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If LA can do online classes why can’t Seattle?

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Los Angeles Unified School District has more than 12 times as many students as Seattle Public Schools. They announced on Friday, March 13 that all 900 campuses will be closed as of Monday, with an immediate shift to online learning. If LAUSD can do it why can’t Seattle Public Schools? Instead of online learning in […]

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Still No Online Learning in Seattle

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Today we were informed that Seattle Schools will be closed until at least April 24, and there is still no plan in place for online learning. When we were looking at a two-week closure Superintendent Juneau said students would receive paper learning packets. Meanwhile Northshore and Bellevue students have full blown online learning. Seattle should […]

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Seattle, It’s Time to Move Forward with Online Learning!

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With the spread of Corona Virus worsening daily Seattle Public Schools needs to prepare for online learning NOW. But they are moving in the opposite direction. According to KUOW Superintendent Juneau says Seattle schools will resort to a low-tech solution. “We are going to go old-school and put together learning packets, and make sure that […]

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HCC in Seattle Schools. Fix it. Don’t Cut it!

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The Highly Capable Cohort (HCC) in Seattle Public Schools is once again on the chopping block. On September 25 Superintendent Juneau proposed the sweeping elimination of this program. Two years ago, the School Board passed a resolution directing the Superintendent to “implement, by school year 2019-20, more equitable identification practices for advanced learning and highly […]

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Where Have I Been?!

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Ingraham Yearbook staff with boxes of new books

Teaching is the answer. I’m now into my second year at Ingraham High School in Seattle Public Schools. As Head of Business Department I’m teaching Marketing, IB Business Management, Graphic Design, and Yearbook. After decades of working for corporate clients, non-profits, artists and myself this has been a huge transition. Which is why I have […]

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Last push for two start times!

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Next week the Seattle City Council will vote on whether or not to provide the one-time funding for a shift to two start times for Seattle students. The School Board will vote on June 7. It’s urgently important that they hear from you, particularly if you are negatively impacted by Tier 3. If we shift […]

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Oh give us a break and give sleep a chance!

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It’s hot potato time for teen sleep in Seattle. The Families and Education Levy Oversight Committee voted 4-3 in favor of recommending that the City of Seattle fund the shift to two start times. In other words they passed the potato or the buck or whatever you want to call it.  They could have covered […]

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Pushback on better school start times

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The good news is the Seattle Mayor’s office is recommending support of a shift to two school start times. The bad news is there’s pushback. Please send emails to key people listed below in support of a shift to two start times next year. The Mayor of Seattle is recommending to the Levy Oversight Committee […]

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Help Improve School Start Times in Seattle

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later start times for teens

Seattle Public Schools could optimize start times for all students next year, but we need your help! This will take two minutes of your time. If we don’t do this we could end up with start times moving in the WRONG direction! The City needs to hear from as many people as possible by April […]

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Seattle Public Schools Give Sleep A Chance

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Huffington Post, 8/16/16 In three weeks Seattle Public Schools will give middle and high school students an extra hour of sleep — every night! Seattle is the largest urban district in the US to switch to later start times for adolescents, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control […]