Regional News

ESDs, superintendents, state legislators and students push for additional support to address student safety and mental health

Leaders from the state’s Educational Service Districts (ESDs) joined legislators, school staff and...

Dr. Gene Sharratt Receives The 2019 WASA Golden Gavel Award

Dr. Gene Sharratt is the recipient of the 2019 WASA Golden Gavel Award. Dr. Sharratt received the...

Saying Goodbye to AESD Executive Director of Network Initiatives Gene Sharratt

Dr. Gene Sharratt is retiring from his position as Executive Director for the Association of...

A grand opening celebration

State ESD leaders, past and present, gathered in February for the grand opening of NEWESD 101’s...

SCRIPT Facilitator training benefits every ESD in Washington

In March, CS for All came to Bellevue, Washington to facilitate a workshop called SCRIPT (School...

“One small step…” ESDs across the state celebrate 50 years of service

The most famous words of 1969, spoken by Neil Armstrong, also fittingly describe another...

Statewide Climate Science Initiative Highlighted in Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly

ClimeTime, a statewide initiative, was recently featured in an article written by Abby Rusky and...

Heart in Hand – Washington State Teacher of the Year

It’s 9:30 A.M. in Robert Hand’s Family & Consumer Science class at Mount Vernon High School....

Kicking off our OESD’s 50th Year of Service to Public Education

On September 20, 2018, our OESD celebrated the beginning of its 50th year of providing services to...
ClimeTime featured in Seattle Times Article

ClimeTime featured in Seattle Times Article

An article titled Teaching the teachers how to teach kids about climate science was recently posted in the Seattle Times Pacific NW Magazine and features the state-wide work that has been providing professional development opportunities for teachers to learn more and...

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NWESD Deeper Learning Cluster Update

The NWESD Deeper Learning Cluster is a network of five school districts and 15 schools that have been working together for the past three years. The network engages in study and collaborative inquiry concerning pedagogical practices that create deeper learning,...

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Vision Screenings for Migrant Students

Vision Screenings for Migrant Students

With more than 7,000 eligible migrant students in the Southeast Washington region, ESD 123 aims to meet the health needs of all migratory students who may be missed by regular school screenings. To this end, ESD 123 is one of four ESDs managing the new Welch Allyn...

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Drug Take-Back Event Collects Over 4,300 Pounds of Medicine

Drug Take-Back Event Collects Over 4,300 Pounds of Medicine

Thanks to the nearly three dozen community groups who partnered with ESD 112’s PREVENT Coalition in April for the 2019 Drug Take Back event, 4,311 pounds of medications and 1,307 pounds of sharps were collected across eight sites in Clark, Skamania and Klickitat...

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Celebrating Inspiration & Community Leadership!

Celebrating Inspiration & Community Leadership!

WASA Region 114 Awards – 2019 Highlights Inspired by an unprecedented number of honorees, 28 to be exact, it was a wonderful evening to celebrate the vast array of volunteer services represented by nine school districts in our region. On Monday, April 15, 2019,...

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ESD 105’s Safety Summit

ESD 105’s Safety Summit

Students from Yakima County shared common concerns about safety and brainstormed ways to help make schools safer during the Student Safety Summit, which ESD 105 hosted the morning of Thursday, April 11. The 90-minute session involved about 20 participants from six...

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New AESD Network Executive Director

New AESD Network Executive Director

Earlier this year, WSSDA Deputy Executive Director Jessica Vavrus was encouraged to apply for the position of Association of Educational Service Districts (AESD) and OSPI Network Executive Director. The position came open when longtime educator Dr. Gene Sharratt...

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A Message from our AESD President on upcoming changes

Inevitably, change happens! Certainly the time between the winter Dispatch and this edition is evidence of that. The legislative session ended with mixed results in resolving various funding and policy issues impacting our school districts as well as the AESD. On a...

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NWESD Welcomes Technology Director

NWESD Welcomes Technology Director

The Northwest Educational Service District 189 (NWESD) is thrilled to announce Les Valsquier as our new Director of Technology Services. Les comes to the NWESD with over 20 years of IT management and experience. In his most recent position at the Edmonds School...

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