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Logan Lunch Raises $88K for STEM Education, Teacher Development

Logan Center for Education

*Editor’s note: After the final tally, the total raised was more than $92,000.*

The 4th Annual Valerie Logan Luncheon took place on Nov. 4 and raised more than $88,000 to support ISB’s Logan Center for Education. The fundraiser showcases how the Logan Center continues to revolutionize science education by inspiring and engaging teachers and stakeholders to create learning environments that impact the pipeline of students from early grades through college. The Center provides professional development workshops for K-12 and community college faculty.

Gene Sharratt (right) received the 2015 Valerie Logan Leadership in Science Education award.

Gene Sharratt (right) received the 2015 Valerie Logan Leadership in Science Education award.

The event also honored Gene Sharratt, the 2015 recipient of the Valerie Logan Leadership in Science Education award. Gene is the Executive Director for the Governor of the Washington Student Achievement Council and is building connections across the pipeline of learning from pre-K through college and career. He is helping to unify the often fragmented parts of our statewide community learning system. The professional development model at the Logan Center can revolutionize learning, but it needs a policy leaders to help spread the word from the grassroots of Washington classrooms to the top levels of government and business. Gene is that type of leader.

The program featured a short video of testimonials from students in the Renton School District. Lindbergh High School science teacher Kari Hollandsworth presented and spoke in support of her experience participating in Logan Center workshops. The benefit of inspiring teachers is evident in the comments from the students in the video.

SPONSORS: Thank you to sponsors Sabey Corporation, Aron M. Thompson, Boeing, Douglas Howe & Robin DuBrin, HomeStreet Bank, Kilroy Realty and the Muckleshoot Charity Fund.

Read the press coverage in the Puget Sound Business Journal (read article):

The ISB’s Valerie Logan Center is recognized as a model for supporting STEM education, supporting teachers’ professional development and convening principals, STEM professionals, policy makers, and others to assure the success of teachers and students. – Patti Payne/PSBJ

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