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.

 


Washington Teachers of the Year on What Students Need for Going Back to School

These are unprecedented times in Washington state. School districts are finalizing plans for reopening schools, and many have chosen online and hybrid learning models. But how have the COVID-19 school closures impacted students, and how can we best support them in the fall?

In this webinar, Washington state Teachers of the Year Amy Campbell (2020), Robert Hand (2019), Mandy Manning (2018, and the 2018 National Teacher of the Year), Camille Jones (2017), and Nate Bowling (2016) share what they are hearing from students, parents, and colleagues in their community, share what students need to begin the 2020-21 school year, and answer your questions. Moderated by League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman.

Amy Campbell, 2020 Washington state Teacher of the Year
Robert Hand, 2019 Washington state Teacher of the Year
Mandy Manning, 2018 Washington state Teacher of the Year and 2018 National Teacher of the Year
Camille Jones, 2017 Washington state Teacher of the Year
Nate Bowling, 2016 Washington state Teacher of the Year
Arik Korman, League of Education Voters
August 5, 2020
Archived Recording | COVID-19 Resources


Fostering First Steps Toward Racial Healing

Historically, the race conversation and topic are treacherous waters to navigate and the ‘colorblind’ approach has robbed us of the framework, language, and power to effectively address and dismantle it.

In this webinar, TED speaker and Brownicity.com creator Dr. Lucretia Berry, author of What LIES Between Us: Fostering First Steps Towards Racial Healing, describes how parents and teachers can talk to their children and students about race and race-related trauma. She also answers your questions. Moderated by League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman.

Dr. Lucretia Berry, Brownicity – Many Hues, One Humanity
Arik Korman, League of Education Voters
July 29, 2020
Archived Recording | COVID-19 Resources


Why Students Need to Go Outdoors

Overwhelming research shows health and emotional benefits to recess, exercise, and free outdoor play.

In this webinar, Dr. Pooja Tandon of Seattle Children’s and the University of Washington, Bookie Gates, Servant Leader, Baseball Beyond Borders/Gates Ventures Group, Seattle Public Schools parent Linnea Westerlind, author of Discovering Seattle Parks: A Local’s Guide, and KUOW Education Reporter Ann Dornfeld discuss the mental health benefits of recess and PE programs in schools, outline what we need now to support school districts in Washington state to incorporate exercise programs into curriculum during this period of distance or hybrid learning, and answer your questions. Moderated by League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman.

Dr. Pooja Tandon, King County Play Equity Coalition, Seattle Children’s, and the University of Washington
Bookie Gates, King County Play Equity Coalition, Baseball Beyond Borders, and the Gates Ventures Group
Linnea Westerlind, King County Play Equity Coalition and author of Discovering Seattle Parks: A Local’s Guide
Ann Dornfeld, KUOW
Arik Korman, League of Education Voters
July 15, 2020
Archived Recording | COVID-19 Resources


Raising Antiracist White Kids – Steps on Parenting for Racial Justice

Real challenges exist when it comes to raising white children in a society that is full of racial injustice. Talking about race means naming white privilege and hierarchy. How do we do this honestly, without making children feel bad about being white?

In this webinar, award-winning educator and public speaker Dr. Jennifer Harvey, author of Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America, talks about how to teach white children to notice race and how to address racism when they encounter it. She also answers your questions. Moderated by League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman.

Dr. Jennifer Harvey, Drake University
Arik Korman, League of Education Voters
June 30, 2020
Archived Recording | COVID-19 Resources


Retooling During the Pandemic: Serving Youth in Foster Care Statewide

Thousands of children, youth, and young adults in foster care statewide have been impacted by COVID-19. Already vulnerable before the pandemic, youth saw their immediate needs change dramatically with technology assistance for online school surfacing as the first obstacle to overcome. Many young adults living independently lost their jobs, which increased the need for rent assistance and other critical supports.

In this webinar, Treehouse Chief Policy & Strategy Officer Dawn Rains shares how the nonprofit organization took immediate action to respond to the challenges of COVID-19, outlines how we can best support students in foster care, and answers your questions. Moderated by League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman.

Dawn Rains, Treehouse
Arik Korman, League of Education Voters
June 26, 2020
Archived Recording | COVID-19 Resources


Los Padres como Maestros

Con el cambio de escuela en el futuro previsible debido a COVID-19, los padres se han convertido en el maestro principal de sus hijos. Reconocemos que la educación en el hogar es un desafío para la mayoría de nosotros. Afortunadamente, hay muchas herramientas disponibles para que los padres involucren a sus alumnos en el aprendizaje continuo.

