June 2016

We are sending our monthly newsletter a little early to wish you a wonderful summer break! For those of you looking to round-out your summer plans, be sure to check out these amazing  summer opportunities. If you are taking the summer to catch-up on some reading, send us your summer reading recommendations for a chance to be featured in an upcoming newsletter. Enjoy your long-deserved break!

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Welcome to CSTP's Director of Teacher Leadership and Learning, Sarah Applegate!

We are excited to announce a new CSTP-er to our family - NBCT Sarah Applegate! Sarah will continue much of the duties Katie Taylor had on her plate including the coordination of TPEP work and teacher leadership (and a lot of other duties as assigned!). 

Sarah comes to us with 21 years in the North Thurston Public Schools where she was an English teacher for three years and a Teacher-Librarian for 18 years. She has been an active member of the Washington Library Media Association (President, Advocacy Co-Chair and Secondary Levels Chair), has helped grow National Board Certification as an OSPI Regional Coordinator and  facilitator since 2003 and has worked with CSTP since 2006. In 2011, Sarah was a Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching grant recipient and spent a year in Finland studying their education system.

She is passionate about teacher development, collaborative teaching and learning, and ensuring that teachers voices are front and center of educational decision making. She will officially come on-board for CSTP on August 1 and can be reached at Welcome Sarah!
NBCT Challenging Schools Case Studies

CSTP brought teams from four of our state's most challenging schools- Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary in Yakima, Monticello Middle School in Longview, Quil Ceda Tulalip Elementary in Marysville and John R. Rogers High School in Spokane.  Each school team identified and wrote about a problem of practice and their efforts to work towards a solution. 
The final products:
Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary, YakimaWe Didn't Know What We Didn't Know
Team members Maria Villalovos, NBCT Principal; Kimberly Bruso, Kim Harris and Kim Gosser, 3 rd Grade team members and all pursuing National Board Certification.
Monticello Middle School, LongviewFrom Self To Synergy... This Is Our Journey
Team members Angela Allen, Principal,  Ryan Chinchen, NBCT new teacher Mentor, Gunnar Guttormsen, NBCT former Instructional Coach at Monticello and current Assistant Principal in Kelso, and Misty Velke English Language Arts and Social Studies teacher.
Quil Ceda Tulalip Elementary, MarysvilleWhen Culture And History Meet School Change
Team members Christy Anana, NBCT School Counselor, Kyla Curtright, NBCT School Psychologist, Kathleen O'Brien First Grade Teacher, and Cayla Paustain First Grade Teacher.
John R. Rogers High School, SpokaneLiteracy The Skill, People The Key:  The Transformation of John R Rogers High School
Team members Marty Robinette, Assistant Principal, Mike Dewey English and AP Capstone teacher, Carol Kaplan Science and Lead Teacher for Project Lead The Way in Bio Medical, and Beth McGibbon,, NBCT Social Studies World History teacher.
2016 NBCT Leadership Grant Awards

Congratulations to the 14 NBCTs that were awarded CSTP's NBCT Leadership Grants up to $5,000 to support their teacher leadership efforts in their district. Read about their accomplishments, resources and inspiration on our website.

Awarded Grant Recipients Include:
  • 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
  • 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 Dow 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
Watch the Teacher Preparation Webinar with Washington State NBCT, Amanda Ward

Did you miss this month's webinar with Washington State NBCT, Amanda Ward, on the Hope Street Group's, teacher-led research findings on teacher preparation? It is available now on YouTube!

Teacher Preparation Findings
Teacher Preparation Findings

Teacher preparation is integral to the early and career-long success of American educators and influential in the success of student learners. How can preparation programs build upon their already strong curriculum to better equip future teachers for the challenges they'll face?  

Hope Street Group's 2015 National Teacher Fellows gathered perspectives from 2,000 classroom teachers around the country on teacher preparation topics such as - how to prepare the next generation of educators and the types of training pre-service teachers need to serve students in high-need populations. Hear from Washington State NBCT, Amanda Ward, one of the National Teacher Fellows, about the findings of this completely teacher-led research.  
#CampCSTP Registration Extended to June 21!

CampCSTPIt'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.
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In This Issue
Upcoming Events & Opportunities
OSPI's ESSA Regional Forum
When:  June 14, 2016
Where: Everett, WA
OSPI's ESSA Regional Forum
When:  June 15, 2016
Where: Puyallup, WA
OSPI's ESSA Regional Forum
When:  June 16, 2016
Where: Vancouver, 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
OSPI's ESSA Regional Forum
When:  July 11, 2016
Where: Yakima, WA
OSPI's ESSA Regional Forum
When:  July 12, 2016
Where: Wenatchee, WA
OSPI's ESSA Regional Forum
When:  July 13, 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
OSPI's ESSA Regional Forum
When:  July 19, 2016
Where: Burien, WA
#CampCSTP Session II: Advocacy and Messaging
When:  July 19-20, 2016
Where: North Bend, WA
Fee:  $150
More Info
PESB Meeting
When:  July 20, 2016
Where: SeaTac, WA
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
OSPI's ESSA Regional Forum
When:  August 1, 2016
Where: Online
OSPI's ESSA Regional Forum
When:  August 2, 2016
Where: Bremerton, 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
TPEP Best Practices Colloquium
When:  October 11, 2016
Where: Eastside WA, TBA
ESSA Regional Forums with OSPI

J oin OSPI as they host forum in your region on ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act).

