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Lake Washington School District: Every Student Future Ready


s the end of June approaches here in the Lake Washington School District, we look forward to graduating nearly 1,600 seniors in the class of 2015. We also look forward to welcoming more than 2,000 kindergartners in the class of 2028 next fall. As one of the fastest growing Engineering and Math programs for districts in King County and the sixth our students. These programs provide largest in the state, we are proud of our innovative learning environments and growth and continued focus toward opportunities for students. accomplishing our vision of Every 3. This year 29 teachers across the Student Future Ready. district achieved their National Board To accomplish our vision we focus Certification. A total of 269 teachers in on five strategic goals: our district have earned this prestigious Goal 1: Ensure academic succertification. Many classified cess for every student and certificated staff members Goal 2: Provide safe and inalso earned national awards and novative learning environments recognition for their work. Our Goal 3: Recruit, hire, and professional learning programs retain highly effective personnel are extensive. They range from Goal 4: Use resources effecour New Teacher Support Protively and be fiscally responsible gram to our bus driver training Dr. Traci Pierce Goal 5: Engage our commuprogram to certification offernities ings for non-teaching staff. As the 2014-15 school year These programs all focus on comes to a close, I’m proud to highlight ensuring that we have highly effective a few key district achievements aligned personnel working in our district. to our goals: 4. This spring, the district saved 1. This year 24 district schools taxpayers $17.3 million through bond earned Washington Achievement refinancing, and the district’s Standard awards. Lake Washington received & Poor’s bond rating was upgraded to more awards than any other district AA+. This is the highest rating assigned in the state, including the five districts to any school district in the state. It that are larger. Twelve schools earned is shared by only two other districts recognition for Overall Excellence. (Bellevue and Issaquah). We continue These awards reflect the hard work of to work to use our resources effectively our teachers and staff in ensuring the and be fiscally responsible. academic success of our students. 5. Last fall we convened a 63-person 2. Our first class of seniors will grad- community task force to help develop a uate from Tesla STEM High School in strategy to address our long-term facilJune. Every high school in the district ity needs. The work of the committee is has developed Science, Technology, [ more LWSD page 7]

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Lake Washington Schools Foundation supports students’ academic excellence


e are the Lake Washington Schools Foundation, a 10-yearold nonprofit that raises funds to support academic excellence and success for students in the Lake Washington School District. Since 2005, we have invested nearly $2 million, raised from our supportive community, to support district-wide initiatives, support our new teachers, and provide classroom tools and experiences to help all students succeed. Our investments support high-impact programs that enhance our district’s curriculum for the more than 26,000

students in our school district. In our elementary schools, students across the district benefit from tutors and mentors, online math programs, music curriculum and xylophones, summer reading programs and new teacher mentoring programs. In our middle schools, some of our many programs include providing students with continued online math support and tutoring, support for robotics and book clubs, and one engineering class designing products which they can produce on a 3D printer. [ more LWSF page 20 ]

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NSD is one of the top in the state


he Northshore School District proudly provides a world class public education to the greater Bothell community. Covering 60 square miles, the Northshore School District comprises the cities of Bothell, Kenmore, Woodinville and unincorporated areas of King and Snohomish Counties. From a district population of 130,000 people, we serve more than 20,600 young people in 32 schools. With more than 2,000 employees, Northshore is the second largest regional employer. More than 85 percent of our $210 million annual operating budget supports our employees, and those employees by and large live, work and reinvest directly in our local economy. Northshore continues to grow rapidly, and a number of schools are challenged with overcrowding. But within this challenge, there is tremendous opportunity we are seizing. Construction of our fourth comprehensive high school, North Creek High School, is underway in the north Bothell area. Slated for opening in the fall of 2017, North Creek High School will enable the district to implement four-year high schools, convert to grades 6-8 middle schools, and relieve overcrowded elementary schools as they move from K-6 to K-5 configurations. Instructional opportunities for students will be enhanced through district-wide grade reconfiguration. Northshore is governed by a fivemember volunteer, elected school board. The board sets the goals and direction of the district, adopts policy and hires and supervises the superintendent to administer district programs