En este seminario web, un panel de educadores de padres de un programa local de Padres y Maestros discute cómo los padres han sido impactados por COVID-19, describe cómo los niños aprenden de diferentes maneras, comparte ejemplos de horarios de aprendizaje y proporciona estrategias de afrontamiento para usar durante estos estresantes vices. Moderado por la League of Education Voters, director regional de campo de Tri-Cities, Ruvine Jiménez.

Araceli Parbol, Los Padres como Maestros, Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic
Erica Castro, Los Padres como Maestros, Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic
Margarita Gutierrez, Los Padres como Maestros, Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic
Carina Sanchez, Los Padres como Maestros, Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic
Ruvine Jiménez, League of Education Voters
Arik Korman, League of Education Voters
17 de junio de 2020
Grabación archivada | Diapositivas de presentación | Presentation Slides | Recursos COVID-19


Superintendents from Across Washington state on Racial Equity and Learning during COVID-19

As guidelines for reopening schools in the fall are being finalized, school districts across Washington state are now focusing on racial equity while implementing continuous learning plans, and students, parents, and educators are trying to navigate new systems and expectations.

In this webinar, Seattle Superintendent Denise Juneau, Spokane Superintendent Shelley Redinger, Federal Way Superintendent Tammy Campbell, Everett Superintendent Ian Saltzman, North Kitsap Superintendent Laurynn Evans, and Freeman Superintendent Randy Russell share how racial equity is being addressed during this historic time, describe which approaches to COVID-19 remote learning are currently working, and outline what we need now to support school districts in Washington state. Moderated by League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman.

Denise Juneau, Superintendent, Seattle School District
Shelley Redinger, Superintendent, Spokane School District
Tammy Campbell, Superintendent, Federal Way School District
Ian Saltzman, Superintendent, Everett School District
Laurynn Evans, Superintendent, North Kitsap School District
Randy Russell, Superintendent, Freeman School District
Arik Korman, League of Education Voters
June 11, 2020
Archived Recording | COVID-19 Resources


Two Schools on Keeping Students Engaged During COVID-19

With school buildings closed at least through the current academic year, schools across Washington state are implementing continuous learning plans. Students, parents, and educators are trying to navigate new systems and expectations. One of the biggest challenges schools face is how to keep every student engaged.

In this webinar, two schools join us from different sides of Washington state. The Community School in Spokane, which serves students in grades 9-12, and South Shore PreK-8 in Seattle share what is working and how they are navigating these historic times. They also answer your questions. Moderated by League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman.

Dr. Cindy McMahon, Principal, The Community School, Spokane School District
Justin Hendrickson, Principal, South Shore PreK-8, Seattle School District
Arik Korman, League of Education Voters
June 3, 2020
Archived Recording | COVID-19 Resources


Superintendent Chris Reykdal on Washington Schools during COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all public and private schools in Washington state are closed until the end of the academic year in June. School districts across Washington state are implementing continuous learning plans, and students, parents, and educators are trying to navigate new systems and expectations.

In this webinar, Washington state Superintendent Chris Reykdal outlines the current status of our schools and answers your questions. Moderated by League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman.

Superintendent Chris Reykdal, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
Arik Korman, League of Education Voters
May 22, 2020
Archived Recording | LEVinar Transcript | COVID-19 Resources


Now Is the Time to Redefine School

During this time of school closures and continuous learning, disparities in educational justice are growing rapidly. When students finally do return to the classroom, why should we return to a system that isn’t serving every student?

In this webinar, Trish Millines Dziko, Executive Director of TAF (Technology Access Foundation), shares TAF’s vision of building a more impactful education system that disrupts centuries of racial inequities, enables us to bring out and nurture the genius in every child, and honors teachers as professionals. She goes through short and long term goals as well as what needs to be true to implement that vision. She also answers your questions. Moderated by League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman.

Trish Millines Dziko, Technology Access Foundation
Arik Korman, League of Education Voters
May 13, 2020
Archived Recording | Presentation Slides | COVID-19 Resources


Student Mental Health Supports and Social-Emotional Learning during COVID-19

School closures and these uncertain times are difficult for students to navigate, and behavioral experts suggest that the COVID-19 disruptions will cause at least one Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE). Mental health supports and social-emotional learning are more important than ever.

