April 2016

April showers bring May flowers, as well as professional development opportunities with CSTP, OSPI and WEA. In this newsletter, we highlight some of the events and resources that you may have missed, such as Exceptional Educators Night with the Mariners and TPEP Best Practices Colloquium. We also highlight upcoming opportunities such as CSTP's #CampCSTP, OSPI NBCT Facilitator Training, and WEA's JumpStart. 

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Exceptional Educators Night with Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field

CSTP, WEA and OSPI teamed up to host Exceptional Educators Night with the Mariners on April 10th. Educators from around the state mingled in Safeco Field's Lookout Landing while enjoying popcorn and peanuts. Nasue Nishida, Executive Director for CSTP, Stephen Miller, Vice President for WEA and Hilary Seidel with OSPI each recognized the exceptional work educators do in and out of the classroom. Washington's Regional Teachers of the Year and 2016 Washington Teacher of the Year, Nathan Gibbs-Bowling were recognized and honored at the event. 

The pre-ceremony culminated with Nathan throwing out the first pitch across centerplate.

Check out more photos from this event  and be sure to stay tuned to our newsletters for future opportunities to honor exceptional educators in our state.
TPEP Best Practices Colloquium Videos and Materials

I f you missed the Seattle and Yakima TPEP Best Practices Colloquium - have no fear! All of the presentation videos and materials are now on our website and available to view.

  • Opening Keynote with Andrea Gamboa and Andrew Giron, Tukwila School District
  • Burlington-Edison School District: Designing for Distinguished with KC Knudson
  • Kent School District: TPEP: Supporting Professional Growth and Success from the Boardroom to the Classroom with Elizabeth Wallen
  • Orting School District: Connecting the Dots: Integrating a Theory of Action with the Inquiry Cycle with Dr. Marci Shepard
  • Tumwater School District: Making TPEP Meaningful with Roz Thompson and Chris Woods
  • Opening Keynote with Jeff Snell, Camas School District
  • Cheney: Focused on Growth with Carol Lewis
  • Davenport: Imagine, Empower, and Create Endless Possibilities (For) Every Student, Every Day! with Courtney Strozyk and Chad Prewitt
  • Manson: Time to Team Up for TPEP with Don Vanderholm
  • Methow Valley: TPEP Methow Valley Style with Deborah Dekalb and Ann Anderson
  • Wenatchee: Creating Systems Coherence Jodi Smith-Payne and Cindy Duncan
  • Yakima: TPEP to TGEM: Teacher Growth and Evaluation Model Creating a Culture of Trust with Jaime Lee and Christina Carlson
Watch for our September 2016 Newsletter for information on 2016-17 TPEP colloquiums.
Register Now for NBCT Facilitator Training

To ensure consistency across the state for National Board candidates who are seeking this certification, facilitators are required to take Facilitator Training prior to hosting a cohort.

This three day training hones facilitation knowledge and skills, provides a deeper understanding of the revised National Board process, as well as develops skills in working with adult learners. The cost for this training is $60 per day. Current offerings are:

(Day 3) Saturday, May 21
Where: Renton Technical College
8:30am - 3:30pm
Cost: $60

(Days 1, 2 and 3) Monday, June 27 - Wednesday, June 29
Where: Spokane area, exact location TBD
Day 1: 9:00am - 4:00pm; Days 2-3: 8:30am - 3:30pm
Cost: $180
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In This Issue
Upcoming Events & Opportunities
OSPI's NBCT Facilitator Training (Day 1 and 2)
When:  April 29-30, 2016
Where: Federal Way, WA
Educator Retooling Program
Scholarship: $3,000
Deadline:  April 29, 2016
More Info
NBCT Leadership Conference
When:  May 14-15, 2016
Where: Leavenworth, WA
Fee:  $175
More Info
OSPI's NBCT Facilitator Training (Day 3)
When:  May 21, 2016
Where: Renton, WA
WEA's NBCT Jump Start
When:  June 27-30, 2016
Where: Spokane, WA
WEA's ProTeach Jump Start
When:  June 27-30, 2016
Where: Spokane, WA
OSPI's NBCT Facilitator Training (Days 1-3)
When:  June 27-29, 2016
Where: Spokane, WA
WEA's NBCT Jump Start Renewal
When:  June 29, 2016
Where: Spokane, WA
BEST Mentor Academy
When:  June 29-30, 2016
Where: Kent, WA
Fee:  Free
More Info
#CampCSTP Session I: A Deeper Dive Into Teacher Leadership
When:  July 18-19, 2016
Where: North Bend, WA
Fee:  $150
More Info
#CampCSTP Session II: Advocacy and Messaging
When:  July 19-20, 2016
Where: North Bend, WA
Fee:  $150
More Info
#CampCSTP Session III: Writer's Retreat
When:  July 20-22, 2016
Where: North Bend, WA
Fee:  Free
More Info
WEA's NBCT Jump Start
When:  July 27-30, 2016
Where: Lake Stevens, WA
OSPI's NBCT Facilitator Training (Days 1-3)
When:  July 27-29
Where: Spokane (TBA)
WEA's ProTeach Jump Start
When:  August 1-4, 2016
Where: Snohomish, WA
WEA's NBCT Jump Start
When: August 1-4, 2016
Where: Snohomish, WA
WEA's NBCT Jump Start Renewal
When:  August 2, 2016
Where: Snohomish, WA
WEA's NBCT Jump Start Renewal
When:  August 3, 2016
Where: Snohomish, WA
#CampCSTP Summer Learning Sessions