Each forum is open to the public and will cover:
  • Opportunities and challenges that lie ahead
  • How ESSA is similar to and different from the No Child Left Behind Act
  • Open discussion for the community to provide feedback
Dates and Locations:
  • June 14, 6-8 pm, Everett Community Resource Center, Everett 
  • June 15, 6-8 pm, Emerald Ridge High School, Puyallup 
  • June 16, 6-8 pm, Educational Service District 112, Vancouver 
  • July 11, 6-8 pm, Educational Service District 105, Yakima 
  • July 12, 6-8 pm, Wenatchee High School, Wenatchee 
  • July 13, 6-8 pm, West Valley High School, Spokane 
  • July 19, 6-8 pm, Highline Performing Arts Center, Burien 
  • August 1, 6-8 pm, Webinar, Registration required 
  • August 2, 6-8 pm, Olympic ESD 114, Bremerton
Learn more on the OSPI Website .
Sign-up Now for Edcamp Leadership on July 11

When: July 11, 2016 8:00-4:00
Where: Renton, WA
Who: Teachers, Principals, Education Leaders 
Cost: Free
More Information and Register:

What is EdCamp?
What is EdCamp?

CSTP is excited to co-sponsor the Washington Camp Leadership in Renton Washington on July 11. Camp Leadership is an unconference for education leaders. This annual unconference is for school and community leaders in public and private settings. On July 11, multiple sites in all 50 states and several Latin American countries will convene Edcamps for school leaders-principals, assistant principals, and teacher leaders in conjunction with an Edcamp at the National Association of School Principals Conference. Last year, over 1,800 leaders from the US, Canada, China and Chile participated in the first simultaneous, multi-location EdCamp event.
Present at the  2016-2017 TPEP Best Practices Colloquia

TPEP Have a great story, strategy or structure to share about how your district or building's implementation of TPEP affected a positive change in teaching and learning? Ready to hone your speaking skills in an exciting new format called an Ignite presentation? Inspired by sessions you've attended at previous TPEP Colloquia and feel the time is right for you and your team to present?
If you answered 'yes' or even 'maybe' to any of these questions, apply to be a presenter at the 2016-2017 TPEP Colloquium!

The format will be two rounds of Ignite presentations, followed by a workshop or panel discussion.  We have approximately 10 slots in each venue for district teams to give an  Ignite presentation Additional information on the format, content and application process can be found  here To apply, submit your proposal via Survey Monkey
Applications are due by 5 PM on Friday, June 24th. Applications that are complete and on-time will be eligible for selection, with notification no later than July 15th. 

CSTP will be hosting an eastside TPEP Best Practices Colloquium on  October 12, 2016 (location TBA).  A Seattle-area TPEP Best Practices Colloquium is scheduled for March 1, 2017. Can't wait until the next colloquium? Watch past presentations now.

For more information on past Colloquia, and to see examples of previous Ignite presentations, visit CSTP's website. Questions? contact Katie Taylor for more information.
Summer Reading Recommendations

We want to hear from you! Tell us what you will be reading this summer, or what you recommend others should read. Your recommendations may be featured in our upcoming newsletter. 

Teach To Lead Summit in Long Beach, California

Teach to Lead hosts regional Teacher Leadership Summits to help spotlight a nd advance the groundbreaking, teacher-led work that is happening in states, districts, and schools across the country.

Summits allow participating teachers, principals, districts, supporting organizations and states to:
  • Share ideas and best practices and learn from examples of existing teacher leadership efforts;
  • Identify common challenges and create concrete, actionable teacher leadership plans to address them locally;
  • Network and build relationships with other educators and leaders in their region; and
  • Identify promising ideas for follow-up support through future engagement events.
Submit your teacher leadership idea now for a chance to be invited to the September 24-25, 2016 Teach to Lead Summit in Long Beach, California. Invited participants will receive free registration, lodging and meals during the conference. Learn more on the Teach to Lead website.
Offer Clock Hours for Trainings and Professional Development

Are you planning professional development for your staff? How about a literature circle or a short series of learning opportunities? Tie your workshops to clock hours through CSTP. 

CSTP is an approved clock hour provider in the State of Washington. We have a simple application process for you and your participants, with approval times within one week. Once the training is over, we have a simplified electronic evaluation process that we administer to participants, and we hold onto their clock hour records per the state retention schedule.

It's free for you to apply to offer the clock hours, and low fees for participants to collect their clock hours.  Participant fees are $10 for 3-9.9 hours, $20 for 10-19.5 hours, $30 for 20-49.9 hours, and $50 for 50 or more hours. 

Find out more information on our website including the clock hour application at Questions? Contact Cindy Kleinfelter at
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