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Since the Janus v. AFSCME case was argued at the U.S. Supreme Court, teacher unions have begun lobbying their willing allies in legislatures and statehouses to pass laws that would skirt an expected ruling for workers' rights (expected in June).  Vincent Vernuccio and Chantal Lovell write in Commentary: Unions circumventing the Supreme Court that "Washington state is the breeding ground for most legislation attempting to undermine the court." 

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On March 16, the Freedom Foundation, a public policy institute in Washington state, filed a class action lawsuit against one of  the most powerful unions in Washington state, the Washington Education Association (WEA).  The suit seeks to stop compulsory union dues as well as seek to provide repayment of the funds unconstitutionally taken from nonunion teachers.

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Patricia Donovan-Hopkins Awarded Scholarship
posted by: Cindy Omlin | January 16, 2018, 06:53 PM

Congratulations to Patricia Donovan-Hopkins, 4th grade teacher at Columbia Valley Gardens Elementary School in Kalama, WA, Longview School District.  She was awarded a $500 scholarship by Brenda Miller, NWPE Regional Director and Lori Porter, NWPE Board Member, at a staff meeting on January 10, 2018.  She will use the scholarship to attend the "Learning and the Brain" conference in New York City, April 19-21, 2018.  The focus of the conference is "The Science of Stress."

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Teacher Shuns Union After Attending Leadership Course
posted by: Cindy Omlin | November 09, 2017, 05:40 PM

Mr. Hank Norquist, NWPE member and middle school science teacher from Chehalis, WA, shares the following experience with his teacher union involvement:

During the summer of 2003, while I was an active, dues paying member of the Chehalis Education Association (CEA) and WEA, I expressed a desire to run for the local vice president position. Several CEA officers suggested that I attend the WEA-sponsored “How to be an Effective President” course.& I agreed and attended a week long course that included grievance representation. The presenter was a lawyer from a bank of about a dozen WEA attorneys.

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Meet the NWPE Board!
posted by: Cindy Omlin | March 02, 2017, 04:04 PM

Northwest Professional Educators has a new board of directors. Get acquainted with these distinguished educators who have passion for teacher choice and student achievement! 

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Independence Voice Key to NWPE Scholarship Winner
posted by: Cindy Omlin | December 08, 2016, 07:28 PM

Congratulations to NWPE member Tanya McAtee, grades six and eight science and social studies teacher at St. Paul’s Academy in Bellingham, WA.  Ms. McAtee has been awarded a $470 NWPE scholarship to attend the National Science Teachers Association’s annual conference where she focused on middle school instructional strategies to integrate the three strands of New Generation Science Standards (NGSS) through inquiry-based science instruction.

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Kris Daratha Awarded Grant for Community Project
posted by: Cindy Omlin | December 07, 2016, 05:00 PM

Congratulations to Kris Daratha, NWPE member and winner of a $500 NWPE grant to supplement Waterville High School's science program. With the help of a STEM grant last year, he and his students entered a national competition for design and implementation of solar heated sidewalks. They were able to create a prototype and three solar panels. The NWPE grant will help them improve the prototype and unleash five portable, heated sidewalks around Waterville, WA, in order to keep the community safe during harsh winters.  Mr. Daratha’s project is reusable, will continue year after year, and is a great way students will experience how STEM can better their community.

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NWPE Grant Advances Odessa Science Program
posted by: Cindy Omlin | November 16, 2016, 04:54 PM

Congratulations to Mr. Jeff Wehr, NWPE member and Odessa High School science teacher.  Mr. Wehr was awarded a $500 grant to purchase technological resources to make science more engaging and relevant to students.  NWPE’s support will help the science department's goal of “creating scientists by actively involving students in engaging science tasks, allowing students to see themselves as scientists, and exploring and collaborating with local, state, national, and global science professionals.”

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We are proud to announce that Jim Loucks, NWPE member and director of the West Valley High School Marching Band and Color Guard in Spokane, WA, shares that West Valley High School is just one of only 15 high schools selected nationwide to participate in the following prestigious events in New York City:   Continue Reading...
NWPE’s Tim Larson 2017 ESD 101 Teacher of the Year!
posted by: Cindy Omlin | September 22, 2016, 12:06 AM

Congratulations to NWPE Member Tim Larson, a third grade teacher at P.C. Jantz Elementary in Odessa, WA.  He has been honored as Educational Service District (ESD) 101’s 2017 Teacher of the Year.  ESD 101 serves and supports 59 public school districts and 46 state-approved private schools in seven counties in northeastern Washington.

