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Dropout Prevention and Reengagement Academy is Open!

The Dropout Prevention and Reengagement Academy (DORA), led by PSESD’s Dropout Prevention and Reengagement Program (DOR), is open and accepting student applications. 

DORA is part of the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Open Doors Youth Reengagement system. Pursuant to WAC 392-700-035, youth are eligible for enrolling in the Open Doors [1418] youth reengagement program offered by PSESD if they meet the criteria listed here. The PSESD Reengagement program is committed to improving the quality, equity and efficiency of educational attainment and relational-centered case management services for disconnected, out-of-school, and justice-involved youth between the ages of 16 and 21. 

PSESD DOR provides regular and career and technical education opportunities for eligible participants to achieve high school and college credentials, including work experiences within the PSESD region. Please contact Arthur Dennis, Director of DOR, for additional information supporting your efforts in referring potential youth to this great opportunity.


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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