Washington State Board of Education
Weekly Update | October 18
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Share Mental Health Resources with Student Leaders

The Association of Washington Student Leaders (AWSL) Student Voice and Advocacy Board is working alongside the State Board of Education on a statewide mental health campaign that includes a database of student-led mental health initiatives so that all schools can access mental health resources.

The goal of the Mental Health Initiative is to support student leaders in their efforts to help de-stigmatize mental health in schools.

Your response will be used to develop this database. 
From Seed to Apple
Legislative Youth Advisory Council (LYAC) Seeks Student Stories for Publication

Students are encouraged to submit a story idea about an educational experience that impacted them.

Selected submissions will be included in From Seed to Apple , a collection of stories published by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).

Submissions are accepted until 5:00 p.m. on October 22.
Forum Hosts Community Conversation

On 9/10, SBE held a Community Forum in Yakima to get feedback on the equity and adequacy of new graduation pathway options for the class of 2020 and beyond.

Find out what Board Members Holly Koon and MJ Bolt thought of the Yakima forum on the SBE blog .

Join us in Bremerton on November 5 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. for our next forum!

Civic Educator and Former Board Member Recognized

Representatives from Washington were present at this past week's National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) conference as two Washingtonians were recognized for their contributions to education. Connie Fletcher was honored with the National Distinguished Service Award and Mr. Don Jenkins was recognized as a Civic Engagement Champion. See links to the original announcements below:

Census in schools photo: become a leader in your school and community
Become an Ambassador with U.S. Census Bureau’s Statistics in Schools (SIS)
SIS ambassadors will champion the program in their classrooms, schools, and communities, and in doing so promote a complete 2020 Census count. As leaders in the program, ambassadors will:
  • Promote national SIS events on social media platforms, leading up to and during events, to increase awareness and engagement.
  • Network with fellow ambassadors.
  • Receive exclusive 2020 Census promotional items for use in and outside the classroom.
Ideal candidates are active pre-K through 12th grade teachers who are excited to spearhead a national initiative at their schools while shaping the future of their communities through social media, collaboration, and leadership.
Making sure ALL children are counted in the 2020 Census is especially important for education. Responses to the 2020 Census survey will determine how more than $675 billion in federal funds is distributed to communities each year for the next 10 years, including money for school programs such as:
  • Special education 
  • Teacher training 
  • Technology 
  • School lunch assistance 
  • Head Start
  • Title I funds
  • After-school programs
As an SIS ambassador, you will help your students, schools, and communities benefit from the 2020 Census. Email CLMSO.SISambassador@census.gov to apply by October 24.
What Do You Think?

Let us know how and what kind of information you'd like to receive and we'll create the best outreach strategy to get you the news you need from the Washington State Board of Education!
Have an idea to include? Send your ideas or comments to sbe@k12.wa.us .