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.
Spokane Safety Summit presenters shown above: Simone Ramel-McKay, Suzie Hanson, JoAnn Jordan and Ryan Ellsworth The Private School Safety Summit at ESD 101 in Spokane brought together Eastern Washington admin and educator teams from more than a dozen different schools...read more
WFIS is a strong supporter of the hard work the Department of Early Learning is doing to ensure our youngest kids are in the best possible scenarios statewide. Private schools – this is an opportunity for your parents to guide DEL about the framework of ideas...read more
from press release by Nathan Olson, Director of Communications at OSPI Three workgroups – two that are reconvening and one that is new – are playing a key role in writing and developing Washington state’s education plan to the federal government. On Jan. 10,...read more
By harnessing the power of data, Michelle Zimmerman (MEd ’07, PhD ’11) is helping set the standard for how educators can use technology as a tool to empower kids’ learning. The innovative approach to teaching and learning taken by Zimmerman, the...read more
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