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February was a busy month with the start of the legislative session, professional learning workshops, and celebrating Black History Month. Check out what we have been up to below.

Advocate for FieldSTEM

PEI and the legislative session

We are asking our partners across the state to support our efforts to increase the funding available to PEI through the FieldSTEM proviso. The funds we receive are critical to the work we do to support school districts’ professional learning related to FieldSTEM implementation.
The House Appropriations and the Senate Ways and Means Committees are beginning budget conversations now. It is important that the House Appropriations Committee members and the Senate Ways and Means Committee hear from their constituents about the value of PEI’s work in their districts. If you're interested in supporting PEI through this process, please send your representative a request to support the increase.

Why FieldSTEM?
Submit a letter

Implementing FieldSTEM

Shelton School District




PEI supports educators to implement the FieldSTEM model in their classrooms, schools, and districts. As school districts engage their students in integrated, locally relevant, career connected learning they progress along the FieldSTEM District Implementation Continuum from an ’exploring’ to an ‘emerging' district, and then to a district of ‘implementing with excellence.’ Shelton School District exemplifies this last category with 100% schools engaged.

Read more about Shelton School District.

Featured lesson

Toad Abodes

Looking for something fun and challenging? Check out PEI’s Toad Abodes, a Schoolyard Investigation written for 2nd graders in both English and Spanish. Harness their enthusiasm and engage them with the beloved classic, Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel, to build science skills and knowledge. Students use scientific and engineering practices to design, build and test a rain proof toad abode using materials they can find in their schoolyard or backyard. 

Download the lesson.


Celebrating Black History

Pacific Education Institute is excited to be part of the Thurston ECO Network’s DEI Subcommittee. To celebrate Black History Month the committee created BRAIN STEM Heroes profiles, wrote an informative article and are hosting a virtual salmon talk with local Black biologist Marisa Litz on February 25th at 5:30.

Check out the article from Thurston Talk

Upcoming events

Date      Workshop Information (all workshops are online)
Feb 23 & 24      PLT & Green Jobs Central WA (by invitation only)
Feb 24      ESD 113: Climate Science Series for K-3 ESD113 Regions (registration through ESD)
Mar 3 & 4      K-12 Forest Education Framework & PLT Statewide (workshop FULL-waitlist available)
Mar 3 & 10      SOLS: Regen Ag with ESD 123 Central WA (by invitation only)
Mar 9      FieldSTEM Leadership Meeting Statewide (by invitation only)
Mar 9      FieldSTEM: K-1 Schoolyard Investigations Statewide 
Mar 11      FieldSTEM: 2-3 Schoolyard Investigations Statewide 
Mar 16      FieldSTEM Leadership Meeting Statewide (by invitation only)
Mar 18, 25, Apr 1, 8      SOLS: Urban Forestry Writing Workshop Statewide (by invitation only)

With Gratitude

Thank you to last month's donors

Arlene Abbott 
Centralia College
Fred Meyer Rewards
John Ison 
Nisqually Indian Tribe
Port Gamble S'klallam Tribe
Ron and Heather Sisson 
Stimson Lumber Co.
The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation

Thank you to supporters of our end-of-year campaign

Brian Hatfield 
Brianna Widner 
Community Foundation of South Puget Sound
Dan Stransky 
Daryl and Michele Connell 
Erika Bjorkquist 
Gareth Waugh 
Hattie Osborne 
Jane Poole 
Joseph Joy 
Karen Lippy 
Karin Wagar 
Kathryn Kurtz 
Katie Hatam 
Kevin and Denise Buck 
Kylie Phillips 
Lisa Perry 
Margaret Tudor Ph.D.
Mike Nepean 
Mindie Reule 
Ms. Catherine Taylor 
Patricia Pich 
Paul and Gail Kramer 
Ron and Heather Sisson 
Roy Bever 
Stephen and Debbie Rowe 
Steve Wang and Kathryn Hamilton 
Tamara Holmlund Ph.D.
William Taylor 

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