If you have the chance - either live or later on - I'd say listen to the discussion at KUOW of the strike which is likely to be the topic of their Weekly News Roundup. (As well as the charter school ruling but the strike has taken front stage.) It should be a lively discussion and taking of the public pulse. (That said, when KUOW discusses K-12 public ed, I'm always shouting to the radio, "Wrong, wrong, wrong." It's sad they don't try harder.)
What can you do for the teachers strike?
- go to the Soup for Teachers Facebook page and support those efforts
- write to the Board - that is the number one group to put pressure on - not the Superintendent.
- Use social media. Tell your friends on Facebook that you support the teachers b/c it is NOT just about money. It's about recess, testing, race/equity, support staff. All things teachers are fighting about FOR kids in their classrooms.
- Point out that both the teachers' healthcare costs have gone up and that, for example, Superintendent Nyland makes more than the Governor. (The district is saying that Seattle teachers are among the highest paid in the state. That may be true but a house in Pasco averages about $163K while one in Seattle is over $500K. Are we going to be a city where teachers can't live where they work?
- Use Twitter and, for right now, use #SPSstrike. Teachers use: #ITeachBecause and tell your story.
A great event is starting this weekend - the Seattle Design Festival. It goes on until the 25th and several kid-related events coming including playground design and school building design.
There's an installation in Pioneer Square’s Occidental Mall and Park between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm this Saturday, September 12th and Sunday, September 13th at the Seattle Design Festival Block Party, a two-day street fair celebrating Seattle’s diverse design community.
Also of note for the weekend at the Festival (from UW's CSE department):
This weekend, people of all ages and abilities are invited to discover the Universal Play Kiosk presented by UW CSE’s Taskar Center for Accessible Technology
as part of the Seattle Design Festival. In keeping with the festival’s
theme, “Design for Equity,” the Universal Play Kiosk provides a
configurable space designed to facilitate equal participation of all.
The kiosk, which is a partnership between the Taskar Center, Gensler
Design Firm and Hoffman Construction Co., creates an immersive,
collaborative environment that truly integrates children and adults with
special needs. The modular structure accommodates wheelchairs and other
assistive devices, is adjustable on the fly to welcome individuals of
varying abilities, and provides rich sensory stimulation through colors,
shadows, textures and sounds.
A quick thank-you to all who are coming to the blog - the numbers have been thru the roof. Glad to have you here.
What's on your mind?