Thank goodness, September is over and we are rolling into October. Not that I want time to go any faster, but it has been a challenging beginning to the school year for me, as I’m sure it has been for a lot of folks. New programs and trainings for OSPI have been keeping me on my toes. How about you?
I hope to see many of you at the WAEOP Fall Institute October 10-12 in Mill Creek. I am especially looking forward to the self-defense class on Saturday. I was involved in an incident a couple of weeks ago. My co-worker and I were walking down our town’s main street on our afternoon break. A man in his late 20s approached us and, as he passed by my friend, he lunged at her. She was startled and jumped to her left. Unfortunately, I was to her left and she sent me sprawling on to the sidewalk. I landed hard and scraped my left elbow and knee. I limped back to work and got patched up. You never know when the unexpected will happen. I know I will be prepared after this class.
Area directors are working on their Professional Development Programs (PDP) to offer to WAEOP members. These are 4 or 8 hour workshops that offer education credits toward Professional Standards Program (PSP) certificates. Information is available on the website. Members can attend any programs across the state; you are not limited to the ones in your geographical area. This is a great way to continue learning, meet new friends and receive inservice or education points.
Spring conference will be held April 2015 in Spokane. If you have ideas for workshops or classes, please let me know. We are here for you.Class topics might include trainings for affiliate presidents, leadership, technology, Skyward or something to help you in your life.
More pieces are being added to my WAEOP quilt—learning, new friendships, expanding our circles—we are coming together to form that perfect square. Join or renew your membership, bring a friend—we would love to have you in WAEOP!
Marilyn Mason, CEOE