2023 Annual Report to the Community
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Join us in looking back at the PSESD Impact on our students, systems and agency over the past year.

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PSESD Offers Over 70+ Programs and Services
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We develop partnerships aimed at providing each and every student with equitable access to educational opportunities throughout the Puget Sound region.

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Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) is striving to become an Antiracist Multicultural Organization. PSESD is one of nine regional educational agencies serving school districts and state-approved private schools in Washington. Educational Service Districts, created by the legislature, are an essential regional delivery system for early learning and K-postsecondary services in the state.

Educational Service Districts improve the quality, equity, and efficiency of educational programs through partnerships with K-12 education, early learning, higher education, and public and private organizations. We coordinate 100+ programs in King and Pierce counties, including Bainbridge Island and employ more than 400 staff members including administrators, educators and support personnel. 

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35 School Districts

We provide programs and services to 35 school districts, 291 private schools, 10 charter schools, and 2 tribal compact school in King and Pierce counties, including Bainbridge Island.

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424,289 Students

39% of Washington’s K-12 public school students are served by our programs and services, 59% of the students we serve are students of color.

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Less than 2% of our funding comes from a state allocation.

Our programs are funded primarily by entrepreneurial means. We apply for and receive competitive state, federal and private grants.



    Programs and Services

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    Welcome to Administrative and Management Services PSESD works in partnership with school districts to provide strategic leadership in managing services at the school district administrative level in support of ensuring success for each child, eliminating the opportunity gap, and helping eliminate racial inequities that impact student achievement. We offer cost-saving insurance pools and create interagency cooperatives to support all aspects of school administrative, business and communications functions. These functions are available to public, private and charter schools. Browse our offerings and discover what we can do for you.

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    We offer a variety of high quality professional development services prenatal to postsecondary, aimed at supporting educators, children and families across the content areas: Enhancing Instruction in the Content Areas, Social-Emotional Practices, Equitable Systems, Elevating Schools and Early Learning Centers, Regional Competitions, Clock Hours and Online Resources.  We provide customized professional development and technical assistance, peer- group networking and learning, cooperatives, consortia and direct service across the spectrum of cradle to postsecondary programs.  Our programs are designed to support continuous improvement at the school and district level as well as direct service providers and classroom instruction.  We develop partnerships aimed at providing each and every student with equitable access to educational opportunities throughout the Puget Sound region. PSESD is committed to whole child approaches focused on ensuring academic achievement in a safe and supportive learning environment ensuring  success for each child, eliminates the opportunity gap and helps eliminate racial inequities. Browse our programs and services to discover what we can do for you.  

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    The Principles That Guide Our Culture and our commitment to becoming an Anti-Racist, Multi-Cultural Organization is the established values-based framework of Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD). We hold each other accountable to sustaining these Principles to meet the Agency END: Success for Each Child and Eliminate the Opportunity Gap.

    In service of reaching our goals, the agency has chosen to “Lead with Racial Equity” in order to eliminate racial inequities that impact student achievement and implement strategies that result in racially equitable outcomes.  The PSESD has developed the Equity in Education department to work collaboratively with our regional partners to provide each and every student with equitable access to educational opportunities by enhancing and supporting racially equitable and culturally responsive approaches among staff, students, parents and communities. We believe that the development of these approaches and systems will contribute to creating strong, educational systems and academics for every student.

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    Puget Sound Educational Service District improves the quality, equity, and efficiency of educational programs through partnerships with K-12 education, early learning, higher education, and public and private organizations. Together, we:

    Save schools money through regional efficiencies, centralized services, pooled resources to

    • Improve the effectiveness of educational programs
    • Deliver specialized services otherwise unavailable
    • Provide leadership for innovative and effective educational practices
    • Build networks and partnerships among districts and other agencies
    • Link schools with regional, state and national educational resources
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    Arts Impact empowers K-5 classroom teachers to become competent and confident teachers of visual and performing arts. Teachers learn to successfully guide students in arts learning that meets the Washington State Essential Academic Learning Requirements in the Arts.

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    CORElaborate is a website brought to you by Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) and Ready Washington (ReadyWA). ReadyWA and PSESD believe teacher leadership is essential for successful, large-scale systemic change in education. ReadyWA and PSESD also believe that the use of social media is an effective means of helping to sustain systemic change in instructional practice. In 2014 and 2015 two cadres of Puget Sound Teacher Leaders blogged using the CORElaborate website, and hosted monthly twitcher chats, #WATeachLead and #TPEPchat. In winter of 2015 Ready Washington and PSESD received a two-year  grant from CollegeSpark Washington to expand and replicate the success of Puget Sound Teacher Leaders across the state of Washington. Washington State Teacher Leaders (WTLs) will continue to blog and tweet about teaching and learning in support of and aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and current Washington state teaching standards. We invite you to follow us, Ready Washington and the Washington Teacher Leaders on Twitter, find us on Facebook and leave comments on the blog posts you find interesting on our site.

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    We're part of Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD), an umbrella agency working in partnership with Early Learning sub-contractors in King and Pierce counties. School Readiness is at the heart of our program and our goal is to make certain all children enrolled are ready to succeed in school.

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    Personalized Learning is tailoring learning for each student’s strengths, needs, race, culture, and interests including the student’s voice and choice in what, how, when and where they learn. This is achieved by supporting students, teachers, and families in the development of flexible and equitable learning environments to ensure mastery of the highest learning standards to reach individual student’s goals.

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    Puget Sound Workers’ Compensation Trust and Unemployment Pool (WCT/UP), under the administrative authority of Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) – one of nine (9) educational service districts established by the Washington Legislature to realize economic efficiencies and program effectiveness through centralization and pooling of services and resources – is a self-insured group program that provides coverage for, and management of, workplace injuries and unemployment claims for 34 school districts, PSESD, and their 45,000 employees in King, Kitsap, Pierce, Skagit, Snohomish, and Whatcom counties. Districts receive professional claims management services and expertise from seasoned claim professionals to minimize the total cost of risk. Participating school districts own the Trust and Pool, with all premiums building equity to offset costs.

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    The safety of students is a primary concern for educators, parents, and the community. The current global and regional climate requires heightened school preparedness efforts in response to a myriad of threats and hazards. The PSESD Safety Co-op strengthens safety services in school communities across the region through high quality training, networking, and coordination opportunities that are culturally responsive and trauma informed.

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    The superintendents of the 35 school districts in King and Pierce counties and Bainbridge Island are united as SAVE – Superintendents Advocating for and Valuing Education. Together we serve nearly 400,000 children in our schools.The Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) serves as the convener of the group.

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    The Washington Learning Source (WLS) is a statewide program developed by Washington’s nine regional Educational Service Districts. The WLS website was officially launched in January 2007. Our mission is to provide a place for districts to choose products and services that meet their needs and create economic efficiencies through ESD collaboration and a regionally supported delivery model. This website has been created to meet those needs. For over 30 years, Washington ESDs have been providing a vast array of services to school districts for the purpose of assuring equal educational opportunities for quality education and lifelong learning for all. ESDs currently provide school districts with access to resources through the regional Instructional Resources Cooperatives, regional Educational Technology Support Centers, and other ESD programs. The Washington Learning Source was an expansion of the Ed Tech Support Center purchasing program serving as a single source to access the variety of resources available in enhancing education and teaching in the state of Washington. Learn more about Washington Learning Source.

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