What We Do

We are teachers working to build a better public school system for our students. Through our statewide professional network of inspiring teachers, we are making connections to share innovative practices. We also bring the informed perspectives of classroom teachers to bear on policy decisions. We need to change rules that don't work for students as well as they should, and be leading advocates for innovative policy solutions in our public schools.

 

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Instruction

The number of innovative teachers around the state is astounding. By connecting teachers around instruction and promoting new innovations, classrooms improve.

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Leadership

When informed teachers are in leadership positions outside of their school, their influence increases. We work to get teachers on boards and in union leadership.

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Policy

Starting with the question "What does it mean for students?" we engage teachers in education policy and support them in advocating for better schools for students.

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The Latest

Seattle School Board Chooses Wisely

The Seattle Public Schools Board of Directors moved expeditiously in naming its interim Superintendent. Just hours after the resignation of Jose Banda, Board Director Sharon Peaslee introduced Dr. Larry Nyland as the interim leader of Washington’s largest school district. His contract officially begins August 1, and will extend through June 2015, according to Peaslee.

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Seattle Public Schools Seeks Waiver From Sanctions

In March, Washington state made history by becoming the first state to lose its No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver. Its reluctance to include student academic growth as a part of teacher evaluations put districts in a tough position with regard to money allocated to low-income students (Title I dollars). Now, Seattle Public Schools is hoping to make history of its own. After losing flexibility for approximately $2 million in Title I funds, and faced with the prospect of sending home failure notices to families, SPS is hoping to become the first individual district to receive a NCLB waiver.

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Meet Todd, Our Newest TU Team Member

I became a teacher for the same reason many educators do, I wanted to improve the world for future generations. As an elementary school teacher, I’ve instructed hundreds of students in Bellingham, and developed meaningful partnerships with citizens throughout Whatcom County. It has been an incredibly rewarding experience and I am fortunate to have worked with many talented individuals along the way.

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