Previous LEVinars

Below you will find the presentations and audio from previous LEVinar presentations. To view information about current or upcoming LEVinars, please visit our Lunchtime LEVinars web page.


Activating Education and Justice Communities to Support Youth in Crisis

Center for Children and Youth Justice - League of Education Voters

When kids start to disconnect from school, it’s a critical warning sign. Chronic absences are all too frequently the start of a path that leads straight to involvement in the juvenile justice system. Thousands of kids each year begin a journey on this “school-to-prison pipeline,” and we miss out on generations of leaders, innovators, educators, and entrepreneurs.

Justice Bobbe Bridge, Founding President and CEO of the Center for Children & Youth Justice, describes how schools can engage troubled youth in strong relationships with caring adults. Moderated by LEV State Field Director Kelly Munn.

Justice Bobbe Bridge, Center for Children & Youth Justice
Kelly Munn, League of Education Voters
June 20, 2017
Archived Recording | Presentation Slides


How to Retain and Support Teachers of Color

Currently, 44 percent of students in Washington public schools are students of color, but only 8 percent of teachers in Washington are teachers of color.

Dr. Min Sun, Assistant Professor in the University of Washington College of Education, shares her recent study on Black teachers’ retention and transfer patterns in North Carolina, and how these patterns vary by teacher effectiveness, subjects and school conditions. She also discusses policy strategies for retaining and supporting effective Black teachers. UW College of Ed Associate Dean for Research Deborah McCutchen also provides perspective on how research can inform advocacy. Moderated by LEV State Field Director Kelly Munn.

Dr. Min Sun, University of Washington College of Education
Dr. Deborah McCutchen, University of Washington College of Education
Kelly Munn, League of Education Voters
May 25, 2017
Archived Recording | Presentation Slides


2017 Legislative Session Update: Where We Stand

Now that the regular legislative session is over and a special session is under way, LEV Policy and Government Relations Director Daniel Zavala provides status updates on education funding, educator compensation, student supports, accountability, early learning, and higher education. Moderated by LEV State Field Director Kelly Munn.

Daniel Zavala, League of Education Voters
Kelly Munn, League of Education Voters
April 27, 2017
Archived Recording | Presentation Slides


How Early Learning Fits into the Education Continuum

Student painting in class - League of Education VotersA major issue in public education today is closing the achievement gap so that every student is ready for college, career and life. This goal requires high quality early education for every child. Research repeatedly confirms that students who attend a high quality early learning program perform far better than those who do not. They are more academically successful, able to persevere through adversity, and more likely to graduate from high school.

Learn how early learning fits into the education continuum from Jennifer Jennings-Shaffer, Early Learning Policy Director at the Children’s Alliance, and Ryan Pricco, Director of Advocacy and Policy at Child Care Aware of Washington. Moderated by LEV State Field Director Kelly Munn.

Jennifer Jennings-Shaffer, Children’s Alliance
Ryan Pricco, Child Care Aware of Washington
Kelly Munn, League of Education Voters
March 21, 2017
Archived Recording | Presentation Slides


Student Supports, an Integral Component of Basic Education

Student Supports - League of Education Voters

Part of defining basic education is determining what each and every student should have access to in their school. Currently, our system does not guarantee access to student supports that are critical to many students’ academic success — including support staff like counselors, school social workers or nurses, targeted strategies to improve school climate and address non-academic barriers to learning, and programming like additional tutoring. There are a number of approaches we can take to making sure that students receive the supports and resources they need.

Sarah Butcher, Co-Founder of SEL for Washington and President of the Bellevue Special Needs PTA, shared which student support programs we would like to see available in Washington state. And Julia Warth, LEV’s Assistant Director of Policy and Government Relations, provided details on what is happening now. Moderated by LEV State Field Director Kelly Munn.

