The Center for Economic and Financial Education – Washington Treasurer’s Finance Challenge

The Financial Challenge is a free, on-line personal finance competition for high school students in Washington. Teachers can enter students to take the multiple-choice exams during a three hour-window of their choosing between May 21 and 9:00 pm on May 24, 2018. Students take the exam, and results are announced on May 25th . It’s that easy. (Detailed contest rules can be found on the registration website). The top 5 placing students and their teachers will be recognized at an awards luncheon on May 31, 2018 at the Seattle branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. We are pleased to announce that Duane Davidson, Washington State Treasurer, will be our luncheon speaker.

 Fame and Fortune (Recognition and Prizes)

  • Student Prizes:

o   First Place: $150 gift card

o   Second Place: $100 gift card

o   Third to Fifth Place: $50 gift card

o   Students who place in the top 10% will be named Personal Finance Experts, and receive a certificate in recognition of their achievement.

  • Teacher Prize: The teacher with the highest average student scores will receive a $200 gift card. (Minimum class size for eligibility 15)
  • Recognition: A press release will be sent to area news outlets publicizing the schools that participate in the Finance Challenge.

Visit for details and to register for the Challenge.

Fellows’ Applications for 2018-19 are NOW Open

The Washington State Fellows’ Network is a group of instructional leaders who meet 4 times a year to participate in professional learning and engage in leadership opportunities to support district, school, or organizational implementation and professional learning of the Washington State Learning Standards or Washington State Early Learning Initiatives/outcome goals. Classroom teachers, SPED, ELL and CTE teachers, teacher leaders, providers, and instructional coaches are encouraged to apply.

Apply Now

New Fellows and Returning Fellows will need to complete the application. Application materials are due on May 25, 2018.

More information about the Fellows’ program

Leadership in Edible Education Certificate Program

Taking Applications for Summer 2018-Spring 2019 Cohort

EduCulture and the Master of Arts in Education Program at Antioch University Seattle (AUS) present the Leadership in Edible Education Certificate Program (L.E.E.). Launched in 2015, this groundbreaking leadership development program is designed for formal and informal educators, and other professionals, who are interested in making a difference through edible education in Pre-K, K-12, and post-secondary schools and the wider food community. Spread over four quarterly courses, with Summer and Fall points of entry, this intensive professional education program is aimed at building the cultivating the experience, knowledge, and repertoire for those who seek to work in the field of edible education, or incorporate edible education into their current practice. It is also a formal concentration within the AUS MAEd Degree program, making the first of its kind in a graduate education program.

Four Quarter Program Course Cycle:
Summer 2018, Education Towards Food, Community & Citizenship
Fall 2018, Food in Schools and Post-Secondary Institutions
Winter 2019, Edible Education I: Theory & Practice
Spring 2019, Edible Education II: Culminating Project

Professional Education Options for Formal & Informal Educators Through EduCulture:
– L.E.E. Professional Certificate
– L.E.E. Professional Certificate with Continuing Education Credits
– L.E.E. Professional Certificate with WA State Clock Hours

Professional Education Options for Antioch Degree Students:
– AUS MAEd Degree with LEE Concentration & Professional Certificate
– AUS MAEd Level LEE Graduate Certificate & Professional Certificate
– Open to BA Completion and Psychology Students
– Any of the courses may help fulfill certain requirements for the Environmental and Sustainability Education Endorsement.


“Leadership in Edible Education has given me the language, the context, and most importantly the community to begin to understand how I am a leader in this newly emerging field.  Through thoughtfully chosen experiences situated within the Seattle and Kitsap area, stimulating dialogues, and powerful resources I have honed my knowledge, strength and vision.  Thanks to this superbly crafted curriculum and wise leadership, my life has forever been changed.” – Angela King, Educator and L.E.E. Graduate


To learn more, visit:
EduCulture Inquiries, contact 206-780-5797 or
Antioch Inquiries, contact:

Fight BAC Resources: Not Just for Adults

From Partnership for Food Safety Education:  You’re probably aware of the great resources we offer to support your outreach with consumers and colleagues. But did you know we have tons of teaching tools for kids?
Our Games & Activities pageincludes a video and story template called BAC Drop, links to interactive websites like Food Detectives, and tons of activity sheets, coloring pages and downloadable posters. On top of that, we have teaching tools available on our Curricula & Programs page.
We’re sharing these resources via our newest Teacher Talk newsletter. If you know a teacher, forward this email so they can sign up to receive this bimonthly newsletter. They will thank you!

