The Advocate is updated in the first week of every other month September through May, containing articles relating to private school issues, representation, and local-to-national news relevant to independent schools.
Selecting a verb for a project-based learning assignment can bring clarity to the work and help students apply their learning. By Andrew Miller for Edutopia Designing project-based learning (PBL) assignments opens up several decisions. The challenge that students will...read more
The Private School Safety Summit pulled together nearly a hundred staff members from forty-five different schools to talk about safety issues. The goal of the Summit was to foster new relationships between schools and to learn together about critical safety techniques...read more
Early learning facilities bills HB 1777 and its companion, SB 5753, continue to advance in the legislative process. The bills offer grants to programs for renovations or new construction. There is currently a lack of classroom space for early learning programs due...read more
With Hate Crimes Sharply Increasing Across the US, What Can We Do to Keep Kids Feeling Safe In Schools?
Responding in the classroom to real-life events presents challenges and opportunities. Teachers often are asked to put aside their opinions, feelings and political perspectives to function within their school culture. But what does that provide to our children who...read more
The U.S. Department of Education and Department of Justice letter released on January 22, 2017 removes previous guidelines concerning access to sex-segregated facilities based upon gender identification. “The new letter has no effect on the vast majority of...read more
WFIS, along with many other organizations with a stake in early learning, is striving for an increase in state subsidy rates for low-income children needing support to attend preschool. Our private schools are running high quality programs in rural, urban and...read more
On January 11, 2017 Superintendent Chris Reykdal spoke at the State Board of Education meeting attended by the Private School Board Member Judy Jennings and Suzie Hanson, ED of WFIS. In his presentation, SI Reykdal differentiated the roles of the State Board and those...read more
Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have selected Rep. Virginia Foxx (RNC) as chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce in the 115th Congress. “My colleagues have entrusted me with a significant responsibility,” said Foxx, who...read more
DEL is improving the protocol and supporting parents by being prepared and creating a more transparent system that will help families, and ultimately have a more positive outcome. The notice below outlines these efforts. DEL administers Washington State’s...read more
The WFIS board heard from Ross Hjelseth, Superintendent of Life Christian Academy and the representative for private schools on the WIAA board. Ross provided a clear summary of WIAA board process, discussions, and initiatives for the last school year and this current...read more
Private school teachers attribute their satisfaction to parental support, work climate and school values. Additionally 94.7 percent of private school teachers have participated in various types of professional development in the past 12 months, which is not surprising given that mission based schools can provide diverse educational opportunities through their affiliates constituency group.read more