Welcome to WEA-Chinook

Who we are

WEA Chinook is a regional office of the Washington Education Association (WEA) staffed by education professionals and governed by members to ensure greater opportunities for decision making, training, coalition building and other important activities.

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to learn more about how WEA came to be, click here.

Services to include:

Peer support when colleagues need assistance.


Support for local association presidents as they strive to work with and for their members.


Local leadership development.


Grants for members to attend WEA's Representative Assembly, WEA Leadership Academy, and community outreach.


Training sessions as identified by member needs and requests.


This website is designed to provide information and support to WEA Chinook members.

If there is anything you would like to see on this website, contact tclark@washingtonea.org

Council Corner

  • South Sound Saturday School

    Registration is now underway for South Sound Saturday School. This year, Saturday School will be held on March 21.

    Saturday School, you say? Yes, but it's not like detention or anything. This one-day professional development opportunity has become a popular annual offering for WEA members.

    This year's Saturday School will be held on Saturday, of course, March 21, at Steilacoom High School, in Steilacoom. Breakfast and registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with welcome and introductions at 8:15 a.m. Class begins promptly at 8:30 a.m.

    We've been working hard on developing a slate of cool and timely topics where you can learn more about gamification, the new student discipline rules, implicit bias, special education, cultural competency, evaluations, para and teacher partnerships, special education, data collection, embracing diversity and much, much, more. Check out what we've got lined up.

    Plus, you'll be able to talk during our Saturday School! In fact, we will encourage and ask participants to connect, share and exchange ideas with colleagues and their locals throughout the day. We'll have breakfast waiting for you at 7:30 a.m. We’ll even throw in a school lunch. (We'll offer vegetarian, dairy free and gluten-free options to those who have dietary restrictions, but please bring your own sack lunch, if you have specific needs. Also, pack your own munchies if you need a snack throughout the day.) And, just in case you need them, six free clock hours will be available.

    Registration is $35 for WEA members, and covers up to two sessions, breakfast and lunch.

    Class space is limited (yes, we have class-size issues, too) so register now to get your top picks. Registration will close at 5 p.m. Friday, March 6.

    If you have questions, please contact Soundview UniServ or call 253-582-1822.
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  • NEA Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence Call for Nominations!!

    Call for Nominations
    WEA Nominee for NEA Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence
    Nominations due 5 p.m. Friday, March 20, 2020
    Award Details
    The NEA Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence recognizes, rewards and promotes excellence in teaching and advocacy for the profession.

    Eligibility. All current members of an NEA local affiliate or bargaining unit are eligible, including teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty and staff. Any WEA member is eligible to nominate another WEA member for this award.

    Award criteria. Nominations must address the candidate's qualifications in five areas: 1) Professional Practice, 2) Advocacy for the Profession, 3) Community Engagement, 4) Leadership in Professional Development, and 5) Attention to Diversity.

    Award recognition. WEA's nominee will receive expenses-paid travel to the NEA Foundation's Annual Salute to Excellence in Education Gala in Washington, D.C. in February 2021. Five awardees will be selected for The Horace Mann Awards for Teaching Excellence and receive $10,000 each, plus expenses-paid travel for themselves and a guest. The NEA Member Benefits Award for Teaching Excellence recipient, selected from the five, receives $25,000 in cash and a personalized commemorative gift. Read more about the award here.
    Nomination Process
    WEA is accepting nominations for our state affiliate award winner. It's easy to nominate a deserving WEA member! There are just two steps:
    1. Submit a brief letter of nomination (no more than 3 pages, double spaced) outlining the individual's strengths and accomplishments tied to the five award criteria. Send nomination letters by 5 p.m. Friday, March 20, to WEA Center for Education Quality staff Jim Meadows.

    2. Have your nominee submit brief responses (400 words or less per response) to the following prompts by 5 p.m. Friday, March 20, using this submission link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NWPB6XZ.
    • Question 1: In what ways have you distinguished yourself for your instructional expertise, creativity and innovation?
    • Question 2: How have you advocated to advance the education profession and to strengthen public education?
    • Question 3: How do you connect the community with the work you do in your classroom, school and/or district?
    • Question 4: In what ways have you cultivated your professional expertise and led others in professional development?
    • Question 5: How do you ensure the diverse needs of learners are met and honored?
    WEA will notify nominees about the status of their application by the end of March.
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