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RELEASE: WOODHOUSE ANNOUNCES “TIME TO TEACH, NOT TEST” INITIATIVE

 

 

WOODHOUSE ANNOUNCES “TIME TO TEACH, NOT TEST” INITIATIVE

LAS VEGAS - Today, State Senator Joyce Woodhouse (D - Henderson) announced her “Time to Teach, Not Test” initiative. Senator Woodhouse filed a bill draft request requiring that the Nevada Department of Education conduct a full audit of student assessments at every grade level. The goal of the audit will be to identify and eliminate unnecessary and redundant student assessments while improving remaining assessments.

“Putting so much of our focus on testing creates a more stressful learning environment for students and takes away valuable classroom hours from teachers,” said Senator Woodhouse. “Teachers should be teaching, not just administering tests. Students should be focused on mastering their coursework, not solely on preparing for the next test on the horizon. With a full audit of our current assessment structure, we can come closer to achieving those goals while still maintaining accountability within our schools.” 

“The Nevada State Education Association (NSEA) applauds Senator Woodhouse’s initiative to reduce the focus on high-stakes standardized tests, so students have more time to learn and teachers have more time to teach,” said Brian Rippet, NSEA Vice-President. “NSEA is committed to a quality public education for every Nevada student and initiatives like this one proposed by the senator and the Every Student Succeeds Act puts education decision making back where it belongs – in the hands of local educators, parents, and communities.”

"Analyzing instruction is an important piece of my training as a national board certified teacher. Spending critical instruction time watching students become frustrated with an assessment, does not assist me with analyzing and adjusting instruction appropriate for my students,” said Amy Horonzy, National Board Certified teacher and NSEA member from Douglas County. “The Every Student Succeeds Act provides a way to allow teachers with more instruction time and less testing time. Teachers need more time to teach, especially now with "Read by 3."

With the passage of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in 2015, many federal requirements for student assessment have been eliminated. The ESSA has also made federal funding available for states to audit and streamline assessments. As part of the Time to Teach initiative, Senator Woodhouse also sent a letter to the Nevada Department of Education urging that Nevada begin the process of applying for that funding immediately. 

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Las Vegas Sun Op-Ed: Proposal would rightly give more power to Clark County principals

Proposal would rightly give more power to Clark County principals

By Joyce Woodhouse

Thursday, July 21, 2016 | 2 a.m.

 Like many Clark County residents, I have been closely following the work of the committee considering plans to reorganize the Clark County School District. I believe the plan that committee has recommended will ultimately have a positive impact on the district and its students.

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This model will empower individual school principals with more localized decision-making authority over the schools they work in every day. It encourages teachers, parents and administrators to work together to identify needs within their schools, and it makes schools more responsive to parents by reducing the bureaucracy that individual school administrators have to navigate to respond to parents’ concerns.

In 2007, along with then-state Sen. Steven Horsford and others, I was proud to sponsor legislation to pilot the empowerment school model in Nevada.

Working with our Republican colleagues, we unanimously passed a bipartisan plan that opened the first four empowerment schools in Clark County that fall.

 Over the course of several academic years, empowerment schools showed positive results, including significant increases in student performance relative to schools that were not in the program. For example, empowerment schools saw a 10 percent increase in the number of students proficient in math. Further, student attendance rates exceeded the school district average, and surveys showed higher overall parent satisfaction.

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RELEASE: SENATOR WOODHOUSE AND ASSEMBLYMAN ANDERSON STATEMENT ON TODAY’S NSHE BOARD OF REGENTS MEETING

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May 12, 2016

SENATOR WOODHOUSE AND ASSEMBLYMAN ANDERSON STATEMENT ON TODAY’S NSHE BOARD OF REGENTS MEETING

LAS VEGAS - Today, State Senator Joyce Woodhouse and Assemblyman Elliot Anderson released the following statement on the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents meeting:

“We would like to thank Chancellor Klaich for his many years service to the Nevada System of Higher Education, both as a Regent and as a senior administrator. We look forward to continuing to work with the Board of Regents, system administrators, and community stakeholders to implement our proposed reforms to Nevada’s higher education system. Opening up the system to allow for a more free-flowing exchange of ideas will allow us to better serve students and Nevada residents who depend on NSHE institutions for high-quality, affordable educational opportunities.”

Last month, Assemblyman Anderson and Senator Woodhouse proposed a series of reforms to create a culture of transparency and accountability within NSHE. The Las Vegas Sun editorial board called the proposed reforms “terrific suggestions,” and praised Woodhouse and Anderson for stepping up and proposing them.

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RELEASE: EMILY’S LIST ENDORSES WOODHOUSE

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January 11, 2016

 

EMILY’S LIST ENDORSES WOODHOUSE, CANNIZZARO FOR NEVADA STATE SENATE

LAS VEGAS - Today, EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed State Senator Joyce Woodhouse for re-election to Nevada State Senate District 5 and Nicole Cannizzaro for election to Nevada State Senate District 6.

