8th Annual Children’s Conference Featuring Richard Cohen

Dear Educators,

I would like to invite you to our 8th Annual Connecting for Children’s Conference featuring Richard Cohen!  Please find the attached flyer and registration form.  Seating is limited so please sign-up and have your registration and payment to me by March 16th to be guaranteed a seat.

If you are receiving this and wish to be removed from my list, please email me and I will take care of it.  I apologized for any inconvenience.

Thank you for your time and hope to see you in March!

Jolene Shuck

Memorial Preschool Site Supervisor



Registration and Conference Flyer

Debbie Handy Featured in Article on WSU Website

Debbie Handy

Teaching life skills key for award winning WSU educator

Balancing a checkbook is a learned skill. Preparing a healthy meal, managing healthy relationships, parenting, and making informed consumer decisions are, too. Many people aren’t aware that these skills are taught in school as well as on the home front.

WSU’s program is part of the Department of Human Development.That’s where Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) comes in: FCS classes teach life skills during the formative middle school and high school years. And those classes need teachers, which is Debbie Handy’s job—to teach the teachers. Handy oversees Washington State University’s FCS education program, advising and teaching WSU students who become teachers.

Late last year, Handy was selected as the first ever Washington Family and Consumer Sciences Education Teacher Educator of the Year at the Family and Consumer Sciences Annual Conference.

“The life skills we teach are things students will use every day,” she said. “It’s inspiring to be part of that, and help train future generations of teachers.”

Handy was drawn to the field after earning a degree in Home Economics Education, now FCS Education, and teaching junior high and high school in her native Wisconsin for a few years. She later moved to Washington and earned a master’s degree and Ph.D. from WSU and found she wanted to help teach future teachers.

“Debbie has positively affected thousands of high school students across Washington, and her students are well-prepared for student teaching,” said Kathi Hendrix, a retired CFS teacher at Selah High School and executive director of Washington Family and Consumer Sciences Educators. She is an excellent teacher. Her students create a bond with her that lasts throughout their career.”

Handy collaborates with the WSU College of Education to make sure her students have all the necessary coursework and training to be fully certified to teach when they leave WSU.

In addition to her work teaching and advising WSU students, Handy serves as the state Executive Director for Family, Careers and Community Leaders of America. She helped even more high school students in this role, Hendrix said.

“Every time a student does an individual or group project in FCCLA, the individual, family or community is improved,” Hendrix said. “Students learn leadership skills, do something for someone else, and learn what it means to be involved in their community.”

Article source:  http://news.cahnrs.wsu.edu/blog/article/teaching-life-skills-key-for-award-winning-wsu-educator/

School Climate Assembly

This is a flyer for R 5 Production who is coming to WA February 5-9 2018. They do positive School climate assemblies. Toledo High School is having them come on February 7th. They would like to reach out to other schools in WA at the same time. If interested please contact Mike Donahue @ miked@value-up.org  his phone is 402-290-4723 (cell)
888-898-4675 (toll free).

Rene’ Ketchum and Debbie Handy

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#Project Phenomena

#Project Phenomena

From our colleagues in California, the #Project Phenomena website has been developed in response to a need to help teachers identify grade level appropriate phenomena that could be incorporated into science instruction. #ProjectPhenomena is a collaboration of teacher, industry, university, and community organization leaders who want to help students engage in relevant, engaging, and meaningful phenomena as part of science process.

To day, 61 phenomena with descriptions, standards, resources and grade level can be found – HERE

The site also includes a page entitled, Criteria for Selecting Useful Phenomena which includes links to other resources providing guidance.

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

Free Webinar – Dismantling Stereotypes of Deadbeat Dads

February 14, 2018

Daddy Don’t Go
Dismantling the “deadbeat dad” stereotype

Emily Abt, the producer/director of “Daddy Don’t Go”, will describe the “whys” and “hows” of her feature length documentary about four disadvantaged fathers in New York City as they struggle to beat the odds and defy the deadbeat dad stereotype.

According to the U.S. Census, one in three children in America grow up without a father, placing them at a significantly higher risk to live in poverty, do poorly in school and run afoul of the criminal justice system. This is particularly true for New York City’s African-American and Latino children, of which 54% and 43% respectively grow up in fatherless households.

A 2014 study of over 40 million children and their parents by researchers at Harvard University found that family structure showed the strongest correlation with economic mobility — more so than other factors such as racial segregation, income inequality, school quality or social capital.

