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Center for Strong Schools

As a part of the School of Education at UW Tacoma, the primary mission of the Center for Strong Schools is sustainable change in schools, communities and family homes so every child is a whole child-engaged, successful, resilient, and ready for life.

Our team leads schools, families, and community programs to continuously improve and sustain a system of supports in order to meet the social, emotional learning needs of all youth, every day.


Congratulations to Professor Greg Benner who received the President's Award at the NWPBIS Conference in Tacoma, WA on February 23, 2018 for his work with the Tacoma Whole Child Initiative!



Center for Strong Schools
1900 Commerce St. Box #358485
Tacoma, WA 98402 
Office: 253-692-4864

Support the tacoma Whole Child Initiative

Whole Child, Whole Solution

Our Team

Greg Benner, Ph.D.
Professor, School of Education

Jene Jones, MAT
Director of Whole Child Initiatives

Maryclaire Ellis, M.Ed.
Project Manager

Carey J Kirkwood, M.Ed., NBCT
Implementation Coach


The Center for Strong Schools is a part of the School of Education at the University of Washington, Tacoma.