Previous LEVinars

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.


How Washington’s Student Outcomes Compare with Other States

Washington State

When examining high school graduation rates, Washington state ranks 41st in the country. However, USA Today recently reported that Washington is the 7th best state for education. And other data states Washington is the 2nd worst when it comes to closing achievement gaps. Where do we really stand?

The Education Trust gives an overview of how Washington truly compares with other states, and answers your questions on how we can make our education system better for every student. Moderated by League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman.

Allison Rose Socol, The Education Trust
Natasha Ushomirsky, The Education Trust
Arik Korman, League of Education Voters
October 24, 2017
Archived Recording | Presentation Slides | NAEP State Academic Performance and Improvement Tool


Next Steps in School Discipline

student discipline

During the 2016 legislative session, House Bill 1541 was passed and signed into law. This bill is based on several recommendations of the Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee (EOGOAC) that are intended to close the educational opportunity gap in WA. Sections of this bill set limits on the use of long-term suspension or expulsion, and require districts to provide educational services during any suspension or expulsion.

Joshua Lynch and Calandra Sechrist from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) share updates regarding student discipline and implementation of HB 1541 and answer your questions. Moderated by LEV communications director Arik Korman.

Joshua Lynch, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
Calandra Sechrist, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
Arik Korman, League of Education Voters
September 28, 2017
Archived Recording | Presentation Slides


Washington’s Plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act

student

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which goes into full effect in the 2018–19 school year, rolled 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 gave new leeway to states in calling the shots. ESSA’s goal is ensure that every student, regardless of race, income, disability, ethnicity, or proficiency in English, is ready for a fulfilling career, college, and life.

Gayle Pauley, Assistant Superintendent for Special Programs and Accountability at the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), outlines Washington’s ESSA plan and how you can get involved. Moderated by LEV communications director Arik Korman.

Gayle Pauley, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
Arik Korman, League of Education Voters
August 24, 2017
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What You Need to Know about the McCleary School Funding Agreement

WA Capitol Legislative Bldg

In what was quite literally years in the making, the Legislature has at long last presented and passed a K-12 funding solution. And, perhaps surprisingly in today’s political climate, it was passed with strong bipartisan support. Daniel Zavala, League of Education Voters Director of Policy and Government Relations, gives details about the plan and answers your questions. Moderated by LEV communications director Arik Korman.

Daniel Zavala, League of Education Voters
Arik Korman, League of Education Voters
July 25, 2017
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How ACEs and Complex Trauma Impacts Student Learning

ACEs student

Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on lifelong health and opportunity. Much of the foundational research in this area has been referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). David Lewis, Director/Program Manager of Behavioral Health Services at Seattle Public Schools, describes how trauma impacts a student’s ability to be successful, and shares best assessment and teaching practices. Moderated by LEV communications director Arik Korman.

David Lewis, Seattle Public Schools
Arik Korman, League of Education Voters
July 20, 2017
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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