Esteemed sociologist/NYT bestselling author Kathryn Edin recently said about the film: “Every American must see this film. Why is it so heartbreakingly hard—even impossible—to be a decent dad in America if you’re poor? “Daddy Don’t Go” should sear the nation’s conscience.”

From National Fatherhood Initiative Blog, April 13, 2017

“Daddy Don’t Go” is a tough but tender journey that aims to illuminate the everyday struggles of disadvantaged fathers. Alex, Nelson, Roy and Omar shatter the deadbeat dad stereotype and redefine what it means to be a good father for all men.
Presenter:  Emily Abt, Producer/Director, Pureland Pictures

When: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 4:00pm EST/1:00pm PCT

Who should attend: Fatherhood practitioners, marriage and healthy relationship grantees, child support staff, workforce development programs, marriage and family life students and researchers, Family and Consumer Sciences educators, and policy makers.

Duration: 60 minutes

Cost: Free!

Email: Cathy

Job Opening – Mount Vernon High School

Job Title: Family & Consumer Sciences Leave Replacement

District / School:  Mount Vernon School District/Mount Vernon High School

Brief Description: We had a teacher take leave for medical reasons and need to fill her part time job ASAP. This is a leave replacement that begins as soon as filled and ends April 30th. You will be teaching Personal Choices, Nutrition, and Beginning Foods. 

Contact: Ryan Beatty, MVHS CTE Director- (360) 428-6100rbeatty@mvsd320.org 

Website Link to Posting: Details of the position can be found by following the attached link and clicking on the Online Application System link.   


OSPI Grant – Middle School FACS Programs

Looking for a way to help, improve school climatereduce bullyingand reduce and prevent drug and alcohol use?

Botvin LifeSkills training, an evidence-based program may be able to help you and your school.

This curriculum, helps teach kids how to cope and manage stress and anxietybuild positive relationships, how to be assertive and develop refusal skills to prevent and reduce substance use and abuse.

The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is currently offering a grant to help your school implement the LifeSkills curriculum in the classroom.

The grant will pay for student and teacher materials for all students in your school or site that will participate in the curriculum, required instructor training, and a stipend for data entry.

For more information about the grant and how to apply, click here .

Grant applications are due Thursday, January 18th by 4 pm.

Emily Maughan

Program Specialist for LifeSkills- Substance Abuse Prevention Training & The Healthy Youth Survey

Office of System and School Improvement

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)

P.O. Box 47200 | 600 Washington St. SE

Olympia, WA  98504-7200





Every student ready for career, college, and life


Teaching About Investing Workshop – FREE!

Teaching About Investing—You Don’t Have to Be Jim Cramer! 

Investing is the topic in Washington’s new financial standards that people are the most nervous about teaching. We watch financial analysts on tv, measure our knowledge against theirs, and then minimize or skip this unit entirely. Join us on Jan. 31, 2018 to vanquish these fears forever. We will explore a sample curriculum unit using lessons from the Council for Economic Education, the Delaware Council on Economic Education, the Federal Reserve Banks and the Stock Market Game. We will provide everything you will need (except your laptop or tablet), but you are, of course, welcome to bring any materials that you love to use to share with the group.

When: Jan. 31, 2018

            8:30 to 3:00 (sign-in starts at 8:00)

Where: Northwest Career & Technical Academy

             Lecture Hall

             2205 W Campus Pl, Mt Vernon, WA 98273

Cost: $250, BUT full scholarships will be awarded to all accepted attendees

You will receive:

·         A copy of Learning, Earning and Investing for a New Generation, Keys to Financial Success (theme 4), and access to the Stock Market Game curriculum (including Math Behind the Market)

·         Six free clock hours

·         Up to $200 in sub pay

·         Lunch and continental breakfast

Space is limited, so register today at


Pam Whalley

Director, Center for Economic and Financial Education at Western Washington University

Education Chair, Financial Education Public Private Partnership


This training has been made available through the generosity of U.S. Bank 

FCCLA Mentorship Program


Hello Wonderful FCCLA Advisers,

Are you a new adviser here in Washington FCCLA and feel overwhelmed at times? Have no fear, because everyone has been there before and our goal is to relieve you of that stress. Sign-up at the link on the attached copy of this newsletter for the FCCLA Adviser Mentorship Program