August 25, 2015 | Issue No. 26 | Excellent Schools Now Newsletter
Full Coalition Meeting

October 20, 2015
2–4 p.m.
Community Room B,
2100 Building
2100 24th Ave
Seattle, WA 98144

Read: ESN Updates

Statewide Smarter Balanced Scores Released
The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) released statewide results from Smarter Balanced assessments earlier this month. Scores were promising, and students surpassed expectations across the state. Read OSPI's statement on the score release, or look up the scores in your school district.

Date Change! Full Coalition Meeting

Our next full coalition meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 20, at 2 p.m. Please note the date and time change of this meeting. Please join us to learn the results from our summer listening tour and to hear updates about our policy priorities for the 2016 legislative session.

When: 2–4 p.m., Tuesday, October 20
Where: 2100 Building, Community Room B
2100 24th Ave, Seattle, WA 98144

Questions? Contact Kim Martinez,

Back-to-school handout on K–12 learning standards
The Ready Washington (Ready WA) coalition recently published a handout for parents in 17 languages about Washington's K–12 learning standards and assessments. This and other resources for parents are available on the Ready WA website.

ESN welcomes Reading Partners
A Reading Partners volunteer works with a student.The Excellent Schools Now (ESN) Coalition is thrilled to welcome Reading Partners as a member!
Reading Partners is a national nonprofit literacy organization that works to expand life opportunities for elementary school children in under-resourced communities by empowering them with strong literacy skills. Read more about their work on the ESN website.

Stand for Children's Changing the Odds Luncheon
Please attend Stand for Children’s annual luncheon and help us change the odds for students across Washington State. This year, we are pleased to welcome Joel Klein, former Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, as our keynote speaker.

When: 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 16
Where: Seattle Sheraton Hotel Ballroom
1400 6th Avenue, Seattle, WA

You can order your tickets online at If you have any questions, please contact, Kim Bevier at

School's Out Washington's 2015 Bridge Conference: What is at the heart of learning?
Now in its 13th year, the Bridge Conference is the premier conference for afterschool and youth development professionals in the Northwest. This conference will provide informal and formal educators with the vision and tools they need to facilitate inquiry for children and youth. Sessions will explore current research on learning, the role of educators to instigate learning, global perspectives on the importance of building curiosity, and how inquiry-based learning supports a more equitable education.

Sample topics for workshop sessions include: STEM informal learning, adverse childhood experiences, growth mindset, summer learning, social/emotional learning, issues specific to rural and under-resourced communities, and more!

When: October 19–20, 2015
Where: University of Washington, Seattle, Husky Union Building (HUB)

Learn more about the conference at and contact Shannon Robinson, Conference Coordinator, with any questions.

The Excellent Schools Now (ESN) coalition includes more than 40 education, business, and community-based organizations across Washington state working to achieve meaningful education reform that increases student achievement.