Free opportunity to earn Recruiting Washington Teachers (RWT) microcredential

February 2019

The Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession (CSTP) is looking for educators to partner with for a new professional development pilot opportunity. CSTP is working with the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) to develop three micro-credentials and professional development modules for the Recruiting Washington Teachers (RWT) curriculum.

Free microcredential opportunity

Teachers and administrators can earn one of three RWT micro-credentials by demonstrating competency of the curriculum, the pathways to teaching, and system supports for RWT programs. We are also offering 20 free clock hours as part of this opportunity.

What is RWT?

Recruiting Washington Teachers is a high school teacher academy program, founded in equity pedagogy, to help students explore cultural identity and educational opportunities through the lens of the teaching profession.

The curriculum is focused on supporting “students holistically in their academic, emotional, social, professional, and cultural identity development, while guiding their exploration of careers in education.” Learn more about the RWT curriculum.

What’s a micro-credential?

A micro-credential is competency based, evidence-based and applied in the educator’s context. When a micro-credential is attained, an educator can earn a digital badge. Learn more about micro-credentials.

Benefits of micro-credentials:

  • Focused, specialized, relevant and job-embedded learning.
  • Online platform allows flexibility.
  • Educators are supported by a CSTP facilitator, as needed, and opportunities to connect and share within a cohort model of other educators.


Learn about this free opportunity to earn a RWT micro-credential:

  • Twitter Chat: Join CSTP for a twitter chat on February 12 at 7 p.m. where you can tweet questions or follow along. Follow @WACSTP and use #RWTMC to participate in the chat.
  • Informational webinar: Webinar will take place on February 19 at 4 p.m. Register online to attend.

How are you celebrating on Feb. 13?

You are invited to participate in the third annual Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS) Educator Day on Wednesday, February 13! The purpose of this Day is to promote FCS Education careers and to recognize and show appreciation for FCS educators and the difference they make in the lives of individuals, families, and communities.

Here are ways that you can promote and celebrate FCS Educator Day:

  • Add the FCS Educator Day Twibbon (New!) to your social media profile image.
  • Show or share videos highlighting career opportunities  Video
  • Use the lesson plans in the promotional toolkit that are designed to help students explore career opportunities  Lesson Plans
  • Download, customize with information about your activities, and submit to local media contacts: Press Release
  • Download, customize, submit to local officials: Proclamation
  • Download, customize, and give this certificate to FCS educators who are making a difference!
    PDF Format    Microsoft Publisher Format

Check out more great ideas and resources on the website!

While you’re making plans to celebrate FCS Educator Day, learn more about FCCLA Week,  held February 11 – 15, andCTE Month in February!

It’s a great time to promote FCS Education, FCCLA, and CTE!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Educator Recruitment Initiative

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The Real Fashion Experience – The Way to Learn

Shevare’ Perry is a Fashion Marketing Educator and Entrepreneur who has created an online 4-module course to teach what she knows about fashion, business, and success.
The Real Fashion Experience is more than just online fashion courses – it’s a project based portfolio development tool with focuses on entrepreneurship, concept development, event production, and marketing.
Shevare’ has a B.S. in Fashion Design and an MBA in International Management. She combines her passion for fashion with her training and skills in business into a course that will launch students into the fashion industry.
Her courses are designed to introduce high school students or augment the education of students in fashion school. The multimedia approach is engaging and interesting. At the end, students will have a portfolio of work to showcase, an understanding of the business side of fashion, and the tools to turn their inspiration into success.
Let this world-class entrepreneur and educator help your students succeed in the fashion business.
Yours in Fashion,
The Real Fashion Experience

Meet the 2019 WA Teacher of the Year

RHRobert Hand, the 2019 Washington state Teacher of the Year, is a Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher at Mount Vernon High School. He believes deeply in the power of relationships, and his current and former students agree. They say that he supports them in discovering and pursuing their interests, building leadership skills and confidence and that he is there for them when they’re unsure of the path ahead. “He taught me to do something that you really like, and it will take you far in life,” one student said. Ready Washington’s new video captures Mr. Hand’s approach to teaching and the positive difference it is making for his students during and after high school. Watch the video here.

Upcoming AAFCS January Webinars

January Webinars – Register Now!

Live & Archived Webinars are a member benefit!
AAFCS Professional, Emeritus & Student Members attend for FREE!

Seating is limited, so reserve your spot today!

Want to attend for free?  Click here to join AAFCS!

The Career Pathways in the FCS Classroom
Tuesday, January 15 – 4 PM EST
Inspire career confidence in your FCS classroom by illustrating the broad scope of the career options available in the FCS Career Pathway courses. Learn how to integrate FCCLA tools and resources to bring career exploration to life! This webinar will be a “can’t miss” for FCCLA Advisers and FCS teachers who want to ensure they are showcasing the Career Pathways focus in their courses through FCCLA integration.  Click to Register!

