The Value of Membership

LWEA is an organization of education professionals in the Lake Washington School District. There are over 2,200 of us - classroom teachers, psychologists, resource teachers, counselors, occupational and physical therapists, library media specialists, specialists, and more.

We protect the rights of our members, advocate on their behalf, assist them in resolving conflicts, answer their questions, offer suggestions, and listen to their concerns. It is our responsibility to negotiate with the school district on behalf of our members over wages, hours, and working conditions.

As a member of LWEA, you are also a member of the state-level organization, Washington Education Association (WEA), and the national-level organization, National Education Association (NEA). In our publication, What is the Association? you can see how each of these organizations supports each other and you.

Throughout the LWEA website, you will find information and links to publications that describe how your local association works and how you can become an active participant. Check out the links below for more information.

Our democratic structure increases in effectiveness as members’ ideas, direction, and involvement increase. Representative Assembly is the monthly meeting where elected reps from each building discuss issues, make policy, and develop programs. Any LWEA member may attend these meetings.

Knowing your contractual rights and responsibilities as well as connecting with your building rep are great first steps to becoming informed and active in the association. LWEA works when you and your colleagues get involved.