In this 10-week module, participants will:

  • Build knowledge and articulate key educational policy issues as they relate to teachers, teaching, and equitable outcomes for students;
  • Share understanding of current policies in a user-friendly format with colleagues;
  • Analyze educational policies through the competing tensions of quality, efficiency, equity, and choice;
  • Develop a nuanced awareness of how educational policies are constructed, presented, adopted, implemented, and evaluated;
  • Interact with guest education policy experts from across Washington State;
  • Construct and deliver a Policy Community Project. 

Module Structure

This blended professional development module consists of 9 online sessions and 3 two-hour in-person seminars (held at school district). Each of the nine online sessions includes: 

  • a self-directed, audio-narrated slideshow presentation
  • an interactive discussion forum
  • research-based articles and chapters for discussion
  • an instructor webcam check-in
  • personalized feedback on participants' progress

Important Facts

  • Up to 25 participants may enroll in the module
  • 30 clock hours are available for full participation in the module (partial clock hours available upon request)
  • Timing of module is flexible and can be modified to suit district's needs
  • UW instructor will come to your district to provide in-person support 

Participants Say...

“Policy and government are not areas that I am generally interested in, but I learned more than I expected and I now realize how much time and effort goes into policy change.” – Teacher Participant from Meridian and Lynden School Districts, Fall 2016


“This module definitely stretched my thinking, and actually left me with more questions about what is right and how to accomplish it.” – Teacher Participant, Meridian and Lynden School Districts , Fall 2016



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