One of the perks of doing this work and getting out there in the community is meeting people who don't just talk - they act.
Trish Millines Dziko is such a person. Trish and her partner, Jill Hull Dziko, started providing STEM programs for students of color back in 1996. They then founded Technology Access Foundation which now has two programs: TechStart and TAF Academy.
TechStart is an after-school program (middle school) and school-day program (elementary) for STEM, to help them learn about it and be prepared for classes in it.
TAF Academy, in the Federal Way school district, is a 6-12th grade model for STEM.
So when I heard Trish giving testimony at a recent state senate committee meeting about TAF, I contacted her and thanked her for her work. I also asked her about charters because TAF has done tremendous work in creating their programs and doing the tough work to create partnerships to support their work.
So, it seems like TAF might be a natural for starting a charter school. Here's what she sent to me - a thoughtful position sheet that they sent to their donors on this issue. It is well worth reading as she lays out what it would mean, pro and con.
TAF has decided to take no position because she supports ALL schools who reach even the hardest-to-reach kids.
And who knows? If the legislation passes, TAF might start a charter (although their cons do point out items I hadn't even thought about - again, a signal to the thoughtfulness with which Trish and TAF approach their work).
There is good work being done out there for kids and TAF is one place where it is happening.