In this webinar, Tammy Bolen, Social Emotional Learning Program Supervisor in the Office of Student Support at the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), Ann Gray, Behavioral Health and Suicide Prevention Program Supervisor at OSPI, David Lewis, Director of Behavioral Health Services at Seattle Public Schools and a national expert on complex childhood trauma, Jenny Morgan, President of the Washington School Counselor Association (WSCA) and High School Counselor in the Olympia School District, Kayla Chung, WSCA Committee Member and Elementary School Counselor in the Bellevue School District, Michelle Rolen, WSCA Board Member and Middle School Counselor in the Yelm School District, and Jorge Torres, WSCA Committee Member and High School Counselor in the Tukwila School District, describe which services are currently available and which services are still needed, and answer your questions. Moderated by League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman.

Tammy Bolen, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
Ann Gray, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
David Lewis, Seattle Public Schools
Jenny Morgan, High School Counselor in the Olympia School District
Kayla Chung, Elementary School Counselor in the Bellevue School District
Michelle Rolen, Middle School Counselor in the Yelm School District
Jorge Torres, High School Counselor in the Tukwila School District
Arik Korman, League of Education Voters
May 7, 2020
Archived Recording | COVID-19 Resources


Supporting Early Childhood Education in Washington state during COVID-19

About one-quarter of all licensed childcare centers in Washington state – at least 1,600 at last count – have closed due to COVID-19. Those centers served as many as 80,000 children. Childcare providers that remain open struggle with new, stringent safety protocols, maintaining their educator workforce, and dwindling enrollment, raising concerns about the state of childcare once the stay-at-home order is lifted.

In this webinar, childcare providers Luc Jasmin in Spokane and Ginger Still in the Tri-Cities, OneAmerica Education Program Manager Nimco Bulale, Washington State Association of Head Start & ECEAP Executive Director Joel Ryan, Children’s Alliance Interim Early Learning Policy Director Hannah Lidman, and Erica Hallock of the Washington Home Visiting Advocacy Coalition convened by Ounce Washington discuss the status of early learning in Washington state and what is needed now, and answer your questions. Moderated by League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman.

Luc Jasmin, Parkview Early Learning Center in Spokane County
Ginger Still, Kid’s World Childcare in the Tri-Cities
Nimco Bulale, OneAmerica
Joel Ryan, Washington State Association of Head Start & ECEAP
Hannah Lidman, Children’s Alliance
Erica Hallock, Washington Home Visiting Advocacy Coalition (and League of Education Voters Board Member)
Arik Korman, League of Education Voters
April 29, 2020
Archived Recording | COVID-19 Resources


Superintendent Chris Reykdal on High School Seniors and Services for Students and Families

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all public and private schools in Washington state are closed until the end of the academic year in June. High school seniors have new clarity about graduation expectations, and school districts across Washington state are trying to provide technology access, meals, and childcare to students and their families.

In this webinar, Washington state Superintendent Chris Reykdal outlines the current status of our schools and answers your questions. Moderated by League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman.

Superintendent Chris Reykdal, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
Arik Korman, League of Education Voters
April 23, 2020
Archived Recording | LEVinar Transcript | COVID-19 Resources


Washington Teachers of the Year on the State of Education during COVID-19

These are unprecedented times in Washington state. Parents have suddenly become homeschool teachers, and educators are scrambling to provide continuous distance learning opportunities.

In this webinar, Washington state Teachers of the Year Amy Campbell (2020), Robert Hand (2019), Mandy Manning (2018, and the 2018 National Teacher of the Year), Camille Jones (2017), and Lyon Terry (2015) share what they are hearing from students, parents, and colleagues in their community, share insights on education during COVID-19, and answer your questions. Moderated by League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman.

Amy Campbell, 2020 Washington state Teacher of the Year
Robert Hand, 2019 Washington state Teacher of the Year
Mandy Manning, 2018 Washington state Teacher of the Year and 2018 National Teacher of the Year
Camille Jones, 2017 Washington state Teacher of the Year
Lyon Terry, 2015 Washington state Teacher of the Year
Arik Korman, League of Education Voters
April 14, 2020
Archived Recording | COVID-19 Resources


2020 Washington state Teacher of the Year Amy Campbell on Teaching Our Kids During the Coronavirus Crisis

Many parents across Washington state are trying to do Coronavirus Triple Duty: working, parenting, and teaching from home. Also, educators across the state are scrambling to find effective ways to engage students during this unprecedented time.