Northshore School District Superintendent Larry Francois speaks during the annual Wall of Fame induction ceremony that honors former students of employees for accomplishments. REPORTER FILE PHOTO

and operations. Our primary goals are success for all students, high standards of performance, fiscal responsible in support of student learning and community engagement and partnerships. We are focused on making sure that all students leave our schools career and college ready. A wide variety of program offerings exist so all students can find a path to success. Examples include pre-school, full-day kindergarten, elementary and junior high advanced placement, a parent cooperative program, junior high challenge courses, exceptional music programs and a wide range of sports and activities. Rigorous high school programs include Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, College in the High School, Tech Prep and Running Start. We are proud of our reputation as an outstanding school system. Northshore students consistently score well above state and national averages on standardized tests and college entrance [ more NSD page 7 ]

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exams. More than 93 percent of Northshore students earn a diploma within five years of starting high school, and more than 80 percent pursue higher education. Many families choose to relocate in Northshore because of the school system. “Northshore Schools” is routinely listed as a selling feature for homes in our district, and our school community works hard every day to earn that

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distinction. Northshore’s strengths lie in the quality of our staff and the high expectations of our community. This community consistently supports public education as a critical means to build and sustain a thriving community and vibrant local economy.

Larry Francois is the superintendent for the Northshore School District. district due to the ongoing support of our parents and communities. As I reflect on the past year and look ahead to the future, I am confident that the future looks bright for our students.

Dr. Traci Pierce is the superintendent for the Lake Washington School District.


still underway. They are engaging the larger community in the conversation through both on-line and in-person open house meetings. As superintendent, I am proud of our district’s achievements and proud to serve families and students from Kirkland, Redmond and Sammamish. We continue to be a high performing


for Success *State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (2014-15). SBCTC Data Warehouse, Data Linking for Outcomes Assessment files. Lake Washington Institute of Technology is an equal opportunity institution. The college provides equal opportunity in education and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race or ethnicity, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, genetic information, or veteran status.

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DigiPen Institute is a pioneer in education


edmond’s DigiPen Institute of Technology is an educational pioneer in the teaching and advancement of video game design and development, hardware and software engineering, digital art and animation and sound design. As the first school in the world to offer a bachelor’s degree in game simulation technology, DigiPen has advanced the game industry for more than 25 years by helping students become skilled software developers, engineers, designers and artists. With just more than 1,000 students and a student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1, DigiPen’s programs attract a small but dedicated group of students who — in most cases — have their sights set on careers in the game and technology industries. The college’s curriculum places a strong emphasis on applied learning, whereby students invest a large portion of their study time toward creative projects. Graduates have gone on to help make some of the most successful video and computer games of the past 15 years, including the 2007 critical and commercial hit “Portal” — a game developed in part by a team of DigiPen graduates at Valve that was based on a class project created at DigiPen. That game would go on to spawn the equally successful “Portal 2” in 2011, as well as become one of the first 14 video games acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in 2012. DigiPen was founded by entrepreneur Claude Comair in 1988 as a computer simulation and animation company in Vancouver, British Columbia. As the demand for production work increased, and as the company faced a shortage of qualified personnel, DigiPen began offering an onsite 3D animation training program. Through a collaborative effort with Nintendo of

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America, this eventually evolved into a post-secondary program for video game programming and development. Close to a decade after its founding, the company relocated to Redmond and opened its doors as DigiPen Institute of Technology. Today, DigiPen offers eight undergraduate degrees, two graduate degrees, and operates two international branch campuses in Singapore and Bilbao, Spain. In addition to its post-secondary programs, DigiPen also offers continuing education courses for adults (both on-site and online) and a wide range of K-12 educational programs that fall under the institute’s ProjectFUN youth programs initiative. Some of ProjectFUN’s most popular programs include two-week summer workshops that let students explore various STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and arts education subjects through fun and engaging projects.

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Enrichment center for challenged youth opens in Redmond


ids and teens with challenges like ADD, Autism and physical impairments can now have fun learning cool skills with private lessons. Many such challenges can keep fun classes from being an option for these unique individuals. That’s why The Cool School has sprung to life. We offer private and semi-private lessons in karate, dance, improv, guitar, drums, and more. Social groups and evening summer programs are also available. As a mother and a veteran educator, The Cool School founder Robyne de Jong is dedicated to nurturing the strengths of kids and teens with chal-

lenges through fun lessons, classes and social groups that emphasize learning, developing and refining cool skills. In addition, The Cool School strives to help strengthen family relationships by offering these fun resources to friends and siblings of our challenged students. Some parents even choose to participate in the lessons, learning and strengthening their own skills. A big advantage to being enrolled at The Cool School is that, as a student, you can try out several different activities to find what resonates with you. And you can come the same time [ more CENTER page 10 ]

Explore the fundamentals of video game programming, art and animation, game design, engineering, and music and sound design with DigiPen’s ProjectFUN youth programs in Redmond, WA.




