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Schools: Join the Mastery-based Learning Collaborative

SBE will host an informational webinar on Wednesday, September 13 from 1-2 p.m. for schools interested in applying to become a member of the Mastery-based Learning Collaborative - a group of schools funded to implement mastery-based learning. Schools will learn about culturally responsive mastery-based learning, hear about the experience of joining this community of schools, plus find out more about funding and professional learning. NOTE: Viewing the September 13 Cohort 2 Info Session

Gratitude for Pavan

Pavan and Rep. Suzan DelBene at a recent eventBoard members and staff are excited to celebrate the success of senior, out-going student Board member, Pavan Venkatakrishnan.

Designing a New Graduation Pathway Option

The most meaningful learning experiences are relevant, engaging, and hands-on. These experiences should prepare students for graduation and their next steps. For some students, a new, performance-based graduation pathway option can align with post-high school goals, inspire greatness, and recognize real-world experiences. To make this new pathway the most meaningful it can be, we need your help designing rules for it.

Chehalis Sophomore, Castulo Gonzalez, Selected as Western Washington Student Board Member

CastuloThe Washington State Board of Education and the Association of Washington Student Leaders is proud to announce the future addition of Castulo Gonzalez as Western Washington Student Representative on the Board. Castulo is currently a sophomore at W.F. West High School in Chehalis.

The truth about adding a performance-based pathway

Chair Bill KallappaAfter three years of research, and with support from communities across Washington, lawmakers in the State House passed House Bill 1308 to add a performance-based option to the graduation pathways requirement.

What does performance-based mean?

Our students are capable of exceeding standards—and showing us how they do it. We see this in learning environments like Gibson Ek in Issaquah. Gibson Ek requires students to document their learning in a “portfolio” that shows their best, most impactful work, and their journey to get there. Students shadow and intern with real companies or organizations, develop problem-solving solutions for their community, and meet standards in all subjects with evidence-based projects. These learning experiences are all analyzed and documented, usually online.

Welcome Indy and Star!

This month, SBE welcomes Indiana Hilmes (Selah) and Star Mendoza (Puyallup) as student interns - the first SBE Communicators to join the team! Both are juniors, passionate communicators, and storytellers.