In 2020 PSESD invited community leaders to join a Road Map Wisdom Council to elevate voices, expertise, and partnership opportunities of our Communities of Color across the region. In a little over a year, the council has grown to a group of 15 Youth, Community-Based Organization Leaders, Parents, and Educators of Color. One of the goals of the council was to create a sustainable path for listening to and better acting on behalf of our Communities of Color through ongoing community conversations with Youth, Community Leaders, Parents, and Educators of Color.
We are excited to share with you all ‘Community Conversations: Pandemic Learning & Returning to School in South King County’. Forty-four Youth, Parents, Community Leaders, and Educators of Color across our 7 Road Map school districts engaged in over 35 hours of conversations with trusted peers. Conversation participants engaged in all aspects of the project, including meaning-making, generating recommendations, and shaping reporting and communication strategies.
Here we center Youth of Color voices (23 conversations), and then share perspectives of parents (9 conversations), community leaders (7 conversations), and educators (5 conversations). We are excited for you to hear what we have to say and ask that our perspectives inform school and classroom decisions for the coming year. We also encourage you to ask questions of your own students, families, and communities impacted by the pandemic AND systemic racial inequities and adapt your responsive decisions in partnership. Together we can return to school in ways that value and cultivate the well-being of our Youth, Families, and Educators of Color.
For all inquiries, please contact Angelica Alvarez.