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PSESD Board of Directors Passes Resolution in Support of King County Promise

UPDATE: King County Promise Legislation Passed

RENTON, Wash. -- On August 28, 2019, the Martin Luther King County Council passed historic legislation investing $318 million to improve educational outcomes for children and youth over the next 16 years. Read more here.


June 19, 2019

The Puget Sound ESD Board of Directors has passed a resolution in support of the King County Promise. The resolution urges the King County Council to dedicate a significant portion of available Puget Sound Taxpayer Accountability Account funds to address unacceptable equity gaps in postsecondary readiness, access and completion via the King County Promise. 

The King County Promise is a supports system that fills in the gaps by providing what students tell us they need to be successful:

  • High School, College and Community Based Organization advisors for historically under-served students and young people who can use help  to get back on track towards a degree/credential
  • Alignment between K-12 and college systems to eliminate barriers and facing students, to ensure equitable access and success through long term system change

Read the full resolution here.

Archive

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Four mothers share their experiences being parents in the Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW). With help from PSESD's Early Head Start at WCCW, the mothers are able to build healthy relationships with their children, receive parenting and childcare support, participate in child development education, and prepare for their futures upon release.

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At the onset of the pandemic, Educare Seattle took a bold step in assessing the risks and rewards of reopening, to provide services to parents who are first responders. After adopting and implementing strict policies, procedures and practices for health and safety of staff and students, the White Center-based service, carefully welcomed students back in early April. Read about the process here. Learn more about how Educare was founded and their guiding principles.

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PSESD’S Science Department, in partnership with Institute for Systems Biology (ISB), offered a number of four-hour workshops for STEM teachers. The powerful event connected workshop participants with practicing scientists and engineers from ISB to maximize professional development and learning.

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Students and teacher outside at ReLife

Principal Lynne Truitt and the ReLife staff have found a creative way to engage students with the invention of Amusement Park Month! Each student will have a 30-minute, in-person, outdoor physically distanced educational activity and interaction with staff to get new assignments, drop off completed work, get important school messages and information, and enjoy tasty treats.

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The PSESD Strategy, Evaluation, and Learning team joined with partners at Mill Creek Middle School in Kent School District to host a webinar on June 11, 2020. We shared what we are learning about equitable partnerships in schools through the Best Starts for Kids (BSK) School Partnership Evaluation.

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Superintendent Chris Reykdal, and our Washington State school community of 16 student honorees, a host of teachers, parents and friends, celebrated the arts on May 29 in Olympia, Washington via Zoom conferencing. For the first time in Art Show history, people gathered online to celebrate the work and accomplishments of the artists. See a replay of the show on Facebook and view the online gallery.

Read More about Celebrating Student Artists at the 2020 Superintendent's High School Art Show
Black Lives Matter

Puget Sound Educational Service District acknowledges the pain, anger and trauma resulting from George Floyd’s murder by a Minneapolis police officer, Monday, May 25, 2020. All PSESD offices will be closed starting at noon, Friday, June 12, as we stand with our Black and African-American colleagues, friends and loved ones, as well as people that advocate and fight for humanity, against racism of all forms, in the statewide silent march and general strike to end police violence against the Black community.

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