Newsletter
January 2016

Happy New Year! January 11th the 2016 Legislative session began and is scheduled to end on March 11. NBCT Marianne Hunter is tracking education related issues and sending weekly highlights to everyone on the CSTP listserv.

As always, be sure to  and encourage them to sign-up for our emails to stay on top of events and opportunities.
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Webinar on New Federal Education Law - Every Student Succeeds Act


When: January 31, 2016 - 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Cost:  Free -  Register here (Limited to first 100)
Location: Online
Description:  Wondering about the new federal education law - the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)? Want to learn about the impact of ESSA in our state?  Join CSTP for an hour long webinar!

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

Can't make this webinar? We are recording it and will make the video available in next month's newsletter.
Register Now for the TPEP Best Practices Colloquium in Yakima!

Registration for the free March 16th TPEP Best Practices Colloquium in Yakima is still available. Don't delay - reserve your tickets today!

This event is open to district teams of administrators, principals, teachers, and instructional coaches. The colloquium features:
  • Ignite presentations from districts on best practices
  • Breakout sessions on specific topics
  • Networking opportunities with participants in similar roles in other districts
  • Panel discussions with representatives from the three instructional framework including Tina Boogren with Marzano, Patty Maxfield with CEL and Kate Dickson with Danielson. 
Date and Location: March 16, 2016 - Yakima, WA

Cost:   There is no cost to attend. Breakfast, lunch and materials will be provided. Districts will need to provide their own subs, travel and parking.

Learn more and register now at  http://cstp-wa.org/events-calendar/tpep/.

Questions? Contact Katie Taylor katie@cstp-wa.org.

PESB's Educator Pathway Programs

 
The Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) oversees several program to help end the teacher shortage and diversify the teacher workforce.

Educator Retooling Program
The PESB is excited to announce the expansion of the Educator Retooling Conditional Scholarship Program. This program provides financial support (scholarships up to $3,000) to Washington State certified teachers who seek to add an endorsement in a subject or geographic shortage area. The PESB hopes to create more opportunities for teachers to gain new skills and professionally develop while also filling critical shortages in their schools and districts. Information and applications can be found on the  PESB website. The next deadline for this scholarship is April 29, 2016.
 
Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification
New federal education policy is pushing for more out-of-the-box thinking when it comes to preparing the next generation of teachers, and Alternate Routes in one way to fill that goal. Learn more about Washington's  Alternate Route programs at  http://pathway.pesb.wa.gov/alternate-routes-to-certification
 
PESB Work Groups  
Recruiting Washington Teacher program enters its 8th year of pilot status, an effort is being made to improve the processes and make the RWT program a viable pathway into the teaching profession for young high school students. By engaging members from the secondary level of education (9th-12th grade), along with higher education institutions, the  Recruiting Washington Teachers Redesign Work Group  is seeking to solidify the pipeline for students wanting to enter the teaching profession, give back to their communities, and serve as positive role models in the education world. For more information, contact Jennifer Maxfield -  jennifer.maxfield@k12.wa.us
 
In an effort to encourage those in the community that hold the tremendous skill of biliteracy, the  Bilingual Pipeline Work Group has been formed. This work group is designed to analyze the need and formulate best practices for promoting paraprofessionals with strong bilingual skills into fully certificated teaching roles. By simultaneously addressing the teacher shortage in Washington, and tackling the pervasive lack of diversity in the teaching profession, the Bilingual Pipeline Work Group is formed to discuss these issues in the realm of teaching in Washington. For more information, contact Victoria Moreland -  victoria.moreland@k12.wa.us.
   
Want to learn more? Join the  PESB listserv.

 

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In This Issue
Upcoming Events & Opportunities
Culturally Relevant Mentoring and Courageous Conversations
When:  January 26, 2016
Where: Tacoma, WA
Fee: Free
BEST Mentor Academy
When:  January 28-29, 2016
Where: ESD 105
Fee: Free
More Info
BEST Mentor Academy
When:  January 28-29, 2016
Where: Federal Way, WA
Fee: Free
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TPEP Best Practices
When:  February 24, 2016
Where: SeaTac area
Fee: Free
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BEST Symposium 2016 - Equity in Action: Habits of Heart and Mind
When:  March 9-10, 2016
Where: Tacoma, WA
Fee: Free
TPEP Best Practices
When:  March 16, 2016
Where: Yakima, WA
Fee:  Free
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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
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
More Info
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
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people_at_conference.jpg Call for Proposals - Learning Forward 2016 Annual Conference

Proposal Deadline: February 1, 2016.

Submit a proposal to share your work on effective professional learning. Take this opportunity to highlight your successes and challenges and share with fellow attendees at a conference.

Hot Topics Include:
  • Teacher Leadership
  • Teacher and Principal Evaluation
  • Professional Learning Communities
  • Motivating & Engaging Students
  • College-and-Career-Readiness
  • Grading and Assessment
  • Coaching
  • Culturally Progressive Pedagogy
  • Observation and Feedback
  • Presentation & Facilitation Skills
  • And More!
They are looking for 5 hour, 3 hour, 2 hour and 6 minute presentations.

Learn more on the conference website

Become a PBS Learning Media Digital Innovator!

Apply by February 8, 2016.

PBS is looking for tech savvy K-12 educators for the 2016-2017 year to be part of a professional learning community to foster new ways of thinking and using technology to drive student achievement. One educator from each state will be selected to participate in this opportunity and will be flown to Denver, Colorado for a three-day, all-expense paid trip to the PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Summit.

Learn more and apply online.
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