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.


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.

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December 1-2, 2017

February 23-24, 2017

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.