PEI Statewide Impact

Invasive Species Workshops Inspire Teachers and Students to Take Action

In August 2020, a group of teachers attending one of PEI’s Washington Invasive Species Council (WISC) workshops learned about invasive American bullfrogs from a knowledgeable guest presenter with a strong background in the subject. After sharing ways to identify the non-native frogs and details about how they kill native frog species either deliberately by eating them or inadvertently by spreading disease, he fielded questions from the audience. 
The speaker was not a biologist or game warden with the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, but Ranger Rivard, the eight-year-old son of PEI’s Central Washington FieldSTEM Coordinator Megan Rivard. 

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Climate Science in Action

When Climate Science Meets Dual Language
Dora Kemp is passionate about the subject of food waste. At Sheridan Elementary School in Tacoma where she teaches a dual language kindergarten class, she observed how much food went into the garbage each day but when Kemp attempted to interest her students in the topic, her message was usually ignored. “I was asking them over and over, ‘Are you going to eat that or throw it away?’” she says.
When Kemp discovered PEI’s Spanish Language Food Waste Solutions Oriented Learning Storyline (SOLS) and began using it in her class, things started to change. Students began weighing their leftovers at mealtimes and enthusiastically participating in activities designed to demonstrate how food waste contributes to climate change.

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Teacher Tools

Black History Month Resources
Celebrate Black History Month with teaching resources from the National Archives, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and more.

Black History Month for Teachers -
Teaching Resources for Black History Month 
Black History Month Resources for the Classroom - PBS Newshour
Washington Black History Project -

Welcome New Staff

Emily Newman

Emily joined PEI in January of 2023 and is the Lower Columbia FieldSTEM coordinator serving districts, schools, and teachers across Clark, Cowlitz, Klickitat, Skamania, and Wahkiakum counties.  

Originally from Southern Oregon, Emily moved to New York to earn a BS in Biology with minors in chemistry and mathematics from Adelphi University. She then continued her MS through intertidal and invertebrate ecology research off the North Atlantic Coast focusing on predator-predator prey interactions and the impact of invasive species on the local communities. Emily moved back to the west coast, earned her teaching certificate through the University of Washington’s UACT program, and has taught middle school math and science in Washington for six years. She is passionate about all students having access to high quality education and believes that learning outdoors, through hands on experiences and play are keys to engaged and thoughtful citizens. With her own kids, her family strives to reach the 1000 hours outdoor challenge each year and their favorite outdoor activities include hiking, kayaking, rafting, and camping.  

Upcoming Events 

Date Workshop Location (online)
Feb 1 District Leadership Work Session 2 Statewide (online)**
Feb 8 & 22 Solution Oriented Learning Storylines: Solar ESD 105/171 regions**
Feb 9 Spring 2023 FieldSTEM Intro Series: High Impact Field Experiences Statewide (online)
Feb 11 Explore the Salish Sea Curriculum Lakewood, WA
Feb 15 & 28 FieldDesign - Focus on Environmental Justice Statewide (online)
Feb 23 Environment and Sustainability Literacy Student Summit Tumwater, WA
Feb 25 & Mar 1 Solution Oriented Learning Storylines: Forest-Carbon (Spanish) ESD 121 (PSESD) region**
  **Not open to the public.
Visit our calendar for more information.

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Thank you to last month’s donors and funders!

Forest Investment Associates
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Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
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