Sparks 2024

Do you have a spark about you? Are you curious to learn more about your union, want to develop your professional skills, or want to be a better advocate?

If yes, then join WEA-Sammamish’s Sparks program!

Sparks is a two-day leadership retreat for union educators in their first seven years. Certificated or Education Support Professional (aka Classified), in the classroom or in some other role, all are welcome!

Come together in community with other newer educators from across the eastside. Develop your professional skills and learn how to better advocate for racially, socially, and economically just public schools, all while learning more about what it means to be a union member. You’re guaranteed to come away with new friends, new ideas, and a renewed spark for your job.

We’ve got you covered!  Your substitute, hotel, meals, snacks, materials, and clock hours are all paid for.

When: April 26 & 27

Where: TBD. Likely the Redmond area.

Tentative Agenda (subject to change):

Friday:

9:00 - 10:00am: Session 1 Welcome circle, logistics, preview

10:00 - 11:45am: Identity markers

11:45 - 12:30pm: Unionism  - 3 pillars of unionism

12:30 - 1:30pm: Lunch and check in to hotel

1:30 - 3:30pm: Story of Self

3:30 - 4:15pm: WEA-Pac

4:15 - 4:30pm: Break

4:30 - 6:00pm: Magical Mystery Tour

6:00pm: Dinner. Socialize. Games.

Saturday:

7:00 -8:00am: Continental Breakfast.

8:00 - 10:00am: Clock Hour Programming

10:00 - 10:30am: Break and Check Out of Rooms

10:30 - 12:30pm: Clock Hour Programing

12:30 - 1:30pm: Lunch

1:30 - 1:45pm: NEA Member Benefits

1:45 - 3:45pm: Clock Hour Programming

3:45 - 4:30pm: Closing, Evaluations

4:30pm: Departure

Together we will light a fire!!

Questions? Reach out to Charlotte Cole (ccole@washingtonea.org  425.440.6151)

Clock Hour Programming Dependent Upon Cadre Make Up (this list provides examples of possible sessions, it is not comprehensive)

  1. Student management and behavioral interventions
  2. Inclusionary practices
  3. Interrupting toxic conversations/courageous conversations
  4. Communicating effectively with diverse students and families
  5. How to maintain your certificate
  6. Problem, Issue, Demand
  7. Building winning teams for Paras