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These professional development opportunities are NOT sponsored or provided by the NWESD. The NWESD is not responsible for organizing these events or registering participants and does not endorse the instructor or guarantee the content. If you have questions about any of these listings or wish to register, please contact the organizing entity directly.

Grants for Washington State K-12 Public School Teachers!

Applications are now being accepted for the “Ellison Education Grants”. Grants are for K-12 public school teachers in Washington State. The Ellison foundation has awarded 40 grants and over $168,000 to Washington State teachers in the past three years.The Ellison Foundation will award grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 in the spring of 2020 (for use during the 2020-2021 school year).

Applications must be submitted by March 21st, 2020.

Ellison Grants

Upcoming Professional Learning Opportunities for teachers
from Island Wood

Registration is now open for Island Wood’s 2019-2020 workshop series! 

These workshops are intended for teachers and informal educators who teach science to 2nd-8th graders (except Urban Water Systems which is aimed at 4th-12th grades). Other grade levels may attend but could find the examples less relevant to their students. They recommend attending the Science in the Schoolyard workshop before any others and encourage teachers to bring teammates with them.

Full List of Upcoming Workshops

From the Judicial Institute 2020

Judicial Institute for Teachers Grades 5-12: July 7-9, 2020
Featuring Mary Beth Tinker of Tinker v. Des Moines School District
Learn More about the U.S. Constitution, Federal Judiciary, Civil Rights, and Federal Criminal Law

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington in collaboration with the Seattle University School of Law is offering teachers grade 5-12 a unique opportunity to learn about the U.S. Constitution, federal judiciary, and issues of civil rights, federal-state courts, and federal criminal law. The institute is highly interactive.

Washington State Supreme Court Justice Mary Fairhurst and Magistrate Judge Mary Alice Theiler will contrast how state courts differ from federal courts. This year the program features Mary Beth Tinker, plaintiff in Tinker v. Des Moines School District, 1969, in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that public school students do not shed their free speech rights at the school house door.

Judges who hear the cases you read about in the news will be faculty along with long-term law-related education expert Margaret Fisher to help translate this content into lessons immediately usable in the classroom.

Judicial Institute for Teachers Grades 5-12:

WGU Washington Incentive Program

WGU Washington has agreed to provide certain enrollment incentives for specific baccalaureate and master’s degree programs to school district and NWESD staff throughout the NWESD region

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Seattle Pacific University – ARCE

As a school employee, you’ve made the decision to build upon your knowledge and skills with a program dedicated to preparing effective teachers for life-long careers as educators in their local schools. SPU’s School of Education has been offering alternative routes to teacher certification since 2002. Hundreds of teachers have been prepared for work in classrooms across Washington through our alternative route offerings. Besides being SPU’s most affordable option for attaining teacher certification, the defining characteristic our alternative routes teacher preparation model is 180 days of student teaching. Designed for the working professional, the ARC program is a one year, (four quarters) online program. This program culminates with a Residency Teacher Certificate without a master’s degree.

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The Aspiring Superintendents Academy

For experienced district leaders, building leaders, and teacher leaders who aspire to the role of superintendent.

Whether you have already attained your superintendent certification or are thinking of entering a certification program, the Aspiring Superintendents Academy can help provide a blueprint for success in key areas of the role. The academy is limited to 35 aspiring superintendents.