FieldSTEM in Action 

2021 FieldSTEM Celebration Honors PEI Educators, Partners and Advocates

Across Washington State, teachers, administrators, and community partners are bringing FieldSTEM to life in classrooms, schools, and outdoor spaces. On November 10 PEI celebrated those efforts at a virtual FieldSTEM Celebration which also honored amazing individuals and organizations who have been strong advocates of our work. The online ceremony featured awards in six categories, with highlights and videos from each winner.

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Partner Highlight

Dawkins Charitable Trust

For the past six years, the Dawkins Charitable Trust has been one of PEI’s strongest supporters, providing funds for our work with conservation districts, land trusts and school districts throughout the Puget Sound region. This year they’ve gone a step further. In addition to funding FieldSTEM, they’re supporting stipends to enable low-income high school students to participate in the Youth Engaged in Sustainable Systems (YESS) program. These stipends make it possible for students who would otherwise have to work during the summer months to simultaneously gain valuable skills and high school credit.

Dawkins serves Puget Sound nonprofits that assist youth, animals, and environmental issues. Their goals are improving the sustainability and success of small local organizations and increasing collaboration among nonprofits. Each year they distribute over $1 million to support issues they care about, making the work of dozens of local organizations possible. PEI appreciates the Dawkins trustees’ vision and commitment to making a difference.

The Dawkins Charitable Trust also supports the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound’s Give Local campaign with a monetary match for all donations.


Fostering Outdoor Observation Skills

PEI is using a new delivery format for professional learning this year. Each FieldSTEM workshop begins with a 2-hour virtual, state-wide convening followed by asynchronous assignments, and ending with a 2-hour virtual regional session. This format allows us to reach a large state-wide audience while also creating an opportunity for coordinators to address the specific needs of the educators in their regions.


PEI Team Highlights

Welcome our new Legislative Liaison!

We would like to introduce Nora Pallatao Burnes, PEI’s new Legislative Liaison.

Nora is the principal of Palattao Burnes Strategies. Prior to founding her firm, Nora worked as a lobbyist for Stauffacher Communications representing businesses and trade associations.

Nora was the top aide to former Speaker of the House Frank Chopp and worked for former Democratic Caucus Chair Representative Eric Pettigrew (Retired), and former Representative Christine Kilduff, who is now the House Speaker’s attorney. A graduate of the University of Washington with a BA in Philosophy and Military Science and Leadership, Nora has served for 15 years in the US Army and is currently an officer in the Army Reserve. She is pursuing a Masters of Business Administration at Washington State University.

Nora’s unique background and energy will complement the Board’s legislative connections and continue our work to cultivate solid relationships with legislators on both sides of the aisle. Nora has established herself as trustworthy and tenacious and has proven her ability to get results in the legislative environment.

Please join us in welcoming Nora to our team!

Tis' the Season for Giving

And Getting...All Kids Outside

Whether you are an educator, a partner, a parent, or a community member, you are probably reading this because you are a supporter of PEI and the work we do around the state to empower educators to advance equitable civic and scientific literacy by promoting outdoor, integrated, career connected, locally relevant, real-world science. Consider taking your support to the next level with a tax-deductible donation! There are several ways you can support PEI.

PEI Donation or Sponsorship

Visit our website and make a direct donation using our secure payment portal. You can make a one-time donation, or set up a recurring donation on a monthly, quarterly, or annual basis.

Give Local
When you give to our Give Local campaign through November 19, you support FieldSTEM and the educators who make these connections possible for students across the state. Better yet, the donations PEI receives through the Give Local campaign will be eligible for a percentage-based match from the Dawkins Charitable Trust. The more you give, the more they give!

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Your regular trips to Fred Meyer could benefit us every time you shop! Fred Meyer donates $2.5 million per year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, based on where their customers tell them to give. Here’s how the program works:
  • Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to PEI at  
  • Search for our name “Pacific Education Institute” or our non-profit number 89282.

Upcoming Events

Date  Workshop Location (online)
Nov 16 & 30  FieldSTEM: Field Investigations for Grades 4-12 Statewide*
Dec 1 & 14  Solutions Oriented Learning Storylines: Regenerative Agriculture-Western WA East Sound
Dec 1  FieldSTEM: Schoolyard Investigations for Grades K-1 Statewide*
Dec 2  FieldSTEM: Schoolyard Investigations for Grades 2-3 Statewide*
Dec 7  FieldSTEM: ELA Performance Tasks Statewide*
Dec 8  Solutions Oriented Learning Storylines: Urban Forestry for Grades K-3 ESD 113 Region

*Registration will open to public at a later date. Visit our calendar for more information.

With Gratitude

Thank you to our recent donors!

Bill Monahan
Celia Nightingale
Chad Mullen
Chuck Lennox
Cindy Haverkamp
   Denise & Kevin Buck
Dixie Reimer
            Gail & Paul Kramer            
Gareth Waugh
Hattie Osborne
Jane W Nelson
John Ison
Julie Tennis
Karen Lippy
Kathryn Hamilton Wang
Kathryn Kurtz
Lara Tukarski
Leslie Druffel
Lisa Perry
Mindie Reule
Patricia Pich
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