Expanded Learning Opportunities Council

The Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) Council is charged by RCW 28A.630.123 to advise the Governor, the Legislature, and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction regarding a comprehensive expanded learning opportunities system.

The Expanded Learning Opportunities Council has concluded. Please email OSPI Title 2 for copies of meeting minutes, agendas, and materials.

Authorizing Legislation

Second Substitute Senate Bill 6163

Effective June 12, 2014

As authorized in Section 3, Part 2, the council shall provide:

  • Vision, guidance, assistance, and advice related to potential improvement and expansion of summer learning opportunities
  • School year calendar modifications that will help reduce summer learning loss
  • Increasing partnerships between schools and community-based organizations to deliver expanded learning opportunities
  • Other current or proposed programs and initiatives across the spectrum of early elementary through secondary education that could contribute to a statewide system of expanded learning opportunities

As authorized in Section 3, Part 3, the council shall:

  • Identify fiscal, resource, and partnership opportunities
  • Coordinate policy development
  • Set quality standards; promote evidence-based strategies
  • Develop a comprehensive action plan designed to implement expanded learning opportunities
  • Address summer learning loss
  • Provide academic supports
  • Build strong partnerships between schools and community-based organizations
  • Track performance of expanded learning opportunities in closing the opportunity gap

When making recommendations regarding evidence-based strategies, the council shall consider the best practices on the state menus developed in accordance with RCW 28A.165.035 and RCW 28A.655.235.

The council shall provide a report to the Governor and the Legislature by December 1, 2014, and each December thereafter until December 2018. The report will: summarize accomplishments; measure progress; contain recommendations regarding continued development of an expanded learning opportunities system; and contain recommendations to reduce summer learning loss.


Name Title Organization

Adrian Almanza

Northwest Community Action Center

Safe Haven Site Coordinator

Bill Hanawalt

Degrees of Change

Development Director

Dr. James Smith

Commission on African American Affairs / Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee


Jackie Jainga-Hyllseth

David Beard (alternate)

School's Out Washington

Chief Program Quality Officer

Policy and Advocacy Director

Jacob Clark Blickenstaff

Washington STEM

Senior Program Officer

Jason Rothkowitz

Washington State Parent Teacher Association

State Legislative Committee Member

Jonathan Madamba

Cultural Community-Based Organization, Asian Pacific Americans

Founder and Advisor, STEM Paths Innovation Network

Leslie Herrenkohl

University of Washington

Professor, Learning Sciences and Human Development

Lisa White

Spokane School District

Director of Afterschool Programs

Mark Bergeson

Washington Student Achievement Council

Associate Director of Academic Affairs and Policy

Mary Fertakis

Washington State School Directors Association

School Board Director, Tukwila School District

MJ Bolt

State Board of Education

Board Member

Mona Johnson

Heidi Shultz


Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Assistant Superintendent Early Learning Director, Student Support

Program Supervisor

Pat Erwin

Association of Washington School Principals

Principal, Lincoln High School, Tacoma School District

Patrice Page

Washington Association of School Administrators

Retired Superintendent, North Kitsap School District

Sarah Oliver

Olympic Workforce Development Council

Program Supervisor

Shannon Ergun

Washington Education Association

ESL Teacher, Tacoma School District

Sheri Miller

Kylie Fullmer


Washington Library Association

Youth Services Manager, Whitman County Library

Director, East Adams Library District