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After visiting with the Finley School District staff, the following article appeared in the Tri-City Herald.

http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2013/12/11/2726433/finley-school-district-helps-energize.html

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After touring through several locations in Kansas, including Lego North America, this newspaper article appeared in the Morning Sun newspaper.

http://www.morningsun.net/article/20131109/NEWS/131109827/2136/NEWS?tag=1&refresh=true

Seattle Times Op-Ed peice about Washington State adopting the Next Generation Science Standards.

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By Jeff Charbonneau

When I teach chemistry in my lab in Zillah in Yakima County, I’m teaching the same concepts that my colleagues in Aberdeen, Seattle and Bellingham teach. In fact, these concepts don’t change whether you’re in Capetown, South Africa, or Katmandu, Nepal. Chemistry is chemistry.

But the standards to which our students are taught are often vague, inconsistent from one place to another or even nonexistent. That makes it harder for students to move between schools or districts.

It makes it harder for teachers in different states to share ideas and best practices. And it makes it difficult for employers and colleges to judge exactly what students have learned.

Also, students have traditionally learned the sciences largely in isolation. They learn biology one year, chemistry the next year and perhaps physics after that — without the holistic integration that characterizes real scientific inquiry. And finally, the real-world field of engineering is often overlooked when we teach science in schools.

The Next Generation Science Standards, which Washington state just adopted, will help change all this. These new standards are rich in content and practice and arranged in a coherent way across subjects and grades to provide students with an internationally benchmarked science education.

The Next Generation Science Standards come on the heels of the Common Core State Standards in other subjects. Both have generated some controversy. Teachers, parents and the general public should not find these new standards threatening. They are not a radical change, but rather are a carefully judged update and revision of what Washington students have been learning for years. Washington state has had standards-based science education for more than a decade.

Standards are not the same thing as curriculum. Teachers will still be able to teach in their own individual styles, taking into account the unique characteristics of their student populations.

This means that in Zillah I will still teach chemistry using the demonstrations and lesson plans that are relevant to my students, making my teaching personalized to their experiences. The standards provide a common set of goals that science teachers everywhere can use to help their kids achieve. The standards are a common destination, leaving the route up to the teacher and their students.

We have already essentially adopted these standards in my classroom in Zillah. Although nearly half of my students come from low-income families, I challenge them to reach for college-level sciences. I’ve helped forge partnerships with nearby colleges so students can earn college credit in physics, chemistry and engineering. Our graduation rate is 96 percent. These are the kind of effects that come from setting high standards and helping students achieve them.

My fellow teachers are rightfully concerned that learning these new standards and learning how to reach them will require extra time and resources that their schools do not have. That is why the state and local school districts must pair the adoption of these standards with training time and tools to help teachers help students achieve the standards.

We must make these investments and embrace these standards because our students will face global competition when they enter the workforce.

Washington state is home to some of the most prominent employers of scientists and engineers in the world — Microsoft, Boeing, Amazon, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, PATH, GE Aviation, the list goes on. Those employers recruit from around the country and around the world, searching for people educated to the highest standards.

We should be teaching our students to the same standards so our employers can hire homegrown talent. The Next Generation Science Standards will help get us there.

Jeff Charbonneau is the 2013 National Teacher of the Year. He teaches science at Zillah High School.

For the original article, click here:

http://seattletimes.com/html/opinion/2021968443_jeffcharbonneauopednextgen07xml.html

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50 Educators from across the USA have been highlighted in a book titled “American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom”.

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Washington state advertisement:

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Publishers website:

http://www.welcomebooks.com/americanteacher/index.html

Sierra Vista – The Herald

Article by Elizabeth Mroz

“You can do it!”  Nothing instills confidence like these four words. It is important that you encourage your children to try everything good, and good for them.  When a subject in school seems difficult for your children, you must get them to try it until they “get it.”

