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Ask an Expert (#AskATeacher) Launches

When it comes to shaping education policy, Washington’s Teachers of the Year offer their expertise and experience

OLYMPIA — January 24, 2017 — With the 2017 legislative session underway and education dominating much of the discussion, Washington’s current and former state Teachers of the Year have joined together as the Washington Teacher Advisory Council (WATAC) to influence legislative outcomes that work for students.

“We have excellent teachers in Washington, and we need their expertise and passion to inform our decisions,” said Chris Reykdal, Superintendent of Public Instruction. “I’m thrilled that this group of award-winning teachers is joining the big discussions that will move education forward in our state.”

WATAC kicks off the conversation today with a Twitter campaign running Jan. 24–26. Each day will have a theme:

Members of the media, Legislature and public are invited to tweet their education-related questions to @waOSPI using #AskATeacher.

WATAC members are alumni Teachers of the Year with the expertise and skill to advise community leaders and policymakers on education decisions. They are committed to positive, results-oriented dialogue with lawmakers, private partners and other elected officials. They believe the best education policy is driven by the needs of students and informed by accomplished teachers. As Teachers of the Year from around Washington, they represent the diverse voices and experiences of accomplished teaching in our state.


About OSPI
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Chris Reykdal, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and improve student achievement on behalf of more than one million public school students.

OSPI provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Equity and Civil Rights Director at (360) 725-6162 or P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.

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