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each week for whichever kind of lesson you choose! You can also share your lesson with a friend or family member or two (or even three). The tuition remains the same for the lesson time, so you and your peeps can split the cost. Cool Summer Night School runs Monday through Thursday evenings all summer for an hour and a half of laidback socializing, snacking and activities with a different cool theme every week. Each evening will begin with a circle gathering. Then, everyone will be encouraged to participate in a group activity. We’ll spend some time socializing freely over snacks. Then we’ll finish up with a closing circle in which there is the opportunity to give feedback about the activities. We’ll brainstorm on what positive thing we can take from our activities and apply to “real life.” These are small groups with a 4:1 ratio of young

people to professional leaders with ABA (applied behavior analysis) experience and substantial teaching hours. The Cool School is an enrichment center for challenged youth, their siblings and friends. Having fun with your own talents and interests is a great way to tap into your strengths, and enhance every aspect of your life.

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Independent schools gives parents a choice


uget Sound families choose independent schools because their children thrive in a community with extraordinary teachers and small class sizes, and because students excel in a challenging environment where intellectual curiosity and critical thinking is cultivated. There are more than 40 independent schools in the region. With so many schools, it can be difficult for families to understand their education options, and find a school that’s the right fit. Puget Sound Independent Schools is an admission collaborative committed to educating students and parents about the value of an independent school education while connecting families with the many independent schools in our area. Puget Sound Independent Schools provides information to families who are

ready to learn about many exceptional and diverse programs. Each independent school has a unique educational mission and curriculum but all independent schools share common values established by the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS). All members of Puget Sound Independent Schools collaborative are affiliated with the accrediting organization NWAIS. Through its website, school fairs and efforts to streamline the application process, Puget Sound Independent Schools admission collaborative increases family awareness and student access to local independent schools.

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UW Bothell celebrates 25th Anniversary


egislation signed by Gov. Booth Gardner in 1989 resulted in the creation of five branch campuses to provide access to affordable public higher education in the state of Washington. UW Bothell opened its doors in 1990, created by a group of 13 educators who were selected and told to build the university curriculum from scratch. They did just that, holding their first classes in an office park. In May, UW Bothell officially celebrated its 25th anniversary. It now has nearly 5,000 students, almost 15,000 alumni and is the fastestgrowing public university in the state of Washington, with 66 percent enrollment growth since 2010. The university has added 33 new degrees in the last five years alone with more launching in fall 2015. Yet, the administration remains committed to the student-faculty relationship. To keep pace with enrollment growth, the administration continues to recruit highly qualified faculty and explore additional instructional space. UW Bothell has become a destination of choice for students of great promise from across the state of Washington who are seeking an exceptional educational experience that is student-centered. More than half of its first year students are the first in their families to attend college. Sixty-nine percent of students are from diverse backgrounds. The university continues to surpass expectations set forth in 1989. With five schools and a growing campus footprint, it is providing access to an affordable and exceptional University of Washington education and meeting industry needs by graduating highly qualified leaders, many who are stay-

Seattle Seahawk Doug Baldwin speaks to high school students at UW Bothell to encourage them to earn a college degree. REPORTER FILE PHOTO

ing in the state of Washington. These graduates are contributing to this state’s economy and leading change in our state, our country, and our world community.

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Thinking drives content at Eastside Prep


ow do you know that you’ve learned something? You know, really learned it. I suppose it depends on the task. If you are learning to throw pottery, the results are tangible: I made a pot. Or, I made something that looks like a New England Patriots’ football. But what if you are learning the chemistry behind pottery? Or the history of pottery? Or the anthropological implications of the development of pottery? How do you know…that you know? Hold onto that thought. When I was in graduate school earning my masters in teaching, my most influential professor was Dr. Sam Wineburg. He challenged just about every assumption I held about learning, people, and life. (It was he who, after I spouted some frustrations with some of my quieter peers, put me in my place with a warm yet stern, “Sam, what you have to remember is that not everyone is Sam.”) One of our initial exercises was a quiz we took early in the course. I remember it so clearly. If you’d like a go at it, it’s below.