It's never too soon to start making your summer time plans and we hope your plans include #CampCSTP! This week-long teacher leadership professional learning opportunity will take place July 18-22, 2016, at the Rainbow Lodge in North Bend. Three sessions will be offered during the week and teachers can pick and choose individual sessions, or attend all three sessions.
Please Note: Session I and Session II are open-registration. Session III will be invite-only to prospective candidates that apply and submit a writing sample. Space is 
very limited in all three sessions and you are encouraged to submit your application as soon as possible.
Session I: A Deeper Dive into Teacher Leadership
July 18 - 19 , 2016
Cost: $150 (Sign-up for Session I and Session II and save $25)
Includes: Overnight Lodging at Rainbow Lodge,  Lunch and Dinner on July 18, Breakfast and Lunch on July 19, and all Session Materials
Description: Explore CSTP's Teacher Leadership Framework - the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to be an effective teacher leader. Spend time crafting what your teacher leadership journey might be as you emerge with a strong foundation in teacher leadership.
Session II: Advocacy and Messaging:
July 19 - 20 , 2016
Cost: $150 (Sign-up for Session I and Session II and save $25)
Includes: Overnight Lodging at Rainbow Lodge,  Lunch and Dinner on July 19, Breakfast and Lunch on July 20, and materials and supplies

Description: Understanding how to effectively advocate on education issues you care about is a critical skill for a teacher leader. Develop skills to craft your message that you can adapt to a variety of audiences, whether it is in your own hallway at school or in the halls of Olympia. This deeper dive into advocacy provides you with two days of planning, refining and practicing your message using CSTP tools and feedback from critical friends.
Session III: Writers' Retreat:
July 20 - 22, 2016
Cost: Free
Includes: 2 nights at Rainbow Lodge, lunch and dinner on July 20, all meals on July 21; breakfast and lunch on July 22, and materials and supplies.
Description: Develop your writing skills and writing style to elevate your voice and write about your teacher leadership journey. This multi-day writing retreat will give you the gift of dedicated time to write and expert feedback to hone your writing. Writings from this session will be published in a CSTP booklet. Teachers will need to complete and submit an application for a chance to be selected. Session III costs will be covered by the NT3 Grant for selected participants.
Application: Perspective attendees must apply to attend this session and submit a writing sample. Applicants will be notified after May 15 of their acceptance.
About Rainbow Lodge:
Rainbow Lodge is a rustic retreat center nestled in the mountains in North Bend, WA. Each attendee receives their own sleeping room with a washing sink; however, mens' and women's restrooms with showers are shared. Coffee, tea, water, soda and snacks are available 24 hours during your stay.
Register Now for ProTeach and National Board
Jump Start

The WEA offers summer seminars designed to provide candidates with important information about the certification process, time to examine requirements, the opportunity to plan out the year, and support in gathering resources and information needed to pursue certification. All this happens in a supportive, constructive, and collegial environment.
We are expecting high demand for our seminars this summer, so register soon! 
Four Day National Board Jump Start for new candidates:
One day Component 4 Jump Start for returning National Board Candidates
Four Day ProTeach Jump Start:
One Day Renewal Jump Start for NBCTs:
Question on registration or logistics? Email WEA Staff Stephanie Mikos. Program questions? Contact WEA National Board Jump Start Coordinator Cindy Rockholt, or WEA Certification Specialist Maren Johnson.
NBCT Spotlight: Tom White, Edmonds School District and Maribel Vilchez, North Thurston School District

Congratulations to NBCTs Tom White and Maribel Vilchez for being appointed to Washington State's Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB). The PESB is responsible for e stablish ing  policies and requirements for the preparation and certification of Washington's teachers, principals, program administrators, superintendents, school counselors, school psychologists, school social workers, school occupational therapists, school physical therapists, school speech and language pathologists, and school nurses.

Wh en they are not attending bi-monthly board meetings where they set high standards for the teaching profession, they are busy in their own classrooms. Tom White is a  fourth grade teacher in the Edmonds School District and blogger on Stories from School. Maribel Vilchez teaches second grade in the North Thurston School Distri ct and is  a member of the ELL Culture and Equity cadre through WEA, and part of the cohort piloting the revised NEA ELL modules which will soon be launched in many states . Keep up with their work at the PESB at .
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