NW TURN Labor-Management Collaboration Conference

May 13-14, 2016

March 9, 2016

Dear Northwest TURN Colleague,

Our next Northwest TURN event is scheduled for May 13-14, 2016 at the Washington Education Association, 32032 Weyehaeuser Way, S. Federal Way, WA 98001. Our conference will focus on Empowering Educators to Address Excellence and Equity for All Students. We will continue to collaboratively examine ways to plan and integrate the implementation of rigorous and challenging student learning and teaching standards, practices and programs. We will also explore new approaches in developing conditions for effective teaching and learning. Our agenda will feature local, state and national examples of promising practices and policies that focus on this joint work.

Our NW TURN teams represent union & teacher leaders, school & district administrators and board members who are working jointly to plan and implement teacher evaluation systems and college and career ready standards to improve teaching and learning. We continue to encourage and support our NW TURN teams to jointly develop, implement and share their efforts. Additionally, we will work with teams to develop action plans in order to facilitate the work in our school communities.

Our NW TURN locals are encouraged to invite representatives from their district and school administration, boards of education and community leaders to join their teams for this two-day forum beginning on Friday, May 13, 2016, from 9:00am-4:30pm. Registration and breakfast begin at 8:00 am. There will be a social hour from 4:30-5:30pm. Saturday May 14, 2016 will run from 8:30am-2:00pm. Breakfast will be served beginning at 8:00 am.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT: Northwest TURN will cover one day’s substitute teacher pay if needed, airfare or mileage expenses ($300 cap for air travel) and one night’s lodging for up to 2 union/teacher leaders and 2 district administrators from each participating team. If you are registering more than four people on your team, please note in the comments field which individuals should be covered by this financial support. For more information, contact Laura Sestak, Regional TURN Project Manager at laura.sestak@cecillinois.org

HOTEL RESERVATIONS: A block of rooms has been held at the Courtyard Marriot, 31910 Gateway Center Blvd., South Federal Way, WA for NW TURN participants at a rate of $129, plus taxes & fees per room, per night based on single or double occupancy. To guarantee room accommodations at this rate, you must make your hotel reservations by April 21, 2016 by phoning 1-800-321-2211 and requesting rooms using group code "NW TURN" for the room block. (Lodging expenses covered by NW TURN financial support will be moved to a master bill once you have made your reservations.)

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION: The registration deadline is May 6, 2016. The registration fee is $50 per person, which includes continental breakfast and lunch on both days and a light reception on Friday evening. Payment may be made via purchase order or check made payable to the Consortium for Educational Change and mailed to:

Consortium for Educational Change2030 Timberbrooke, Suite A
Springfield, IL 62704
Or fax to: 217-546-3038
Attention: Laura Sestak

For more information regarding registration and logistics, contact Laura Sestak at laura.sestak@cecillinois.org or 217-546-8574.

We look forward to meeting with you in Federal Way, WA!


Mary Lindquist, NW TURN Regional Coordinatormaryklindquist@comcast.netCindy Williams, NW TURN Regional Coordinatorwilliams.s@comcast.net