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http://www.svherald.com/content/community/2013/09/10/359205

August 28, 2013, Daily Sun Newspaper, Sunnyside,WA. “National teacher of the year helps kick off school year”. http://www.dailysunnews.com/archives/story.aspx/27675/national-teacher-of-year-helps-kick-off-sunnyside-school-year

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May 7, 2013, Yakima Herald, Yakima, WA.”Inslee reveals picks for higher ed board” http://www.yakimaherald.com/news/latestnews/1115948-8/inslee-reveals-picks-for-higher-ed-board

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April 30, 2013, Yakima Herald, Yakima, WA. “Zillah welcomes back National Teacher of the Year”

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http://www.yakimaherald.com/schools/zillah/1093054-8/videophotos-zillah-welcomes-back-national-teacher-of-the

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April 24, 2013, Yakima Herald, Yakima, WA. “A Rose Garden Salute for Zillah Teacher”

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http://www.yakimaherald.com/home/1072709-8/photosvideo-a-rose-garden-salute-for-zillah-teacher

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April 23, 2013, Yakima Herald, Yakima, WA. EDITORIAL – “Local schools show nation how to educate young minds” http://www.yakimaherald.com/news/1069417-8/local-schools-show-nation-how-to-educate-young

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April 23, 2013, Yakima Herald, Yakima, WA. “Zillah’s Jeff Charbonneau is tops among nation’s teachers” (with video) http://www.yakimaherald.com/home/1056850-8/zillahs-jeff-charbonneau-is-tops-among-nations-teachers

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Washington Post:

Jeff Charbonneau, a high school science teacher from Zillah, Washington, was chosen as the 2013 National Teacher of the Year.

He and the group of State Teachers of the Year from which he was selected, will visit President Obama at the White House on Tuesday. They met on Monday with Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Biden and a longtime educator.

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/04/22/2013-national-teacher-of-the-year-named/

Seattle Times: “The National Teacher of the Year for 2013 is a high-school teacher from Eastern Washington who exudes enthusiasm about science, his students and the state of public education.”

 

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http://seattletimes.com/html/education/2020839538_teacherofyearzillahxml.html

April 22, 2013, Seattle Times, Seattle, WA. EDITORIAL – “Editorial: Teacher of the year Jeff Charbonneau excels, inspires”

http://seattletimes.com/html/editorials/2020839099_editteacherzillahxml.html

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April 20, 2013, Seattle Times, Seattle, WA. -“Small town teacher a finalist for high-profile national honor.” http://seattletimes.com/html/education/2020826646_teacherofyearfinalistxml.html

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March 26, 2013, Yakima Herald, Yakima, WA. “Zillah teacher up for National Teacher of the Year”

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http://www.yakimaherald.com/home/957639-8/video-zillah-teacher-up-for-national-teacher-of

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January 18, 2013, Yakima Herald, Yakima, WA. “Zillah teacher a finalist for national honor”

 

http://www.yakimaherald.com/home/739900-8/zillah-teacher-a-finalist-for-national-honor

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November 25, 2012, Yakima Herald, Yakima, WA. “Award-winning educators inspire young journalists”

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http://www.yakimaherald.com/photosandvideos/latestphotos/491778-8/award-winning-educators-inspire-young-journalists

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ESD 105: “Congratulations to Zillah High School science teacher Jeff Charbonneau, the newly named 2013 Washington State Teacher of the Year!”

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http://www.esd105.org/index.php/about-esd-10521/article-archive/338-zillah-s-jeff-charbonneau-is-the-2013-washington-state-teacher-of-the-year

September 17, 2012, Seattle Times, Seattle, WA. “Zillah HS teacher is tops in Washington state” http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2019186075_apwateacherofyear.html

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August 22, 2012, Yakima Herald, Yakima, WA. “Zillah technology proponent named [ESD 105] teacher of the year” http://www.yakimaherald.com/news/yhr/wednesday/231537-8/zillah-technology-proponent-named-teacher-of-the-year

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ESD 105:  “Jeff Charbonneau, a Zillah High School science teacher and a leader in STEM education, is the Educational Service District 105 Regional Teacher of the Year for 2012-2013!  ESD 105 superintendent Steve Myers made the surprise announcement of Jeff’s selection during an assembly before the staff of the Zillah School District on August 21.”

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http://www.esd105.org/index.php/about-esd-10521/article-archive/332-zillah-s-jeff-charbonneau-is-our-regional-teacher-of-the-year