Sarah Butcher, SEL for Washington
Julia Warth, League of Education Voters
Kelly Munn, League of Education Voters
February 28, 2017
Archived Recording | Presentation Slides part 1 | Presentation Slides part 2


Career Connected Learning and STEM

Career Connected Learning - League of Education Voters

Many young people in Washington, especially youth of color and from low income or rural communities, do not have access to the career connected learning experiences that foster engagement in school and interest and preparation for high-demand STEM careers.

Washington STEM Chief Policy and Strategy Officer Caroline King and Senior Program Officer Gilda Wheeler taught us how career connected learning can benefit students, how career technical education (CTE) and career connected learning are connected, and how to support CTE and career connected learning through policy and program work. Moderated by LEV State Field Director Kelly Munn.

Caroline King, Washington STEM
Gilda Wheeler, Washington STEM
Kelly Munn, League of Education Voters
January 23, 2017
Archived Recording | Presentation Slides


What to Expect in the 2017 Legislative Session

League of Education Voters - McCleary family

The McCleary education funding lawsuit will likely take center stage in the upcoming legislative session. But this year, several of the players are different. In addition to McCleary, other education issues will include expanding capacity for high quality early learning programs and fully supporting the State Need Grant to increase college access.

Daniel Zavala, LEV’s Director of Policy and Government Relations, explained the legislative landscape and answered your questions on how the 2017 session will unfold. Moderated by LEV State Field Director Kelly Munn.

Daniel Zavala, League of Education Voters
Kelly Munn, League of Education Voters
December 20, 2016
Archived Recording | Presentation Slides


Education Funding Takeaways from California

Weighted Student Formula - League of Education Voters

As our Washington state legislature contemplates how to best address the McCleary education funding lawsuit, LEV is studying how California handled a similar problem. Prior to 2014, the California education funding system lacked transparency and was difficult for parents, policymakers and taxpayers to understand. In addition, under the previous system, districts received notably different per-pupil funding rates; affluent schools often received more funding per pupil than less affluent ones.

Governor Jerry Brown proposed a new school finance plan for California in the 2013–2014 budget, called “Local Control Funding Formula.” It increased funding to school districts with a larger number of disadvantaged students by financially weighting those students according to need, simplified current byzantine school finance regulations, and gave school districts more autonomy over finances.

Sharonne Navas, Executive Director of the Equity in Education Coalition, visited California to see firsthand how their new system is working. She presented her findings and answered your questions on whether California’s new education funding system can create better outcomes for Washington students. Moderated by LEV State Field Director Kelly Munn.

Sharonne Navas, Equity in Education Coalition
Kelly Munn, League of Education Voters
November 29, 2016
Archived Recording | Presentation Slides


OSPI Roles and Responsibilities

Randy Dorn OSPI

One of the most important races in the election is for the next state Superintendent of Public Instruction. But what does the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) actually do?

Randy Dorn, our current state superintendent, and Gil Mendoza, deputy superintendent, answer your questions about OSPI’s role and work, which levers OSPI has to make changes in education policy, and what the community should expect from OSPI. Moderated by LEV’s Communications Director, Arik Korman.

Randy Dorn and Gil Mendoza, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
Arik Korman, League of Education Voters
October 27, 2016
Archived Recording


Expanded Learning Opportunities

Education does not stop when the school bell rings. So young people’s access to high-quality expanded learning opportunities—afterschool, in the summer and throughout the year – should grow. Expanded learning opportunities complement classroom instruction with programs that build lifelong skills, improve academic performance, and inspire young people to discover their individual passions. Culturally responsive and high-quality programming is critical to making expanded learning successful.

Stephanie Lennon and David Beard from School’s Out Washington explain expanded learning, its role in helping students succeed and grow, how it can close gaps, and how you can help make this happen. Moderated by our State Field Director, Kelly Munn.

Also, if you live in King County, check out the most comprehensive way to find engaging programs that support and enrich the lives of young people ages 5 to young adult here.

