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WSL Updates for November 13, 2014

Volume 10, November 13, 2014 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) “THIRD GRADE READING BILL” WEBINAR

2) EXPERIENCE ART 2014

3) EARLY LEARNING STEM INSTITUTE

4) ALA STRATEGIC PLANNING

5) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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1) “THIRD GRADE READING BILL” WEBINAR

Washington State Library will host a free webinar on Monday, November 17 at 4 p.m. to discuss opportunities to partner with schools to combat the summer learning slump.

The “Third grade Reading Bill” (ESSB 5946), which the Washington State Legislature passed in the 2013 session, requires the principal/designee, teacher and parent to meet before the end of the 2014/2015 school year to discuss strategies to assist students who are below the basic-level on the new 3rd grade English Language Arts assessment to improve reading skills during the summer. Assistant Superintendent of Early Learning Robert Butts will describe the requirements of the bill.

David Tudor, Curriculum director for the Washougal School district, will describe a different type of summer learning program which may satisfy the requirements of the ESSB 5946. David will relate how the district has leveraged a variety of funding sources, volunteers, community mental health, and federal services to support a summer enrichment program that provides comprehensive and engaging opportunities for students, families, and community members. Students served range from pre-K to high school students. A highlight of the presentation will be how the district has leveraged and trained over 80 volunteers from the ecumenical community to support these important extended learning opportunities.

For more information, please contact Carolyn Petersen at 360-570-5560 or carolyn.petersen@sos.wa.gov

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2) EXPERIENCE ART 2014

Experience Art 2014 will celebrate art created by youthful patrons of the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library. WTBBL patrons, families, and friends are invited to explore the library, experience art, create arts & crafts, and enjoy light refreshments. The winners of the inaugural art competition will be announced.

  •  Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.
  • Washington Talking Book & Braille Library
  • 2021 9th Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98121

Please RSVP by Wednesday, November 19 to mandy.gonnsen@sos.wa.gov or 206-615-0400.

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3) EARLY LEARNING STEM INSTITUTE

The 2014 Early Learning STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Institute, presented by the Early Learning Public Library Partnership (ELPLP) and the Washington State Head Start/ECEAP (Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program) Association will include sessions on the following topics:

  • Math Common Core and its relation to early learning;
  • Project VIEWS2 and the benefits of storytime;
  • Integrating STEM in the classroom.

Institute specifics:

  • What: Washington Early Learning STEM Institute
  • When: Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. PST
  • Where: The Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle (Exit 158 off Interstate 5)
  • Registration: Free for ELPLP members; $100 for non-members; registration deadline is Monday, November 24. To register, go to sos.wa.gov/q/ThriveSTEM14
  • Questions? Contact Susan Yang, Program Director at Thrive by Five Washington at susan@thrivebyfivewa.org or 206.621.5573.

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4) ALA STRATEGIC PLANNING

American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young will moderate three virtual town hall meetings where members can share their thoughts and ideas on ALA’s future. Dates and topics for these meeting are:

  • November 19   Advocacy
  • November 20   Information Policy
  • December 11   Professional and Leadership Development

For more information, please visit ALA Strategic Planning.

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5) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

November 17

November 18

November 19

November 20

November 21

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For more information and to register (unless otherwise linked above), visit the WSL Training Calendar at sos.wa.gov/q/training.

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