"Through her 40-year career as an educator and two terms in the state Senate, Joyce Woodhouse has established herself as a leading advocate for improving Nevada schools, creating good jobs for Nevada\'s workers, and making sure Nevada provides for its seniors,” said EMILY’s List Vice President of Campaigns, Lucinda Guinn. “Nicole Cannizzaro will also be a fighter for everyday Nevadans because she knows Nevada does best when we invest in our working families.”

Joyce Woodhouse is a 40-year educator who has served two terms in the Nevada State Senate. As an educator, Joyce worked as both a first grade teacher and an elementary school principal in the Clark County School District. During her time with the school district, Joyce was a leader in educational innovation. She worked closely with the business community as the Director of CCSD’s School-Community Partnership program, which grew to include over 600 programs for students on her watch. As a legislator, she has been an advocate for educational opportunities for children, economic growth for families, and a secure retirement for seniors. Senate District 5 incorporates portions of Henderson, Nevada.

Nicole Cannizzaro is a lifelong Nevadan and Clark County Deputy District Attorney. Nicole’s parents moved to Las Vegas before she was born to work in the hotel and casino industry. She attended Clark County schools, graduated from University of Nevada, Reno, and then returned to the UNLV Boyd School of Law to pursue her law degree. As a Deputy District Attorney, Nicole handles a variety of misdemeanor and felony cases, including child abuse, sexual assault, and homicide. Prior to becoming a prosecutor, Nicole was in private practice focused on business litigation. Senate District 6 is a Las Vegas-based district, including the Summerlin area.

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RELEASE: STATE SENATOR JOYCE WOODHOUSE CALLS FOR REVIEW OF TEACHER LICENSING TO EASE TEACHER SHORTAGE

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STATE SENATOR JOYCE WOODHOUSE CALLS FOR REVIEW OF TEACHER LICENSING TO EASE TEACHER SHORTAGE

LAS VEGAS -  Today, State Senator Joyce Woodhouse called for a review of teacher licensing in Nevada. Specifically, Senator Woodhouse called for the Legislative Committee on Education to begin a study of potential legislative changes that could be implemented during the 2017 Legislative Session in order to expand flexibility for local school districts, attract more qualified teachers to Nevada, and better equip teachers to provide a high quality education to students.

Senator Woodhouse made the following statement regarding her proposal:

“The teacher shortage in Clark County is a crisis that is putting students and their long-term educational success at risk. Modernizing our approach to licensing teachers could help us put more teachers in classrooms, reduce class sizes, and improve educational outcomes.” 

“However, we should also be mindful of the fact that teacher licensing is a complex issue that deserves a thorough review. It will require us to draw on the expertise of our teachers, school administrators, and local communities, while also taking a look at the experiences of other states. That’s why I’m calling on the Legislative Committee on Education to begin this process now so that we will have at least a year to complete this important work.” 

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Safety Tips for a Happy Halloween!

One of my favorite memories of being a first grade teacher in the Clark County School District was seeing the excitement and anticipation that builds up in young students before Halloween. All over Nevada, children have been preparing for weeks as to how they will spend their Halloween night, and more importantly, what their costume will be.  Although this is a time of fun and celebration, parents and children must be reminded of the safety hazards they can encounter on Halloween night.

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Las Vegas Sun: School tour series helps companies connect with CCSD’s best and brightest

Terry Culp knows manufacturing. Before he moved to Las Vegas, he was the owner of Friend Manufacturing in New York, which produced big pesticide sprayers for a number of companies as well as the federal government.

So you can trust him when he says that the students at Southwest Career and Technical Academy know what they’re doing.

“If I saw a kid that had the skills that these kids gain going through this school, I would hire them in a heartbeat,” he said.The school, one of seven career and technical academies operated by the Clark County School District, played host to Culp and a handful of other business and industry leaders on Thursday.

It was the first installment in a series of “FutureReady” tours organized by the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance with the intention of connecting local industry with CCSD’s best and brightest students.

Representatives from high-profile companies like NV Energy, Roseman University and Cox Communications tiptoed in awe around SWCTA’s gigantic indoor garage, where students behind safety goggles fussed over engines and cars suspended on industrial car jacks. The event also attracted Nevada State Sen. Joyce Woodhouse, D-Henderson, and Assemblyman Lynn Stewart, R-Henderson.

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National POW/MIA Recognition Day

On National POW/MIA Recognition Day, it is important to remember the sacrifices and contributions made by millions of servicemembers and their families, past and present. This past legislative session, I was proud to work on several initiatives to benefit veterans, active duty servicemembers, and their families. 

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Nevada Legislature fought for veterans

It was with great interest that we read the column “Don’t forget about female veterans” (Las Vegas Sun, June 23). We couldn’t agree more that veterans, particularly female veterans, deserve our respect and attention, and we wanted to highlight some of the ways we fought for them during the 2015 legislative session.

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