In this webinar, 2020 Washington state Teacher of the Year Amy Campbell shares how she is supporting students and parents, and answers your questions. Amy is a special education teacher, and she is finding ways to use accommodations and strategies that support students with disabilities in the classroom so that they can engage in remote learning. These strategies are useful for all students. Moderated by League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman.

Amy Campbell, 2020 Washington state Teacher of the Year
Arik Korman, League of Education Voters
March 31, 2020
Archived Recording | Presentation Slides | Amy Campbell’s YouTube channel | COVID-19 Resources


Superintendent Chris Reykdal on Supporting Students and Families during the Coronavirus Crisis

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all public and private schools in Washington state are closed at least through April 24th. No matter what we do, kids are going to fall behind in the next month because of this health crisis. The ramifications in all of our schools will be huge.

Beyond that, there are other impacts on families. Many parents cannot afford to take six weeks (or more) away from their jobs, do not have the ability to work from home, or cannot take extended sick leave. What happens to these parents? And what about the kids who rely on free and reduced-price meals? How will extended closures affect our most vulnerable children?

With all of these realities, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal helps us focus on what we CAN do. In this webinar, Superintendent Reykdal outlines the current state of our schools and answers your questions. We will also share resources for students, parents, and school districts, which is available on our COVID-19 Resources page. Moderated by League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman.

Superintendent Chris Reykdal, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
Ellie Bridge, League of Education Voters
Arik Korman, League of Education Voters
March 19, 2020
Archived Recording | COVID-19 Resources


2020 Legislative Session Recap: What Washington Got

In the wake of the 2020 legislative session, the League of Education Voters Policy and Government Relations team provide an overview of what happened in Olympia this session, along with status updates on special education, supportive and safe schools, early childhood education, and fair K-12 education funding. They also answer your questions and let you know what we can do to prepare for the upcoming budget year session in 2021. Moderated by League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman.

Carey Morris, Lobbyist
Julia Warth, League of Education Voters
Arik Korman, League of Education Voters
March 17, 2020
Archived Recording | Presentation Slides | 2020 Washington Legislative Session Recap


Making Early Learning More Affordable and Accessible in Washington state

Two pieces of legislation introduced in the Washington state House and Senate would make early childcare and education more affordable and more accessible for Washington state families. The bipartisan Fair Start for Kids Act (House Bill 2661), introduced by Representative Tana Senn (D-Mercer Island), would reduce child care copays, support child care providers, and fund more child care facilities. Senator Claire Wilson (D-Auburn) introduced the Early Care and Education Action (Senate Bill 6253), which would create a comprehensive statewide early care and education system by improving accessibility and affordability of early care and education programs for families.

In this webinar, Representative Senn describes how their legislation would improve early childhood education in Washington state and answers your questions. Moderated by League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman.

Representative Tana Senn, Washington state Legislature
Arik Korman, League of Education Voters
February 27, 2020
Archived Recording


What to Expect in the 2020 Legislative Session

In the 2020 legislative session, League of Education Voters will prioritize policies to help lay the foundation of an equitable educational system that provides what students need, when and where they need it.

In this webinar, the League of Education Voters Team gives an overview of the 2020 landscape; outlines the possibilities in 2020 around sufficient and effective resources for every student receiving special education services, supportive and safe learning environments for every student in K-12 schools, equitable levy and local effort assistance structures targeted to student needs, and high-quality early childhood education for every early learner; and answers your questions. Moderated by League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman.

Carey Morris, Lobbyist
Julia Warth, League of Education Voters
Arik Korman, League of Education Voters
January 14, 2020
Archived Recording | Presentation Slides


New Graduation Pathways for the Class of 2020

The Washington State Board of Education has revised rules concerning high school graduation requirements that take effect with the Class of 2020. The new rules have been revised in response to House Bill 1599 (passed in the 2019 legislative session) which eliminated the Certificate of Academic Achievement high school diploma that students previously earned by passing the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) or completing an alternative demonstration of college and career readiness. The legislation replaced this requirement with eight pathways students may choose to graduate.

In this webinar, Steve Smith, Executive Director of the Black Education Strategy Roundtable, provides an overview of the new high school graduation rules and answers your questions. Moderated by League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman.

