March 2016

Spring has arrived and the Seattle Mariners are back in town! Be sure to check out our discount tickets to the upcoming Exceptional Educator's night at Safeco Field below. March was another busy month for CSTP, as we had the the privilege of meeting with educators around the state. In this newsletter, we highlight some of the events and resources that you may have missed this month and highlight upcoming opportunities. 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).

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TPEP Best Practices Colloquium In Yakima, WA

This month, CSTP hosted our second TPEP Colloquium in Yakima on March 16. We had over 100 attendees representing 31 different districts. This dialogue-centered event celebrated how TPEP has helped growth student and teacher learning, and provided an opportunity to uncover the systems that districts have put in place to support successful and sustainable implementation.
Jedi TPEP Master- Betsy Cornell

Jeff Snell, Deputy Superintendent for the Camas School District, encouraged us to think about our greatness and our three instructional framework author designees (Tina Boogren from Marzano, Kate Dickson from Danielson, and Patty Maxfield from UW/CEL) shared how Washington State is unique in its collaborative approach and in its thoughtful inclusion of student growth as a measure of instructional impact.

Attendees reported learning strategies for looking at data, how to align focus for district initiatives around the instructional framework and ways to amplify teacher leadership.

Videos, Presentations and handouts from the Seattle and Yakima Colloquiums can be found at
Teacher Leadership Lab in Camas, WA

The Camas School District and CSTP hosted a Teacher Leadership Lab earlier this month. The purpose of the Lab for educator-attendees who came from across the state was two-fold - learn ways in which Camas facilitates opportunities for its teachers to grow their own leadership and provide team and cross-sharing time to discuss and brainstorm big ideas and take-aways for their context.
The Leadership Lab format, which CSTP tweaked from the US Department of Education and NBPTS'  Teach to Lead Initiative , provided opportunities for a fishbowl of Camas educators from different grades and buildings to dialogue about their teacher leadership journeys and perspectives, followed by a second fishbowl of attendees responding to what they heard and were thinking. The day ended with cross-pollination of role-alike groups and team time.
One of the biggest learning take-aways for one teacher-attendee was "that leadership can be driven by teachers and there are many 'entry points' that can help drive teacher leadership."
This was CSTP's second Teacher Leadership Lab with the first occurring in Moses Lake in January 2016.
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In This Issue
Upcoming Events & Opportunities
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
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. $199
More Info
OSPI's NBCT Facilitator Training (Day 3)
When:  May 21, 2016
Where: TBA
BEST Mentor Academy
When:  June 29-30, 2016
Where: Kent, WA
Fee:  Free
More Info
WEA's Jump Start
When:  June 22-25, 2016
Where: Spokane, WA
WEA's Jump Start Renewal
When:  June 24, 2016
Where: Spokane, WA
#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 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 Jump Start Renewal
When:  July 29, 2016
Where: Lake Stevens, WA
Watch the Mariners during Exceptional Educators Night at Safeco Field

You and your family are invited to join us on Sunday, April 10, at Safeco Field as we celebrate accomplished educators including Washington's Teacher of the Year, Nathan Gibbs-Bowling.  CSTP, WEA and OSPI are proud to partner with the Mariners in this celebration.
Discount tickets include a celebration with the sponsoring organizations at Lookout Landing, and a good game between the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics. We hope you will join us beginning at 11:30 am for a pre-game gathering inside the ball park.
When: April 10, 2016
Discount Tickets: $12 View Level (normally $27), $29 Main Level (normally $43)
Buy Now: Promo Code: NBCT

Be sure to get your tickets for you, your family and friends before ticket sales close on April 8 at 5:00 pm!
Scheduled of Events
Pre-Ceremony Location: Lookout Landing, 300 Level, Left Field
11:10 am - Ballpark opens to guests
11:30 am - Pre-game event begins at Lookout Landing located inside the ballpark in left field on the 300 level (see diagram below). Come meet friends, enjoy snacks, and hear from OSPI, WEA and CSTP leaders as well as the 2016 Teacher of the Year, Nathan Gibbs-Bowling.
12:30 pm - Move to seats for the Teacher of the Year, Nathan Gibbs-Bowling's first pitch!
1:10 pm - Game time! Seattle Mariners vs. Oakland Athletics

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:

(Days 1 and 2) Friday, April 29 - Saturday, April 30
Where: WEA Headquarters, Federal Way, WA
Day 1: 9:00am - 4:00pm; Day 2: 8:30am - 3:30pm
Cost: $120
Register Now:

(Day 3) Saturday, May 21
Where: Puget Sound area, exact location TBD
8:30am - 3:30pm
Cost: $60
Registration Coming Soon!

(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
Registration Coming Soon!
Register now for the  NBCT Teacher Leadership Conference!

The NBCT Leadership Conference at Sleeping Lady Resort in Leavenworth, WA, is back and filling fast. Be sure to reserve your space now.

Who Can Attend: Open to all NBCTs in Washington State
When: May 14 - May 15, 2016
Where: Sleeping Lady Resort in Leavenworth, WA
Cost:  Early Bird Registration (March 11 - April 8) is $175; Regular Registration (April 9- April 15) is $199 

Registration includes:
  • Saturday night Lodging at the luxurious Sleeping Lady Resort (shared with 2 other NBCTs per cabin)
  • 4 meals - lunch and dinner on May 14, breakfast and lunch on May 15
  • All conference materials 
New Breakout Sessions Include:
  • Advocacy; Essential Skills for Effective Teacher Leaders
  • Collaborator, Coach, and Colleague:  How informal mentorship relationships can change the culture of a school and bring about, hope, positivity and a sense of community
  • Developing Accomplished Teaching; Beginning to Board Certified 
  • Disrupting the Ground We Walk On: Reframing Education Through Teacher Leadership
  • Expand your policy influence AND stay in the classroom
  • Facilitating Change and Deconstructing Resistance
  • Follow Your Bliss: Advocacy in Action! 
  • Leadership Your Way: Tapping Into Strengths to Flex and Grow Your Leadership Influence
  • Who me? A leader? Leadership Lessons from a Challenging School
NBCT Spotlight: Christy Anana,  Quil Ceda Tulalip Elementary School Counselor

Congratulations to NBCT Christy Anana who was recently named the 2015 School Counselor of the Year through the Washington School Counselor Association (WSCA). Christy was nominated by her peers based on her demonstrated excellence in counseling, consistency and reliability throughout her career. 
 "I feel blessed to be in Washington State where we have the valuable and free resource of Compassionate Schools. This is a model for trauma informed care that helps educators understand how trauma impacts learning and the brain," said Christy.
"I am proud to be part of this amazing profession where you build equity for all students, access to opportunities. Some days, I can't believe I get to do yoga with kids, teach students how to regulate their emotions with mindfulness, rainbow dance... I want people to be inspired by my work. There is great hope."
Christy feels school counselors are in a unique position to help guide their fellow teacher colleagues on how to be curious about children's behavior and can also be role models for self-care.
While not yet over, this year has been full of leadership opportunities for Christy who was part of team selected to participate in the Washington Teach to Lead event last fall. She also received a $5,000 CSTP NBCT Leadership Grant and recently participated in CSTP's Challenging Schools Writers' Retreat. 
As the State Counselor of the Year, Christy will go on to vie for National Counselor of the Year this summer. Good luck, Christy!
Watch this video to hear how Christy Anana's students feel about the work she does for them. 
Stories From School Roundup 

CSTP's Stories From School bloggers are always busy working on new stories.  Here is a recap of new articles for the past month.