While schools struggle to find ways to fund and maintain pre-K, advocates face another challenge: selling a skeptical Legislature on the value of early education. Pre-K is a values debate and a policy debate. Critics say the state should focus on K-12 spending, assert that young children are best taught at home, and dismiss research on the lasting value of pre-K. Read More
Yakima’s A.C. Davis High School mission statement is to “educate students for success:  life-long learning, employment, and social awareness.” Realizing that mission is at the heart of the school’s International Baccalaureate program. It not only challenges students with rigor, it instills a sense of community while often awarding college credit or advanced standing. Read More
If you’ve ever learned another language, you’re familiar with how difficult it can be. Now imagine being an immigrant in high school. At Southridge High School in Kennewick, the English Learner program is helping a diverse group of students succeed in school. Kristina Hocking leads the English Learner program at Southridge. “When they enter in… Read More
One program at Kamiakin High School in Kennewick teaches public speaking skills, increases vocabulary, and helps students process and express emotions. Myanna Moody is a senior at Kamiakin High School in Kennewick. She recites the poem, “Ode” by Arthur O’Shaughnessy. She says it holds meaning to her because it portrays the arts. When she recites… Read More
Research shows that music in schools can improve reading and math scores. But not every student can afford instruments. Imagine if every student in our region had the opportunity to play an instrument, without the worry of cost. Schools in Troy, Idaho and Palouse, Washington are trying to make that a reality. Matt Zook, Garfield-Palouse… Read More
High school skills programs like one in Spokane are filling a need for skilled workers in areas like construction, manufacturing, and information technology. New Tech Skill Center is one of 13 such programs in Washington state.  It’s owned by eleven school districts and hosted by Spokane Public Schools. Tim Lorentz is a special needs coordinator… Read More
In 2007, Taylor Kowalski’s mother, Cathy, opened what was among Idaho’s first fully inclusive setting pre-schools in Post Falls. In 2016, Taylor saw a need for similar services in Moscow, so together they opened a second location. The Learning Garden serves children age two-and-a-half to five-years-old in their childcare while providing therapy for young children with Read More
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