March 2017

Spring has arrived along with many professional development opportunities that you don't want to miss. 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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Register Now for the 2017 NBCT Leadership Conference!
You're Invited to the 2017 NBCT Leadership Conference
Invitation to the 2017 NBCT Leadership Conference

The NBCT Leadership Conference is returning one final year before we go on hiatus in 2018! NBCTs will have one last chance to join us for an experience unlike any other. Specifically tailored to NBCTs, you will attend sessions on Teacher Leadership, Advocacy and attend two additional breakout sessions of your choosing.

The conference is held in the picturesque town of Leavenworth, WA at the 4.5 star Sleeping Lady Resort. Included in your registration is overnight lodging (in a shared room),  four gourmet meals in the Kingfisher Restaurant, all materials, and a refreshing learning experience with professional NBCTs from around the state. 

When you are not attending the conference, you will can check out the bavarian-inspired downtown Leavenworth, hike local trails or indulge in the spa at Sleeping Lady.

Who Can Attend: All NBCTs (NBCTs who have not attended a previous conference can register March 8-April 14, Returning NBCTs can register April 3-April 14)
 May 20, 2017 - May 21, 2017
Where: Sleeping Lady Resort in Leavenworth, WA
Cost:  $175
Registration Includes:
  • Saturday Night Lodging at the luxurious Sleeping Lady Resort (shared with 2 other NBCTs per cabin)
  • 4 gourmet meals in the Kingfisher Restaurant - lunch and dinner on May 20, breakfast and lunch on May 21
  • All conference materials 
Breakout Sessions Include:
  • Deconstructing Barriers to Change: Understanding Why Good People Resist Important Change with Mark Gardner, NBCT from Camas, WA
  • Developing Accomplished Teaching; Beginning to Board Certified with Beth Spaulding, NBCT from San Juan Island
  • Using Teacher Voice; Blogging with Tom White, NBCT from Edmonds

Register Now for Camp CSTP!

2016 Camp CSTP Participants

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 17-21, 2017, 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.

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 17 - 18, 2017
Cost: $150 
Includes: Overnight lodging on July 17 at Rainbow Lodge, lunch, dinner and snacks on July 17, breakfast on July 18, 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.
Register Now for Session I: A Deeper Dive Into Teacher Leadership

Session II: Advocacy and Messaging:

July 18 - 19 , 2017
Cost: $150
Includes: Overnight lodging on July 18 at Rainbow Lodge, lunch, dinner and snacks on July 18, breakfast on July 19, and all session materials.
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.
Register Now for Session II: Advocacy and Messaging

Session III: Writers' Retreat:

July 19 - 21, 2017
Cost: $275
Includes: Overnight lodging on July 19 and 20 at Rainbow Lodge, dinner and snacks on July 19, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks on July 20; breakfast and lunch on July 21, and all session materials.
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. Participants' writing will be published in a booklet. Check out Teacher Stories Volume 3 from the 2016 Writers' Retreat.
Register Now for Session III: Writers' RetreatLearn More & Save More!

Register for multiple sessions and receive a discount!
  • Register for Sessions I, II, and III for $500 ($75 savings)
  • Register for Sessions II and II for $400 ($25 savings)
  • Register for Sessions I and II for $275 ($25 savings)
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.
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In This Issue
Upcoming Events & Opportunities
EduColor Twitter Chat: Her Struggle, Her Power: Woman of Color as Educators
When:  March 30, 2017
Where: Twitter @EduColorMVMT
WEA National Board Home Stretch Seminar
When:  April 22, 2017
Where: Des Moines, WA
PESB Educator Retooling Scholarship
When:  April 28, 2017
Amount:  $3,000
CSTP's NBCT Leadership Conference
When:  May 20-21, 2017
Where: Leavenworth, WA
PESB's Teacher Shortage Grant
Deadline:  May 26, 2017
OSPI's NBCT Facilitator Training, Day 1, 2, & 3
When:  June 27-29, 2017
Where: Spokane Area, TBA
WEA's National Board Jump Start 
When:  June 27-30, 2017
Where: Spokane Area, TBA
#CampCSTP: A Deeper Dive into Teacher Leadership
When:  July 17-18, 2017
Where: North Bend, WA
#CampCSTP: Advocacy and Messaging
When:  July 18-19, 2017
Where: North Bend, WA
#CampCSTP: Writers' Retreat
When:  July 19-21, 2017
Where: North Bend, WA
WEA's National Board Jump Start
When:  July 31- August 3, 2017
Where: Seattle, TBA
WEA's National Board Jump Start
When:  August 15-18, 2017
Where: Vancouver, TBA
OSPI's NBCT Facilitator Training, Day 1, 2, & 3
When:  August 14-16, 2017
Where: Vancouver Area, TBA
2017 TPEP Best Practices Colloquium

Camas School District Ignite Presentation
Camas School District Ignite Presentation

The Tacoma TPEP Best Practices Colloquium on March 1, was a huge success!

180 educators from 57 districts and organizations kicked off the day with our keynote speakers, Kristin Leong and Saraswati Noel teacher leaders from Puget Sound ESD. Tacoma, Bainbridge Island, North Kitsap and Sumner School district were featured during the first 5-minute ignite presentations where they shared their best practices around TPEP. These districts then hosted Facilitated Forums with district teams that went deeper into their district TPEP work. Attendees enjoyed networking time with others in similar roles and a planning lunch with their district teams.

After lunch attendees heard from ignite presenters from Camas, Fife, Medical Lake and Soap Lake School Districts, and then broke into learning workshops with the presenting districts where they shared concrete ideas and strategies around creating powerful and sustainable TPEP practices focused on teacher and student growth. The day was capped off with sessions with Framework Authors Patty Maxfield with CEL, Kate Dickson from Danielson, Tina Boogren from Marzano and Ron Sisson from AWSP.

Watch presentation videos and get handouts from the Tacoma Colloquium at

Stay tuned to our September newsletter for information about future TPEP Colloquiums.

Questions? Contact Sarah Applegate

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