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Bold Ambitions for All
I chose to join Impact because I believe that setting high expectations, coupled with joyful rigor, will ultimately ensure students are reaching their greatest potential. I am currently a Lead...
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Everyone Grows...Including Teachers!
Everyone Grows - one of Impact’s core values that shapes so much of what we do and who we are. The same amount of effort that goes into students growing goes into staff development. My experience...
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From Volunteer to Teacher Fellow: My Experience at Impact
I first learned about Impact as a school option for my daughter, Liyat. It was a new public charter school in my area and initially, I was skeptical. I didn’t know anything about charter schools or...
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School Choice: One Size Doesn't Fit All
My name is Caitlin Dietz, and I am proud to be a teacher at Impact | Puget Sound Elementary. I’ve worked in many different school systems not only in Washington state but also in Washington, D.C....
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The Family-School Connection
Growing up in the public school system, I have always witnessed a huge disconnect between families and the school. I remember recognizing it when I was as young as 6th grade. That disconnect is...
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The Power of Teacher-Parent Connections: Home Visits
Summer of 2019. My second year of teaching in South Korea quickly came to an end and before I knew it, I was on a plane to Seattle ready to continue my career at Impact Public Schools (IPS). During...
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Introducing Impact | Salish Sea Elementary's Founding Principal and Faculty
As we approach summer, the Impact team is hard at work preparing for an excellent launch to the 2020-21 school year. While COVID presents uncertainty, we are committed to ensuring that all scholars...
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Three Rules for Schools
Note: All names in this story are pseudonyms to protect individual identities. It was my first day as a teacher. I didn’t know what to do as Edward stared back at me, his eyes conveying a mix...
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Brave Solidarity: My Experience as a Teacher of Color
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The Strength of a Unified School Culture System
On a blustery winter mid-morning in February, I tentatively took my first steps into Impact Public School. I had no idea what to expect or what this school was going to be like. Part of me was...
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