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Honoring Rosa Parks on the Day of Her Birth

Did you know that there are two celebrations of Rosa Parks each year? This one is the first, which is celebrated in both California and Missouri, on the date of her birth, February 4. The second Rosa Parks Day is observed on December 1, the anniversary of the date of her quiet rebellion and arrest.

Parks was certainly a woman who deserved to be celebrated twice a year, as many consider her courage to have directly sparked the Civil Rights movement.

On December 1, 1955, Parks, a Black woman in Montgomery, Alabama, quietly refused to relinquish her seat on the bus to another white passenger, breaking the Alabama law of the time that required Black passengers to do so. Parks was arrested for the act, setting off a massive 381-day boycott of the Montgomery bus system by thousands—and directly leading to a 1956 Supreme Court decision that banned segregation on public transportation, and even more importantly, to the rise of an eloquent and passionate young preacher who joined in those boycotts and the outcry for justice—Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Rosa Parks passed away at the age of ninety-two on October 24, 2005. On October 30, she became the first woman to lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda. As we honor her memory and achievements, let us also use her inspiration to act and speak out whenever we encounter racism or hate.

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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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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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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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January is School Board Recognition Month

Originally created by the National School Boards Association in 1995, 2024 marks the 29th anniversary of School Board Recognition Month. It provides us with an important opportunity to recognize the talented, dedicated, and people on Washington’s 295 locally elected school boards, as well as the nine elected educational service district boards who are the core of the public education governance system in Washington state.

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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.

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