• Classified School Employee of the Year
  • OSPI
  • Teacher of the Year
Last Chance to Submit Nominations for Teacher and Classified School Employee of the Year!

This week is the last chance to submit nominations for both Teacher of the Year and Classified School Employee of the Year! Applications are open until March 1. Those can be found here:

https://www.k12.wa.us/educator-support/awards-recognition/educator-awards/classified-school-employee-year

https://www.k12.wa.us/educator-support/awards-recognition/educator-awards/teacher-year

Teacher of the Year is equal parts recognition and professional development. Regional Teachers of the Year participate with their cohort in extensive training in communications, advocacy, and policy. The State Teacher of the Year serves as a teacher in residence for the Teacher of the Year program from January - June of their award year. Their district and building may be asked to release them from their primary teaching responsibilities.

During that time, the state reimburses the district and provides the teacher with the additional resources and supports they need to perform their duties without putting undue hardship on them, their district, or their students. Ideally, every State Teacher of the Year will design a plan for their travel and other duties that allows them to stay connected to their students, colleagues, and whoever is covering their classroom. 

Classified School Employee of the Year is equal parts recognition and professional development. Regional Classified School Employees of the Year participate with their cohort in extensive training in communications, advocacy, and policy. They author stories to include in the annual From Seed to Apple collection and meet with regional and statewide decision makers.

Help us honor the stars in our communities and submit a nomination before Wednesday! 

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Horizons Regional Grant

According to a recent study from Washington STEM, nearly 90 percent of high school students say they want to pursue a post-high school education, yet only 50 percent went on to enroll in a post-secondary program after graduation in 2022. A partnership in South King County is working to close that gap, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has charged itself with helping to make post-secondary education attainable for all students in Washington. The foundation’s newly announced Horizons Regional Grant is another step toward making sure that all students who want to attend college can do so and achieve the futures they want.

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Encouraging Children's Love of Reading for Children's Book Week!

Encouraging a child to enjoy reading a good book is one of the most useful and vital things anyone can do, providing the chance for a lifetime of joy, curiosity, imagination, and literary appreciation. As the U.S.’s longest-running national literacy initiative, Children’s Book Week takes place this year from May 6–12 and is an annual celebration of books for the young and young at heart.

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Safeguarding Student Data & Privacy, and Strengthening Cybersecurity Awareness

Join us on Thursday, May 16, 2024 at PSESD for “Safeguarding Student Data & Privacy and Strengthening Cybersecurity Awareness,” which will offer engaging and informative sessions focused on critical topics for school district personnel, building leaders, and educators. Participants will delve into essential areas related to student privacy, data sharing, and compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). You’ll explore effective strategies for vetting educational technology tools and have the opportunity to participate in a hacking simulation and learn ways to make cybersecurity incident response more effective. Our expert presenters from the U.S. Department of Education’s Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) will guide us through these crucial topics.

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Saying Thank-You to Teachers During Teacher Appreciation Week

It’s no secret that teachers are some of the world’s most important figures in our daily lives, despite the fact that they all too often battle long hours, low salaries, and other challenges – and ultimately, are simply all too often underappreciated.

But happily, this week, May 6-10, is Teacher Appreciation Week, providing all of us with the chance to celebrate teachers as they deserve!

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May is Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

It’s May, which brings that annual opportunity to celebrate the richness and history of Asian American/Pacific Islander/Native Hawai’ian Heritage Month, when we recognize the strength, contributions, and legacies of the Asian Americans, Native Hawai’ians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs) who have helped to build, unite, and enrich this country in each successive generation.

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Our "Advocating for Peace and Humanity" Series

In March 2024, the PSESD Board wrote a statement outlining Our Stance and Promises Regarding the Israel Gaza Conflict: Advocating for Peace and Humanity to elevate the issue and actively support dialogue and reconciliation. Now PSESD has developed a three-part series of trainings in response to take place in May and June 2024, to support the dialogue and collective learning. The three-part series will have clock hours and all three elements were designed for educators across the system. Those interested can sign up for all three events or just one.

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Celebrating the Gathering of Nations 2024

As the largest pow-wow in the United States, the Gathering of Nations has grown in the past 39 years into one of the world’s most recognized annual festivals. It was founded to offer an opportunity to provide Native people with the opportunity to come together each year to celebrate and share culture, as well as providing an essential place where singers and dancers can feel confident that competition is fair to all.

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AI Innovators Event

Unlock the Power of AI! Join our dynamic educational series where educators dive into the world of artificial intelligence. Over the course of five sessions, you’ll learn from learning about AI basics to using generative AI to assist in crafting lesson activities and strategies. Get ready to transform your teaching and empower students with cutting-edge knowledge!

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Safeguarding Student Data & Privacy and Strengthening Cybersecurity Awareness

Join us on Thursday, May 16th for engaging and informative sessions focused on critical topics for school district personnels, building leaders, and educators. Participants will delve into essential areas related to student privacy, data sharing, and compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Read More about Safeguarding Student Data & Privacy and Strengthening Cybersecurity Awareness
Puget Sound Educational Service District Selected for Grant Program to Help Local Students Pursue Education and Career Training After High School

Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) is proud to announce that our region has been selected to be part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Horizons Regional Grant Program, a three-year initiative to help more local students continue their education after high school and achieve their goals.

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