Start Simple: NEW MyPlate Resources and Tools
Wednesday, January 23 – 4 PM EST
The Start Simple with MyPlate campaign will provide ideas and tips from the five MyPlate food groups Americans can easily incorporate into their busy lives to help improve their health and well-being over time. There are many ideas that fit a variety of food preferences, health goals, lifestyles, and budgets.  Starting simple can lead to realistic and positive lifestyle changes to achieve a longer and healthier life. Attend this session to learn more about the resources and tools to launch and promote the campaign in your classroom, community, or organization. Click to Register!

Teen Trends: Insights into Generation Z
Tuesday, January 29 – 4:30 PM EST
Social media, technology use, gun violence, obesity, and mental health issues are just some of the national headlines about today’s teens.  The question is, are the headlines consistent with what is reported through national data sets?  This webinar will highlight key youth trends such as engagement in risky behaviors, health indicators, technology use, youth employment, and educational attainment.   The presentation discuss how teachers, families, and community members see these trends play out in their own lives and communities.  A time for discussion about implications for FCS program delivery will also be included in the webinar.   Click to Register!

Free Professional Development Opportunity

January 9, 2019
What Do We Really Know About 

“The Cycle of Violence”?

Research & Practical Implications


It is commonly said that youth who are exposed to interparental domestic violence are at an increased risk of experiencing dating violence in their romantic relationships. This phenomenon is often referred to as “the cycle of violence” or intergenerational transmission of violence. There is ample evidence supporting “the cycle of violence” hypothesis; yet, most youth exposed to interparental domestic violence do not go on to experience violence in their romantic relationships. How can we explain these seemingly opposing findings?
Specifically, webinar attendees will learn:
  1. What factors can increase or decrease adolescents’ risk of dating violence.
  2. How individuals can help prevent or break the cycle of violence.
  3. How to help promote post-traumatic growth and resilience in adolescents’ romantic relationships.

Presenters: Megan Haselschwerdt, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Child and Family Studies, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Who should attend: Violence prevention specialists, professionals working with couples and families impacted by domestic violence, marriage and healthy relationship grantees, family life educators, high school guidance counselors, Family and Consumer Sciences students and educators, and teen dating violence researchers
When: Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 4:00 pm Eastern/1:00 pm Pacific

Duration: 60 minutes 

Cost: Free!
Click here to register!

Please provide your feedback on the national standards for Family Consumer Sciences and Library Media by Jan. 18. 2019

Washington State is currently in the process of transitioning from state standards to national standards in the following endorsement competencies: Business and Marketing, Early Childhood Education, Family Consumer Sciences, Library Media, Reading, and Special Education.  We appreciate your ample feedback on the national standards for four areas of Business and Marketing, Early Childhood Education, Reading and Special Education. Today, we open a national standards vetting process for Family Consumer Sciences and Library Media.

We would like to invite you to participate in our online vetting process for Family Consumer Sciences and Library Media and provide feedback on the national standards currently under consideration.

Your feedback will help guide the Board’s decision to adopt, not adopt, or modify these national standards. Please note that these standards would be used for programs who are offering the related endorsement areas to pre-service or in-service teachers first seeking to obtain their endorsements. The content assessment educators take as part of the requirements to earn the endorsement would also be aligned to those standards. To provide feedback please visit our national standards vetting webpage page.

The vetting period will be from December 10 through January 18 for Family Consumer Sciences and Library Media. We extended the vetting period for these areas from four weeks to six weeks in consideration of a long holiday season. The vetting process will be conducted via online surveys (one for each set of standards). A side-by-side comparison chart between current Washington state standards and proposed national standards, as well as other resources are provided.

Professional Development Opportunity

The Financial Education Public-Private Partnership is proud to offer full scholarships on a first-come first-served basis to accepted educators. Space is limited—so register today!

What: FEPPP – Financial Education Teacher Training for grades 6-12 Educators

Where: ESD 105, 33 S 2nd Ave., Yakima, WA  98902

When:  January 28, 2019

Time: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm each day

You will receive notification via e-mail as to whether or not you have been accepted to the program within one week of your completed registration.  

This training is a fun and informative one-day professional program designed to introduce you to the rewarding world of financial education. The training will explore “Building a Career’s Unit,” teaching methods, and age appropriate interactive participation lessons that change your students’ lives!

All accepted participants will receive:

  • Full scholarship
  • Financial education curriculum—$160.00 value—ready to use in your classroom
  • Hands-on diverse training from hand-picked engaging financial education professionals
  • Light breakfast and full lunch
  • Complimentary clock hours

Register nowFE training Yakima ESD

This workshop and training are made available by the generous donation of Jump$tart Washington Coalition and support of the

This Financial Education Public-Private Partnership (FEPPP).

More information about FEPPP can be found at:

For questions, please contact: Tracy Godat, FEPPP Executive Director,