2017-18 Professional Development Opportunities

LWEA stives to provide quality professional development that assist members in gaining skills and knowledge in their career and personal lives. If you have ideas for classes that you would like to see us offer, please contact Jennifer Silves. If you would like to see what classes we have offered in the past, check out our archive link here.


October 5, 2017

4:30 – 7:00



NEWBIE NIGHTS - Recipe for Success: How to put the right ingredients together for a successful year

LWEA is sponsoring 6 evening sessions designed specifically for teachers with 6 or fewer years of teaching experience. 

We’ll provide you with hospitality, dinner, and an opportunity to hear from experts on various topics as they share strategies for surviving your first few years in the classroom.

Our introductory session this year will include a panel of experienced classroom teachers who will be available to share strategies and techniques for the classroom.  From engaging reluctant learners to navigating the challenges of new curriculum, these colleagues will answer your questions and help you build a support system for a successful year.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017


Thursday, October 12, 2017

4:30 - 7:30 PM


Behavior Support for Challenging Students

As our classrooms welcome an increasingly diverse population of learners, many of our students struggle with appropriate behaviors. Regardless of you are a general education teacher or a special education teacher, we know that finding ways to address these behaviors is the key to helping all of our students learn.
In this six-hour course participants will look at behavior plans for
students who need extra support for social and emotional issues that trigger disruptive behaviors in both the general education classroom and in more restrictive settings. Participants will look at strategies that can be implemented immediately to help track these behaviors and find ways to modify them.

$30 for WEA members ($60 for nonmembers
based on space available). A light dinner and six (6) clock hours are included in the registration fee. Make check payable to
Register by contacting Sheila Hagerman at the LWEA office.

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Wednesday, October 25

4:30 - 7:30


Evidence & Artifacts in your PGE: Strategies and resouces for putting your best foot forward

Let’s focus on the types of evidence and artifacts that
can be used to demonstrate the learning that is taking
place in your classroom - as outlined in the Danielson
Framework and the Washington State teacher
evaluation criteria.
Through discussions and examples, you will learn
strategies that will help you showcase your
instructional and professional practices during your
evaluation conversations with your administrator.
Participants have shared that this class has helped
them feel prepared and confident for their
pre-observation conference.

Register by contacting Sheila Hagerman at the LWEA office.


This is a two session class:

Thursday, October 26

(4:30 - 7 PM)


Tuesday, May 8

(4:30-6:00 PM)


PGP & PGE: The professional growth intersection

What is a Professional Growth Plan (PGP)? Who needs to complete one? How can PGPs be used for certificate renewal and salary advancement? How can I use my PGE work to satisfy the requirements for a PGP?

Participants will receive hands-on instruction and will actually complete most of your professional growth plan right at the workshop. This workshop will be useful for those who are required to complete PGPs for certificate renewal, and other teachers who wish to use them for clock hour salary advancement. Each PGP is worth 30 clock hours.

Learn how PGPs fit with the new STEM and TPEP professional development requirements for certificate renewal, and the role of PGPs in the Washington state certification landscape.


Thursday, November 2

(4:30 - 7:00)


Navigating the use of technology in your classroom

With the help of experienced LWSD educators, we will navigate LWSD technology resources: Inform, Haiku, Envision, Wonders, Skyward, Portal, and more to help you utilize these tools to improve your instruction and professional practice.
Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop or other electronic devices in order to gain some hands-on practice and skill building.

Register by contacting Sheila Hagerman at the LWEA office.

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Wednesday, November 8

(4:00 until about 6:00ish)


Wine and Wisdom: How to support our immigrant students

Join us for our first in this year’s series of “Wine and Wisdom.” We’re going to start with Part 2 of our last session (June 2017) where we focused on what to tell our immigrant students when they fear deportation. We’ll have a panel of experts to share their knowledge on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and immigration laws. Learn how these topics may affect our students and their families and what you can do to support them. Don’t miss this evening of great conversation, food, and connection beginning with happy hour appetizers and a free beverage at Sam’s Tavern in Redmond. We’ll have a room to ourselves so we’ll be able to hold safe and meaningful conversations!

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This is a two night class:

Wednesday, November 15


Thursday, November 16

4:30 to 7:30 PM


This class was offered in February 2017.

The follow up class will be offered in spring of 2018.

Creating a Culturally Responsive Classroom

As our classrooms welcome an increasingly diverse population of learners, educators need time to reflect on their practice as culturally responsive professionals to increase effectiveness across differences among their students and families.
Over the two nights, we will focus on:
• Integrating the cultural competency definition into educators’ daily practice and classroom environment.
• Understanding the impact of resiliency in student growth by increasing relational strategies that focus on developing student resiliency as a primary factor in closing the opportunity / achievement gap.
• Using the cultural competency framework of awareness, understanding, skills, and advocacy to increase educator effectiveness with students from diverse populations including: socio-economic, language, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, gender, religion, age, and ability.
• Growing as a culturally responsive educator through reflective practice by increasing one’s AWARENESS of self (biases, stereotypes, expectations) and KNOWLEDGE of other social group categories to which one does not belong.
Learn how to: build relationships, communicate in culturally responsive ways, cultivate a safe and inclusive environment, and engage with families and communities. Educators will receive resources and materials to support their classrooms.

To register: Send this form and a check to Sheila Hagerman
(LWEA office). LWEA members should use district mail to

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Wednesday, November 29

4:30 - 7:30 pm


Do you have questions about certification requirements, timelines, and continuing education requirements? Do you need to know the differences in certification types and how much time and energy it will take to renew?
Participants will explore the new certification requirements and policies and the impact on certification – including STEM, TPEP, and others. Learn how to use the e-certification system to make the process easier. In addition, the new National Board process will be explained.

To register: Send this form and a check to Sheila Hagerman
(LWEA office). LWEA members should use district mail to

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December 1-2, 2017 (Filled)

February 23-24, 2017 (Filled)

April 27-28, 2017


Taking Charge of Your Future - Pre-Retirement Seminar

LWEA is sponsoring this very popular pre-retirement seminar which is taught by WEA-Retired experts. This 10-hour class will help you get a better focus on this aspect of your life and be prepared to transition to retirement. The class is limited to 20 people (anyone retiring in 2018 has priority). We also will be offering this class again in February and April.

This class fills up quickly - don't hesitate - you might miss out!

Register by contacting Sheila Hagerman at the LWEA office.