KIRO tv will be airing a story on the ELL situation today.
There's a challenger for State Superintendent Randy Dorn and her name is Erin Jones. Ms. Jones has taught in private schools and been an ESL instructor. She is currently the AVID director for Tacoma School district. She speaks four languages. Her LinkedIn page says this:
I have worked in Caucasian communities, African American communities, and
some of the most diverse communities in the nation. My 3 children have
attended public schools in WA, from Tacoma to Puyallup to Spokane to
North Thurston. Two of my children attend state colleges. The third is a
senior in high school. My husband is a public school teacher.
I am running for state superintendent because I want to leverage my vast
experiences to serve my state in the most impactful way. What I hope to
bring to the position:
1. Advocacy: I wish to advocate for educators at every level, so they
are resourced at necessary levels to serve ALL students well.
2. An educator's lens: in whatever position I serve, I am always
teacher. I am a practitioner who understands quality instruction and
seeks to stay connected to those in the trenches to best serve them.
3. A collaborative practice: I have always engaged a variety of
stakeholders in the work. Quality public schools must engage the
4. Systems alignment: Alignment will require my experience and
connections with early learning, higher-ed, State Board, and PESB in
order to ensure a clear pathway to post-secondary exists for all
I'll ding her for using "impactful" but she has wide and varied background including being named a Milken Educator of the Year and Champion of Change by the White House in 2013.
The Board Work Session on HR tomorrow at 4:30 pm is indeed open to the public with a closed Executive Session starting around 6 pm.
What's on your mind?