AAP: A Pediatrician’s Guide to an LGBTQ+ Friendly Practice

Pediatricians serve children and families by providing indispensable anticipatory guidance about so many aspects of healthy growth and development. As the number increases, of youth and families who count themselves among the growing community of gender and sexually diverse individuals, pediatricians are poised to offer education, resources, and support for families. The following represent some of the many ideas pediatricians can implement to improve the care of their LGBTQ+ patients/families, with the acknowledgement that not all pediatricians may be able to implement all of these recommendations.

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Child Passenger Safety Awareness Class

Date: August 19th 9-12pm

Location: TBA

Description: Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death and injury for children. In most cases, errors are made when caregivers install child restraints. In the three-hour child passenger safety awareness class, attendees will learn how to properly secure a child in a child restraint and secure the restraint in the vehicle. The class is a mixture of lecture and hands-on practice. Please note: After attending the class, participants will not be qualified to “check” car seats. 

Register: Contact Jen Lindbeck. jen@unitedwayskagit.org

Medicaid and Me: Supporting Trauma-Informed and Healing-Centered Care for Medicaid Eligible Families

The purpose of this meeting is to begin a conversation about multi-system collaboration to support families that are Medicaid and Medicaid eligible. Participants will brainstorm how to provide trauma-informed and healing-centered mental and behavioral health services to parents and children with support from Medicaid. This meeting will include community providers who are Strengthen Families Locally partners, DCYF and Health Care Authority staff, and Managed Care Organization representatives. To support those with lived experiences in these systems, $50 gift cards are available to attendees who are not employed by Medicaid and Family Support system partners. More about Strengthen Families Locally: https://www.dcyf.wa.gov/services/child-development-supports/sfwa/sf-locally

Supporting Trauma-Informed and Healing-Centered Care for Medicaid Eligible Families 
July 15, 2-3:30 p.m.
Register in advance

Community Resilience Initiative Courses

August 10, 12, 17 and 19
Trauma-Informed Training for Trainers is a course that prepares individuals to conduct CRI’s Trauma-Informed Certification Program, Course 1 in his or her organization or agency. Attendees will learn to deliver material consistent with relevant research. 
August 31, September 2, 7, and 9
Trauma-Supportive: Course 2 Training for Trainers is a 4 part course that prepares individuals to conduct CRI’s Trauma-Supportive: Course 2 in his/her/their organization or agency. Attendees will learn to deliver material consistent with relevant science regarding resilience-based practices with universal application. 
All dates are 3 hours long, 9:00am – 12:00pm PDT

Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) are available
*** Course 1 is a pre-requisite for all of the other courses and workshop.  Please contact Rick Griffin if you have not taken Course 1 and are interested in the other offerings. 

Register HERE

Free Video Training for Labor & Delivery and Postpartum care of women with substance use disorders and their newborns

The educational video, Compassion & Care: Supporting Women with Substance Use Disorders and their Newborns, funded by the Washington State Health Care Authority, is now available for free on the ParentChild Relationship Program at the Barnard Center YouTube site, as well as on Vimeo and the Parent-Child Relationship Programs website. Wider dissemination of this video across the state is ongoing. This collaborative project with Dr. Monica Oxford, Dr. Ira Kantrowitz-Gordon, and Dr. Riza led to an outstanding educational video, available to all doctors and nurses in Washington state that encounter and care for women with substance use disorders, primarily during labor and delivery and their newborn babies. The video highlights the experience of one woman’s journey to recovery, her labor and delivery, and the care provided by her nurse. There is also information on the Eat, Sleep, Console method of caring for newborns with opioid withdrawal syndrome. Watch for free here.

Summer Early Learning Opportunities and Fellows Applications

August 3 – August 4 – August 5 | 9am to 1pm

Cost: Free

Location: Virtual over Zoom, closed captioning provided

Register Now — FREE Event for NCESD STEM Cooperative Members!

The 2021 STEM Summit highlights professional learning opportunities for teachers and educational staff members in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics taught by experts and specialists in their fields. The STEM Summit, held in August each year, typically hosts about 1000 attendees during 5 days with over 100 sessions offered. Click the “Registration” tab on the left to register for the event!

Scholarships available for early care and education providers!

Through the Creative Start Grant from the Washington State Arts Commission, we are able to offer at least 20 scholarship opportunities to early care and education providers to offset the cost of registration to the 2021 STEM Summit! We will accept scholarship applications on a rolling basis until July 15. Final notifications will be sent by July 22. Click here to apply now! If you have questions about your application status or would like help completing the application, please email Josie Komorowski.

Fellows 21-22


Brought to you by OSPI and the Association of Educational Service Districts

Fellows are teacher leaders, instructional coaches, administrators, and curriculum specialists across our 35 districts

The NWESD serves a broad region with growing diversity amongst our students. Their success relies on regional teacher leadership that reflects the diversity of our students and we encourage all educators to consider how they can best contribute to our shared goals and learning.

Fellows have been a great encouragement to me over this last year and a half. Teaching in a small school with a math department of one gets lonely. I appreciate the collaboration and new ideas the Fellows meetings have provided. I have also appreciated the networking with other teachers. I have gleaned news ideas and programs from other teacher in the Fellows network and implemented them in my school, which has resulted in a better education for my students.  – Fellow 2020-2021


Early Learning: Sarah Southard
English Language Arts: Kim Kellogg
Mathematics: Tina Mott
Science: Brian MacNevin 

Learning Forum: Housing & Structural Racism

Are you working on Housing as a vital condition, or advocating for fairer housing in your community? Join us on June 22, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, for a half-day forum with fair housing advocates and leading race and housing scholars for the unveiling of “The Roots of Structural Racism,” a groundbreaking new project from the Othering & Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley.

This project details just how widespread and harmful racial residential segregation remains today, why it matters, who it impacts, and what can be done to reverse this dangerous trend and promote integration.

Speakers include:
Richard Rothstein, author of the best-seller The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
Lisa Rice, president and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance
Demetria McCain, fair housing advocate and president of the Inclusive Communities Project
Margery Turner, expert on urban policy and neighborhood issues and fellow at the Urban Institute
Ajmel Quereshi, Senior Counsel at the Legal Defense Fund
John a. Powell, OBI director and housing expert
Stephen Menendian, OBI assistant director who led the Roots of Structural Racism project
Samir Gambhir, director of OBI’s Equity Metrics program, and co-author of The Roots of Structural Racism project.
The event will be livestreamed on YouTubeFacebook, and Twitter. We encourage everyone to submit questions for the panelists using the chat boxes on YouTube and Facebook. The event will also feature live captioning and ASL. Visit the Othering & Belonging Institute website for the full event description and schedule.