Washington state Teachers of Year share what students need for the start of the 2022-23 school year


Now that the 2021-22 school year is in the history books, the League of Education Voters Field team is deep in planning mode to expand community engagement across Washington state and begin interviews to inform our 2023 legislative platform. And our Policy Team is working to uplift student voice, develop a long-term strategy to address inequities in education funding, and provide technical assistance to statewide partners.


We hope you can join us on July 7 for a free webinar featuring Washington state Teachers of the Year, who will share what they are hearing from students, parents, and colleagues in their community about what students need in preparation for the start of 2022-23.


Our Annual Event happens on October 13th at Block 41 in Seattle (and on Zoom) to celebrate the power of student voice. We will honor students who inspire us, such as graduating senior Ivy Pete from North Central High School in Spokane. The event is in Seattle and will include lunch, plus plenty of inspiration. We also will have an online option for folks around the state. And you can be part of it!

We are looking for volunteers to help us. Tasks include:

  • Helping with procurement of silent auction items (vacation spots, experiences, etc). This could be done on the phone or by email.
  • Helping find sponsors for the event (also could be done by email).

If you would like to volunteer, please reply to this email. Thanks for considering!


Read more about our work below.

Washington state Teachers of the Year (clockwise from top left) Jerad Koepp, Brooke Brown, Robert Hand, Nate Bowling, and Mandy Manning


LEVinar: Washington state Teachers of the Year on What Students Need for 2022-23

In our free webinar Thursday, July 7 at 12:30 pm, Washington state Teachers of the Year Jerad Koepp (2022), Brooke Brown (2021), Robert Hand (2019), Mandy Manning (2018, and the 2018 National Teacher of the Year), and Nate Bowling (2016) will share what they are hearing from students, parents, and colleagues in their community in the aftermath of the 2021-22 school year, what students need in preparation for the start of 2022-23, and what intangibles they teach students outside of academic curriculum. Students from across Washington state will offer their feedback.


Podcast: Inside the Mission to Stop Mass Shootings in America

In this episode of Putting Students First, League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman interviews Mark Follman, National Affairs Editor for Mother Jones, who discusses which supports and warning signs could prevent mass shootings, how to keep bias out of the threat assessment process, and how to know when is the right time to intervene.


Podcast: Olgy Diaz of the National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington

In this episode of Washington Game Changers, League of Education Voters CEO Lauri Hennessey talks with Olgy Diaz, a longtime lobbyist and advocate who is President of the National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington. Olgy talks about getting women of color trained and elected, working as a lobbyist during the pandemic, and how to still have hope in a challenging time.


LEV 2022 Annual Event: The Power of Student Voice

Students know best when it comes to reimagining our education system. And they are not afraid of speaking up to address the many areas of inequity. Join us for our Annual Event on October 13, 2022 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for an in-person and online statewide FREE convening to celebrate the brilliance and the advocacy efforts of Washington students. It will be an inspirational event to remember, so RSVP today to ensure your seat.


Arik Korman
Communications Director, League of Education Voters

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