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PACIFIC EDUCATION INSTITUTE

Community-based Science Outdoors

aka PEI   |   Olympia, WA   |  www.pacificeducationinstitute.org

Mission

PEI’s mission is to advance science literacy and deepen student engagement by empowering educators to teach real-world science outdoors. To accomplish this, PEI provides equitable, professional learning opportunities to K-16 formal and nonformal educators. We work to empower educators to offer inclusive, integrated, career connected, locally and culturally relevant, field-based learning opportunities for all students. PEI collaborates with education leaders to build systemic and sustainable programs using our award-winning FieldSTEM® Model.

Ruling year info

2003

Executive Director

Ms. Kathryn Kurtz

Main address

724 Columbia Street NW Ste 255

Olympia, WA 98501 USA

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EIN

75-3108166

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

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Our programs

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FieldSTEM

FieldSTEM® is PEI’s signature learning model that used to guide K-12 educators and administrators in integrating and teaching STEM subjects using regionally-significant content and learning opportunities, as well as ready access to the outdoors and local environments and business operations, to improve relevance, student engagement and performance. Through this model, we provide ongoing training and support to teachers and non-formal educators as well as school and district leaders. Demand for FieldSTEM is growing significantly, and with equity as a core value we focus a lot of our efforts on rural, remote and underserved districts and schools, where teachers and families often lack the resources to provide high quality education and enrichment. Our model is unusually accessible and impactful for both teachers and students.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

In addition to delivering FieldSTEM, PEI is the state coordinator for Project Learning Tree® and Project WILD®, both nationally acclaimed environmental education models that are used to integrate environmental and ecosystem lessons into basic K-12 education. Using these and other FieldSTEM frameworks, PEI develops the instructional skills of individual educators, including pre-service teachers at local universities, and helps them work with one another as well as local businesses and community organizations to enrich learning for students.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Students

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Financials

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PACIFIC EDUCATION INSTITUTE

Board of directors
as of 11/16/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Lisa Perry

Sierra Pacific

Term: 2019 - 2022

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and 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? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/23/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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