Citizens for Federal Way Schools (CFFWS) is a collection of parents, community members and concerned citizens that are actively involved in improving the quality of education in Federal Way.


"What the best and wisest parent wants for his own child, that must the community want for all of its children. Any other ideal for our schools is narrow and unlovely; acted upon it destroys our democracy."

       ~ John Dewey in 'The School and Society'

Part of CFFWS's commitment to high quality education is to encourage conversations about what is going on with education today. We hope that the videos and book recommendations below are just a start to understanding how we can bring authentic education to schools in Federal Way.

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Must Watch:

Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs "childish" thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids' big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups' willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.

Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we're educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence. Learn More

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity. 

In this talk from RSA Animate, Sir Ken Robinson lays out the link between 3 troubling trends: rising drop-out rates, schools' dwindling stake in the arts, and ADHD. An important, timely talk for parents and teachers.

Douglas Thomas is Associate Professor in the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California and a champion for preparing the next generation for a rapidly changing highly interconnected world. Thomas' newest book, A New Culture of Learning, has unwittingly taken him on a journey that has pushed the boundaries of what we know about teaching. Thomas not only empowered his students to learn more, they have taught him a few surprising things as well.

Born to Learn is the first animation in a series aimed to provide easy-access to the new discoveries constantly being made about how humans learn.



From cell phone and video games to Facebook and YouTube, digital media are changing the way young people play and socialize in the 21st century. Learn More

The MacArthur Foundation's grantmaking aims to determine how digital media are changing the way young people learn, play, socialize, and participate in civic life. Answers are critical to education and other social institutions that must meet the needs of this and future generations.

Full episode from PBS

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Schools Cannot Do It Alone
by Jamie Vollmer
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The Global Achievement Gap
by Tony Wagner
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Understanding the Digital Generation: Teaching and Learning in the New Digital Landscape
by Ian Jukes, Ted McCain and Lee Crockett
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Teaching the Digital Generation: No More Cookie-Cutter High Schools
by Frank S Kelly, Ted McCain and Ian Jukes
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Getting Smart; How Digital Learning is Changing the World
by Tom Vander Ark
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Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns
by Clayton M. Christensen, Curtis Johnson, & Michael Horn
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A New Culture of Learning
by Douglas Thomas & John Seely Brown
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A Whole New Mind
by Daniel Pink
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Brain Rules
by John Medina
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