Stephanie Lennon and David Beard, School’s Out Washington
Kelly Munn, League of Education Voters
September 22, 2016
Archived Recording | Presentation Slides


The Opportunity Gap Bill: Next Steps

Substitute House Bill 1541, which went into effect June 9, will soon play out in schools. Under the new law, students will no longer be suspended or expelled for discretionary offenses and better statewide data on student demographics will ensure that the system is working to keep all students on track and in school. All students suspended or expelled will receive educational services and school staff will be provided with new trainings that are sensitive to culture and positively support all students’ growth.

Learn more from Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self, who currently serves as vice-chair of the House Education Committee and is also a member of the Early Learning and Human Services, and the Transportation committees. She is co-chair of the Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee and a member of the Education Committee for the National Council of State Legislators. Moderated by our State Field Director, Kelly Munn.

Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self (D-21)
Kelly Munn, League of Education Voters
August 23, 2016
Archived Recording | Presentation Slides


Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): What You Need to Know, Part 1

Children standing in front of a chalkboard.

The new Every Student Succeeds Act, which takes full effect in the 2017-18 school year, rolls back much of the federal government’s big footprint in education policy, on everything from testing and teacher quality to low-performing schools. And it gives new leeway to states in calling the shots. That’s a big change from the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), which ESSA replaced and updated.

In part one of this two-part LEVinar series, Tukwila School Board Member (and LEV June Activist of the Month) Mary Fertakis answers your questions on how ESSA will affect Washington state’s education system. Moderated by our State Field Director, Kelly Munn.

Mary Fertakis, Tukwila School Board
Kelly Munn, League of Education Voters
July 19, 2016
Archived Recording | Presentation Slides


Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): What You Need to Know, Part 2

Children standing in front of a chalkboard.

The new Every Student Succeeds Act, which takes full effect in the 2017-18 school year, rolls back much of the federal government’s big footprint in education policy, on everything from testing and teacher quality to low-performing schools. And it gives new leeway to states in calling the shots. That’s a big change from the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), which ESSA replaced and updated.

In part two of this two-part LEVinar series, Tukwila School Board Member (and LEV June Activist of the Month) Mary Fertakis answers your questions on what ESSA could do for civil rights and equity. Moderated by our State Field Director, Kelly Munn.

Mary Fertakis, Tukwila School Board
Kelly Munn, League of Education Voters
July 21, 2016
Archived Recording | Presentation Slides


The McCleary Task Force: What to Expect

What it takes to fund McCleary

The Washington Supreme Court is fining the Legislature $100,000 a day for not fully funding public education. During this year’s session in Olympia, the Legislature passed a bill (Senate Bill 6195) that created a task force to determine how to end the state’s over-reliance on local levies to pay teacher salaries and other components of basic education. But will the Court be satisfied?

LEV Policy Team member Jake Vela answers your questions on what the McCleary Task Force will do and what it won’t do.  Moderated by our State Field Director, Kelly Munn.

Jake Vela, League of Education Voters
Kelly Munn, League of Education Voters
May 17, 2016
Archived Recording | Presentation Slides


2016 Legislative Session: The Home Stretch

Find out the latest on McCleary, public charter schools, the supplemental budget, opportunity gap closure, and which proposals are alive and which are dead.

We’ll hear from Jene Jones, League of Education Voters Government Relations, who will answer your questions on what we can do to help our goals this session reach the finish line.  We were also joined by Senators Mark Mullet (D-5) and Ann Rivers (R-18).  Moderated by our State Field Director, Kelly Munn.

Jene Jones, League of Education Voters
Senator Mark Mullet (D-5)
Senator Ann Rivers (R-18)
Kelly Munn, League of Education Voters
March 3, 2016
Archived Recording


School Strikes 101

Strikes 101Across the state, teachers are talking about striking. Join us on Tuesday, September 15, to learn about some of the reasons for strikes, what a strike entails, and how teachers are paid by the state and local school districts.

We’ll hear from League of Education Voters Senior Policy Analyst Julia Warth, who will answer important questions from parents, families and community members, moderated by our State Field Director Kelly Munn.