Steve Smith, Black Education Strategy Roundtable
Arik Korman, League of Education Voters
December 19, 2019
Archived Recording | Washington State Board of Education Graduation Pathway Options webpage


Universal Design for Learning (UDL): An Introduction

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an educational framework based on research in learning sciences, including cognitive neuroscience, that guides the development of flexible learning environments that can accommodate individual learning differences by anticipating barriers within the environment (including the curriculum) and planning for them in advance. It recognizes each student learns in a unique manner and offers flexible ways to learn and multiple ways to meet expectations. It empowers teachers to think differently about their practice and focuses on educational outcomes for all, including students with disabilities.

In this webinar, Diana Marker, Director of School Services at the Washington State Charter Schools Association, provides an overview of Universal Design for Learning and answers your questions. Moderated by League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman.

Diana Marker, Washington State Charter Schools Association
Arik Korman, League of Education Voters
November 18, 2019
Archived Recording | Presentation Slides


Incorporating Student Choice into Dual Credit and Career Technical Education

During the 2019 legislative session, lawmakers made policy changes that create different pathways to meeting graduation requirements. But how do these new pathways connect students with success after high school?

The Bellingham School District is an exemplar of how to do this right. In this webinar, Jeff Tetrick, Director of Teaching and Learning for Career and Technical Education, and Steve Clarke, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, share how a 4×8 schedule supports student choice, culminating in their dual credit and Career Technical Education programs, and answer your questions. Moderated by League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman.

Jeff Tetrick, Bellingham School District
Steve Clarke, Bellingham School District
Arik Korman, League of Education Voters
October 31, 2019
Archived Recording | Presentation Slides


How to Ensure Equity and Rigor in Dual Credit and Career Technical Education

During the 2019 legislative session, lawmakers made policy changes that create different pathways to graduation. But do these new pathways actually prepare students for success after high school?

The West Valley School District in Yakima is an exemplar of how to do this right. In this webinar, team members from West Valley outline their strategic approach to supporting every student throughout their educational journey, culminating in their dual credit and CTE programs, and answer your questions. Moderated by LEV Communications Director Arik Korman.

Dr. Mike Brophy, West Valley School District
Chris Nesmith, West Valley School District
Dr. Peter Finch, West Valley School District
Arik Korman, League of Education Voters
September 5, 2019
Archived Recording | Presentation Slides


The Current State of K-12 Education Funding

The Washington state legislature has continued work on school funding in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s McCleary ruling, but inequities between school districts remain.

In this webinar, League of Education Voters Director of Policy and Research Julia Warth outlines education funding changes made in the 2019 session, illustrates current funding inequities through interactive maps of Washington’s 295 school districts, and answers your questions. Moderated by LEV Communications Director Arik Korman.

Julia Warth, League of Education Voters
Arik Korman, League of Education Voters
July 10, 2019
Archived Recording | Presentation SlidesView Interactive Maps


How to Implement Mental Health Supports in Schools

In order to learn, students need to feel like school is a place where they are supported. A key component is providing reliable and consistent access to mental health services for students through either staff or third-party providers in every school building.

In this webinar, team members from the University of Washington’s School Mental Health Assessment, Research, & Training (SMART) Center describe how to encourage and enable school districts to create positive, supportive school climates by implementing a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) framework to identify and meet student needs. They also answer your questions. Moderated by LEV Communications Director Arik Korman.

Eric Bruns, UW SMART Center
Kelcey Schmitz, UW SMART Center
Arik Korman, League of Education Voters
June 4, 2019
Archived Recording | Presentation Slides


Special Education from a Rural and Urban Perspective

During the 2019 Legislative Session, lawmakers have said they will fully fund special education services in Washington state.

In this webinar, Davenport School District Superintendent Jim Kowalkowski and Stacy Dym, Executive Director of The Arc of King County, give an overview of which special education services are currently being provided in their respective regions and what is still needed. They also answer your questions. Moderated by League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman.

Jim Kowalkowski, Davenport School District
Stacy Dym, The Arc of King County
Arik Korman, League of Education Voters
March 26, 2019
Archived Recording | Presentation Slides


Advocacy 101

Advocacy 101 LEVinar - League of Education Voters

Nearly each and every one of us has had to advocate for our children in some way. Believe it or not, advocating to policymakers is not very different. Most important of all, legislators want to hear from you. They want to hear about what is most important for you, and for what you believe your student needs to be successful.

