As educators from across the Puget Sound, we stand against the current administration’s targeting of immigrants, LGBTQIA, people of color, students with exceptionalities, and students from diverse backgrounds. We are committed to actions and policies that strengthen our community and ensure our students’ privacy and rights are upheld to the fullest extent of the law. Our classroom spaces are sacred places for learning.  Read more...

As educators from across the Puget Sound, we stand against the current administration’s targeting of immigrants, LGBTQIA, people of color, students with exceptionalities, and students from diverse backgrounds. We are committed to actions and policies that strengthen our community and ensure our students’ privacy and rights are upheld to the fullest extent of the law. Our classroom spaces are sacred places for learning.  Read more...

Read Investing in our Students' Future: Policy Recommendations for Teacher Compensation, our newest Intentionality Report, researched and written by our Compensation Policy Team.  Check out past Intentionality Reports here.

Read Investing in our Students' Future: Policy Recommendations for Teacher Compensation, our newest Intentionality Report, researched and written by our Compensation Policy Team.  Check out past Intentionality Reports here.

Read Closing the Revolving Door: Policy Recommendations for Supporting Early Career Teachers and Administrators, our newest Intentionality Report, researched and written by our First Years Policy Team.  Check out past Intentionality Reports here.

Read Closing the Revolving Door: Policy Recommendations for Supporting Early Career Teachers and Administrators, our newest Intentionality Report, researched and written by our First Years Policy Team.  Check out past Intentionality Reports here.



Teachers United Annual Network Meeting held at Narrows Brewing, May 31, 2016!

Teachers United Annual Network Meeting held at Narrows Brewing, May 31, 2016!

Teachers United at the signing of House Bill 1345. House Bill, which defines professional learning for teachers in the state of Washington, was signed into law by Governor Jay Inslee on March 31, 2016.  To the right of Governor Inslee are three of Teachers United directors: Hope Teague-Bowling, Mary Moser, and Sara Ketelsen.  Teachers United worked with our legislators to recommend policy and craft the language of the bill.

Teachers United at the signing of House Bill 1345.

House Bill, which defines professional learning for teachers in the state of Washington, was signed into law by Governor Jay Inslee on March 31, 2016.  To the right of Governor Inslee are three of Teachers United directors: Hope Teague-Bowling, Mary Moser, and Sara Ketelsen.  Teachers United worked with our legislators to recommend policy and craft the language of the bill.

POLICY TEAMS

On May 19, 2015, TU discussed and voted on our three focus issues for the coming year:  Professional Development Implementation, Compensation, and Early Career Teacher/Admin Support.  Over the following year and a half, we researched, analyzed and worked in teams to implement and author conclusions on these topics. We are always looking for interested parties to be involved in our research, recommendation, and implementation of our policy work.

Professional Development Implementation:  In the 2015 legislative session, we saw the introduction of House Bill 1345, which saw support in both the House and the Senate.  Ultimately, the bill did not pass as originally written.  The 2015-2016 legislative session saw the reintroduction of House Bill 1345.  With continued work with our legistlators, Teachers United celebrates the passage on March 31, 2016, of House Bill 1345: Defining Professional Learning.

Compensation:  Listening to the dialogue in state government and around our districts, we see that compensation is an important issue for our teachers to research, understand, and have a voice in decisions.  The team has read and analyzed proposed compensation bills from the 2014-2015 legislative session.  They are currently looking to share their analysis and investigate further on models that work in Washington state.

Early Career Teacher/Admin Support:  Supporting early career teachers grew out of our research on teacher retention and overwhelming support from our TU253 members.  At our 2015 Annual Network Meeting meeting, we also discussed the need to involve new admin in the research and policy recommendation as they play a key role in mentoring new teachers and creating a building climate.  The team met in the fall of 2015 and published their findings in 2016 here.