Free Webinar About Ag Funding

“The Impact and Role of Public Funding in Agriculture and the US Economy”

The FASS Science Policy Committee invites you to join us on Wednesday, March 28, at noon CDT for the webinar “The Impact and Role of Public Funding in Agriculture and the US Economy.”

This will be a brief, engaging overview of past accomplishments, present conditions, and future possibilities for public and private research funding on the US economy and quality of life. The USDA and other agencies have funded billions of dollars in research that has benefitted all of society, not just agriculture. The amount of public money spent on research in all aspects of agriculture is just a tiny fraction of the total invested in food production, but it has far-reaching impacts on human and animal health, the environment, and the entire US economy. Every aspect of the economy, from individual farms to local communities to foreign trade, has benefited greatly from agricultural research; however, current funding may not be adequate to rise to the challenges of present and future societal needs.

The webinar is intended for anyone who buys or eats food, but will be of special interest to students, faculty, specialists, and anyone involved in agriculture. It will provide a brief summary of the past and present, with questions and ideas for the future. There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion at the end.

The webinar is free of charge, but you must register to attend.

“The Impact and Role of Public Funding in Agriculture and the US Economy”

By: FASS Science Policy Committee
Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Time: 12 noon Central Daylight Time

To register please click here

Once you have registered, you will receive an email with details for joining the webinar.

We look forward to your participation,
The FASS Science Policy Committee

If you need additional information please contact John McNamara: or Ken Olson:

1800 S Oak St Ste 100
Champaign IL 61820-6974

Free Food Science Training


Professional Development Program in Food Science
July 15 – 21, 2018
Washington, DC

Applications are due on or before April 17, 2018.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible to participate in the Professional Development Program in Food Science. You must:

    • Hold US Citizenship
    • Be employed full time as a middle school or secondary school teacher (Grades 6-12)
    • Teach science, FCS or health education in a US School, including the DoD school system
    • Have at least three years of consecutive, full-time teaching experience (by the program start date)
    • Have an up-to-date teaching certificate that will be uploaded as part of your application. (If a teaching certificate is not required by your current school, a letter of explanation will be required).

All participants must meet the criteria listed above before applying online.

Application Requirements and CheckList (PDF)

The checklist provides all the information required to complete your application. We suggest you print this document to use as a checklist before you begin the online application.

About the Program

Selected middle level and high school science, FACS and health educators will have an opportunity to be involved in a multidimensional professional development program that includes learning how to teach the Science and Our Food Supplycurriculum in their own classroom; and how to provide training sessions about this program to professional colleagues in their region. Specific activities take place during an intensive training session in Washington, DC that begins on Sunday, July 15, and ends late Saturday afternoon, July 21. Participants leave Washington, DC, on Sunday, July 22.

The week-long program includes an overview of the farm to table process, food safety and nutrition education resources, and visits to agricultural facilities, FDA labs, and college labs, where experiments from the Science and Our Food Supplycurriculum are taught by college professors.

When teachers return to their schools in the fall, they are expected to teach segments of the Food Safety and Nutrition curriculum in their classrooms. Each teacher receives a materials stipend for classroom/lab supplies to facilitate their instruction of this curriculum. An honorarium is provided to summer program graduates once they have taught the program to their professional colleagues in the spring and submitted a comprehensive final report.

The FDA/NSTA Professional Development Program in Food Science is supported by the Food and Drug Administration and implemented by Graduate School USA.

The FDA/NSTA Professional Development Program in Food Science includes:

    1. Summer Training
      This is a one-week training program for middle-level and high school science, FCS and health educators. Travel, lodging and meal expenses will be provided. The agenda includes:

      • Content updates by food science experts
      • Visits to FDA and other facilities
      • Presentations by government and industry leaders
      • Hands-on practice with new curriculum materials
      • Exchange of teaching/learning strategies
      • Planning for participant-presented workshops, i.e., Train-the-Trainer Program
    2. Curriculum Implementation 
      Participants will implement the FDA/NSTA Science and Our Food Supply supplementary curriculum in food safety and nutrition during the subsequent school year.
    3. Participant-presented Workshops – Train-the-Trainer
      All participants are expected to present a six-hour, hands-on workshop in their respective school, district, or region during the 2018-2019 academic year. An honorarium and workshop material expenses will be provided.
    4. On-Line Support
      Facilitated by Graduate School USA

Survey for Child Development Instructors

Please read the info below and give input if you’re teaching Child development or Early learning.

The Department of Early Learning is evaluating the Early Childhood Education Career Planning Portal(ECE Career Planning Portal) and we need your help!

