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In this issue: Our Voice: Prop 1/Ref 90/ Chris Reykdal (vote yes!), Say Their Names Memorial, MOU FAQ - 1:1 Connections, WEA PD Network, Trunk or Treat Volunteers please 

October 23, 2020

Dear HEA Members,

Your ballots should have arrived. If not, please contact your county elections office. We need everyone to vote. There are many important races on the ballot including the Proposition 1 Tech Levy for Highline residents, SPI Chris Reykdal, Referendum 90, and local legislators who impact our lives and those of our students in so many ways.  Please take advantage of WEA’s OurVoice voter guide. 

HEA and district leadership are working jointly on health and safety planning. More information will be coming next week. If you are a COVID Co-captain, please enroll here to ensure you get updates and support in the coming weeks.

Finally, please take a moment to complete this quick workload survey which will support our on-going labor-management discussions.

In solidarity,


Prop 1 Highline Tech Levy

  This Levy is for you, our paras, and our students.  Regardless of whether you live in the district or just work here, I urge you to select one activity to support its passage.  

  • For the campaign literature drop, meet outside the Burien Library at 10am on Oct 24th for a two-hour socially distanced action 
  • Text banking to support the levy begins at 5:30 PM 10/28. It's super easy to do and we'll have staff on call to help with any questions or technical difficulties. Usually people can watch TV and do this at the same time so it's even easier than phone banking.   

Say Their Names Memorial.  This powerful memorial honoring Black victims murdered as a result of systemic racism and police brutality opened in Kirkland Washington Tuesday.  This grassroots effort started in Portland and since has traveled to more than two dozen cities across the US.  Learn more about the memorial, its Kirkland locations, and how to donate at the memorial’s website. The memorial is open to the public during daylight hours through November with social distancing and masks required. 


1.) Why are there no students attending on November 6? 

 November 6 is a non-student paid day for teacher/ESA-directed collaboration, traditionally held in October.  This year it marks the end of the first quarter for secondary teachers.  In addition to staff-directed collaboration time, it may be used for self-directed work needed to prepare for and develop connections with new classes of students and families.

2.) How are the 1:1 Student Connections being conducted at each building? (That is a good question!) 

 The following information was provided to principals in the district’s Admin Packet last Friday in response to questions about 1:1 Connections. (Some of you may still have questions or concerns, so here are some suggestions about how to manage this in your building. Please reach out to your principal and/or HEA Reps if you are struggling with managing your 1-1s. Consider using your SLT to manage your school’s approach to them. Remember, this should either be work you are already doing OR work you can and should substitute for other work you were previously doing.  Do not push current work outside the school day to get your check-ins done. If you continue to have any concerns about meeting virtually with a student 1:1, please discuss those with your principal to work out a solution.)  

  • Every student should be assigned one adult who checks in with them weekly, one-on-one (Currently, there is not a standard # of students assigned; each principal can choose how many students are assigned and to whom. Hopefully, they have consulted with SLTs and/or coordinated with staff in making these assignments. Talk to your principal if you cannot build a 1:1 relationship with the number of students assigned to you and request an adjustment. You are not expected to just “live with it!”)
  • Check-ins can occur during Zoom calls in a breakout room during class (Yes, you can choose to use your instructional block minutes to do your checks-ins, or any appropriate time during the workday.)
  • Check-ins can occur during advisory (Yes, during your advisory time you can meet with one student at a time for the check-in. It should be your choice whether to use instructional time, family connections time, advisory time, or planning/WAC time – based on what works for YOU.)
  • Consider assigned elementary teacher or advisory teacher as the assigned adult (Yes, check-ins are designed to happen during the work day so do not take on so many 1-1 students that you push work you currently are doing to outside the school day.  If that is happening, talk to your principal. Ask your HEA Reps for support if you don’t feel comfortable doing this on your own.)
  • Other staff can also be assigned to a student. If that staff person does not report to you, please check with that person's supervisor prior to assigning them to a student.  (Note that a principal cannot assign students to ESAs without checking with the ESA’s supervisor.  If you are an ESA and are being assigned students, please inform your HEA ESA Rep ASAP.)
  • Check-in durations can range from 10-20 minutes, depending on the nature of what comes up during the check-in.  (There is no standard # of minutes for all conversations. You should be determining what makes sense for a given check-in.)
  • If something comes up for a student where they need extra supports, the assigned adult should reach out to the counselor, social worker, administrator, or other appropriate school staff that supports student needs.  (The intent here is to avoid putting additional work on teachers’ plates. However, if you want to be informed, talk with your principal and request that the assigned adult contact you as well.)
  • Check-ins should be logged (There is not a uniform record-keeping requirement yet.  Your SLT could discuss this, however. Additionally, the district has previewed that you will be expected to checkoff connections in Synergy eventually.)

