Hear talk on public Montessori education
The PTSA group at Tacoma’s Geiger Montessori School will host a public conversation, “Authenticity and Advocacy,” about public Montessori education, on Monday (Feb. 2).
The featured speaker is Jacqueline Cossentino, senior associate and director of research for the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector. She will talk about what a Montessori education entails, how it compares to conventional education systems, whether it can be successful in public schools and what research and resources are available for parents.
The event is at 5:45 p.m. at Geiger school, 7401 S. Eighth St. Childcare will be provided.
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Legislators to talk on education issues
The local education advocacy group Stand for Children will host a legislative summit next weekend so the public can hear from education experts, legislators and others about key school issues.
The event will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at University of Washington Tacoma, Joy Building 117, 1900 Commerce St., Tacoma. Food and childcare will be provided. The session costs $10 for college students and $15 for adults. Registration is required. Go to eventbrite.com/e/legislative- summit-tickets-14890737597
Meet new middle school leader at Annie Wright
Annie Wright Schools will welcome its new director of middle school, Bill Hulseman, at its Middle School Ticket to Thrive admission event from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.
Students and families will learn about the school, meet staff, participate in fun activities and have questions answered. Lunch will be provided at the school, 827 N. Tacoma Ave., Tacoma. Registration is required online at aw.org/page/Ticket-to-Thrive. For more information call 253-284-8602.
Preschool parents invited to Advocacy Day
Parents of children ages 3 to 5 who are enrolled in Clover Park School District’s Head Start or ECEAP early-learning programs can attend the Puget Sound Educational Service District’s Advocacy Day on Feb. 11. The day offers a chance for families to go to Olympia and talk to legislators about funding for early-learning programs.
A bus will pick up and drop off participating Clover Park parents behind Target at the Lakewood Towne Center, 5618 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd. S.W. Pickup is at 9 a.m. and expected return time is 3:45 p.m. The event will end with a rally on the steps of the state Capitol.
Registration is required at earlylearningwa.org/index.php/ for-families/advocacy
Steilacoom CTE committee seeks
Steilacoom School District’s career and technical education (CTE) programs are looking for community members to serve on an advisory committee that meets three times a year. The committee’s goal is to promote greater cooperation between schools and the private sector in preparing students for employment.
The next meeting will be Feb. 18 at Steilacoom High School. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and the program will begin at 6:30 p.m. If you would like to be part of the committee, contact Sara Graves at 253-983-2302 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Feb. 11.
Eatonville gains second Lighthouse designation
The Eatonville School District has a second state STEM Lighthouse school. Weyerhaeuser Elementary joins Columbia Crest A-STEM Academy, which was named a Lighthouse school by the state last year.
STEM schools have a special focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and Lighthouse schools serve as mentors to other schools in the state. Six schools were designated this year, and each was awarded a $20,000 grant to promote STEM education.
Two other schools in the region were also named Lighthouse schools: Saghalie Middle School in Federal Way and Martin Sortun Elementary in Kent.
Compiled by Mary Anderson and Debbie Cafazzo, staff writers