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Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country

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by Nicola Crawford, Refugee School Impact Grant VISTA Member A week ago more than 20 community members came to our office-turned-cinema to watch Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country.  The documentary highlights the social unrest and conditions that have led so many Burmese to flee their country to refugee camps, and for some, to […]

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Legislators are done…for now

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by Danielle Back-From-Maternity-Leave Baer, Communications and Grants Manager Early Wednesday morning, after what ended up being four legislative sessions counting the regular session and three special sessions, the Washington State Legislature finally came to an agreement on the 2012 supplemental budget.  Thanks to children’s advocates across the state, despite spending cuts, the final budget included […]

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Keep that Poufy Pink Dress Away from my Daughter

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by Emily Emerson, Professional Development Coordinator On February 13th of 2011 I had a baby girl, Harriet Eulalie Emerson. Having had pregnancy difficulties, we were ecstatic to have a healthy baby. Cute, huh? (Top baby, covered in pumpkin). When I was pregnant I was always intrigued by folks who would ask, “What is it?” My usual response […]

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Families and Expanded Learning Opportunities: Working Together to Support Children’s Learning

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In this post, we are sharing a resource from another organization that supports afterschool and youth development. The following text is not original to School’s Out Washington. NCSL & Harvard Family Research Project Brief Series: ELO Research, Policy, and Practice Number 2, April 2012 Families and Expanded Learning Opportunities: Working Together to Support Children’s Learning […]

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“How are you, really?”

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Only one teacher in my high school asked how I was doing and actually meant it. I’m not sure if any others asked, actually. She was my art teacher – a tiny woman with short, boyish hair and huge round owl glasses. She’d peer up at me, put her hand on my arm and ask, […]

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