2021 California Science Education Conference

Distinguished Contributions Award: The Education Trust-West

The Education Trust-West

Tell us about your involvement with AB 2565
Ed Trust—West co-sponsored AB 2565 with CASE. Our Director of Educator Engagement, Rachel Ruffalo partnered with other content experts to write the bill and I (Brian Rivas) contributed to strategy for legislative advocacy. AB 2565 was the topic for our annual advocacy day, and was a top priority.

What do you think the long-term benefits of this involvement will bring for science education?
We hope the partnership with CASE will continue to grow, and science teachers will be better able to support low-income students and students of color in courses that are frequently stumbling blocks in preparing for college.

How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed your involvement with science education?
While ETW has always supported science education, science educators seemed to have an especially difficult time during the pandemic. ETW learned about the need to ensure science is included in policy improvements.

What do you think the future holds for the Ed Trust West?
We will continue to do what we do best. Use data to craft policy solutions to help schools provide equality of opportunity. Teacher diversity will be a major priority for us next year.

What significance does this award hold for your organization?
We’re thrilled to receive this award. Our work requires strong partners and effective advocacy. This award reflects what we strive for.

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