In this webinar, League of Education Voters Spokane Regional Field Director Sandra Jarrard takes the fear out of advocacy and answers your questions. You will learn tools and techniques, and emerge knowing that you have an important story to share with legislators, school board members, and other policymakers, and that when you speak up, it makes a difference. Moderated by League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman.

Sandra Jarrard, League of Education Voters
Arik Korman, League of Education Voters
February 21, 2019
Archived Recording | Presentation Slides


What to Expect in the 2019 Legislative Session

In 2019, LEV is working to target supports for students.

League of Education Voters Director of Policy and Research Julia Warth and Lobbyist Carey Morris give an overview of the 2019 landscape; outline the possibilities in 2019 around special education, supportive and safe schools, fair local K-12 funding, high-quality early childhood education, and access to postsecondary opportunities; and answer your questions. Moderated by League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman.

Carey Morris, Lobbyist
Julia Warth, League of Education Voters
Arik Korman, League of Education Voters
January 10, 2019
Archived Recording | Presentation Slides


The Special Education Landscape in Washington

LEVinar: The Special Education Landscape in Washington - League of Education VotersWhen we focus on improving special education, we lift the tide for all students.

In this webinar, Washington Special Education Assistant Superintendent Glenna Gallo outlines the current state of special education funding, describes her vision for special education moving forward, and answers your questions. Moderated by League of Education Voters Chief Advocacy Officer Kelly Munn.

Glenna Gallo, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
Kelly Munn, League of Education Voters
October 23, 2018
Archived Recording | Presentation Slides | Glenna Gallo’s answers to remaining questions


Finances Behind Teacher Salary Negotiations

Finances Behind Teacher Salary Negotiations LEVinar - League of Education Voters

As the 2018-2019 school year gets underway, teacher salary discussions across Washington state are front-and-center.

In this webinar, League of Education Voters Chief Advocacy Officer Kelly Munn explains what teacher salary negotiations are and how they work, how teachers are paid, what a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) is, how to find your school district’s current teacher contract, and what happens when negotiations break down. She also answers your questions, along with League of Education Voters Senior Policy Analyst Jacob Vela. Moderated by League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman.

Kelly Munn, League of Education Voters
Jacob Vela, League of Education Voters
Arik Korman, League of Education Voters
September 6, 2018
Archived Recording | Presentation Slides


Concrete Practices to Support Students Impacted by ACEs and Complex Trauma

ACEs Concrete Practices LEVinar - League of Education Voters

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).

In this webinar, David Lewis, Director/Program Manager of Behavioral Health Services at Seattle Public Schools, introduces trauma-responsive practices to support a student’s ability to be successful, and answers your questions. Moderated by League of Education Voters State Field Director Kelly Munn.

David Lewis, Seattle Public Schools
Kelly Munn, League of Education Voters
June 28, 2018
Archived Recording | Presentation Slides


Education Funding Inequities Across Washington: A Deeper Dive

LEVinar - Funding Inequities Across Washington: A Deeper Dive - League of Education Voters

Although the Legislature’s recent multi-billion-dollar investments in our education system were intended to fully fund education, inequities still persist.

In this webinar, League of Education Voters Senior Policy Analyst Jacob Vela uses interactive maps to illustrate funding disparities across the state. We also go down to the district level to better understand how the changes impact similar districts and highlight what legislative changes contributed to the disparities between similar districts. We look at how support for free and reduced lunch students, homeless students, English language learners, and special education students varies across the state. Moderated by League of Education Voters State Field Director Kelly Munn.

Jacob Vela, League of Education Voters
Kelly Munn, League of Education Voters
May 29, 2018
Presentation Slides | View Seattle and Tukwila funding infographic


Education Funding Inequities Across Washington

Funding Inequities LEVinar - League of Education Voters

Although the Legislature’s recent multi-billion-dollar investments in our education system were intended to fully fund education, inequities still persist.

In this webinar, League of Education Voters Senior Policy Analyst Jacob Vela illustrates these inequities through interactive maps of Washington’s 295 school districts, and answers your questions. Moderated by League of Education Voters State Field Director Kelly Munn.

Jacob Vela, League of Education Voters
Kelly Munn, League of Education Voters
May 15, 2018
Archived Recording | View Interactive Maps


Proposed Changes to the Student Discipline Rules

Proposed Discipline Rules LEVinar - League of Education Voters

Washington state is continuing the process of revising student discipline regulations to set limits on the use of long-term suspension or expulsion, require districts to provide educational services during any suspension or expulsion, and require family engagement and due process for students subject to disciplinary action.

Vanessa Hernandez, Youth Policy Director at ACLU Washington, and Paul Alig, Managing Attorney at Team Child, describe the latest proposed changes in student discipline rules, how you can provide input on the rules, and answer your questions. Moderated by League of Education Voters State Field Director Kelly Munn.

Vanessa Hernandez, ACLU Washington
Paul Alig, Team Child
Kelly Munn, League of Education Voters
April 17, 2018
Archived Recording | Presentation Slides | Submit your comment to OSPI


Changes to Education Finance in Washington state

Changes to Education Finance LEVinar - League of Education Voters

Now that the 2018 legislative session is over, lawmakers made some changes to how money flows from the state to your school district.

Julia Warth, League of Education Voters Assistant Director of Policy and Government Relations, and Jake Vela, League of Education Voters Senior Policy Analyst, will explain which school funding proposals passed in the 2018 legislative session and answer your questions. Moderated by League of Education Voters Field Director Kelly Munn.

Julia Warth, League of Education Voters
Jake Vela, League of Education Voters
Kelly Munn, League of Education Voters
March 13, 2018
Archived Recording | Presentation Slides


Co-Designing Family Engagement

Our work to ensure every student, especially children of color, in Washington state is college and career ready cannot be done without the involvement of families and community. In this webinar, Southeast Seattle Education Coalition Executive Director Erin Okuno shares a best practice on how to engage caregivers and communities of color, and answers your questions. Moderated by League of Education Voters Field Director Kelly Munn.

Erin Okuno, Southeast Seattle Education Coalition
Kelly Munn, League of Education Voters
March 8, 2018
Archived Recording | Presentation Slides | SESEC Family Engagement Survey


The 2018 Education Funding Proposals, Side-By-Side

Funding Proposal Side-By-Side LEVinar - League of Education Voters

The Legislature made significant changes to the K-12 education funding structures in 2017—infusing more than $7 billion in state money into the system over four years through House Bill 2242. As the fiscal impacts of these changes become clearer, legislators proposed a range of adjustments to address concerns that districts have voiced around HB 2242.

Julia Warth, League of Education Voters Assistant Director of Policy and Government Relations, and Jake Vela, League of Education Voters Senior Policy Analyst, explain the various funding proposals and answer your questions. Moderated by League of Education Voters Field Director Kelly Munn.

Julia Warth, League of Education Voters
Jake Vela, League of Education Voters
Kelly Munn, League of Education Voters
February 22, 2018
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The 2018 Legislative Session and 2017 in Review

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2017 was a monumental year, as legislators invested $7.3 billion into our education system, but plenty of work remains.

League of Education Voters Assistant Director of Policy and Government Relations Julia Warth gives an overview of 2017’s accomplishments, outlines the possibilities in 2018 around K-12 funding, early childhood education, expanded learning opportunities, student supports, career connected learning, postsecondary supports, and answers your questions. Moderated by League of Education Voters State Field Director Kelly Munn.

Julia Warth, League of Education Voters
Kelly Munn, League of Education Voters
January 4, 2018
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The Latest Washington Supreme Court McCleary Ruling

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Last month, the Washington Supreme Court issued its latest order in the McCleary public education funding case, addressing whether the State has finally met its responsibility to fully fund basic education. In a unanimous opinion, the Supreme Court ruled that the State’s plan to fully fund basic education will provide enough resources to meet its constitutional responsibility, but the Court also ruled that the legislature’s timeline for achieving full funding takes too long.

In this webinar, former Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna, now co-chair of the Orrick law firm’s Public Policy Group, provides more information about the latest McCleary ruling and answers your questions. Moderated by League of Education Voters State Field Director Kelly Munn.

Rob McKenna, Orrick
Kelly Munn, League of Education Voters
December 19, 2017
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How Washington’s Student Outcomes Compare with Other States

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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
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Next Steps in School Discipline

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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
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Washington’s Plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act

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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

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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

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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

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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
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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
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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
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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

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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

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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
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What to Expect in the 2017 Legislative Session

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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

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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
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OSPI Roles and Responsibilities

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

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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
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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
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