King County/Puget Sound - Over 100 Puget Sound area educators have been nominated and selected to attend the second regional Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teachers and Teaching - Puget Sound (ECET2PS) convening tomorrow, August 11th.
The Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers (ECET2) network was born out of the desire to provide a forum for exceptional teachers to learn from one another and celebrate the teaching profession. At their core, ECET2 convenings are by teachers, for teachers. They harness the power of teacher leader networks to deepen learning and to improve teaching practices to better serve students. ECET2 Puget Sound is built on the belief that teachers hold the keys to ensuring that policy is well informed, instructional shifts are made with fidelity, and educators are equipped with the right professional development supports and network to be effective in the classroom. The best way to elevate teachers--and, in fact, the entire teaching profession--is to recognize that teachers are the experts in this field. This event is made possible from a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Puget Sound Educational Service District.
The goals for the ECET2 Puget Sound convening are to:
- Celebrate teachers and teaching
- Elevate and empower diverse networks of teachers
- Prepare teacher leaders to take on leadership roles in support of new standards for teaching and new standards for learning
- Accelerate innovative teaching practices
- Amplify the voices of teachers via social media and blogs
"ECET2PS is an amazing opportunity for teachers to collaborate with other highly effective educators and learn how their unique voice can impact daily lives of teachers and students in a positive and powerful way," said Brooke Perry, Kent School District.
On August 11th, ECET2PS aims to elicit the same reaction from over 100 teachers from the Puget Sound region through focusing on celebrating the hard work and sacrifices that teachers make every day while empowering them to foster their leadership skills and unique voice in the classroom, in education.
The day-long convening will feature breakout sessions delivered by accomplished teacher leaders in the Puget Sound region, inspirational keynote addresses, and will include ample opportunities for teacher collaboration.
WHO: More than 100 teachers from the Puget Sound region
WHEN: Tuesday, August 11th 2015 7:30 AM-3:00 PM
WHERE: UW Center for Urban Horticulture 3501 NE 41st St., Seattle, WA 98105
Educational leaders involved in ECET2PS will be available to media on August 11 at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture 3501 NE 41st St., Seattle, WA 98105 Photo opportunities will be available during keynote addresses.
Tuesday, August 11th Photo Opportunities:
8:15 am: Welcome address, Brooke Perry, Teacher, Kent School District
8:30 am: Ignite Presentation, "Teaching in the Trenches: What Middle School Has Taught Me About Listening, Bravery, and Smooth Jazz," Kristin Leong, Bellevue School District
11:30 am: Lunchtime keynote, "Creating Great People. The Power of a Teacher," Lyon Terry, 2015 Washington State Teacher of the Year, Seattle Public Schools
2:30 pm: Closing Presentation, "Why I Teach," Shannon Papcun, Sumner School District
For more information contact Brooke Perry email@example.com
or follow the group on Twitter: @ECET2PS or #ecet2ps
About the Puget Sound Educational Service District
The Puget Sound Educational Service District (ESD) #121 is one of nine regional agencies serving school districts and state-approved private schools in Washington State. Our service area includes 35 school districts and more than 200 private schools in King and Pierce counties plus Bainbridge Island. Approximately 38 percent of the state's K-12 public school students, more than 383,000, are served in the area's school districts, which range from large to small, urban to rural.