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February 11, 2015 at 5:00 AM

On the agenda: GOP ed event, parent summit, teen sleep panel

School’s out for Presidents Day on Feb. 16, but education events pick up soon afterward, including these three:

  • Feb. 17: A Twitter and Facebook live conversation with ranking Republican members on education issues in the Washington State House of Representatives.
  • Feb. 21: Parent/family engagement summit at Seattle Public Schools with keynote from National PTA president Ortha Thornton.
  • Feb. 23: Seattle Town Hall, “Start School Later, Let Teens Sleep” panel discussion on teen sleep science.

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January 3, 2015 at 9:00 AM

On the agenda: Free early learning event, school funding forum

Two upcoming events:

On Tuesday, Jan. 6, Tom Ahearne, attorney for the consortium that filed the landmark McCleary school-funding case will speak at a meeting sponsored by the Seattle Council  Parent, Teacher and Student Associations, the League of Women Voters and the Seattle Education Association. It is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Seattle Public School headquarters, 2445 Third Ave. S., Seattle.

Along with Ahearne, the event will also feature speakers who will talk about options for new revenue for schools, and the Council will talk about how its members can advocate for more education funding.

The event is free, but seating is limited.  RSVP at:

On Wednesday, Jan. 7, nearly 300 King County  elected officials, educators and representatives of  agencies, organizations, businesses, and parent advocacy and faith-based groups will meet to talk about how they can work together to make early learning a county-wide priority.


Comments | More in News | Topics: early learning, Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences, Neuroscience and education

November 19, 2014 at 9:00 AM

On the agenda: Films, discussions on preschool, high-stakes testing

Boo Davis / The Seattle Times

Boo Davis / The Seattle Times

A number of education events will be held this week on early childhood education and standardized testing.

For those of you interested in both topics, we’re sorry to say that two of them are at about the same time this coming Thursday.

On pre-K: King County is hosting a free screening of “The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation,” the opening episode in a series that will air on PBS this spring. King County says the series will explore “the importance of investing in early childhood development.”

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on “what it takes to ensure King County is a community where young children thrive.” Panel participants will include King County Executive Dow Constantine, and early learning advocates and educators. 6 p.m. Thursday, Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center, 400 S. 2nd St., Renton.


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