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Guest essay: Social-emotional skills should be part of every lesson

The Seattle Times – Lyon Terry

“As social and emotional learning has come to the forefront in education, what teachers worry about is another initiative piled on our already crowded desks. Rarely is anything taken off. Fortunately, social and emotional learning doesn’t have to be added to what we teach, but can be an essential part of our existing lessons. Many teachers know this already and are ready and willing to bring this instruction out in the open. It’s time to embrace social-emotional learning as an important part of every lesson, because these skills support students in learning academic content and in becoming the citizens we want them to be.”(more)

How You Can Use the Power of STEM to Change Lives

Komo News – Staff Writer

“Even if you know what STEM stands for – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – there’s a good chance you don’t know the full extent of what it means. Lee Lambert of nonprofit Washington STEM is quick to point out STEM-based skills hiding in plain view. “Anyone in construction, that’s STEM – no one can add fractions like those people! That big warehouse on the way to work could be a carpet liquidator or it could be an advanced manufacturing facility that makes precision water knives to cut through carbon fiber. That’s a STEM job too.” Any tech company counts as STEM, and so does any healthcare company, the sheet metal fabrication shop down the street, plumbers, shipbuilders and tons of other professions in Washington state.”(more)

Guest opinion: Global learning starts at home

The Sequim Gazette – John Burbank

“For example, Washington is an important part of the global economy, but our schooling tends to separate us from the global market by assuming our children and grandchildren will be monolingual, speaking only English. That might have been true 50 years ago, but it isn’t now. It not even true within our state, much less in the global community. Bilingual kids have a huge advantage in the world community and economy. Reykdal proposes adding dual language acquisition starting as early as kindergarten.”(more)

Why placing students in difficult high school classes may increase college enrollment

The Hechinger Report – Sarah Butrymowicz

“Principal Lori Wyborney and her three assistant principals were gathered around a table covered with papers and Popeyes takeout at John R. Rogers High School, two weeks before graduation last spring. On the screen in front of them was a list of three dozen students administrators believed could succeed in an AP class. But the students were not yet scheduled to take one in the coming fall. One by one, the principals looked at each student’s profile, which included the student’s answers to district-wide survey questions about what worries them about AP classes, what subjects interest them and what adults they trust in the building.”(more)

What does leading the nation on NGSS look like?

Education Dive – Tara García Mathewson

“After participating as a lead state in writing the Next Generation Science Standards, Washington adopted the NGSS in the fall of 2013. This is the first academic year schools are supposed to have fully implemented the standards in classrooms, and the state plans to pilot new test questions aligned to them this spring. By next year, the transition will be nearly complete. Washington’s efforts put it at the head of the pack nationwide. Eighteen states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards and all are at varying stages of readiness when it comes to assessing students based on them.”(more)

For the first time, financial literacy will be required part of Washington’s school curriculum

The Seattle Times – Paige Cornwell

“Wages. Insurance premiums. Roth IRAs. Financial education hasn’t always been a priority in Washington schools. But under new standards adopted this year, students will learn about financial subjects like spending and saving — and why they’ll need to know about wages, insurance premiums and Roth IRAs when they’re adults. The standards are the first of their kind in Washington, according to the state superintendent’s office. Superintendent Randy Dorn presided over a ceremonial adoption last week. Dorn noted that if more people understood what banks were doing with home loans, the financial crisis may not have hit the country as hard as it did in 2008 and 2009.”(more)