WEA PD Network Has Your Back!  When does your teaching license expire?  Have you completed all the courses needed to renew your license?  Are you up on all the latest OSPI certification changes?  Don’t worry, your union is here to help!

WEA’s ESA and Teacher Certification trainings will help you understand the latest state certification policy changes, examine certificate renewal options and explore the OSPI eCert platform.  These trainings are for teachers, Career & Technical Education (CTE) teachers and Educational Staff Associates (ESAs). 

All upcoming trainings also address the latest COVID-19 certification updates. WEA’s Professional Growth Plan (PGP) Part 1 is the course for all certificated educators considering using PGPs for certificate renewal, meeting the STEM certificate renewal requirement and for salary advancement purposes. Trainings are free, provide clock hours and are only open to WEA members. You can find WEA’s latest certification registration information here.

Option One:  Teacher Certification 101 (3 Clock Hours). Focuses on the latest teacher certificate renewal requirements, policy changes, STEM renewal requirement, PGP basics, National Board basics, OSPI eCert platform needs. Audience: Teachers and CTE Teachers.  

October 27, 2020 (Tuesday) 4:00-7:00 PM  

November 16, 2020 (Monday) 4:00-7:00 PM  

December 2, 2020 (Wednesday) 4:00-7:00 PM  

Option Two: Educational Staff Associates (ESA) Certification 101 (3 Clock Hours)  Focuses on the latest ESA certificate renewal requirements, policy changes, OSPI eCert platform, PGP basics and ESA professional growth needs. Audience: Educational Staff Associates (Counselors, psychologists, social workers, SLPs, OTs, PTs, nurses, and behavior analysts). Pick One:

October 29, 2020 (Wednesday) 4:00-7:00 PM  

November 18, 2020 (Tuesday) 4:00-7:00 PM  

Professional Growth Plan (3 Clock Hours).  In addition, certificated educators can complete one self-directed PGP per year for 25 clock hours that contributes both toward your certificate renewal and salary placement.  This session covers PGP basics, alignment with TPEP, meeting STEM requirement using PGPs and provides time to draft your PGP.  Audience: All certificated educators. This is a great option if you are picking up a lot of new instructional tech skills and want to receive clock hours for what you are learning real time.  Pick one:

November 9, 2020 (Monday) 4:00-7:00 PM 

November 19, 2020 (Thursday) 4:00-7:00 PM 

‘Trunk or Treat’ Halloween Fun on October 31.  Trunk or Treat in solidarity with our labor partners makes for a safer environment (with less walking) and allows us to host with other unions.  Please email me if you can help. 

We are looking for the following volunteers (HEA will reimburse costs):

  • Arty types to design our Halloween Trunk or Treat vehicle (costume suggestions welcome)
  • Hands on volunteers needed to decorated the HEA Halloween vehicle (time TBD)
  • Costume creators ???
  • If passing out candy is your thing, join this socially distanced event for our labor families and community on the day of.

Join in the family fun on OCT 31st! (4-7PM)

Teamsters Hall 14675 Interurban Ave. Tukwila 

Check out the HEA Events Calendar for more details.