3. New PD and Meet-Ups
4. SBA Testing
6. Supplemental Materials
7. November 23rd; Half Day
8. SLC and parenting
1. Have you VOTED? As educators, let's get 100% of our ballots in!
2. We had about 50 Education Support Professionals (ESPs) come together! It was great to see everyone! We also heard very powerful stories and significant workload concerns.
3. New PD and Meet-Ups:
4. SBA Testing: FWEA Leadership did meet with the district leadership with the concerns from our membership. We expressed the hope to lightening the load of grading this SBA test, and we shared our concerns of the significant toll this testing is taking on already limited instructional time. We agree that benchmarks make sense, however without ample notice this toll of approximately 16-20 hours of grading, plus the loss of possibly 4 instructional days on top of other testing such as STAR and IRLA levelling is very concerning. Testing is not teaching. The only positive outcome was to lengthen the grading window.
5. An overwhelming number of members have reached out to report that the Climate Survey that is closing on November 18th could include other important topics. I do think it is a very positive start to begin having Climate Surveys. However, a holistic picture is important. Please visit our closed Federal Way Education Association Facebook group to add the questions you'd like to see. If you don't have Facebook, please email your AR and cc firstname.lastname@example.org
6. Supplemental Materials. As a reminder that was also shared with Principals and Association Representatives, the FWPS school district Supplemental Materials Policy. You MAY use materials to support the approved curriculum, just not replace it. Feel free to print these two documents to have in your classroom. For
1. Supplemental Materials
2. Supplemental Materials Policy
7. Early Release: November 23. This day is the same as always, and we appreciate the outpouring of contact we got from our Association Representatives on this in regards to the memo that was sent to share dismissal times. We clarified this memo with our district. The memo that came out sought to present all associations in an equitable way of how employees can leave after our students are dismissed. We wanted to clarify that this day was the same intent as always-and it is. The "planning" mentioned was intended to articulate the contractual way we can leave after the students do, but this "planning" does not count in the minimum 180 hours of planning we are allocated.
8. If you are a parent and you have a child in FWPS, we encourage you to go to your child's SLC. It was shared by the District to Principals to expect this, and to let educators go to their own kid's SLC. We appreciate the input from FWEA members to create the opportunity to advocate. Please spread the word.
Thank you for all you do!
Shannon and the FWEA Executive Board