Julia Warth, League of Education Voters
Kelly Munn, League of Education Voters
September 15, 2015
Archived Recording


Smarter Balanced Assessments: What to Expect

State of WashingtonThe first statewide results from Washington’s new Smarter Balanced assessments are expected to be released in mid-August. Curious about what to expect? We invite you to join us to hear from Partnership for Learning’s Chris Barron and a representative from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. They will provide context and background for the Smarter Balanced Assessments results.

Smarter Balanced: What to Expect
Chris Barron, Partnership for Learning
Nathan Olson, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction
June 16, 2015
Archived Recording


Finding Our Way ForwardFinding Our Way Forward

Could this be the best education budget in Washington’s history?

By the end of this legislative session, what we will see is possibly the best budget for education in the history of the State.

Yes, that is a bold statement, especially with so many issues still unaddressed. However, we can see that the Legislature will invest more comprehensively across the spectrum of education than they ever have.

The League of Education Voters has long argued that a child’s education should be a continuum with seamless transitions from early learning through higher education. We have worked with partners across the state in pursuit of that vision. It is gratifying to see the Legislature following through with strategies and investments that support students at all ages.

We invite you to join us for a series of 30-minute online webinars to hear from two of the authors of the Senate and House budgets, Senator Andy Hill and Representative Ross Hunter, followed by an analysis from our Government Relations Director Frank Ordway.

The Senate’s education budget
Senator Andy Hill (R-45)
April 21, 2015
Archived Recording

The House of Representatives’ education budget
Representative Ross Hunter (D-48)
April 23, 2015
Archived Recording

The League of Education Voters’ take on the budget
Frank Ordway, Government Relations Director
April 29, 2015
Archived Recording


The 2015 Legislative Session

2015 legislative previewJoin us for a preview of the 2015 legislative session with our Government Relations Director, Frank Ordway. This 30-minute Lunchtime LEVinar will take place on Thursday, January 8, at 12:30 p.m.

A preview of the 2015 legislative session
Frank Ordway, Government Relations Director, League of Education Voters
January 8, 2015
Archived Recording | Presentation Slides | Legislative Agenda
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A fully funded public education system

Colored pencilsIt is the paramount duty of the state to make ample provision for the education of all children residing within its borders, without distinction or preference on account of race, color, caste, or sex. —Article IX, Section I of the Washington State Constitution

Despite our state constitution’s declaration that education is the “paramount duty” of Washington, we are not putting in the public effort needed to support a world-class education system and the Washington State Supreme Court agrees. In its McCleary v. Washington ruling, the court found that the state is not fulfilling its constitutional responsibility to fund basic education, and required the Legislature to take action.

This coming legislative session, the Legislature will take on the task of writing the 2015–2017 Washington budget, and the State Supreme Court is holding their feet to the fire—the Legislature is held in contempt and must demonstrate progress toward a fully funded public education system or face possible penalties or sanctions.

Join us for a series of 30-minute Lunchtime LEVinars to learn more about what a fully funded public education system looks like in Washington state. The LEVinars will take place each date below at 12:30 p.m.

Setting the context: A look at the state budget in preparation for the 2015 legislative session
David Schumacher, Director, Washington State Office of Financial Management
October 23, 2014
Archived Recording | Presentation Slides

A closer look: How Washington’s education budget works
Stephen Nielsen, CFO, Puget Sound Educational Service District
November 6, 2014
Archived Recording | Presentation Slides

A way forward: What a fully funded public education system looks like
Chris Korsmo, CEO, League of Education Voters
November 20, 2014
Archived Recording | Presentation Slides


Early learning: Closing the opportunity gaps

Child playing with a puzzleAccess to high-quality early learning can close the opportunity and achievement gaps.

Children in high-quality early learning programs are more prepared for kindergarten, more likely to graduate high school, are healthier, more likely to be employed, and report higher income. They are also less likely to be repeat grades, be placed in special education, be involved in the juvenile justice system, and commit crimes as adults.

Low-income children and children with risk factors who do not have access to high-quality early learning experiences are 25 percent more likely to drop out of school, 40 percent more likely to become a teen parent, 50 percent more likely to be placed in special education, 60 percent more likely to never attend college, and 70 percent more likely to be arrested for a violent crime, all of which require costly state resources.

