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Going Beyond Proclamation to Reality, on the Emancipation Proclamation Anniversary

On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, a pronouncement incorrectly assumed by many to be the moment setting up that U.S. slaves would be “then, thenceforward, and forever free.”

Unfortunately, things weren’t that simple. The implementation of the Proclamation was neither easy nor seamless – it was a step toward ending slavery, not the end itself. Issued even as our nation’s bloody Civil War approached its third year, the Emancipation Proclamation was less expansive – and effective – than it sounded.

The reality of the Emancipation Proclamation was that it didn’t free all of the slaves, instead it only freed (on paper only) those living in states in actual rebellion – which means that it did not apply to slavery in either the border states at the time, nor to those Confederate states that had already been taken under the control of the Union. In addition, it proclaimed freedom that was dependent on the Union achieving actual military victory in the Civil War itself. Hundreds of thousands of enslaved people in Southern states were not even aware of the Proclamation and continued to suffer under slavery just as before.

This also means that when the Emancipation Proclamation came into effect at midnight on January 1, 1863, it turned the war, for Black citizens, into an intensely personal fight for their own lives, liberties, and freedoms. This is why, by the end of the war, over 200,000 Black soldiers and sailors had joined the fight in the U.S. Army and Navy, spreading news of the Proclamation along the way as they fought their way against the Confederacy into the South. They also provided the opportunity for enslaved people to escape behind Union lines as they did so.

Even though the Emancipation Proclamation did not actually end slavery in America, it was a crucial step in U.S. history – one that cemented slavery for all time as the inescapable moral and fundamental issue at the heart of the Civil War itself. The Proclamation also enacted the acceptance of Black men into the United States Army and Navy – a huge milestone – while providing the vital starting point in the obliteration of slavery in the United States.

Learn more about the Emancipation Proclamation (and its ties to Juneteenth)

https://www.history.com/news/what-is-juneteenth

View the Emancipation Proclamation Online:

https://www.archives.gov/exhibits/featured-documents/emancipation-proclamation

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Puget Sound Educational Service District Selected for Grant Program to Help Local Students Pursue Education and Career Training After High School

Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) is proud to announce that our region has been selected to be part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Horizons Regional Grant Program, a three-year initiative to help more local students continue their education after high school and achieve their goals.

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Amidst the ongoing violence and bloodshed of the Israel-Gaza conflict, we cannot ignore the countless lives lost and devasting impact, particularly to the young people ensnared in this turmoil. As a community committed to fostering peace and championing for the welfare of all, we stand together in unequivocal condemnation of violence and in our unwavering support for humanity. 

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Observing the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Observed each year on March 21 – the tragic day in 1960 when the police in Sharpeville, South Africa, opened fire on participants in a peaceful demonstration against apartheid "pass laws," killing 69 people, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination remains an important one in the calendar’s attempt to fight racism and racial discrimination.

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Honoring our Education Support Professionals—This Week, and Every Week!

In education, the thousands who serve among the support professionals are an integral part of the industry and its importance.

That’s why it’s so important to celebrate their contributions each year for Education Support Professionals week, which takes place this year from March 11-15, 2024. The week was first noted for celebration in 1975 by PSE in order to salute the irreplaceable contributions of Education Support Professionals (or ESPs, for short) in the public school system.

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PSESD Presents: AUTHENTIC LEARNING IN THE AGE OF AI, with Dr. John Spencer

The AI revolution is here: How will you respond? And what AI tools can be utilized for personalized learning? Don’t miss this essential two-part event ("Authentic Learning in the Age of AI") for K-12 Educators, Leaders, and Administrators in ALL content areas, taking place on Saturday, March 30, and Saturday, May 4, 2024!

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Last Chance to Submit 2024-25 Teacher/Educator of the Year Nominations!

This week is the last chance to submit nominations for Teacher of the YearClassified School Employee of the Year, and Principal/Assistant Principal of the Year! Nominate your candidates online using the Educator of the Year Nomination Form. Applications are for all categories are open until Friday, March 1, 2024 at https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/7127358/2023-EoY-Nominations.

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Frederick Douglass's Birthday

Frederick Douglass was a towering individual, an escaped slave who became an impassioned activist, abolitionist, and icon. However, it is an ironic fact that the brilliant Frederick Douglass would surely appreciate that while we now honor his birth date each February 14, Douglass himself was, until late in his life, not entirely sure of the date of his birth.

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Free Workshop for PK-12 Washington Educators
Join us for an engaging professional learning opportunity for PK–12 educators, principals, and school leaders. Focusing on computational thinking concepts and coding skills, this symposium will highlight Sphero's commitment to supporting district implementation of vertically aligned curriculum and activities that align to Washington's Computer Science standards.

Sphero Symposium (in partnership of Sphero and Puget Sound Educational Service District 121)
Date: Thursday, March 14th, 2024
Time: 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
Location: Puget Sound Educational Service District
| 800 Oakesdale Ave SW, Renton WA 98057
 

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Solution Providers Spring Expo

Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) and Washington Learning Source (WLS) are thrilled to invite you to participate as an exhibitor at our upcoming Solution Providers Spring Expo! This event provides an excellent opportunity to showcase your company products and/or services to a diverse audience. You will have the chance to engage and build relationships with educators and potential clients.

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Solution Providers Spring Expo

Join us at Puget Sound ESD 121’s Solution Providers Spring Expo, where you can discover the latest trends and innovations for FREE! This expo is a great opportunity to connect with like-minded education professionals and knowledgeable specialists while exploring a variety of dynamic products and services.

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Local Puget Sound-Area Events for Martin Luther King Day Weekend 2024

Monday, January 15, 2024 is Martin Luther King Day — an important holiday honoring the celebrated human rights leader’s birthday. If you are seeking to celebrate King and his dream this year, there are a number of terrific arts, culture, and history events taking place across Puget Sound that are both powerful, inspirational, and family-friendly.

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