The Montillation of Traxoline Traxoline is a new form of zionter. It is montilled in Ceristanna. The Ceristannians gristerlate large amounts of fervon and then bracter it to quasel traxoline. Traxoline may well be one of our most lukized snezlaus in the future because of our zionter lescelidge. Checking for Understanding 1. What is traxoline? 2. Where is traxoline montilled? 3. How is traxoline quaseled? 4. Why is it important to know about traxoline? As our class took this quiz, initial confusion soon morphed into new

understandings. First off, we all aced it, as our 16-plus years of education primed us to perform at the highest level. And none of us had a clue what we were talking about. For decades, learning has been measured by the accurate transmission of content. A teacher provides access to a discrete set of content — the pupil “masters” said content by repeating, either through oral or written form, back to teacher. It does not matter whether it is history (“The Civil War represented the ultimate referendum on American Federalism!”, or math (a2 + b2=c2), or science (and this is a personal favorite, a fact I acquired in seventh grade — “Osmosis is diffusion through a cell membrane”). All three of those statements are variations on the traxoline theme. They can be stated, but are they truly understood? It is worth noting that some disciplines have less of an issue with the display of understanding. You know when a kid can play the trumpet…or not. You know when a lay-up is made...or not. It happens…you see it. Now we come to the central theme of this piece: the fundamental aim of our approach to teaching and learning at Eastside Prep is not just to ensure accuracy of knowledge, but genuine and applicable depth of understanding. We do not want to settle for what Harvard Graduate School of Education professor Howard Gardener dubbed the “correctanswer compromise.”

He explains Most schools have fallen into a pattern of giving kids exercises and drills that result in their getting answers on tests that look like understanding. It’s what I call the “correct answer compromise”: [ more PREP page 15 ]

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students read a text, they take a test, and everybody agrees that if they say a certain thing it’ll be counted as understanding. But the findings of cognitive research over the past 20 to 30 years are really quite compelling: students do not understand, in the most basic sense of that term. That is, they lack the capacity to take knowledge learned in one setting and apply it appropriately in a different setting. Study after study has found that, by and large, even the best students in the best schools can’t do that. The implication of this approach is to learn fewer things more deeply. We will not cover every single event in American history. But the topics we do cover will be done so in a more complex, rich, and detailed manner. Due to advances in technology, there is no longer a point to learning something at the surface level. After all, I can look up everything on

the surface level in 2.3 seconds on my Surface. What I can’t do in 2.3 seconds is give a careful consideration of why Lincoln’s actions during the Civil War cemented the federal level of our government as supreme; I can’t prove to you why Pythagoras was right; I can’t explain what osmosis and diffusion are, how they work, why they are important, and the reason they are worth learning. Depth over breadth. You want breadth? Buy a smart phone. You want depth? Come to Eastside Prep. How do you know you’ve truly learned something? This is the question that will continue to drive our future work at Eastside Prep, and is what makes our work with students all the more fulfilling.

Sam Uzwack is the Middle School Head at Eastside Preparatory School in Kirkland.


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prepared for a whole lifetime of driving.” Evergreen Driving School also has a program for adult drivers that can help those new to the country, new to the area, or even those just wanting a refresher on best safe driving practices. Private lessons are available for teens and adults. Evergreen Driving School is an approved Washington DOL testing center where you can take the DOL written and road tests. Testing is even included in many packages. It is conveniently located at Evergreen Safety Council, 12545 135th Ave. N.E., in Kirkland Totem Lake neighborhood or see their schedule online at


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Inspiring readers to find joy in math of the School of Educational Studies, are researching how this “mathematizing” of story-time reading can nurture children’s joy and wonder for mathematics. The researchers say they’ve seen teachers transform read-alouds into engaging experiences that are also mathematically powerful for students. Hintz and Smith will gather data on their toolkits by observing story times and interviewing librarians and parents. Then, they’ll fine-tune their toolkits as they work to develop 13 others, with additional funding and input from librarians in other King County Library System branches. “The ultimate goal” Smith says, “is to help children see mathematics as meaningful and relevant to their lives – as a way to make sense of their world – and to see themselves as vibrant young mathematicians and readers.”



