Thursday, August 28, 2014

Leadership Opportunity: NSEA Grade Level/Content Area Group Lead Facilitators

Through our discussions with you and your Building Reps last year, we heard that you value time and interaction with your colleagues.  You want time to come together and talk about both your professional successes and challenges.   You want to learn from each other.  You want to set the agenda.  In response to this, NSEA is creating grade level or content area groups that will meet periodically during the school year.

We are excited for NSEA to take a new direction with the creation of grade level/content area groups this year.  Each group will need a facilitator and that is the purpose of this email.  Would you consider being a grade level or content area facilitator this year?

NSEA is seeking a lead facilitator for each of the following grade level/content area groups for the 2014-2015 school year.  Leads will be responsible for facilitating regular group meetings throughout the school year, communication to and among group members, and communicating with NSEA leadership.  Leads will receive an annual stipend of $300 from NSEA in June, 2015.

Grade Level/Content Area Groups (NOTE: The groups may include the following; other groups may be identified as the year unfolds. Contact NSEA if a group is missing from this list.)

Pre-K and K
1st Grade
2nd Grade
3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th Grade
6th Grade
Elementary Special Ed
Secondary Special Ed
English/Language Arts
Social Studies
World Language
Cohort B
National Board

Lead colleagues in identifying and meeting professional needs
Regular time for collaboration to discuss teaching and learning strategies, share what works, identify needs, share successes, and develop a deeper understanding around initiatives like Common Core, teacher evaluation, and curriculum changes as needed
Inform and advise NSEA and the NSD Administration of needs and successes

Attend two annual meetings with NSEA leadership after school (one in the fall; one at the end of the school year)
Facilitate at least 3 group meetings
Communicate meeting logistics with group members and NSEA
Facilitate communication among group members outside of meetings

Selection Process
If interested, submit your name, the grade level/content area group for which you would like to be considered as a lead, and the reason why you want to be a lead (500 words or less) to Lydia King ( by Tuesday, September 30, 2014.
Names will be submitted to the NSEA Exec Board meeting on October 6, 2014 for consideration.  The Exec Board’s recommendations will be submitted to the NSEA Rep Council on October 13, 2014 for final approval.
Candidates will be told their status by October 20, 2014.

Thank you for your interest.  Even if you do not want to be a lead facilitator, we hope you will attend your grade level/content area’s group meetings this year!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Join Us August 26th!

All NSEA members are invited to celebrate New Year's In August! 

Please join NSEA and your colleagues from across the district to celebrate the start of the 14-15 school year! 

Live music from The Unoriginals (featuring NSEA members Jim McCausland and Jim Park)

 No Host Bar. Try a handcrafted Triplehorn ale! Complimentary snacks and non-alcoholic beverages provided by NSEA. 

When: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 
            From 4:00 to 6:00 pm 

Where: Triplehorn Brewing Co. 19510 144th Ave NE, Ste. E-6 
             Woodinville, WA 98072

Your RSVP to Lydia King is appreciated (but not required!)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Get Your 10+

Time is running out to collect signatures for I-1351, the initiative that will lower class sizes and caseloads.  We need 350,000 signatures statewide to get this on the November ballot.  Here in Northshore, our goal is 18,000 signatures by Monday June 9th.

Help us reach this goal by getting 10+ signatures.  How?  

  • Carry your I-1351 petition with you everywhere you go! Keep it with you at all times to collect signatures at parties, church, kids' sports, events, ballfields, farmers' markets, while waiting in line for coffee, sporting events, etc.
  • Give a petition to your spouse/partner/friend/family member and ask them to help you gather signatures from their work/social circle.
  • Join your colleagues at a signature gathering event.  Click on links below for details:
  • Gather some friends/co-workers and lead a signature gathering event of your own. Contact the NSEA Office for supplies--we'll give you everything you need for a successful event.
Reminder: the school with the highest percentage of signatures (pro-rated based on total NSEA, NESPA, and NEOPA membership) by Monday, June 9th will win a catered breakfast or money towards the end-of-year party (school's choice)!

Click here for more information about I-1351!

Monday, April 28, 2014

2014-2015 School Calendar

NSEA and the district administration have reached tentative agreement on the 2014-15 calendar. Please note that it is still tentative until the Board approves it at their meeting on May 13, 2014. Click here to see the calendar.  Thank you to all the NSEA members who took our recent calendar survey for providing us with valuable feedback.

Monday, April 21, 2014


Washington's class sizes are out of control...we're 47th in the nation for class size, and that's not a good thing for our students.

I-1351 will reduce class sizes for all grades in Washington State, but only if it gets on the November 4th ballot and gets the approval of voters.  Help us get this important class size initiative on the ballot!

Click here for details.

Monday, March 17, 2014

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Nominations Are Open!

Nominations are now open for the following NSEA leadership positions:
  • Secretary/Treasurer 
  • Executive Board, Intermediate Elementary 
  • Executive Board, High School 
  • Executive Board, Special Education 
  • Executive Board, At-Large 

These are all two year positions; terms start July 1, 2014. To nominate yourself (or someone else), please complete the nomination form and send it to the NSEA Office by 5:00 pm on Monday, March 31st.

If you have any questions, please contact Lydia King at or 425-486-7101 ext 111.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Emergency Rally

 Student Test Scores =  Your Evaluation?

 Emergency Rally and
Lobby Action

Thursday, March 6, 2014
in Olympia 
Use a personal leave day to attend--NOT a sick leave day please.

It's time to take action!!! Do you think that student test scores should be tied to your evaluation? Some legislators in Olympia, along with the US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Democrats and Republicans, are crafting a bill linking your student test scores to your evaluation that they will introduce next week. Educators from across the state will be converging on the Capitol on March 6 to tell legislators this hurts students and is unfair to all educators.

NSEA has chartered a bus to transport you to Olympia and back. We will also be providing sack lunches for all that attend. Come join your colleagues and standup for your students, yourself, and public education!

Where: Olympia
When:  Noon * Thursday, March 6th
Leave From: Pop Keeney Field Parking Lot at 10:00 am
Return To:  Pop Keeney Field Parking Lot approx. 4:00 pm