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

Can a national bar exam for teachers transform the public’s opinion?

Last week, the results of a PDK/Gallup poll were released. The leading headline? Americans support a national certification exam for teachers. National and local outlets, from the Atlantic to the Seattle Times’ Education Lab blog, picked up the story. 

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No Child Left Behind Muddles State Accountability

When President Lyndon Johnson signed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, he hoped to level the playing field for our nation's most disadvantaged students. Ironically, that well-intended law is now punishing public schools that serve the most vulnerable student populations. Known today as No Child Left Behind, ESEA continues to influence public education a half century later. Nowhere is that more obvious than Washington, which became the first state to lose its ESEA waiver earlier this year. 

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Summer PD Series - EdCamp

Michelle Lewis is the Director of Professional Growth and Evaluation at Puget Sound ESD in Renton. Follow her on Twitter @mlewiswa.

Over the past year, I started hearing about the Edcamp movement, a participant led one-day conference and I was intrigued. Unlike traditional conferences, Edcamps are loosely organized, cost nothing, feature not a single keynote speaker and give participants as much opportunity to discuss topics as presenters.

Here is how my day at Edcamp Portland went. The schedule and topics were collaboratively organized on the morning of the event. Anyone could to suggest a topic. Most participants were teachers. 

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