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Justices will rule on school choice and charter schools again 

by Rep. Matt Manweller

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NWPE's Jeff Wehr and Students Stack up Science Awards
posted by: Cindy Omlin | September 20, 2016, 06:22 PM

NWPE’s Jeff Wehr and his students have had another amazing year!  Mr. Wehr, Advanced STEM Research and Education teacher at Odessa High School in Washington state, was honored to be selected as the 2016 Teacher of the Year for the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair.  He was also selected as the 2016 Teacher of the Year for the Washington Science Teachers Association.  Additionally, he was selected by the Society for Science and the Public to be a guest panelist for STEM research in education, an event which was held in Washington, DC, on October 1st.  As if that was not enough, Mr. Wehr was recently awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) by President Obama.  The National Science Foundation flew Mr. Wehr and his wife Julie (also an NWPE member) to Washington DC for an incredible week filled with an awards banquet, awards ceremony, and visitation to the White House and Capitol Hill.

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Congratulations to Karen Lyle of Davenport School District, who was recently awarded a $500 Teacher Scholarship to attend the Ron Clark Academy.  Ms. Lyle, a ten year member of NWPE, shared that she appreciates having options. “NWPE has helped me many times over the years, and my Board is supportive of choice.”  NWPE Regional Director Brenda Miller presented her award at a school staff meeting on April 25.

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Congratulations to Mr. Randall Owyang, an eleven year member of NWPE and music teacher for K-5 and special education students in Bethel, WA.  He has been awarded a $500 classroom grant to expand student participation in band.  Mr. Owyang appreciates how his NWPE membership “helps me to remain focused on student learning without distractions. I appreciate NWPE's thought-provoking e-letters, tangible support though liability insurance, scholarships and grants, and personal contact with organizational leadership.” 

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Megann Erni Wins NWPE Grant
posted by: Cindy Omlin | March 09, 2016, 10:14 PM

Congratulations to Megann Erni, Waterville High School Math teacher, who was recently awarded a $250 New Classroom Start Up Grant.  NWPE member and one of the leaders of the Waterville Teacher Leadership Council Justin Grillo presented the award at a staff meeting focused on leadership. 

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NWPE Members Published in Seattle Times on Friedrichs
posted by: Cindy Omlin | January 12, 2016, 09:10 PM

Congratulations to Barbara Watson, Jim Johnson, and Rachel Damiano, three NWPE members who had their editorial on the Friedrichs v California Teachers Association case published in the Seattle Times.

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Congratulations to Terri King, NWPE member and business teacher at Odessa High School.  Ms. King was recently awarded a $500 scholarship  by NWPE Regional Director Brenda Miller who presented the award at an all school staff meeting.  Ms. King will use the funds to attend the 2016 Northwest Council of Computer Education (NCCE) Conference in Seattle, WA, in February.   She will take courses with special emphasis on learning how to integrate technology into the curriculum and digital literacy.

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NWPE Member Laurent Motte Wins $500 NWPE Grant
posted by: Cindy Omlin | December 01, 2015, 08:26 PM


Congratulations to NWPE member Mr. Laurent Motte, an eighth to twelfth grade foreign language teacher at Chrysalis School, a private school in Woodinville, WA.  Mr. Motte has been awarded a $500 Classroom Grant from NWPE to purchase carefully chosen European comics that will enrich students’ experience with foreign language both at home and in individual teaching sessions.

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NWPE's Jeff Wehr Nominated for National Award
posted by: Cindy Omlin | October 29, 2015, 02:33 PM

We are thrilled to announce that another NWPE member has been nominated for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)!

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NWPE member Angie Dorman is a historian, an author, and a national awarding winning educator in the small rural town of Warden, WA. Having obtained her Ph.D. in U.S. History from the University of Idaho, Dr. Dorman has since published Martha Gellhorn: Myth, Motif and Remembrance about the 20th century journalist considered one of the “preeminent war correspondents of the century” who was also one of Ernest Hemingway’s many wives.

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