icture a huddle of children, wideeyed as they listen to “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” the classic tale of a critter gobbling through one apple, two pears, three plums and oh so much more. On the simplest level, it’s all about counting. Focus the math lens a bit, say two researchers in UW Bothell’s School of Educational Studies, and it becomes a fun problem-solving challenge for first-graders, who add number after number then debate whether the caterpillar eats 25 or 26 things on its way to a tummy ache. “When you can say, ‘Let’s count how many things the caterpillar’s eating,’ all of a sudden children start seeing math in more interesting ways in the world around them,” says Allison Hintz, an assistant professor who researches learning in early elementary classrooms. Hintz and Antony Smith, associate dean


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The Overlake School provides real-life learning opportunities


ounded in 1967, The Overlake School is an independent, nonsectarian, college preparatory school for boys and girls from grades five through 12. Our school’s mission is to inspire excellence, develop intellectual curiosity, teach responsibility, embrace diversity and foster a compassionate community. “Our students understand that learning without action means little,” says Head of School Matt Horvat. “That’s why we provide real-life learning opportunities. Whether that means participating in our global service schools in Cambodia or Uruguay or a working in a local food bank, our students have the opportunity to see the difference their actions can have on their community or communities far from home.” Situated on 75 acres in Redmond, The Overlake School offers a dedicated faculty who engage their students, state-of-the-art classrooms, small class sizes, the finest arts and athletics and a breadth of co-curricular activities that round out an Overlake education. Overlake graduates talk about the deep connections they make with their teachers and the positive longlasting affect these connections have on them. “This year we had 42 clubs for our first semester — that’s well more than last year,” explains Mike Davidson, Upper School dean. “Each of our faculty has taken ownership and provided adult support to our students. And the diversity of the clubs is tremendous. We have many new clubs, like Model UN. These sorts of

The Overlake School is for students in grades five through 12 and is located in Redmond. REPORTER FILE PHOTO

activities expand our students’ views and ultimately make them interesting people- people you want to talk with.” And after all, that’s one of the main hallmarks of an Overlake education — developing interesting people who go on to do interesting things. “Our alumni are doing amazing things,” explains Horvat. “We have former Overlake students caring for Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, doing conservation work in Rwanda, developing mobile messaging apps, and developing hit comedy TV shows, like “Portlandia.” While we can’t take credit for all their achievements, we do know that their time spent on our campus helped them develop as thinkers, writers and doers.”

Susan Messier is The Overlake School director of communications.

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What getting dirty is teaching your child


ure, you may have sent your in his mouth. But he learned. Chilchild to school looking prisdren learn from experience. tine — new shirt from grandma, It’s proven theory by Dr. Maria hand-me-down jeans still in good Montessori that children learn from working condition, hair combed. But doing. Reading about something in six hours later that clean child is gone, a book might be a nice way to be and instead a dirt-streaked introduced to a subject. But face is smiling at you at pick experiencing the subject turns up, boasting grass stained it into a memory, and we all jeans and a bright slash of blue know that a memory can last paint on that once white shirt. longer than a passage read in But instead of disappointed, a book. you should be thrilled. At Montessori Children’s What you are looking at is House, we are proud to be the Jennifer the tell-tale signs of an active, only American Montessori SoWheelhouse learning child. Children learn ciety (AMS) accredited school from doing, just as they did in Redmond and Sammamish. as babies. Your baby stood up and But more than that, we are proud of fell down, before he learned to walk. our children with dirty fingernails — Sweet potatoes would be all over his after all, they just spent time in the face before he actually got the spoon [ more DIRTY page 20 ]

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In our high schools, students access Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) curricula, training for anti-bullying programs to create positive school environments, advanced robotics, and financial support for high school expenses if the cost of classroom materials, lab manuals and expenses are out of a family’s reach. The Foundation invests to inspire students every day. Alka Pai is one example. In ninth grade Alka was introduced to a robotics club, funded by the Foundation. Her interest in robotics led her to enroll in the Tesla STEM high school where she discovered a passion for computer science. Alka then noticed very few girls in her computer science classes. She decided she wanted to change that. She organized STEM Reach, a mentoring program in which high school girls teach middle schools girls about computer science. Today the program is thriving and her passion has inspired other girls to begin their own STEM Reach programs at their schools. The Foundation invests to inspire all students to reach their full potential. In our district, students are busy build-

