Partner with us in our mission toward college and career readiness for each of our students in STEM and beyond.

Authentic student learning must extend beyond the classroom and campus. Since its’ inception in 1996, TAF has been a stalwart partner of community, industry, and higher education as a means to bring essential relevance, adult relationships, and rigor to the learning process.

In 2005, we formalized a framework for the role of a school as part of a larger ecosystem of student-learning supported by adult partnerships from across a diverse spectrum of institutions and backgrounds. Guided by this model, we made history in 2008 by becoming the first public-private STEM school (non-charter) in the nation focused on serving students of color and those from low income backgrounds, TAF Academy.

Today, we continue our legacy of innovative partnership throughout all of our work. We invite you to join us in our mission toward college and career readiness for each of our students in STEM and beyond.

  • Schools Partners

    TAF takes the best instructional and programmatic practices learned from our TAF Academy school and make it available to our school partners

  • Community Partners

    Our collaborative work with likeminded organizations adds value to student learning in and beyond the classroom in STEM and beyond

  • Corporate Partners

    TAF leverages our corporate partner's investment of time, resources, opportunities to prepare tomorrow's STEM leaders

  • Higher Education

    TAF values higher education as a destination for our students as well as the value provided through their research and outreach

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School Partners

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Current Transformation Partners

Mount View Elementary, Highline School District

Highline School District

Snoqualmie Valley School District

Snoqualmie Valley School District

TAF partners with public schools  interested in transforming their academic environment to our award winning TAF Academy model.

We provide support in the key elements of our pedagogy:

  1. Equity
  2. STEM Integration
  3. Interdisciplinary project-based learning
  4. Education technology, and
  5. College and career readiness

We take the best instructional and programmatic practices learned from our TAF Academy school and make it available to schools where students have been historically underserved and unprepared for a college ready path.  Our transformation work focuses primarily on creating the academic environment that will promote the highest level of student learning, and it is also mindful of our part in meeting the strategic goals that our partnering districts have established.

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Community Partners

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One of the most powerful ways to serve a community is to have nonprofit organizations collaborate.  TAF enjoys collaborating with many organizations.  These organizations in particular have a long term partnership with TAF:

  • Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC) – The partnership between FHCRC and TAF is an innovative program that provides 90 hours of life-science instruction to select students during the school year, followed by 8-week (40 hours per week) summer internships. As stated on the FHCRC site, “The goal of the program is to promote diversity in the biomedical research workforce by providing students with experiences, scientific content, and professional mentoring that will increase their likelihood of attending college and obtaining a graduate degree in science.” Support for the program comes from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the NIH.
  • The Martinez Foundation - plays a critical role in diversifying the teaching corps in Washington State. Martinez fellows learn how to create and teach project-based lessons, and how to integrate STEM into all subjects, by teaching incoming and returning TAF Academy students during the summer to prepare them for the upcoming year.
  • The Road Map Project - TAF partners with other Washington education organizations to create dramatic improvements in public education in South King County and South Seattle through the Road Map Project, headed by the Community Center for Education Results.

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Corporate Partners

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Less than five percent of post-secondary STEM degrees are earned by students of color.

Washington ranks 4th in the country in the number of technology-based corporations, but falls to 46th when it comes to participation in science and engineering graduate programs. Less than five percent of post-secondary STEM degrees are earned by students of color.

Partner support helps us change this, empowering students to make important contributions in Washington State’s technology, engineering, and biological-and physical-science sectors. The end result is increased diversity and competitiveness in Washington State’s businesses, and healthier, more economically-robust communities.

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Higher Education Partners

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TAF values Higher Education as a destination for our students as well as the value provided through research and outreach.

Our college and university partners provide everything from college fair information to student teachers.   Our ongoing partners include:

    • Together we partner with the Martinez Foundation to support/train teachers of color who are interested in becoming STEM educators. Identified UWB  TEP students take the required coursework for the program in addition to a series of co-facilitated seminars by TAF staff and UWB faculty aimed specifically at developing the skill sets and dispositions required of a STEM educator (i.e. Project Based Learning, STEM Integration, Education Technologies, College and career readiness, etc.).  The student teacher(s) have their student teaching experience at TAF Academy.
    • UWB faculty co-facilitate teacher professional development in STEM education at the STEMbyTAF Teacher Institute

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