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Boeing Partnership Provides Mental Health Supports at ReLife School

The impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of our young people is undeniable. Increased isolation, stress and anxiety are all challenges that are facing students across the country. To address mental health needs in our district, Boeing has partnered with ReLife school to provide $5,000 toward different projects aimed at supporting students’ mental health as they return to the classroom.

Through Boeing’s generous donation, ReLife will create a sensory room that offers students a safe space to decompress or talk with their teachers about things that are going on in their lives. In addition, “stress carts” are also being added to each classroom that will provide students with different items to help them cope when they are feeling anxious or nervous. Through the development of these additional resources, ReLife will be able to more effectively support the mental health needs of students within their classrooms. 

“This pandemic has affected us all tremendously,” says ReLife Principal Dr. Reginald Reid, “but for those with mental health needs the effects are almost immeasurable. What this grant will allow us to do for our students is nothing short of amazing. We are being given the opportunity to create an environment that will literally affect every student that we serve on an individual level at their emotional core. We are absolutely thrilled and just so very thankful.”

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Labels or Limitations? Recommendations for Asset Based Language for Multilingual Learners

The language that we use serves to shape our thinking and the educational opportunities that we provide our students. A diverse group of Washington state educators collaborated during 2020-2021 to create recommendations for shifting away from deficit-based language toward asset-based terminology used to describe students who have previously been labeled as English language learners.

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Renton, Wash. — Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) seeks a diverse group of community members to consider becoming members of the agency’s Board of Directors. Six out of nine Board of Director seats are up for election this year. Board members set the agency vision and monitor progress toward its end: success for each child and eliminate the opportunity gap by leading with racial equity.

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Renton, Wash. — Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) is pleased to announce that it has recently completed the grant application process for the Early Head Start/Head Start 412 federal grant and will receive $15.5 million per year over the next five years. This grant will fund programs and services for nearly 1,000 children enrolled in Head Start and Early Head Start through PSESD. 

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The Puget Sound College & Career Network, the Community Center for Educational Results, and Highline College have released a new report, Inequity by Design: How College Placement Policies Perpetuate Institutional Racism. The report is the culmination of a multi-year, three-study series exploration into the enrollment and placement policies of community and technical colleges in the Road Map Project region and the subsequent impacts on high school graduates seeking to enter those institutions.

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