Educational Institutions

Islandwood

Bainbridge Island, WA

Mission

Our mission is to provide exceptional learning experiences and to inspire lifelong environmental and community stewardship.

Ruling Year

1999

President and CEO

Ms. Megan Karch

Main Address

4450 Blakely Ave NE

Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 USA

Keywords

Environmental Education,Environment, Science, Art, Technology,Education, Sustainability, Graduate School, Leadership Development, Conference Center, School

EIN

31-1654076

 Number

2488167259

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Graduate, Professional(Separate Entities) (B50)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

We need everyone engaged in creating a future where all life (people and the natural world) can thrive. Unfortunately, not everyone is aware of or empowered to address the social, ecological, political, and economic forces that affect quality of life. That's why we're advancing innovative educational approaches that build understanding of our environment and empower every student to take action for greater environmental health and wellbeing for all.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

School Overnight Program

Urban Schools Program

Education for Environment and Community Graduate Program (M.A.Ed.)

Urban Environmental Education Graduate Program (M.A.Ed.)

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

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Scholarship dollars awarded to School Overnight Program participants

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Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years)

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School Overnight Program

Percent of schools that received a scholarship to the School Overnight Program

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Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years)

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School Overnight Program

Number of students who attended the School Overnight Program

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Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years)

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School Overnight Program

Percent of schools that participate in our Urban Schools Program free of charge

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Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years)

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Urban Schools Program

Number of students who attended one or more of our Urban Schools Programs

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Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Related program

Urban Schools Program

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Our direct experiential environmental learning programs on Bainbridge Island, in Seattle, and in Woodinville, WA reach more than 10,000 3rd-8th graders annually. We reach thousands more kids and communities members nationwide through the work of our alumni from our two graduate programs in education, as well as through our curriculum development, teacher training programs, and policy work.

All of these programs seek to advance innovative educational approaches that build understanding of our environment and empower every student to take action for greater environmental health and wellbeing. We do this through a four-pronged approach:
1. Integrating community-based, experiential environmental learning into formal education;
2. Fostering equitable access to culturally-relevant learning experiences outside the classroom;
3. Increasing diversity in the education, science, and environmental fields; and
4. Cultivating sustainable cities through education.

Integrate community-based, environmental learning into formal education: We offer day-long science programs and field studies in the greater Seattle area, intentionally designed to support teachers in connecting classroom learning to real-world examples. We've recently expanded our partnership with Seattle Public Schools to co-develop a 4th grade science unit and teacher training program called Community Waters. This stormwater engineering unit empowers students to define and design a solution to a local stormwater problem in their schoolyard or school neighborhood. In addition, IslandWood is working to engage policymakers and partners on a state and national level to better support schools and teachers in taking learning outside the classroom and connecting science to real-world environmental problems in students' communities. Foster equitable access to culturally-relevant learning experiences outside the classroom: Our School Overnight Program – a multi-day residential environmental learning experience – was created to improve access to outdoor learning programs and is committed to culturally responsive instruction. At least 50% of the students come from low-income households and we offer differentiated programming that meets the needs of each school. The program is taught by our graduate students, using best practices in anti-bias education. We intentionally facilitate integration between schools giving students the opportunity to work together to identify and solve small systems issues, and practice critical social skills such as active listening and respectful dialogue. We also regularly host Community Engagement Forums to listen to, learn from, consult, and develop strategies with parents, teachers, and community members to better engage each unique, diverse community. IslandWood led a state-level coalition of organizations that advocated for the No Child Left Inside bill, which has resulted in $2.5 million in state funding for outdoor recreation and learning for underserved youth. Increase diversity in the education, science, and environmental fields: Through our two graduate programs – a certificate in culturally-responsive teaching and experiential education, and a Master's in urban environmental education with a focus on urban systems and social justice – we seek to increase diversity in our field. As our alumni become educational leaders in classrooms and in communities, they inspire youth to pursue careers in these areas. Cultivate sustainable cities through education: IslandWood is advancing thinking around how environmental education is done in urban areas. Our programs for school aged children are focused on connecting students to the ecology and systems that shape their communities, and on empowering them to solve problems. In addition, our Urban Environmental Education Master's program prepares educational leaders who can work from within urban communities to foster environmental awareness, knowledge, and collective action.

IslandWood is a learning organization that values continual program evolution, evaluation, and improvement. Most of our educators hold PhDs and Master's in education or related fields, and are committed to culturally responsive and inclusive curriculum and instruction. With two graduate programs, we are continually learning from our graduate students, incorporating research, and developing best practices in environmental education.

Partnerships also play an important role in our work. IslandWood has strong local, national, and state level partnerships, including long-standing educational partnerships with King County and Seattle Public Schools reaching thousands of students annually.

IslandWood is dedicated to measuring the impact of our work. To that end, we focus on evaluating our programs through both qualitative and quantitative data. From teacher reports and student self-assessments of progress toward stewardship goals, IslandWood's education programs collect robust triangulated data from classroom teachers, students, staff instructors, and IslandWood grad program alumni. IslandWood's Education Team monitors and regularly reviews data to make both immediate and long-term program improvements and decisions. To track the durability of student learning, teachers assess IslandWood during their school visit, immediately after programming, and three to six months following programming. For example, three-months after their experience in our School Overnight Program, teachers report continued student engagement with science, teamwork and collaboration skills, comfort in nature, a willingness to embrace safe adventures, and pro-environmental behaviors. In our Urban Programs, post-program surveys show a lasting impact on how teachers teach and the extent to which IslandWood connects learning to students' lives and home communities.

In the nearly two decades since we welcomed the first school bus of children to our Bainbridge Island campus, IslandWood has grown into a bold leader in innovative and inclusive education that fosters greater environmental health, a sustainable future, and social and ecological wellbeing for all. In recent years, IslandWood has been pushing the boundaries of environmental education.

Our flagship School Overnight Program provides outdoor environmental education to more than 4,000 4th – 6th grade students each year, primarily from the Puget Sound region. Approximately half of the students we serve come from underserved schools, defined by high rates of students who qualify for free/reduced school meals. Our graduate certificate program in culturally-responsive teaching and experiential education – The Education for Environment and Community Program – was created at the same time as our School Overnight Program in partnership with the University of Washington now boasts nearly 350 alumni.

In 2010, IslandWood established our Urban School Programs, which today serves more than 7,000 3rd - 8th grade students each year in Seattle schools, parks and neighborhoods, and at the Brightwater Wastewater Treatment Center.

In recent years, IslandWood has extended its impact by co-developing science curriculum for Seattle Public Schools, providing teacher training in Next Gen Science Standards, launching a ground-breaking Master's program in Urban Environmental Education, implementing a national and state policy engagement program, and through a newly launched app called Nature Passport.

We look forward to continuing to deepen and expand the ways in which we support public schools and teachers in providing community-connected environmental learning that empowers students to take action for greater environmental health and community wellbeing for all.

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Financials

Islandwood

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes