Thursday, January 17, 2019

2019-2020 Budget Woes

In the midst of the HS discussions I was chatting privately with a teacher about science pathways and he mentioned everything is in flux due to the pending budget cuts/reduction in staff for next year.   This comes on top of news that the district is proposing cutting back librarians at all the middle and high schools to 1/2 time.   On top of that, because of my participation in the JAMS BLT I'm also seeing the cutbacks effects directly at the school.

The point of these separate observations is that advanced learning rise and falls with the district as a whole and we're really at a crisis point.  This is the time to get activity lobbying at the district and state level to fix the funding situation. If something does not change, the quality of education is not going to be the same next year and going forward.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

January '19 Open Thread

Happy New Year Everyone.  What's on your minds?

Choosing a High School

Open enrollment starting to get closer. So its time for the annual High school choice thread.
Ask all your questions here.

Monday, January 14, 2019

January 25th Gifted Education Day

Message from David Berg, NWGCA Board Member:

January 25th is Gifted Education Day in Washington state. Each year, students, teachers, administrators, parents, and advocates join together at our state capital to celebrate and support highly capable programming. It is an opportunity for students to tour the capitol and see our government at work, and for advocates to remind our legislators of the importance of the programs that serve these kids and kids like them. We invite you to join us in the Columbia Room in the capitol building at 9:30 AM on the 25th for a brief program. 

Afterwards, we encourage you to visit the offices of your legislators to tell them why gifted education matters and what they can do to improve the services available to our students.  Please call your legislators today to make appointments to meet with each of them on January 25. Legislator appointments are short, usually 15-30 minutes, and it's fine to bring a group. They love meeting and hearing from kids directly! If you RSVP, the coalition will email you advocacy materials that you can discuss with your legislators during your meeting. Appointments after 11 AM will allow you to hear the whole morning program in the Columbia Room, though it's fine to step out if that's the only appointment you can get. There is a cafe on the capitol campus where you can buy lunch, or bring a brown bag lunch to eat in the Columbia Room. 

To find your legislator, please text your zip code to (520) 200-2223 and you'll get a return text with your legislators' names and phone numbers.

Please RSVP to

 9:30 Welcome and Introductions David Berg, President 
 9:45 Recognition of Edmonds Challenge Program as a Blue Ribbon School 
         Chris Reykdal, SPI, and David Berg 
10:00 Award of Certificates of Appreciation 
10:15 OSPI update on the Highly Capable Program 
10:30 Questions and Discussion 
11:00 Meetings with Legislators