PEI Leadership

Leading with Heart, Clarity and Curiosity:  Denise Buck Retires from PEI

Julie Tennis approached her first meeting with Denise Buck with trepidation. It was 2015 and Buck had just been hired as PEI’s new Operations and Program Director. As one of a handful of PEI staff, Tennis would be working closely with her to develop programming in the coastal region. Driving to their appointed meeting spot in Jefferson County, Tennis was plagued by mental ‘what ifs.’ “I have had very few great bosses,” she explains, “and so I was really nervous.”

It quickly became apparent to Tennis that her concerns were unnecessary.

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Climate Science Professional Learning Opportunities for Teachers

Phenomena-based Learning Workshop Creates Record Attendance and Completion Rates

PEI’s workshops are typically well attended, but what happened in May was exceptional. Over one hundred people registered for a Phenomena Based Learning: Solutions Oriented Storylines workshop and of those who attended, nearly all completed the course requirements. “We ended up awarding STEM clock hours and stipends to nearly 70 people from four educational service districts,” says Tressa Arbow, PEI’s East Sound North FieldSTEM Coordinator.

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Statewide Programs

Teachers Connect at Outdoor School Washington’s Spring Training  

In May, 45 educators from 22 different K-12 schools and 11 community partner organizations came together for a week at Camp Reed north of Spokane to learn how to develop overnight outdoor school programming for 5th and 6th grade students by participating in the 2023 Outdoor School Washington Spring Training.

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Sustainability & Environmental Literacy Education

Media Literacy is the Focus at Sustainability Workshop  

Can your students tell if a climate news story is real? Do they know how climate change is impacting their own communities? Ten secondary teachers from Pierce, King, and Snohomish counties recently tackled these questions and more in a workshop using PEI’s interdisciplinary Sustainability Course. 

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Special Event

Save the Date! 20th Anniversary FieldSTEM Celebration

You're Invited!

Join PEI as we celebrate teachers, schools, districts and community partners statewide. Dinner, an awards presentation and a silent auction will be followed by a silent auction and live music courtesy of Sturgeon Moon, an 8-piece band.

Tools & Tips for Teachers

What PEI’s Food Waste Storyline Looks Like in Middle School

Ever wonder what one of PEI’s Solutions Oriented Learning Storylines looks like in action? Wonder no more. Olympia Middle School teacher Cindy Hall provides a detailed description of what her class did, how students responded and what next steps might look like.

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Upcoming Events 

Date Workshop Location
July 7   Project Learning Tree/Project WILD:  Trees & Me and Growing Up WILD  Leavenworth
August 8-9    Project Learning Tree: Engaging  Communities in Forestry Education*  Southwest Washington
*Registration will be open to the public at a later date.
Visit our calendar for more information.


  With Gratitude

Thank you to last month’s donors and funders!

Bill Monahan
Our Community Credit Union
Merrill & Ring
Port Blakely
Dennis Sterner
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