Washington State Social Studies Cadre of Educators
Applications for openings
Cadre Positions Now Open
The OSPI Social Studies Program is accepting applications for openings on the Washington State Social Studies Cadre. Open positions exist in the following ESDs:
- ESD 101: Elementary School
- ESD 112: Elementary School
- ESD 114: Elementary and Middle School
- ESD 171: Middle School
OSPI is also accepting applications for two positions that will open at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year:
- ESD 101: Middle School
- ESD 113: High School
Who May Apply
Any classroom teacher with interest and expertise in social studies education may apply. Secondary teachers should be teaching social studies classes for a majority of their day. Elementary teachers should be experienced in teaching stand-alone units of social studies and integrating social studies into other subjects of study throughout the school day.
- Interested applicants should complete the online application.
- Applicants also need to ask their building supervisor to complete the recommendation form. The form will be sent to the supervisor once the application is processed. The recommendation form must be completed by the applicant's building-level supervisor.
- A completed application must include both the application and recommendation form.
- Positions are open until filled.
The Social Studies Cadre, established in 2010, consists of approximately 35-40 educators (a minimum of three per ESD) who have both teaching experience and expertise in social studies education.
The Cadre serves as a social studies teaching and advisory team for the state.
The Washington State Social Studies Cadre believes in the power of social studies to enrich student learning across disciplines and inspire lifelong civic-mindedness.
Purpose and Practices
The Cadre reviews and revises social studies resources and materials,
specifically focusing on:
- Washington State Social Studies Learning Standards: the Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs) and Grade Level Expectations (GLEs);
- OSPI-Developed Assessments (also known as Classroom-Based Assessments); and
- College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework and Six Proven Practices for Enhancing Civic
The Cadre delivers workshops at statewide conferences and through local or
regional trainings for teachers that specifically target:
- Washington State K-12 Social Studies Learning Standards;
- OSPI-Developed Assessments; and
- College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework and Six Proven Practices
for Enhancing Civic Education.
Note: OSPI does not compensate Cadre members for trainings other than those arranged by OSPI for statewide professional development. If Cadre members receive training requests from individual school districts or from regional partners, it is the responsibility of Cadre members and their schools or districts to negotiate these requests. If ESDs or individual districts request training support from Cadre members, they will be expected to negotiate compensation of the Cadre member for expenses such as preparation time, substitute coverage, mileage, meals, lodging, and materials costs.
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Meghan Rubman, North Kitsap School District, 360-394-8549
Chris Perkins, Ferndale School District, 360-383-9435
John Mumma, Mount Baker School District, 360-383-2050
Steven Cross, Marysville School District, 360-653-0850
Sue Metzler, Mukilteo School District, 425-356-1724
David Aspholm, Methow Valley School District, 509-996-2215
Julie Conkle, Tonasket School District, 509-486-4933
Beth Dunbar, Selkirk School District, 509-446-3505
Eric Roal, Central Valley School District, 509-228-4700
Trish Henry, Mead School District, 509-710-6770
Ben Suhrbier, Winlock School District, 360-785-3046 ex. 2193
Eric Low, Winlock School District, 360-785-3537
Jerry Price, Yelm School District, 360-458-1100
Mary Ziegert, North Thurston School District, 360-412-4670
Amy Johnson, Longview School District, 360-577-2700
Kelly Jacobsen, Ocean Beach School District, 360-642-1234
Ryan Theodoriches, Evergreen Public Schools, 360-604-4000
Suz Clark-Bennett, Stevenson-Carson School District, 509-427-5631 x1630
Bryan Dibble, Selah School District, 509-698-8350
Debbie Blodgett-Goins, Yakima School District, 509-573-1773
Leslie Brown, Toppenish School District, 509-865-1119
Tim Kilgren, Union Gap School District, 509-248-3966
Barry Hoonan, Bainbridge Island School District, 206-419-4510
Melissa Finn, Kent School District, 253-373-4703
Nancy Lenihan, Sumner School District, 253-891-4500
Ronald Baltazar, Puyallup School District, 253-841-8756
Tara Gray, Bellevue School District, 425-456-5800
Brad Ludwig, Walla Walla School District, 509-527-3050
Donnetta Elsasser, Touchet School District, 509-394-2352
Jean Tobin, Walla Walla School District, 509-527-3077
Steven Perez, Richland School District, 509-967-6500