February 2016

Happy Leap Day! February has been jam-packed for CSTP and we are thankful for the extra day. In this newsletter we highlight some of the events and resources that you may have missed on ESSA and TPEP Best Practices this month. NBCT Marianne Hunter continues to track education related issues and sends weekly highlights every Friday and sends updates to everyone on the CSTP listserv (read her last update).

As always, be sure to  and encourage them to sign-up for our emails to stay on top of events and opportunities.
TPEP Best Practices Colloquium

The SeaTac TPEP Best Practices Colloquium in late-February was a huge success!

176 educators from 59 districts and organizations kicked off the day with our keynote speakers, NBCT Andrea Gamboa and Andrew Giron from Tukwila School District. Burlington-Edison, Kent, Orting and Tumwater School Districts were featured during 5-minute ignite presentations on their best practices and then hosted breakouts to go deeper into their technique. Attendees enjoyed networking time with others in similar roles and a planning lunch with their district teams.

After lunch attendees engaged in a panel discussion with Framework Authors Patty Maxfield with CEL, Kate Dickson from Danielson, and Tina Boogren from Marzano. The day was capped off with two rounds of breakout sessions with presenters from Bellevue, Bellingham, Kelso, Northshore, OSPI, Shoreline, Spokane, and Tumwater School Districts.

Presentations and handouts from the SeaTac Colloquium can be found at

Join us on March 16th for the TPEP Best Practices Colloquium in Yakima. We will feature new presenters from Cheney, Davenport, Granite Falls, Manson, Methow Valley, Moses Lake, Spokane, Wenatchee and Yakima School Districts.

Registration is open to District Administrators, Building Administrators, Teachers and Instructional Coaches. Don't delay - reserve your tickets today at!

Questions? Contact Katie Taylor .
Webinar on New Federal Education Law - Every Student Succeeds Act

CSTP's Katie Taylor and NBCT Marianne Hunter had the pleasure of hosting an hour long webinar on the new federal education law - the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Want to learn about the impact of ESSA in our state?  

They outline key differences between NCLB and ESSA, look at changing rules for assessments and reporting, and answer questions about how these changes affect your classroom. 

Watch the recording now at

Additional Resources: Also be sure to check out State Board of Education's recent ESSA presentations ESSA Accountability Workgroup and Every Student Achieves Act for timeline information. 
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In This Issue
Upcoming Events & Opportunities
TPEP Best Practices
When:  March 16, 2016
Where: Yakima, WA
Fee:  Free
More Info
WEA National Board Home Stretch
When:  March 19, 2016
Where: Yakima, WA
WEA National Board Home Stretch
When:  April 2, 2016
Where: Federal Way, WA
Exceptional Educators Night at Safeco Field
When:  April 10, 2016
Where: Seattle, 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:  TBD
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BEST Mentor Academy
When:  June 29-30, 2016
Where: Kent, WA
Fee:  Free
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#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
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#CampCSTP Session III: Writer's Retreat
When:  July 20-22, 2016
Where: North Bend, WA
Fee:  Free
More Info
NBCT Betsy Cornell
Teacher Leadership Lab

Last month, the Moses Lake School District and CSTP, hosted 28 educators for a Teacher Leadership Lab. CSTP worked with Moses Lake NBCT Betsy Cornell to plan the day and she organized educators from the district to share their insights and reflections about teacher leadership. Educators from the region braved the snowy weather to discuss their successes and struggles with teacher leadership and develop new strategies that they could take back to their districts.

The meeting caught the attention of one Columbia Basin Herald reporter and was featured in their paper and online.

Another Teacher Leadership Lab is planned for March 21 at the Camas School District to explore how teacher leadership can be leveraged to move the work of TPEP (and of many other initiatives) forward. If you'd like to join us for this free event, please register at:
Congratulations to NBCT Leadership Grant Recipients

We are very excited to announce that we have awarded grants up to $5,000 to NBCTs across our state to make their teacher leadership goals a reality. Successful applicants had previously attended CSTP's NBCT Leadership Conference and submitted an idea to promote teacher leadership within their district. 

Congratulations to the following successful applicants:
  • Dianna Alexander at Graham-Kapowsin in the Bethel School District
  • Christy Anana at Quil Ceda Tulalip Elementary in Marysville School District
  • Debra Bodeau at North Middle School in Everett Public Schools
  • Molly Carey at Curtis Junior High at University Place School District
  • Michelle Carpenter at Green Park Elementary in Walla Walla Public Schools
  • Terra Lea Dennis at College Place Elementary in Edmonds School District
  • Kate Fletcher at West Alternative High School in Central Kitsap School District
  • Dana Henry at Lake Grove Elementary in Federal Way Public Schools
  • Wade Jerdee at Lochburn Middle School in Clover Park School District
  • Laine Lenihan Olympic Middle School in Auburn School District
  • Melissa Levison District TOSA in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment at Camas School District
  • Lorena Stankevich at Orcas Island Elementary School in Orcas Island School District
  • Barbara Tibbits at Cedar Wood Elementary in Everett Public Schools
  • Amanda Ward at Bainbridge High School in Bainbridge Island School District
  • Jennifer Zamira at Curtis Junior High School in University Place School District
Stay tuned in the next couple of months for updates on these applicants and their teacher leadership projects. Also, check out our past  2014 NBCT recipients.
Watch the Mariners during Exceptional Educators Night at Safeco Field

Join CSTP, WEA and OSPI during Exceptional Educators Night at Safeco Field on April 10, 2016 for the 1:10 PM game with Mariners against the Oakland Athletics. Attendees and their friends and family enjoy discount tickets of $12 in the view level (normally $27), or $29 in the Main Level (normally $43).

Preceding the first pitch, CSTP, WEA and OSPI will host a short reception with exceptional educators. Look for more details in the March newsletter.

State Board of Education's 24-Credit Requirement Implementation Workshops

The State Board of Education (SBE) is offering workshops and K20's for educators on implementing the 24-credit graduation requirement.

Upcoming trainings include:
  • Tuesday, March 22 in Tumwater (2:00 pm - 4:30 pm)
    Tuesday, March 22 - K20
  • Monday, March 28 in Renton (1:00 pm - 3:30 pm)
  • Monday, March 28 - K20
  • Wednesday, March 30 in Shoreline (9:00 am - 11:30 am)
For more information and to register, visit
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