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Partner Spotlight: Offering Extra in School

This piece was not featured in the 2019 Community Impact Report. “As Dean of Students at Mount Tahoma High School, I work in partnership with our school administration and counseling team to support the needs of students and staff across the building. One effort I have been involved in to provide additional student support is offering monthly Saturday School for our students. On these days we have instructional and counseling staff come in to provide students with extra academic instruction along with the opportunity to make-up tests and assignments. We would [...]

Partner Spotlight: Offering Extra in School2019-05-01T14:21:23-07:00

Partner Spotlight: Intro to STEM Careers

This piece was featured in the 2019 Community Impact Report.  “RAIN’s mission is to grow the biotechnology industry in Tacoma. We want to increase accessibility and show kids, no matter what their background, that this is a possible path for them. We had about 50 students from Stewart Middle School visit our facility on DiscoverU Day, a district-wide career exploration event for students of all ages. We wanted them to see what a professional lab was like so we set up miniature activities for them to move through. They held tools [...]

Partner Spotlight: Intro to STEM Careers2019-05-01T13:48:27-07:00

Partner Spotlight: Strong Transitions

This piece was featured in the 2019 Community Impact Report.  “Stewart hosts four different programs or events to help transition our incoming fifth grade students and families to middle school: Middle School Visits -  Fifth grade students from our four largest feeder elementary schools come in for a “day in the life” experience. They are paired with a sixth or seventh grade student and shadow them in two of their classes. Future Panther Night -  This is our spring open house. Parents and guardians are able to meet with teachers [...]

Partner Spotlight: Strong Transitions2019-05-01T13:55:41-07:00

Partner Spotlight: Developing Youth Outside of School

This piece was not featured in the 2019 Community Impact Report. “Hilltop Artists is a youth development program, which uses art as a means of engagement. Our programs are open to youth ages 12 to 20 throughout the area, and we do lots of intentional outreach to students who are marginalized in different ways. We run three two-week sessions at Jason Lee Middle School in the summer, with three classes a day so that we can serve more students. We also offer two two-week sessions at Wilson High School where [...]

Partner Spotlight: Developing Youth Outside of School2019-05-01T14:28:39-07:00

Partner Spotlight: Investing in Access

This piece was featured in the 2019 Community Impact Report.  "Graduate Tacoma access funds have helped support the Tacoma Arts Live Cultural Arts Program since 2016, which provides arts-based expanded learning opportunities, through Ballet Folklorico and World Drumming. We started with an arts-integrated summer program at Roosevelt Elementary five years ago, and it has grown into year-round services with performance opportunities at the elementary, middle, and high school levels on the Eastside. We focus on three levels of accessibility: geographic, economic, and cultural/linguistic. What we’re interested in is creating a [...]

Partner Spotlight: Investing in Access2019-05-01T14:00:08-07:00

Partner Spotlight: Planting Seeds

This piece was not featured in the 2019 Community Impact Report “Ready, Set, Read helps provide families with the tools and support they need to develop the skills and habit of reading together with their child. When families have tools, they thrive. But not all families have the tools for literacy. We have 41 sites with volunteers on each site every day. Children get prizes for every ten books they read. If they read 60 books, they become Champions. We’ve compared Washington kids’ scores and found that our Champions score [...]

Partner Spotlight: Planting Seeds2019-05-01T14:35:22-07:00

Partner Spotlight: Playing to Learn

This piece was featured in the 2019 Community Impact Report. “Inclusive Play to Learn is the Children’s Museum of Tacoma’s free drop-in kindergarten readiness program offered at 25 sites across Pierce County. Our sites extend as far west as Key Peninsula and out east to Bonney Lake. Our goal is to be within a 20-30 minute drive from any child in the county. We take the program out to community centers, schools or libraries. We come in with our toys and supplies, play and learn with families for 90-minutes a [...]

Partner Spotlight: Playing to Learn2019-05-01T14:08:30-07:00

Statewide school levy ‘fix’ has put Tacoma in a fix

An edited version of this article was published in The News Tribune on April 20, 2019 Why has the Legislature’s solution to provide more uniform and equitable state education funding left 253 of the state’s 295 school districts facing devastating budget cuts this school year? A court case in 2012, known as the McCleary decision, found the state to be derelict in its paramount duty to fund basic education. After five years of effort, the Legislature’s ultimate fix to the issues raised by McCleary was to cap local levy dollars in exchange [...]

Statewide school levy ‘fix’ has put Tacoma in a fix2019-04-25T09:51:55-07:00

UPDATE: Tacoma Completes

Colleagues and Friends, This past January we celebrated another milestone year of upward momentum for high school graduation rates. Meanwhile, however, college completion remains stagnant. Increased commitment and focus in this area is critical to seeing Tacoma kids through to postsecondary success. That’s why it gives me great excitement to share the growing partnership between Graduate Tacoma and Degrees of Change, a leader in the area of college persistence. Some of you may remember, in the same month that Tacoma Public Schools announced graduation rates for the Class of 2018, [...]

UPDATE: Tacoma Completes2019-04-25T11:15:21-07:00

Building Connections 2019

A free Kindergarten readiness workshop where we will learn new and creative tools, including the Paint to Learn model, to incorporate MATH concepts in everyday activities: at home, in the classroom, and on the go! Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided to all attendees. Structured child-friendly activities will be available for children ages 4 and up. Children must be toilet independent. REGISTER HERE

Building Connections 20192019-04-25T11:25:02-07:00