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New for 2021 Art Show: The Arts Impact GRIT Award

The Arts Impact GRIT Award

All young people have dreams. Making that dream come true, one step at a time, requires perseverance. There will be tough times, uncertainty, and failures along the way — learning how to overcome them and recognizing challenges for the valuable lessons they are —prepares a student to achieve their fullest potential. The arts are a powerful way to teach grit. This award honors a student who has shown perseverance to overcome challenges with creativity and artistic expression.

Arts Impact (www.arts-impact.org), an arts education 501(c)(3) organization, is thrilled to announce the first annual GRIT award. Art teachers will nominate a student who exemplifies perseverance and growth mindset through their approach to their art. Please send nominations (250 word limit) and a photo of the student’s art work to: MegH@arts-impact.org by Tuesday, February 23 at 8pm.

Award: $150 plus framed certificate

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Puget Sound Region Superintendents Call on Legislature to Support Schools

The Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) Board of Directors is excited to announce its appointment of two new Board Directors. The two appointees fill vacant positions on the nine-member board.

Eric Harris (District 2, serving North/Central/West Seattle, Bainbridge Island and Vashon Island) and Mehret Tekle-Awarun (District 5, serving Renton, Kent and South Seattle) have been appointed to the PSESD Board of Directors. 

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The Washington State Fellows’ Network is a leadership program focused on equitable mindsets and practices. Puget Sound Fellows are teacher leaders, instructional coaches, administrators and curriculum specialists across our 35 districts. Fellows focus on standards-based, racially just and humanizing instruction in their content area. Consulting research and national and statewide guidance on equitable practices and change management, Fellows learn together to evolve their individual practices and leadership. Fellows apply their learning in an action plan to target an opportunity gap in the school or district in partnership with their principals

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Leaders in LTFS: Christina deVidal

How to Become an Antiracist Educator

Christina deVidal from Lake Washington School District, is an educator and a member of the PSESD ELA Fellows network. Christina will be presenting to the WA Senate Committee on Early Learning & K–12 Education on November 30 about her journey as a culturally-responsive and antiracist educator. In this interview, Christina talks about her journey as a teacher, her “why” for teaching, and what it means to be antiracist educator.  

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Creating Connections through the PSESD Student Support Center

Creating Connections Through the PSESD Student Support Center

As we return to school, we are discovering students are enrolling and showing up. What we are learning is that many of our students are lonely and have felt disconnected and possibly abandoned by the adults they depend on. Our youth crave and value the feeling of being cared for by adults. Social-emotional learning, per se, is not a curricula, a task, or a universal screening with a triage procedure. Each of these have a place, as they are designed to support youth and enable access to needed resources. However, these are strategies only. Strategies are not what create connections and are not the things that are sought out first. They are activities that become effective once a youth feels cared for, connected to, and valued for who they are. We cannot create that kind of connection by focusing on being busy, creating structures, and leading with a need for efficiency. 

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