The ECE Career Planning Portal helps visitors learn about careers in Early Childhood Education, find a certificate or degree program, learn about financial aid, and more! If you use the ECE Career Planning Portal, we want to understand how you use it, what additional information you are looking for, and what we can do to improve it.

Visit to take the survey.

Your feedback is important. We look forward to hearing how we can improve the Career Portal to meet your needs. The survey closes April 6, 2018.

The feedback we gain through this evaluation will help us decide how to make the ECE Career Planning Portal more useful for those looking to enter, or advance their careers in, the early childhood education workforce.

Please contact Anna Batie ( with any questions.

Mary Nagel

Program Supervisor

Family and Consumer Sciences Education

Career and Technical Education

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

W: (360) 725-6242 | M: (360) 338-8664

Home Baking Association Contest

The Home Baking Association has much happening, such as the Educator Award Contest. Win $1,000 and a trip for two to the Home Baking Association Annual Meeting at the Resort at Squaw Creek, Olympic Valley, CA, Sept. 30–Oct. 2. Submit your best baking lesson, activity or service project. Need an idea? Consider a food safety topic! Educators in classrooms, pre-schools, community programs, clubs, camps, leader training for Pre-K–12th grade are eligible. The entry deadline is March 31. Please refer to their website for more information.

FREE Financial Planning Workshop

This opportunity is made possible by the Financial Education Public-Private Partnership (FEPPP)

FREE Professional Development Program for K-12 Educators and School Librarians

Using Virtual Economics 4.5 to Enhance Your Courses
(with an Emphasis on Personal Finance)

Yes, this is the resource that you have heard other educators raving about!

Where: Sno Isle Skills Center, 9001 Airport Road, Everett, WA
When: April 12, 2018
Times: 8:30 am to 3:00 pm

Enrollment is limitedso register today:

We will explore the Virtual Economics flash drive with a focus on personal finance. This resource contains a treasure trove of classroom tested, teacher approved materials in a host of subjects! We would like to strongly encourage teacher and librarian pairs to attend.

What’s on the VE Flash Drive? 1400 active participation lessons, all correlated to the Common Core Standards. This amazing resource includes over 60 Council for Economic Education publications including (but not limited to):
• Personal Finance: Financial Fitness for Life (2nd edition), Learning, Earning and Investing: Elementary, Middle and High School
• Social Studies: Capstone–Teacher and Student Guides, Economics in Action, Focus Economics: k-2, 3-5, Focus: High School Economics, Focus: Middle School Economics, Focus: Understanding Economics in Civics and Government, Focus: Understanding Economics in U.S. History
• Mathematics: Mathematics & Economics: Connections for Life – 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
(See for a complete
listing of the publications contained in this tool.)

Every participant will receive:
• Complimentary clock hours
• Continental breakfast and lunch
• A copy of the Virtual Economics flash drive (a $159.95 value)
• SUB PAY (up to $200 per teacher/librarian)
Please share with other educators in your area.

Questions? E-mail or

For more information on FEPPP please visit FEPPP


ServSafe Preconference Workshop – Great Wolf Lodge 2018

Washington State University Extension is offering the ServSafe Manager Certification training for teachers, food service managers, culinary instructors, students and other individuals who have responsibility for teaching, learning or implementing best practices in food safety and food preparation.

Food safety training is a commitment, a mindset and a smart business practice for everyone involved in food preparation or food service operations. Trained people in the food business support safe food handling practice.         

  • Date: Sunday, October 21, 2018
  • Location: Washington Annual FCS Conference
  • Great Wolf Lodge – Centralia, WA
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (includes testing)

ServSafe is a nationally recognized, comprehensive food safety training and certification program for anyone involved in food preparation or the food service industry.  The training includes the latest updates in food safety and best practices used in the industry to implement critical food safety procedures. It is the highest standard in food safety training and certification to keep food safe and protect the public from foodborne illness. In addition to learning about preventive measures to keep food safe, the course also includes crisis management and handling emergency situations. ServSafe training is an opportunity to obtain nationally accredited food safety certification from the National Restaurant Association.

The cost for this course is $130 and includes the textbook and test.  Each participant needs his/her own textbook.  Pre-study is highly recommended.  Upon receipt of registration money, the textbook will be mailed to you.  Successful completion of the course includes a ServSafe certificate for 5 years.

Please fill out the registration form below and mail to WSU Extension with your payment. Registration should be received by October 1 to assure a textbook and ample study time. Class size is limited to 25 people.
If you have any questions about the class, please contact Margaret at 509.745.8531 or

Registration Form