ESSA Regional Forum

OSPI is conducting regional forum events about the ESSA update!

We need educator voices in the room!

Tues., August 2, 6pm-8pm.– ESD 114,  105 National Ave., Bremerton

The “Every Student Succeeds Act” is the updated federal education law that was signed into law by President Obama in December 2015. OSPI is the lead in creating our state’s implementation plan. It has convened several work groups to guide implementation.

We need you at the forum.  Invite your members as well!  OSPI is working under fast timelines, and expects to have most of its recommendations completed this fall. These recommendations will affect you and your students, and cover topics such as:

  • Student assessment
  • Teacher evaluation
  • Paraprofessional standards
  • School accountability
  • Special Education and English Learners issues and more

You can learn more about the work groups and WEA’s positions on these topics on the WEA website.

Ensuring educator voice into ESSA implementation is a prime feature of the new law. O

You may submit comments directly to OSPI on its feedback form.

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Spring 2016 Financial Education Seminars


This spring the WEA-Olympic Council will be hosting a series of three financial education seminars for our members. These education seminars will cover a broad range of topics, from understanding your pension and social security, to retirement planning for our members. Sign up for all or as many as you’d like.

WEA Olympic Council Office
26297 Twelve Trees Lane NW
Poulsbo, WA 98370

“Everything you need to know about your retirement plan at work “

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 ; 5:00-6:00 pm

This seminar will go over the state retirement plans and the differences between Plan 2 and Plan 3 for TRS, SERS members; why it’s important to start saving for retirement; the benefits of participating in your workplace retirement plan. Workbooks provided.

“Retirement Income Strategies for Life”

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 : 5:00-6:00 pm

This seminar will discuss retirement planning and the unique challenges retirees face today and how to prepare for them; it will address the five risks of retirement: Longevity, Healthcare, Inflation, Investment,

Withdrawal. Workbooks provided.

Social Security and Your Retirement: “Transforming Social Security into a winning retirement strategy”

Wednesday, June 1, 2016; 5:00-6:00 pm

This seminar will discuss when to take Social Security benefits, spousal & survivor benefits, how to get statements and use the benefit estimators. Workbooks provided.

You can register for any or all of these seminars online at:
Registration Code: WEAPOU11AA

WEA Edu Seminar Flier spring 2016

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Congrats to SKHS Track Coach LaRae Rodriguez!


*Pictured California Casualty Field Marketing Manager Michelle Hawkins and
South Kitsap High School Track and Field Coach LaRae Rodriguez.

Four Washington High Schools Receive 2016 California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grants

San Mateo, CA, April 1, 2016 – Connell High School, Oak Harbor High, Seattle World School and South Kitsap High School (Port Orchard) will share $6,000 in California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grants. They are among 86 public high schools in 34 states receiving a total of $102,500 for athletic departments.

The grant is named after California Casualty Chairman Emeritus Thomas R. Brown, who is a champion of helping more student-athletes learn valuable lessons of teamwork and confidence.  Since its inception in 2011, over $500,000 has been awarded to more than 400 high schools across the nation.

Many of the schools receiving the grants have large student populations and consequently have fewer and fewer dollars allocated for their sporting programs.


The California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant will allow:

    • Connell High to purchase balls and shoes for the girls bowling team
    • Oak Harbor High to help two sports: providing rain jackets and uniforms for the girls golf team and to purchase uniforms for the freshmen football team
    • Seattle World School to acquire equipment for the soccer team, participation in which has improved grades, attendance and self-worth for students from diverse backgrounds
  • South Kitsap High to buy a tent to protect athletes on the track team from inclement Washington weather during competitions


“Sports play an important role in schools across the country,” said Doug Goldberg, Senior Vice President. “California Casualty has supported educators for 65 years and we are honored to give back so more student-athletes can compete and succeed.”

There is an exciting new addition to the 2016/2017 California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grants – the program has been expanded to include public middle schools. Applications are now being taken at The deadline for consideration is January 15, 2017.

California Casualty has other initiatives that give back to educators for all their hard work including the $2,500 Academic Award, and $200 Help Your Classroom grants,

Celebrating 100 years, California Casualty proudly provides the Washington Education Association’s NEA® Auto & Home Insurance Program. Headquartered in San Mateo, CA, with Service Centers in Arizona, Colorado and Kansas, California Casualty has been led by four generations of the Brown family. To learn more about California Casualty, or to request an auto insurance quote, please visit or call 1.866.813 1434

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Dear WEA PAC Mini Caucus Attendees:

On March 10th, the WEA Olympic Council will be holding simultaneous WEA-PAC caucus meetings in four regions of the council. (See attached invite for time and place)

2016 will be a critical year for eduction in Washington State. Our state Affiliate WEA is holding a WEA-PAC convention on March 19th to endorse OSPI, Governor and Lt. Governor positions. These matter.

Each candidate listed in our pamphlet, have submitted their names to the PDC and are currently seen as viable. How was viability determined? They must demonstrate that they are receiving campaign donations, and have public electronic campaign sites.

All information in the Olympic pamphlet is directly downloaded from the candidate’s site and only formatting has been changed. We’ve attached the websites/Facebook addresses to encourage further reading and fact finding.

Please join us on March 10th to provide your input. It’s your professional future at stake.

MIni Caucus Rules


Barb Gapper
WEA Olympic Council President

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