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Local Seattle Public Schools Teacher Sara Rubio Nominated Among Four Washington Educators for National STEM Teaching Award

Congratulations to local Seattle Public Schools PAEMST finalist Sara Rubio! Each year, the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching (PAEMST) recognizes educators from across the country for both their deep knowledge of the subjects they teach as well as their ability to enable students to be successful in those areas. This year, four Washington educators are state-level finalists for the award: Dr. Rama Devagupta, NBCT (Southridge High School in the Kennewick School District), Dave Gamon (Northwood Middle School in the Mead School District), Anthony Harris (Tumwater Middle School in the Tumwater School District), and Seattle local Sara Rubio, a math teacher at Robert Eagle Staff Middle School in Seattle Public Schools.

“These outstanding educators are creating learning experiences guided by their students’ own curiosity about the world around them,” said State Superintendent Chris Reykdal. “Engaging students with math and science in relatable, real-world ways cements their learning and prepares them for lifelong success.”

Finalists are selected by a statewide selection committee comprised of classroom teachers, school district staff, subject matter experts, and other education stakeholders. State-level finalists are recognized by state and regional math and science associations, and are invited to several state events for award-winning educators.

After being selected as state-level finalists, the national PAEMST committee will choose national awardees based on mastery of content, effective instructional approaches that support student learning, effective use of student assessments to guide learning, reflective practice and lifelong learning, and leadership and equity in education inside and outside of the classroom.

National awardees will be announced by the National Science Foundation and the White House at a later time. Those selected as national awardees will travel to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional learning experiences, receive a certificate signed by the President of the United States, and accept a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.

The PAEMST program, first established by Congress in 1983, recognizes exemplary teaching in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. It is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government specifically for K–12 STEM teaching.

The President may recognize up to 108 teachers each year. Since 1983, more than 80 Washington educators have earned the distinction.

Learn more about the PAEMST program at https://buff.ly/3oQfvgz.

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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).

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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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