Early learning benefits add up to savings for school districts, taxpayers, and the state. School districts save about $3,700 for each low-income child or child with risk factors who receives early learning. There is an additional $1,000 of savings per child in costs outside of school like healthcare, drug prevention, and criminal justice.

Join us for a series of 30-minute lunchtime LEVinars to learn more about early learning in Washington state, taking place each date below at 12:30 p.m.

Why early learning makes a difference for families
Jessica Colinares, Parent, South Shore PK–8 School
September 17, 2014
Archived Presentation

Why sheriff departments across the nation support early learning
Laura Wells, Washington State Director, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids
September 24, 2014
Archived Recording

Why the business community supports early learning
Steve Leahy, Washington State Director, Ready Nation
October 8, 2014
Archived Recording


College and Career Ready: A New High School Diploma for Washington

A meaningful high school diploma. (Image of graduating students.)The College and Career Ready Diploma became law with the passage of SB 6552 this past legislative session. That was a huge win, and it took many of you to make it happen.

On July 10, the State Board of Education voted to approve rules for implementation of the law that preserved the bill’s academic rigor and increased parent engagement. This is also a huge win for kids!

So what’s next?  Join us for a series of lunchtime LEVinars to help you understand everything you need to know about the College and Career Ready Diploma: the what, the why, and the how.

The College and Career Ready Diploma: The new high school requirements
Dr. Kristina Mayer, Board Chair, Washington State Board of Education
June 25, 2014
Archive: Presentation | Audio

What’s all the fuss about? The rules process for the College and Career Ready Diploma
Amy Liu, Policy Director, League of Education Voters
July 2, 2014
Archive: Presentation | AudioExcellent Schools Now letter to the State Board of Education

What does it really take to get into a technical, 2-year, or 4-year school in Washington?
Noreen Light and Anna Batie, Washington Student Achievement Council
July 16, 2014
Archive: Presentation | Audio

Reducing remediation for high school graduates
Mike Flodin, Dean for Mathematics, Sciences and Engineering, Tacoma Community College
July 30, 2014
Archive: Presentation | Audio


Transforming School Discipline: The Next Step

Transforming School Discipline: The Next Step [image of children running]Students can’t learn if they’re not in the classroom.

But every year, thousands of Washington students are excluded from school. Students of color, low-income students, and special education students are disciplined at higher rates than other students, which contributes to Washington’s opportunity and achievement gaps and dropout rate.

During the 2013 legislative session, you helped us pass a law (SB 5946) that makes discipline data public and limits the number of days that students can be removed from class.

That was the first step in transforming school discipline policies. Now it’s time to take another.

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is inviting public comment on its implementation of the new law.

Join us for a series of Lunchtime LEVinars on the new discipline law, next steps, and what you can do.

12:30–1:00 p.m., 4/1 and 4/15

The Next Step: A Recap and Introduction
Katie Mosehauer, Executive Director, Washington Appleseed
Tracy Sherman, Policy Analyst, League of Education Voters
April 1, 2014
Archive: Presentation | Audio

Digging In: Discipline Rules Summary and Recommendations
Katie Mosehauer, Executive Director, Washington Appleseed
Tracy Sherman, Policy Analyst, League of Education Voters
April 15, 2014
Archive: Presentation | Audio

School Discipline Best Practices
Tricia Robles, PBIS Coordinator, Highline Public Schools
CANCELED


2014 Legislative LEVinars

Once a week. 30 minutes. Your legislators. Your issues. Lunchtime LEVinars. League of Education Voters. (image of capitol building)In 2014, we adapted our online webinars for Washington state’s legislative session. Each week, LEV invited a legislator to present, giving policymakers the opportunity to share their most pressing issues, and giving audience members the chance to ask their most pressing questions.

