School’s Out Washington is growing! Over the past several months, we have expanded not only in the number of staff working to support quality expanded learning opportunities, but our reach across Washington State with three team members now based in Pierce County and two new staff based in Spokane.
School’s Out Washington in partnership with Best Starts for Kids announced new investments to create more opportunities for children and young people to flourish outside of the school day.
The new investment will expand access to quality before, after school, weekend, and summer learning and enrichment opportunities for elementary and middle school students. Best Starts and School’s Out Washington awarded 19 grants totaling 8.3 million in Best Starts for Kids funding over 3 years. Awardees include single organizations and partnerships representing 35 organizations across King County.
“Thanks to these investments, kids will have enriching places to go before and after school,” said King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove. “I am happy to see the geographical and cultural diversity of these grant recipients, many of whom work in South King County.”
School’s Out Washington has launched a new Spokane office to better serve communities in and around Spokane County and Eastern Washington. The new office which will house two staff members comes with growing awareness around the critical role of afterschool and summer programs in supporting young people’s school and life success
SOWA and our partners will be pounding the pavement this winter in Olympia to fight for Expanded Learning Opportunities. We are excited to promote the impact that ELOs have for kids. Below are our legislative priorities. If you want to know more, please email David Beard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We'd like to share some STEM-focused professional development opportunities from Woodland Park Zoo.
The Zoo's programs for educators are focused on empowering educators with a strong foundation in ecological literacy, skills in inquiry-based learning and principles of field investigation. Their professional development programs provide educators with necessary knowledge, skills and resources to bring meaningful environmental and sustainability education to their students or other audiences. All program activities and materials provided are designed to support Washington state’s academic learning requirements, to address national standards for inquiry-based science learning, and to advance the zoo’s mission by inspiring and cultivating an informed community of conservation stewards