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 2018 Annual Report

Dear FieldSTEM® Community,

Do all students in your community have the knowledge and skills to tackle local environmental questions, problems, issues, and opportunities? Unfortunately, most communities in Washington would answer “No” to this question. This is the heart of our work at the Pacific Education Institute (PEI). Our vision of a scientifically literate citizenry making balanced decisions for sustainable communities drives our work. It requires a commitment to integrated learning that is career connected, culturally responsive and locally relevant, and it works best when students get outdoors to make connections to the natural world by developing an appreciation and stewardship ethic for other species that share the planet with us.

The 2017-18 school year brought a new commitment by PEI staff and our partners to understand the components that make systemic and sustainable FieldSTEM implementation in schools and districts. We share our impact on 24,600 students last year in our 2018 Annual Report. These numbers represent students in the classrooms of the teachers who attended workshops in 2017-18 only, so that number barely scratches the surface of students impacted by the teachers who have attended over the last 15 years and who are still teaching. It also doesn’t include the students in our FieldSTEM districts where administrators and teacher leaders are embedding FieldSTEM in the curriculum so all students in given grade levels are experiencing FieldSTEM year after year.

FieldSTEM helps students across the state understand the value of natural resources and that the ecosystem services and the economic opportunity they provide are the foundation of our communities in Washington. This is especially true in our rural and remote communities. New innovations in the energy, forest products, and agriculture sectors provide rich opportunities for students to learn about how Washington’s natural resources can be managed for the benefit of all living things. PEI is committed to being at the forefront of this work. We hope this report demonstrates the quality of our work and that each of you will consider making a contribution to support PEI in the coming year, ensuring that all students and communities benefit from FieldSTEM.


Why FieldSTEM?

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.