The science of learning and development reveals that while what students learn is important, the environment adults create to support them is essential to their success as adults. When schools affirm students' identities, surround them with supportive relationships, help them explore what they value, encourage them to recognize their strengths and skills, and make the connection between what students do in school and their lives and a purpose beyond themselves, all students can learn and achieve.Read More
High-quality youth programs can make a positive difference in student achievement, social skills and risk reduction. We are taking a systemic approach to create incentives and structures that will help youth organizations dramatically improve the quality of out-of-school programs across Washington state.Read More
Adolescence is a pivotal period in young people’s development. It’s also a vulnerable time when youth can either be supported or derailed from the path to successful adulthood. Having a safe, stable place to call home is fundamental to a young person’s healthy development. Sadly, thousands of young people in our country and in Washington state don’t have this. By working together, we can prevent and end the crisis of youth homelessness.Read More
It is mid-morning on a warm, spring Wednesday, and Erick Delcham is darting from student to student in his Algebra III class at North Queens Community High School.
Delcham smiles and laughs as he pushes his students to explain how they are trying to answer the problems in front of them.
“Notice what you are doing now?” he encourages a quiet boy named Kuron, who has floated an idea about how to solve a Pythagorean equation. “You are conjecturing!”