Success For Each Child & Eliminate the Opportunity Gap by Leading with Racial Equity


Success For Each Child & Eliminate the Opportunity Gap by Leading with Racial Equity

Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) is one of nine regional educational agencies serving school districts and state approved charter and 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. Together, we:

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

The Puget Sound Educational Service District is committed to supporting all stakeholders (students, teachers, school districts, education leaders, internal staff) in reaching personal and organizational success. The agency is an innovative and responsive partner providing essential local services to leverage resources and strengths to make  sure students are ready to enter school, achieve at high levels in the K-12 system, and succeed in post-secondary endeavors.

The Puget Sound Educational Service District is committed to becoming an Anti-Racist Multicultural Organization in order to eliminate the Opportunity Gap. We will share our work in equity and inclusion with our thirty-five school districts and private schools as well as with educators and advocates throughout the state and nation to ensure all students reach their full potential.

What We Believe

PSESD is committed to becoming an Antiracist Multicultural Organization. Each PSESD employee supports our regional educational communities. We hold each other accountable to sustaining the Principles That Guide Our Culture to meet the Agency END: Success for each child and eliminate the opportunity gap by leading with racial equity.

What We Do

We coordinate over 100 programs in King and Pierce counties, including Bainbridge Island, through the following departments:

  • Learning, Teaching and Family Support delivers opportunity gap-closing services, professional development, and resources to preK-postsecondary students and school systems.
  • Equity in Education works collaboratively to enhance and support racially equitable and culturally responsive approaches among staff, students, parents, and communities, building capacity to lead with racial equity.
  • Administrative and Management Services provides strategic leadership and inter-agency cooperatives to support all aspects of school, administrative, business, finance, communications, evaluation, policy, transportation and human resources functions.

Who We Are

  • PSESD manages multiple off-site locations with its main office headquartered in Renton, Washington
  • PSESD programs reach students, families, teachers, and educators across Washington state
  • PSESD employs more than 400 staff members including administrators, educators and support personnel.

View our Organizational Chart  Organizational Chart 2018-19 Accessible Version

Who We Serve

King and Pierce counties, including Bainbridge Island:

  • 35 school districts
  • 6 charter schools
  • 272 private schools
  • 2 tribal compact school
  • 39% of Washington’s preK-12 public school students*
  • Approximately 435,766 students*
  • 5,000 early learners
  • 53% of the students we serve are students of color*

*This data is taken from the 2018 count, OSPI

Our Funding

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. We also operate cooperatives among schools and other agencies, supported through membership fees.

Grants 79% • Trusts & Pools 9% • Services & fees 10% • State allocations <2%

The PSESD Return on Investment

PSESD generates millions of new dollars for our educational communities through competitive grants, entrepreneurial endeavors, and public/private partnerships. In addition, our programs create and provide cost savings and efficiencies that leverage existing school funding. With a “core allocation” of $491,000 from the state legislature, PSESD creates and delivers more than $58 million for PreK-12 schools and students.


PSESD is governed by a nine-member board, elected by local school directors. Each board member represents several school districts within the ESD region. Agency operations are overseen by John P. Welch, Superintendent.

Our Services

PSESD provides programs and services that support all areas of PreK-postsecondary education. We create and deliver a wide selection of services, using a racial equity lens, that provide instructional and administrative support to schools and direct services to students and families. Our services and programs continually change in response to the needs of the schools in our region.

Non-Discrimination Policy 1000

PSESD is committed to non-discrimination in all aspects of its education programs and employment practices. The agency prohibits discrimination in all aspects of its education programs and employment practices against any employee, applicant, student, intern or volunteer because of sex, race, creed, color, national origin, language, immigrant, refugee, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, pregnancy, marital status, religion, age, veteran or military status, physical, sensory, or mental disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability.  It is the policy of the Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) to employ persons on the basis of experience, training and merit, and to provide equal access of agency facilities to designated youth groups.

No student shall be denied an equal educational opportunity or be unlawfully discriminated against because of national origin, race, religion, gender, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation including gender identity, or a physical, mental or sensory disability.

Puget Sound ESD complies with applicable federal, state, and local laws as may pertain thereto. The administrator for Human Resources and Organizational Development will serve as the compliance officer for this policy and also serves as the Title IX/RCW 28A.640 Officer and Section 504 Coordinator.

The Antiracist Multicultural Organization Definition

The Antiracist Multicultural Organization is an organization that has within its mission, goals, values, and operating system explicit policies and practices that prohibits anyone from being excluded or unjustly treated because of race or any other social identity or status. Members within the institution understand the way in which systems have been shaped by dominant culture to maintain oppression.  More specifically, the organization outlines how power has been used both historically and currently by white dominant culture to maintain inequity and works intentionally to prepare members to dismantle and eliminate this practice.  In an antiracist organization, members become accountable to communities of color to define success. The Antiracist Multicultural Organization also supports racial equity and social justice through advocating these values in interactions within the local, regional, national, and global communities, with its vendors, customers, and peer organizations. Additionally, the Antiracist  Multicultural Organization had within its mission, goals, values, and operating system explicit policies and practices that are intended to ensure that all members of the diverse workforce feel fully included and have every opportunity to contribute to achieving the mission of the organization. This organization is explicit about implementing antiracist practices and also appreciates all forms of social diversity and understands the strengths and advantages that social diversity brings to the local, regional, national, and global communities.

Sources: Crossroads Anti-Racism Organizing and Training. *Adapted from Source: Jackson, B. W (2006). Theory and practice of multicultural organization development. In Jones, B. B. & Brazzel, M. (Eds.), The NTL Handbook of Organization Development and Change (pps. 139-154). San Francisco, CA, Pfeiffer.