Introduction to the Legislative Session
Frank Ordway, Government Relations Director at the League of Education Voters
January 9, 2014
Archive: Presentation | Audio

Closing the Opportunity Gap
Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos (D-37), Chair of the House Education Committee and Co-chair of the Washington State Education Opportunity Gap Accountability and Oversight Committee
January 16, 2014
Archive: Presentation | Audio

Improving Outcomes for Washington Students
Sen. Steve Litzow (R-41), Chair of the Senate Early Learning and K–12 Education Committee
January 23, 2014
Archive: Presentation | Audio

Education Priorities, 2014 Legislative Session
Rep. Ruth Kagi (D-32), Chair of the House Early Learning and Human Services Committee
January 30, 2014
Archive: Presentation | Audio

Update on the 2014 Legislative Session
Frank Ordway, Director of Government Relations at the League of Education Voters
February 13, 2014
Archive: Presentation | Audio

2014 Legislative Session Wrap-up
Frank Ordway, Director of Government Relations at the League of Education Voters
March 20, 2014
Archive: Presentation | Audio | Bill Tracker


Getting Better Results with a Focus on Instruction

A great teacher can make all the difference. In 2011, Washington adopted a more robust teacher and principal evaluation system that incorporates multiple measures of effectiveness while giving districts flexibility in how they assess teachers. Explore the qualities and characteristics of an effective teacher, hear an overview of how districts assess these qualities, and learn how one district has implemented their new framework.

Teachers Matter: What Makes an Effective Educator?
November 21, 2013
Archive: Presentation | Audio

Multiple Measures of Assessment: How Washington’s New Evaluation System Works
December 5, 2013
Archive: Presentation | Audio

Best Practices: Using Teacher Evaluations to Improve Student Achievement
December 19, 2013
Archive: Presentation | Audio


You’re Going to College

By 2018, over two-thirds of jobs in the state will require post-secondary education or training. However, on-time graduation rates and the rate at which graduating seniors must take remediation courses to attend college are staggering. Learn why your students need to have a college and career-ready diploma, how Washington school districts fare in terms of college-prep coursework, and how making advanced courses the default curriculum track can help close opportunity and achievement gaps.

A Diploma that Means Something: How to Prepare Your Student for Success After High School
October 10, 2013
Archive: Presentation | Audio

Accessing College-Prep Curriculum: How Equity and Rigor Can Close Gaps
October 24, 2013
CANCELED

Best Practices: Spokane Area Workforce Development Council
November 7, 2013
Archive: Presentation | Audio


Early Education for All

Research has shown us that quality early education has a tremendously positive impact on a person’s adult life. Students enrolled in high-quality early learning programs are better prepared for kindergarten, more likely to graduate high school on time, are generally healthier, are more likely to be employed, and report higher incomes. Explore how to prepare your child for kindergarten, how Washington is making improvements to early learning programs, and how one effective preschool has made an impact on its community.

Are You Ready? How to Ensure Your Young One is Prepared for Kindergarten
August 22, 2013
Archive: Presentation | Audio

From Playtime to Class Time: How WaKids Can Help Families Transition into the K–12 System
September 5, 2013
Archive: Presentation | Audio

Best Practices: How to Choose an Early Learning Program that Suits Your Child
September 19, 2013
Archive: Presentation | Audio


Common Sense Discipline

In recent years, the national dialogue on the school-to-prison pipeline has opened education policymakers’ eyes to the impact of school discipline practices on the trajectory of a young person’s education. Across the country, schools and districts suspend and expel students of color, students with disabilities, low-income students, and students in the foster care system at higher rates than their peers. Explore school discipline policies and procedures, learn about Washington’s achievement and opportunity gap, trends of racial disproportionality in data, and examples of alternatives that are transforming school discipline.

Know Your Rights: What Communities Need to Know About School Discipline Procedures
July 11, 2013
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Stop School Pushout: Washington’s Growing Opportunity Gap and Disproportionality in Discipline
July 25, 2013
Archive: Presentation | Audio
The School-to-Prison Pipeline, by the Advancement Project

Best Practices: Data Collection Matters
August 8, 2013
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