The Puget Sound Educational Service District announced its annual Schools of Distinction list and several Seattle Public schools were on it (some repeating.) Those schools are:
B.F. Day* Broadview-Thomson K-8*, Cleveland High*, Hawthorne, Hazel Wolf K-8 STEM*, Madrona K-8, Olympic Hills*, Rainier Beach*, Rainer View, Viewlands* and West Seattle Elementary*
A sad but great essay from a young woman, Tiffany Martinez, who found her professor did not believe the work she turned in was her own. There's a message in there for all teachers especially about students of color.
Here's one way to get away from selling cookie dough or wrapping paper - sell guns at your next school fundraiser.
In talking about how to find the funding for the McCleary ruling, interesting reading from the NY Times on companies not paying their fair share of taxes (that includes state AND federal taxes.) Boeing, Amazon, Microsoft and Starbucks all make the list.
There's a head-shaking event coming at the end of November that the Seattle Times is putting on at the end of November. The forum is about funding public education and how to improve outcomes. Microsoft is the lead sponsor, along with UW, ParentMap and a data center business called Sabey. What's head-shaking is the panel:
Susan Enfield - former SPS interim superintendent and now superintendent in Highline
Steve Litzow - state representative
Steve Mullin - president of the Washington Roundtable, a business group that works on policy issues including public education
Eric Pettigrew - Seattle state representative and friend to charter schools
Shelly Redinger - superintendent of Spokane Public Schools, also a friend to charter schools
Mia Tuan - Dean of UW's College of Education
Michael Fancher - former editor at the Times
Kate Riley - editorial page editor at the Times
See any teachers in there? Principals? Parents? PTA? Students? School board members? Nope, just a lot of ed reformers. I think I'll pass on this one.
From the South Seattle Emerald (via Director Harris), a story about comic books for "geeky" kids.
So as this title says I’m going to recommend comics written for young audiences with girl heroes, and as the title further says these books would be great reads for girls, boys, and kids beyond the binary. #BooksHaveNoGender, yes girls need to see female heroes, SO DO BOYS, so do nonbinary kids! Plus these comics are just plain GOOD, all kids should like them, seriously #BooksHaveNoGender.What's on your mind?