevent the summer slide:
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Interested in how Katherine Lewis’s practices can also be applied at home? KNKX just released an interview with her:
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Check out PopUp StoryWalk, a project spreading Pacific Northwest-themed children's stories along walking paths in Woodinville, started by Northshore School District mothers, Elisabeth Lepine, Jasmin Thankachen and Beth Yost. -via the Woodinville Patch
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NPR asked, “As a parent, did you ever push your child in ways you now regret – or not push enough? Or when you were a child, did you ever feel pushed too hard or not enough?” Check out the answers:
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