From the filmmakers of A Year at Mission Hill

Dear Bill and Melinda,


We filmed this school because we think education does need to be reformed, but not the way the current version is trying to reform it. Instead of more tests and more standardization, we’d like to see more creative teaching, more experiential learning, more democratic models for how schools are run, more meaningful involvement of the community in and out of school in deciding what is important to learn and teach, and how that is accomplished. These goals can be reached without a ton of costly hardware, and the satisfaction of the community can be the major measure of success, along with surveys of graduates ability to find meaningful places in society.

Bill and Melinda, too many of the so called reforms you are associated with are deforming education to fit the box you and others decided we all need to be in. Step back, give your funds without strings to create healthy environments for learning, and broad in depth education and support for teachers before and after they enter the profession.

Amy Valens

A Year at Mission Hill

August to June: Bringing Life to School


About Highlighting Members' Needs

We are running for the following Renton Education Association positions because we believe in the following planks: Becca Ritchie, Candidate for REA President, Nelsen Middle School, Computer Tech Susan DuFresne, Candidate for Primary Executive Board, Maplewood Heights Elementary, Integrated Kindergarten ✅  Demanding a healthy work-load/life balance. ✅  Bargaining competitive professional compensation. ✅  Challenging the status quo test culture with: Less is more! ✅  Emphasizing our professional expertise. ✅  Prioritizing equity and access for all. ✅  Utilizing 2-way 21st century communication tools. ✅  Acting in solidarity with all unions. ✅  Supporting ALL members. ✅   Implementing developmentally appropriate K-3 curriculum/assessment.
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