The 2019 legislative session ended on April 28 with a lot accomplished for the state and final operating, capital, and transportation budgets. Among those were some great wins for youth and expanded learning providers. We also made great strides on some hard fought battles and will press on in session 2020 – only nine short months away!
Big thanks to the Washington Expanded Learning Opportunities Network, our partners, and everyone that sent emails and made calls to legislators.
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.
The 2018 Washington State Legislative Session was short and sweet. There were many victories for kids and for Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELOs). Big thanks to all the ELO providers, stakeholders, youth, and parents that came to Olympia, wrote emails, made calls, and posted on social media supporting ELO priorities. Next session we hope to become even louder and hope you’ll join us.
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
While we’re seeing more funds than ever being directed to our schools, many gaps still exist in providing our students with learning opportunities that expand beyond the school day. Especially when it comes to fields such as STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) where students need additional time to practice what they learn and make connections to real life experience, there simply is not enough time during school hours despite the growing need.