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February meeting recap

The Board met on February 14 and 15 to swear-in a new member, Ron Mabry (from Kennewick), discuss learning standards review, the current legislative session, and to adopt rules about private schools and charter public schools. 

From Student to Student: Maritime High School

The following is a piece by SBE Student Communicator and intern, Indiana Hilmes. 

Learning with SeaLife Response, Rehabilitation, and Research

As a west-coast state, educators can incorporate a lot of hands-on learning into lessons about the sea. Many Washington students may not know that these lessons in school can translate to meaningful careers—careers like the ones at SeaLife Response, Rehabilitation, and Research (SR3) located in Des Moines. 

Mastery-based Learning Grows with State-funded Support

Washington State Board of Education Announces Second Cohort of Grantee Schools for Mastery-Based Learning Collaborative

In a pioneering effort by the state legislature and the Washington State Board of Education (SBE) in promoting mastery-based learning, the Board is excited to offer new funding and support for 20 schools across the state. The awarded schools are now part of Cohort 2 of the Mastery-based Learning Collaborative (MBLC) - a grant program created to support mastery-based learning (MBL) - sometimes called competency-based education.

December Meeting Recap

On December 7, the Board met to discuss and adopt rules on graduation pathways, discuss a draft of the annual charter schools report, and approve the draft strategic plan (outlining Board work moving forward through 2028). The Board also welcomed a panel to discuss the need to extend the emergency waiver for certain graduation requirements. 

SBE to Welcome New Member from Kennewick

After a runoff election administered by the Washington State School Directors’ Association, the Washington State Board of Education (SBE) will welcome new member, Ronnie (Ron) Mabry, this coming January. He was elected by school board members to serve as Eastern Washington Position 1, a position held by MJ Bolt who represented for two terms.

Indy + Star Present re: Internships

It was standing-room only while the State Board's Communicators (interns), Star and Indy, presented about their experience at this year's Association of Washington Student Leaders Fall Conference in Tacoma. Students crowded into a math classroom at Washington High School to hear about a high-level internship and how that has impacted two seniors in Washington State.

Strategic planning with SBE!

**November 14 update: 

View the Jam Board where people can leave ideas and comments (from the November 14 session) or view the November 8 recording until December 9.

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State Board to hold public hearing on performance-based pathway

Public Hearing Scheduled: 180-51, graduation requirements

180-51: Graduation Requirements - The Board will host a public hearing on High School Graduation Requirements rules (for the performance-based graduation pathway option) on Tuesday, November 14 at 3:30 p.m. 

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