DOING Racial Justice in Education!

If you recognize how the deep roots of systemic oppression, namely racism, impact your work as an educator, this series of professional development is for you! In this series, DOING Racial Justice in Education, we will examine the intersection of your impact as an educator and the deep roots of systemic racism. In both PART A: Teaching & Learning Liberated and PART B: Amplifying & Centering BIPOC Students’ Stories we will address knowledge/mindsets and skills/tools for continually growing as antiracist educators and in our ability to serve all BIPOC students—particularly those who are poverty-impacted and those with exceptionalities.

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Allison Rodman @The Learning Loop

Tool up for this school year with Allison Rodman and this amazing series of PD to support the adult learner & leader in a virtual world!

9/12 @9-10:30a PT :Facilitating Powerful Conversations in Virtual Spaces

9/19 @9-10:30a PT :Monitoring Learning Progress in Virtual Spaces

10/3@ 9-10:30am PT :Crafting Space: An Introduction to Facilitating Effective Virtual Professional Learning

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Washington State ASCD Statement on Racism & Justice

Recently, ASCD CEO and Executive Director Ranjit Sidhu issued a statement in response to the murder of George Floyd and the civil unrest and anger that has ensued across the United States in the time since. Washington State ASCD (WSASCD) is in full concurrence with Mr. Sidhu’s statement. Along with educators across our state, WSASCD condemns the deaths of Mr. Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and so many others, and stands alongside those who raise their voices in outrage against systemic racism and social injustice. We pledge to continue to listen, learn, and look for opportunities to lead for an equitable and inclusive education system for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). We are a community of educators committed to promoting promising practices to ensure all students are safe, healthy, engaged, supported, and challenged as part of a whole child approach to education. And, we will continue to fight for equity. Black lives matter.

PRE-RELEASE Article: Virtual Engagement Strategies for Adult Learners

Letter from the Editor

When the WSASCD board and editors of the journal selected our theme for the next issue of Curriculum in Context, we had no idea that the “21st Century is NOW” would mean a sudden pivot to fully remote learning across the state. Most of our authors submitted their articles before the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are busy preparing the next full issue for a summer 2020 release. This issue will feature a wide range of topics, including how educators from the Richland School District and Northwest Nazarene University collaborated on a model for systematic technology integration that centers student ownership and personalized learning. Readers will also learn about Neuro-Semantic Language Learning Theory, heart screening for teenagers in the Burlington-Edison School District and tools for better supporting students identifying as transgender.  All of these articles offer relevant and meaningful ways to grow and extend our ability to serve the whole child.

When this article came in, we recognized immediately what a powerful resource this could be to our readers right now as you work to develop countless workshops and trainings in new technology and adapted pedagogy. Taylor, Curtis and Bannon categorize and describe 25 strategies or routines that are grounded in adult learning theory and accessibly presented. We will feature this article in the full journal as well, but please enjoy this pre-release and accept our gratitude for all of your work on behalf of P-12 learners everywhere.

Dr. Jill Heiney-Smith, Managing Editor

Message from the President

Washington State ASCD is committed to supporting educators across our State with learning, teaching, and leading for the Whole Child. As part of these efforts, we strive to provide constituents with timely and relevant resources that can be put into practice.

Our Spring/Summer issue of the Curriculum in Context Journal is focused on: The 21st Century is NOW! As part of our Call for Articles, we received one article, in particular, that serves as incredibly timely, relevant, and tangible for educators during times of distance and remote learning. In turn, we are releasing this article prior to our full Spring/Summer journal.

On behalf of the WSASCD Board of Directors, I hope this article finds you well and supports important virtual collaboration during these evolving times in which we’re leading.

Dr. Hannah L. Gbenro

President, Washington State ASCD

Read the article: Virtual Engagement Strategies for Adult Learners

This article is located on the in the “Resource” menu under the tab “Virtual Engagement Resources”.

Professional Learning Opportunities | Register Today!

Wednesday, January 22, 2020, Learning, Teaching, and Leading Mathematics – with Grace Kelemanik & Amy Lucenta

Location: Tukwila Community Center      Time: 9:00a-3:00p         Registration Form

Training Outcomes:

● Educators will learn what mathematical thinking looks like in action.
● Educators will engage in a mathematical routine and learn how it supports a wide range of learners.
● Educators will explore specific strategies built into the design of the routine that ensure access for a wide range of learners.
● Educators will learn how to identify tasks, plan for, and leave ready to use a mathematical routine with their students.

Training Flyer

*This PD may be eligible for Title I or Title II funding, please contact your program director.

CharacterStrong 2-day Trainings

CharacterStrong has 2-day trainings coming your way this January 11-12, 2020 at two locations: Green River Community College in Auburn AND Chinook Middle School, in Kennewick!

Register by 12/20 with the code CSWASHINGTON and save 20%.

**When you register for a CharacterStrong training please mention WSASCD, part of your registration will go directly to our affiliate. Visit

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

Saturday and Sunday, August 17-18, 2019 for a Two-Day CharacterStrong Training, the training will be offered at two locations: SPOKANE or TACOMA. Please mention WSASCD when you register and to save 20% register by 8/2 with the discount code: CSWASHINGTON


Monday, November 18, 2019 with Kristin Souers for Fostering Trauma Sensitive Learning Environment: A Team Approach. This training bridges information from Trauma Informed Practice Summit Part 1 with Part 2 (training description) not intended for those who have attended Part 2. Location: Tukwila Community Center       Time: 8:30a-3:30p         Registration Form