PEI Statewide Impact

PEI Staff Bring Learning Standards to Life at Outdoor School for All Training

The word ‘fun’ doesn’t leap to mind when considering educational standards. Hitting Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is challenging enough. Add Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) targets, Environmental and Sustainability Education (ESE) standards and Culturally Responsive Teaching principles and educators may be forgiven for wanting to throw in the towel.

That’s what made one presentation at the Outdoor School for All fall training so memorable.

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FieldSTEM Leadership

How Administrative Support Magnifies the Impact of Outdoor Education 

Aside from the fact that all three are elementary school teachers, Brittany Moore, Caris Ristoff and Roxann Stewart have two other points in common. All have attended at least one PEI workshop and each benefit from supportive school leadership that supports their outdoor-based learning efforts. 
“When you have a good idea and you’re looking at resources and get excited, there’s nothing worse than to feel like you can’t do it,” says Moore, who teaches an integrated block of science, engineering, writing and social studies to all 4th-grade students at Brownsville Elementary School in the Central Kitsap School District. “It’s really nice to have an administrator say, ‘You need to take three hours of release time on this day to work on planning and implementation. Here you go.’ Administrative support is extremely important to the success of outdoor education.” 

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PEI Special Event

Applications Open for Environmental and Sustainability Literacy Student Summit

On February 23, 2023, PEI will host an Environmental and Sustainability Literacy Summit at New Market Skills Center in Tumwater, WA. Student teams from grades K-12 are invited to bring project displays that highlight learning and student activities in focused climate and environmental education topic areas. Selected projects will have the opportunity to present their projects to Washington state department and agency leaders, state policy leaders and legislators. Both Governor Inslee and Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal will be attending. Applications due December 23, 2022. 
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Teacher Tools

Subtitle: 7 Benefits of Using Nature and the Outdoors to Teach Math

Source: Project Learning Tree
Nature is a fascinating environment to create fun, authentic learning experiences, especially when it comes to math concepts!
Math has always had a place in the natural world and can be dated back to over a thousand years when ancient humans first developed a system for counting.
Math helps us understand the natural world around us, and nature has always been the inspiration for new ideas. 
Mathematics is the language with which the universe was written.”
– Galileo
Let’s explore seven benefits of using nature and the outdoors to teach math:

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Teacher Resources

Explore the Salish Sea Moves to PEI

When SeaDoc Society announced the move of their Explore the Salish Sea 5th grade curriculum, PEI rose to the top of the list of wonderful environmental education innovators who put in their bids.
Explore the Salish Sea fits right in with our place- and project-based learning model, setting up kids as Nature Detectives to solve mysteries about the great estuary we share with Canada and 61 Indigenous sovereign nations. We are now working with its curator, Mira Lutz, to update the links and lessons that make this a relevant, living resource that can be customized to meet each teacher's science or integrated subjects learning goals. 

Upcoming Events 

Dec 6 FieldSTEM: ELA Performance Tasks Statewide
Dec 8 Introduction to FieldSTEM for School/District Leadership: Session 1 Statewide
Dec 13 Introduction to FieldSTEM for School/District Leadership: Session 2 Statewide
Jan 10 FieldSTEM: Schoolyard Investigations for Grades K-1 (Spanish) Statewide*
Jan 11 & 25 FieldSTEM: Field Investigations Statewide*
Jan 17 FieldSTEM: Schoolyard Investigations for Grades 2-3 (Spanish) Statewide*
*Registration will open at a later date
Visit our calendar for more information.

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