New Year, New Economy

PEI’s YESS Program Forges Career Pathways for Economically Disadvantaged High School Students

                                  Two youth from YESS Program in forest
As the new year begins, green jobs are part of a growing conversation around how to create a sustainable economy. Preparing K-12 students for these jobs is essential, but for high school students with packed academic schedules, providing green jobs training has been a challenge. Economically disadvantaged students are even less likely to pursue such pathways, given their need to work during the summer. Few paid opportunities for both training and academic credit have existed - until now.

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Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy

PEI Staff Engage in Day of Service

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”
– Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday, January 17, was the federal holiday recognizing Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Many Americans took that day to honor and celebrate his legacy. PEI began a new holiday policy in 2022 allowing staff to choose their own holidays based on personal significance to them. Some staff chose to take Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a holiday and spend time with family or community, or for personal reflection. Others chose to answer the question “What am I doing for others?” with action and spent the day in service to community. Here are a few moments we captured.
South Sound volunteers planting trees
(from left) PEI employees, Lara Tukarski (and husband Brandon, not pictured), Katie Hatam, Kathryn Kurtz and Gail Kramer, joined the Nisqually Land Trust on one of their conserved properties along the Nisqually River to plant over 150 trees and shrubs.

PEI employee, Lourdes Flores, (not pictured) volunteered with Capitol Land Trust to help improve the trails at the Randall Preserve near Eld Inlet in Olympia.

PEI employees planting trees with the Nisqually Land Trust volunteer project.

Eastern Washington volunteers in snow
PEI employee, Megan Rivard, (top row, 2nd from right) joined the Washington Outdoor School and the City of Ellensburg to post signs containing Dr. King’s inspirational words along the path at Paul Rogers Wildlife Park.


FieldSTEM in Action

PEI’s HIFE Workshop Connects Teachers Statewide through Inspired Collaboration

Workshop Collaborative Work
You know a workshop has been successful when the participants are excited to share what they learned. Karen Lippy, West Sound FieldSTEM Coordinator for Pacific Education Institute led the workshop “Designing High Impact Field Experiences” (HIFEs) and before the workshop ended, teachers began asking her for a way to share projects and ideas, regardless of their region.

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Upcoming Events

Date Workshop Location (online)
Jan 11 & 25 FieldSTEM: FieldDesign Statewide*
Jan 20 FieldSTEM: ELA Performance Tasks Statewide*
Jan 26 West Sound STEM Café West Sound*
Jan 26 & Feb 2 Solutions Oriented Learning Storylines: Food Waste ESD 105/ESD 171 Regions
Feb 3 & 10 Solutions Oriented Learning Storylines: Food Waste ESD 105/ESD 171 Regions
Feb 8, 15 & 22 Solutions Oriented Learning Storylines: Solar ESD 123 Region
Feb 9 & 16 Solutions Oriented Learning Storylines: Food Waste (Spanish) ESD 105/ESD 171 Regions
Feb 9 & 16 Solutions Oriented Learning Storylines: Urban Forestry for Grades K-3 ESD 113 Region
Feb 10 FieldSTEM 101: Introduction to FieldSTEM for District and School Leadership Statewide*
Feb 11 FieldSTEM: Math Performance Tasks Puyallup SD
Feb 15, 22 & Mar 1 Introduction to PEIs Sustainability Units Statewide*
Feb 24 FieldSTEM 102: Implementation of FieldSTEM for District and School Leadership Statewide*

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

                                            With Gratitude

                                       Thank you to last month's funders!

Thank you to last month’s funders and to all who responded to our Holiday Campaign. If we received your donation after December 31, please look for your name in next month’s newsletter.
Alan Walker
     Brian & Carol Barker
Brian Hatfield
Catherine Taylor
Celia Nightingale
Cindy Haverkamp
Cindy Mitchell
Community Foundation of South-Puget Sound
Dawkins Charitable Trust
Fruit Growers Supply Company
Gareth Waugh
Hattie Osborne
Jane Nelson
Jason Callahan
Jean MacGregor
Jessica Josephs
John Warjone
Julie Tennis
Karen Lippy
Kathryn Kurtz
Katie Hatam
Lara Tukarski & Brandon Austin
Larry Beutler
Leslie Druffel
Lisa Perry
Long Live The Kings
Margaret Tudor, Ph.D.
Mindie Reule
Patricia Pich
Paul & Gail Kramer
Puyallup Watershed Initiative
Rebecca Graham
Rick Reynolds
Ron Shultz
Stephen & Debbie Rowe
Steve & Kathryn Hamilton Wang
Susan Young
Tamara Holmlund Ph.D.
Three Trees Consulting
Tim Garchow
Wendy Whitmer
William Taylor
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