Ka'ohe Wong recently joined our team at School's Out Washington after many years in different roles within the expanded learning field, most recently at the YMCA of Snohomish County. In her new role at SOWA, Ka'ohe will lead and support expanded learning program through quality improvement interventions. Learn more about Ka'ohe and why she is excited to be a member of the SOWA team.
In 2017, SOWA opened a Pierce County office to deepen our partnerships and support to expanded learning programs in the region. We are excited to continue growing our staff presence based in Pierce County, most recently with our newest staff member Rosalinda Castro, Senior Expanded Learning Opportunities Coordinator supporting the Whole Child Partnership Initiative.
Kelly Riffer joins the SOWA team as our Coaching Services Manager supporting our many coaches working with expanded learning programs across the region. Kelly is very familiar with the expanded learning field and program quality improvement, having worked in a 21st Century Community Learning Center program in Michigan where she also partnered with the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality and got all trained up! Learn more about Kelly and why she's excited to be joining our team.
Michal joined School’s Washington in April 2018 as the Data and Scheduling Administrator, though he was not totally new to SOWA having worked with us as an intern to support the Bridge Conference. Get to know Michal who will be a part of our very busy Statewide Program Quality team.
Check out this great blog post written by our partners at Ready WA highlighting a quality summer program in action! Ready WA is a statewide coalition that supports college and career ready goals and standards for every K-12 student in Washington state. Connect with Ready WA on Facebook: http://Facebook.com/ReadyWA
The recipe for summer learning in Newport, Wash., looks like one part science lab, one part reading room, and two parts fun.
The 80 students participating in The Summer of STEM program are building roller coasters, creating cars out of pasta, engineering popsicle stick bridges, constructing elaborate towers for marbles to run through, studying chain reactions with dominos, working on their reading, and the list goes on.