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WERA Members and Non-Members:  We Want to Hear from You

As we are hoping that your WERA membership will be as relevant and useful, our board members will be meeting with members and prospective members in order to learn more about their experiences and needs from WERA through conducting empathy interviews.  Empathy interview techniques are a way to document the involvement of the WERA community by gathering an explicit understanding of members’ tasks and environments.  We have created a simple series of open-ended questions that address your engagement in professional learning and how you would like to connect with other educators across Washington.  Interview findings will inform our planning efforts and programs for the 2020-21 year.

We aim to hear from a wide range of members and prospective members representing different professional roles, generations and regions of the state.  We will be reaching out to you in the months ahead, and welcome volunteers to participate.  Please contact Melanie Quaempts at [email protected] if you would like to be interviewed.

The Washington Educational Research Association (WERA) is the state affiliate of AERA. It began in 1966 and was established in 1973 as a non-profit organization, is governed by members of an Executive Board who serve a 3-year term, and has approximately 1100 members (the largest of any state affiliate).

WERA’s mission is to support professionals working at all levels of education in order to:

  • Promote, maintain, and improve the quality and effectiveness of educational research, evaluation, assessment, and related services;
  • Identify and define educational issues and provide a forum for their discussion;
  • Assist in the dissemination of research and evaluation findings; and
  • Promote in-service experiences for those who engage in educational research, evaluation, assessment, instruction, and related activities.

WERA produces various publications and white papers, provides grants and awards, and provides professional development through conferences and other focused training activities.

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