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Spring is here! Read below to learn about our March happenings: FieldSTEM Leadership initiative, FieldSTEM in action, and a lesson on stormwater to celebrate World Water Day.

Recognizing Billy Frank Jr.


March 9th was commemorated as Billy Frank Jr. Day. Billy Frank Jr. was instrumental in the 1974 ruling that upheld tribal fishing rights (Boldt Decision). The Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission carries on the work, as co-managers with Washington to ensure healthy populations of salmon and Tribal food sovereignty today. Watch, sčədadxʷ (salmon), for more information about Billy Frank Jr. and the importance of salmon to the Pacific Northwest People.

FieldSTEM Leadership Institute

Continuing the FieldSTEM momentum


Our FieldSTEM Leadership meetings are up and running. This program brings together principals, teaching and learning directors and superintendents from more than 20 districts throughout the state to work on implementing FieldSTEM. The goal is to engage, inspire and commit PEI’s support to all of our FieldSTEM partners and share new resources and opportunities. Missed the leadership meeting? Contact Program Director, Denise Buck to learn how your district or school can get involved.

Watch videos of districts sharing the power of FieldSTEM here.

FieldSTEM in Action

Customized Learning Leads to Student Success in Montesano

Emily Egger teaches 3rd and 4th grade in the Montesano Online and Distance Educational Learning (MODEL) program, distance learning program that blends quality academic program with a flexible schedule so that students and families can engage in school when and how it works best for them. In the past year, she has overseen remote instruction for 40 students. While it hasn’t been easy, Egger credits these results to a supportive school district and training from the Pacific Education Institute and Coastal FieldSTEM Coordinator, Julie Tennis.

Egger has attended roughly 20 PEI workshops since 2015. “The training I’ve had with PEI has taught me how to be better at creating these place-based, individual plans for kids,” she says. “They’ve also deeply developed my knowledge and understanding of our local environment…That’s been vital in helping me create these lessons for the kids-because in order to teach them about their immediate environment, I need to know about it first.”

Read more about Egger’s work.

Featured lesson

Stormwater Pollution - 6th Grade

Did you know that over 75% of all pollution in Puget Sound comes from stormwater runoff that starts in our neighborhoods? Celebrate World Water Day by learning about stormwater pollution and every day actions students can take to keep water clean. This performance task is best suited for 6th grade.

Download the performance task.

Upcoming events

Date      Workshop Location
Mar 25, Apr 1, 8      SOLS: Urban Forestry Writing Workshop* Statewide 
Mar 30      FieldSTEM: Connecting Students to Forestry Careers Statewide
Mar 31      FieldSTEM Teacher Leader Series: Introduction to FieldSTEM* Statewide
Apr 15      FieldSTEM Teacher Leader Series: High Impact Field Experiences* Statewide 
Apr 20      FieldSTEM Teacher Leader Series: Field Investigations* Statewide
Apr 22       FieldSTEM Teacher Leader Series: FieldDesign* Statewide 
Apr 24      FieldSTEM: Meaningful Math Performance Tasks* Statewide 
Apr 27      FieldSTEM Teacher Leader Series: Community Partners and FieldSTEM* Statewide 
Apr 29      FieldSTEM Teacher Leader Series: ELA Performance Tasks and Science Connections* Statewide

*by invitation only

With Gratitude

Thank you to our February donors

Aaron and Lauren Rodriguez 
Bill Monahan
Doug Kennedy 
Eric Barkman 
Gareth Waugh
Jenny Rieke 
John Ison
Leslie Druffel 
Ron and Heather Sisson 
SIC Committee 
Sierra Pacific 
Susan Kurtz 
Tim Garchow 

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