As most of you know public schools started the school year remotely. Initial reports show that this return to remote learning has gotten off to a rough start, with half of Seattle students not logging in to the system. Our contacts at SPS have told us that 20% of the students have yet to login to the system.
This is particularly worrisome as reports indicate that COVID-19 has hit Black, Indigenous and Latinx communities far harder than others, and so many of our students are falling through the cracks in online education.
Why does this matter and why should you care? We already faced a learning crisis prior to the pandemic. But now we face a generational catastrophe that will undermine decades of progress and exacerbate entrenched inequities.This is not hyperbole, we desperately need to come together as a community and prioritize the education of our youth, we need you to stand up and step up.
Are you passionate about STEM and Educational Equity? Are you interested in supporting high school students from rural and tribal communities of WA? Then STEM/CASE Alternative Spring Break might be a good fit for you!
STEM/CASE Alternative Spring Break is a quarter-long program where students take a preparatory EDUC 401 seminar in Winter quarter (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30-5:50 pm), then spend the week of spring break (March 22 – 27, 2021) running STEM outreach programming with middle and high school students in the Yakima Valley. Our partner schools this year include Toppenish Middle School, Campbell Farm, CATS Academy, PACE High School, and White Swan High School. Our STEM ASB facilitators inspire the leadership, learning capacities, and interest in science among youth of the Yakama Nation and Yakima Valley. We would love to have you join our team!