Mission and Vision
Washington Alliance for Better Schools (WABS) is a collaborative of eleven school districts that leverages resources, talent and intellectual capital to help over a quarter million students graduate career and college ready.
Who We Are
WABS was formed in 1995 to assist its Puget Sound member school districts in their quest to improve academic achievement. Member districts include Edmonds, Everett, Kent, Lake Washington, Marysville, Monroe, Mukilteo, Northshore, Renton, Seattle, and Shoreline. The University of Washington, College of Education is also a member of WABS. Our Board of Directors consists of member district superintendents, higher education faculty, and industry leaders.
What We Do
WABS helps member districts share resources, expertise and technical assistance as they strive to:
- Increase indicators of academic achievement and career readiness, particularly in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
- Build teachers’ skill and capacity to provide powerful learning opportunities for all students.
- Close the achievement and opportunity gaps associated with historically under-represented populations.
- Strengthen student and family engagement in education.
WABS also provides its members with:
- Opportunities to share research-based strategies, and to leverage resources, expertise, and support.
- Grant resources to improve student achievement.
- Comprehensive school reform strategies to close the achievement gap.
- High-quality professional development and staff training.
- Designated networks for sharing results-based instruction and programs.
- Partnerships with community agencies to provide support services to schools and students.
- Leverage for a regional focus to improve public education.
In addition to our Board of Directors and District Coordinators, WABS’ Corporate Advisory Council to advise on how we can continue to work in close alignment with our rapidly growing industry partners, to better understand the needs, trends, and demands, particularly in STEM fields.
Corporate Advisory Council Co-Chairs:
Dr. Rebecca Miner, Superintendent, Shoreline Public Schools
Elizabeth Warman, Former Director of Global Corporate Citizenship (retired), The Boeing Company
Alaska: Shaunta Hyde, Managing Director, Community Relations
Amazon: Alice Shobe, Director, Community Engagement
Artefact: Paul Hoover, User Experience Designer
AT&T: Carol Tagayun, Director External Affairs
AVVO: Ed Sarausad, Senior Director, PM, DATA and Analytics
Blue Origin: Marina Hernandez, Outreach Coordinator, Early Careers & Internships
Boeing: Gina Breukelman, Senior Manager, Global Corporate Citizenship
Boeing: Jeanne Blue, Retired from the Boeing Company
Expedia: Rebecca Shepherd, Senior Manager, Learning and Development
Integrus: Tom Corcoran, Partner
Lund Opsahl: Peter Opsahl, Partner
McKinstry: Cheryl Di Re, Chief Administrative Officer
Microsoft: Anne Cheng, Director, University Engineering Recruiting
Providence Health Services: Joel Gilbertson, Senior Vice President
Starbucks: Carey Morgan, Manager, Talent and Acquisition
T-Mobile: Kim Solem, Senior Director, Corporate Responsibility
Washington Roundtable: Neil Strege, Vice President
WABS currently has an annual budget of $1.4 million and 30 part-time and full-time employees.
For more information on WABS, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org