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garden with our garden specialist, counting seeds as they planted them. Our students with paint covered T-shirts may have just completed a lesson on Van Gough, recreating his famous “Starry Night” after reading a book about this amazing artist. So the next time you pick up your child only to find that their freshly laundered clothes are dirty once again, smile. That child was fully immersed in

Lake Washington Schools Foundation President Minerva Butler addresses the community during the annual Legacy for Learning luncheon. REPORTER FILE PHOTO

ing robots, participating in mock trials, reading Shakespeare, studying the environment and sustainability, using 3D printers, engaging in rich academic learning supported by our generous community. We know that students thrive when provided a beyond basic public education, businesses succeed with a skilled workforce and communities prosper with well-educated individuals.

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Keep swinging with TGA TGA Premier Youth Tennis and Golf of Seattle brings tennis and golf onto elementary and middle school campuses across America through enrichment programs that incorporate physical activity, character development and academic-based lessons. TGA conducts a five-level skill development program for elementary aged students and a play-based program for middle school aged students through curriculums developed by TGA’s education experts and the United States Tennis Association (USTA). TGA focuses on instilling a passion for tennis and golf within each child while promoting advancement, achievement and the attainment of life skills that can be utilized on and off a tennis court or golf


course. As students matriculate through the school-based programs, TGA provides opportunities for them to apply the skills they’re learning through transition programs at local tennis and golf facilities such as camps, clinics and USTA and USGA (United States Golf Association) initiatives. All TGA programs serve as an extension of the classroom by incorporating the following components: • Tennis and golf instruction that is ageappropriate and effective • Character development lessons through our initiative “Play the Fair Way with TGA” • Physical education and fitness • Rules and etiquette lessons TGA provides all equipment that is age-appropriate and allow us to safely create tennis courts or fairways and greens on any hard surface indoors or out. All TGA instructors are properly screened and certified through an extensive training program.


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2015 Education Directory

Bastyr University is growing and thriving in Kenmore


n my 10 years as president of Bastyr certified student housing on the West University, the growth I have seen in Coast and we’ve been adding numerous the institution, the city of Kenmore accredited degree programs in recent years where we reside and the natural medicine that branch out across many other health community as a whole, has been impresfields. At the same time, the profession has sive. seen an increase in the number of states We have made great strides since I first that license naturopathic doctors (17 and arrived and I could not be more proud counting). The future looks bright for the of the myriad achievements we have acworld of natural medicine. complished together in making the world a It is satisfying to see natural medicine healthier place while at the same time raispermeating the general public’s consciousing the visibility of natural ness and emerging as a viable health and its hub of north voice in the national health King County, to the masses. care discussion. It’s clear that When I came to Bastyr more and more people are in 2005, my goals were to choosing to see naturopathic increase enrollment, hire doctors, acupuncturists, more faculty and find a dietitians and other holistic permanent home for our providers for their health University campus. I am care. humbled to see that our With the 2014 passing goals have been met and of the Affordable Care Act, then some: The number 6.7 million Americans are of new students rose from newly insured, creating a BASTYR PRESIDENT 973 in 2005 to 1,210 in 2014; huge shortage of primary care DANIEL CHURCH our core faculty members providers, which can be filled in increased during the same part by Bastyr graduates, many time from 44 to 76; and we were successful of whom stay in the region upon graduatin purchasing the beautiful 51-acre campus ing, strengthening the reputation of the next to Saint Edward State Park we’d been area as a leader in integrative medicine. leasing from the Catholic Archdiocese of As I spend my remaining month as Seattle. From a general overview, natural president of Bastyr, it is with great satisfachealth has gained much more visibility, tion that I look back at our shared achievecredibility and respect in the last decade. ments, challenges and breakthroughs. I Major progress has been made, and our am confident that Bastyr University will be area in north King County has become one in excellent hands with the leadership we of the epicenters for integrative medicine, have, and know that there is no better place research and higher education. to teach or practice natural medicine than Thanks to this progress we’ve hit our in the Pacific Northwest. stride in the past few years, completing a number of significant projects. Bastyr Daniel K. Church is president of Bastyr University built the first LEED platinumUniversity. He will retire in June 2015.

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Kirkland - 2015 Education Directory  
Kirkland - 2015 Education Directory