2017 Community Grantees

College Spark Washington's 2017 grant recipients are listed below by region. 


Map of Washington


City Year Seattle/King County (Seattle) -- $47,000 to refine its existing work by using an assessment of social and emotional skills to inform a more targeted approach to providing social emotional learning supports.  By using this assessment with students at Denny and Aki Kurose Middle Schools, City Year will support students identified through Early Warning Indicator data with improved interventions to directly address specific deficits rather than working with students on more broad social and emotional goals.

Bellingham Technical College (Bellingham) -- Bellingham Technical College will use $150,000 to redesign the structure of its developmental math courses so more students can it through a college-level math course within two years.  Bellingham Technical College plans to convert all of its developmental math classes to flipped classrooms, which deliver lecture content online outside of class time and use the classroom for practicing skills, small group work focused on interaction, problem-solving, and one-on-one instruction.  

Everett Community College (Everett) -- $122,858 to increase the percentage of students completing their first college-level math course within one year by: (1) replacing its current six-course pre-college sequence with a new 3-course sequence designed to support the Guided Pathways model; (2) improving the alignment of pre-college math learning outcomes to those in each first college-level math course; (3) increasing use of contextualization in pre-college math that focuses on real-world applications and conceptual understanding; and (4) aligning first college-level math courses to career pathways for both STEM and non-STEM meta-majors. 

Highline Public Schools (Highline) -- $50,000 to develop a plan to improve outcomes for non-traditional Advanced Placement (AP) students.  Over the past five years, Highline has made a concerted effort to ensure that students have more equitable access to AP and other dual credit opportunities.  A $50,000 grant will help Highline refine its current AP program to help students who are new to AP courses be successful, pass their AP tests, and earn their first college credits in English and/or Mathematics. 

Renton Technical College (Renton) -- $49,999 for planning the process of creating contextualized English courses for the seven new meta-majors that will be offered at RTC as it transitions to a Guided Pathways model.  Contextualized courses teach foundational academic skills in a way that is relevant and meaningful to students in each disciplinary area.  By exploring how to best structure contextualized English courses that fulfill degree expectations, rather than only certificate requirements, RTC aims to move more technical students through college-level English courses and on a path to degree completion. 

Tacoma Public Schools (Tacoma) -- $141,000 to design and implement a restorative justice model of school discipline at Jason Lee Middle School in order to reduce early warning indicators and support the social emotional learning of students.  The in-school suspension program will be redesigned for restorative justice activities, which might include service learning or mediation between parties in conflict to guide students to understand and repair the damage caused by their behavior.


Clark College (Vancouver) -- $150,000 to reduce the time it takes the 75% of students placed into pre-college math to progress to college-level math.  This plan for pre-college math reform includes three primary elements: (1) condensing the current four-course sequence of pre-college courses to two courses; (2) contextualizing these pre-college math courses to each of the four broad degree categories (called meta-majors) that students will enter, which will include Liberal Arts, Social Science and Education, Business, and Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM); (3) students in the Business and STEM meta-majors, which will require more algebraic concepts than the other meta-majors, will receive co-requisite support in the form of supplemental instruction during their first college-level math course rather than requiring a third pre-college course.

Multiple Regions

Mathematics Education Collaborative (statewide) -- A $300,000 grant will help Mathematics Education Collaborative (MEC) design leadership materials and prepare teachers statewide to lead ongoing professional development that will help mathematics teachers guide students as they make mathematical arguments, critique ineffective strategies, and build on the ideas of their peers.  


Spokane Public Schools (Spokane) -- A $150,000 grant will help Glover Middle School improve its early warning indicator reduction efforts to reduce its suspension rate through a combination of three key strands of work.  The plan includes (1) professional development on school-based strategies for working with students in trauma for all teachers and staff, (2) training for students on trauma, resiliency, and strategies for self-regulating emotions, and (3) redesigning the Glover discipline plan to include restorative justice strategies. 

South Central 

Yakima School District (Yakima) -- Yakima School District serves 35% English Language Learners (ELL) and 14% migrant students, which is higher than the statewide average for those groups.  A $150,000 grant will help Yakima School District design and implement professional development for all middle school math teachers to improve math outcomes for English Language Learners.  Teachers will be trained in techniques and tools to help them integrate ELL supports and growth mindset practices into their daily routines.