Using the environment as a tool to teach core subjects, promote critical thinking and expose STEM career pathways for ALL students.
PEI delivers high-quality professional development and consultation services for educators in equitable, locally relevant, career connected, outdoor STEM education.
We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit working statewide to achieve systemic change in Washington State by helping educators embed our FieldSTEM® Model in their classrooms, schools, and districts so their students develop into scientifically literate citizens, equipped to make balanced decisions for sustainable communities.
As a Washington-State-approved clock hour provider, all of our workshops meet the standards and definition of “professional learning” adopted by the Washington Legislature: a comprehensive, sustained, job-embedded and collaborative approach to improving teachers’ and principals’ effectiveness in raising student achievement. Our professional learning opportunities help formal teachers earn continuing education so they can renew their teaching certificates and support both formal and nonformal educators in advancing their careers and providing effective, community-connected, field-based STEM education for their students.
Message from the Executive Director
From our 2020 Annual Report
Dear friends and colleagues,
We are pleased to share with you Pacific Education Institute’s 2019-2020 Annual Report and the successes that made this year one of the strongest most resilient ever.
Our ability to respond to the challenges and uncertainties of 2020 is a source of pride. We addressed COVID-19 safety protocols as needed, supported employees in a shift to home offices, and rapidly transitioned our programs to virtual platforms. We’ve responded to school closures by expanding our learning materials to support families, and by increasing our online presence we are providing more opportunities in new areas of the state. We are committed to meet the moment through antiracist work, have an active Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) committee, and continue to provide programs that reflect our values of equity and inclusion. In this time of greatest uncertainty, we were able to increase our reach and adapt our programming to support educators throughout the state.
Our programs are relevant and in demand. Bringing students outdoors, to benefit socially, emotionally and academically through nature-based learning is more important than ever. A spotlight has been thrown on a system that allows communities to lack green space and experience environmental and educational injustice. We are taking action to address these inequalities. As unemployment rates rise, our partnership with E3 Washington and the Governor’s policy office is creating recommendations to improve an integrated K-12 education system that prepares students for green careers throughout Washington.
In our work to codesign with the community, PEI built new relationships and bolstered existing partnerships to strengthen our education system and create purposeful, real-world science programs. We not only reached more school districts than ever, our professional learning workshop registrations are 40% beyond capacity; long wait lists show the programs we offer are in high demand. More students at more grade levels are receiving quality instruction grounded in local solutions. We are building hope, scientific and civic literacy and students prepared to bring their voice to make balanced decisions for their communities.
Of course, we could not have done any of it without our supportive and engaged board, staff, community, partners, teachers, and legislators. Through these unprecedented times, support from each of you, has kept us connected and inspired to continue to meet the moment. We hope you’ll find this report informative and inspiring. We are grateful for your contribution to our success.
We asked the Superintendents, Principals and Teaching & Learning Directors who attended our 2018 FieldSTEM Leadership Institute to share why they believe FieldSTEM is important for all students. Here is what Julie Price, Principal of Gess Elementary School in the Chewelah School District, had to say.