Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Week in Review 6.2-8 & 6.9-15

From now until election day on November 5th, I will be meeting people in the district & attending events that will allow me to dive into being a school board director with the knowledge & information needed to immediately get to business.
Week June 2 - June 8 (23 weeks till the election)
-  Washington State School Directors Association Candidate workshop, in Kelso.   This meeting highlighted the responsibilities School Board members have in governing their school district, the law, scenarios & educational resources for members.

- 3 days of Camas High School Senior presentations + 2 days of Hayes Freedom HS Senior Presentations.  This is my 2nd year volunteering for this event & it didn't disappoint.  The class of 2013 put their hearts into their Senior projects this year & I was happy that both my parents (retired educators) were able to volunteer to hear them too.  The senior class inspired me with their volunteerism & passion & they will go on to do great things because of their experiences in these projects.

Week June 9 - June 15 (22 weeks till the election)


- School Board Meeting.  Highlight was hearing Deputy Superintendent Jeff Snell synopsis this year's progress of the pilot program TPEP (Washington State Teacher/Principal Evaluation Project).  Thanks to those who have spent HOURS to test drive what works/what doesn't for a 2013-2014 implementation in the Camas School District.  Select teachers & administrators volunteered to dive into the program early and will be leaders to their peers in the Camas School District (as well as the state) as the roll out happens in the next year.  
    For background: The Teacher/Principal Evaluation Pilot was born from the 2010 Washington state legislative session. The evaluation provisions are a part of a larger reform effort made during Washington’s Race to the Top application. It altered the way teachers & administrators are professionally evaluated from a two-tiered system of unsatisfactory to a four-tiered system. In addition to moving to a four-tiered system, the legislation created eight new criteria for teachers and principals to be evaluated upon, with common themes tying the criteria for teachers and principals together. Camas volunteered to start piloting the project 3 years ago before it was mandated across the state & refining it more each year in order for all involved to understand, collaborate & incorporate into daily work.
For more info: http://www.camas.wednet.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/The_Flyer_Winter_2012.pdf

- Campaign Training Program put on by the Clark County Association of Realtors.  Valuable information on how to let people know about my passion to be a school board member, attaining their support & vote on election day.  Thank you CCAR!

Ellie, Charlotte & Emma in their 5th kids triathlon
- The 12th Annual Hayhurst Kids Triathlon benefiting CARRAThe Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA) is a North American organization of more than 380 pediatric rheumatologists and researchers who are working together to find treatments for juvenile arthritis and other diseases of the joints, muscles, and bones in children.  The mission of the alliance is to prevent, treat, and cure rheumatic diseases in children and adolescents through fostering, facilitating, and conducting high-quality research.  This event is put on a by an AMAZING Beaverton School District teacher who is passionate about kids moving & educating the community on rheumatic diseases in children: Mr. Jim Hayhurst! 

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