News Briefing at Tacoma: Teacher Preparation Will Never Be the Same

Washington teachers will be far better prepared to reach those students who are most at risk
to fail or drop out of school, thanks to a new program being started by Washington State
University. Sen. Patty Murray, WSU President Samuel H. Smith and WSU College of Education
Dean Judy Mitchell will announce receipt of a multi-million dollar federal grant that will prepare
teachers across Washington.
The announcement is scheduled for Henry Foss High School, Tacoma, at
10:30 a.m. on Oct. 11. The Tacoma School District is a partner in this statewide education reform
Following the announcement, representatives of many of the partnering institutions
involved in the program will meet at the same location to discuss the goals, structure and plans
for the project. Participants include Grays Harbor College at Aberdeen, the Office of the
Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Tacoma School District.
Two WSU student teachers, stationed at Foss High School, will be available for interviews.

Note to Editors: Media representatives are welcome to attend both the 10:30 a.m. announcement
and the partners’ briefing that follows. Both events are scheduled for Monday, Oct. 11, at Henry
Foss High School, 2112 South Tyler, Tacoma, at the auditorium stage.
Directions: From I-5, go west on Highway 16 (toward Bremerton) to South 19th Street. Turn east
(right) on South 19th to first stoplight, at Tyler. Turn right on Tyler. Foss High is on the right.
Enter at readerboard entrance, continue past baseball field and turn left, then left again into
school parking lot. Go up the stairs to the stage door, which is located by the tugboat. Or follow
the road to the tugboat to drop off passengers and/or equipment and return to parking lot.