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How WA Businesses are Supporting Students & Families at Home

We want to thank the many Washington Roundtable members who have stepped up to create resources or support educational initiatives for students, families, and educators during this time. See below for just a handful of examples.

  • For families searching for at-home activities, the Seahawks launch a fun new challenge every week from a player or staff member. Past challenges for Junior 12s include meditation, cooking, poetry, and acts of kindness.
  • Educational nonprofit Khan Academy – which offers free, standards-aligned learning materials for K-12 students and free tools for teachers and parents – has expanded its offerings with support from Bank of America. Khan Academy’s new initiatives to help families and teachers through school building closures include detailed daily schedules for students, webinars to support parents and teachers, and more.
  • FUTURE U., a collaboration between Boeing and Discovery Education, provides free online videos and standards-aligned STEM lessons for students and tools for educators. Students can learn about topics like welding and space ergonomics and take virtual field trips to learn about aerospace innovation, sustainability, and more.
  • Every school day in May through June 12, students can explore companies and industries in Washington through CareerConnect@Home, which connects Washington students to employers in the state, including Avista, Alaska Airlines, Microsoft, Boeing, and Puget Sound Energy.
  • Microsoft provides numerous resources, tools, and training to help ease the transition to remote learning. Free tools to support students’ wellbeing include a template for teachers to use for student check-ins, a course on teacher-student connections, and a podcast series on social and emotional learning.

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