WERA Hot Topics Webinar

Washington Educational Research Association (WERA) is excited to launch a free webinar series called “Hot Topics” to its members. The “Hot Topics” webinars occur 3 – 4 times a year specific to relevant education issues and/or highlight WERA offerings that will be of interest to members.

Hot Topics Webinar on April 28 - ClimeTime Professional Learning and Instructional Resources

Across Washington, the students have been learning about the scientific dimensions of climate change through ClimeTime. This initiative is facilitated by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) —in collaboration with the UW Institute for Science + Math Education—through a Washington State budget proviso since 2018-2019 originally requested by Governor Inslee. Join us to learn more about professional development opportunities through the network of nine Educational Service Districts and six community-based organizations (CBOs) that address the Next Generation Science Standards and climate science.  During the webinar, Hilary Loeb with Puget Sound Educational Service District, Deb Morrison from the University of Washington and Ellen Ebert from OSPI will share lessons learned from the first year of the project and resources for teacher and home based learning.

Click here to view the April 28th webinar


Hot Topics Webinar on March 10 – Inclusionary Practices Project Takes Flight!

Last session the legislature appropriated $25 million to OSPI for the Inclusionary Practices Project, an opportunity to grow, deepen and enhance professional development and K-12 systems to support core instruction in general education settings for all students, including students with disabilities. The project has launched and is in flight. Join this webinar to hear from OSPI leaders and partners about the project’s navigation and destinations now and in the school year to come.

The March webinar can be viewed here.


Hot Topics Webinar on October 21 - Washington State Dyslexia Advisory Council

WERA held a “Hot Topics” webinar on October 21, 2019.  It focused on the charge of the Washington State Dyslexia Advisory Council, their recent work to identify literacy screening tools and what this means to districts across Washington. Presenters on the webinar were: Aira Jackson, OSPI English Language Arts Director and Dyslexia Advisory Council members - Molly Branson-Thayer, Senior Director at Cultivate Learning at the University of Washington, and Elizabeth Coon, Literacy Specialist in Seattle Public Schools. Facilitating the discussion was Nasue Nishida, WERA Board Member and Executive Director at the Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession.

The October webinar can be viewed here