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PSESD Regional School Safety Center: Antiracist, Holistic Violence Prevention 

PSESD’s Safety Center is inclusive of crisis response support, behavioral health support and navigation, suicide prevention, intervention and postvention, and threat assessment. The PSESD team provides support through training, consultation, policy and practice review, and service supports. Our Threat Assessment System utilizes a set of protocols and safety planning procedures to promote safe school environments using a racial equity tool to assure all assessments operate through a racial equity lens. 
 
We launched our Safety Cooperative five years ago, and it is in its third year of leading an intensive threat assessment cooperative. We are grateful the legislature has provided three years of support for ESDs to provide safety support services to school communities — starting with HB 1216 in 2019, and now with the passage of HB 1214, each ESD across the state will house Regional School Safety Centers.   

An Antiracist Approach  

Built from the MTSS framework, our team supports youth through trauma-informed school responses and antiracist principles as primary ways schools approach violence prevention. We know from research and data from the hundreds of mass school shootings in the US since 1966, there is not only a need to respond to safety incidents, but a much larger imperative to invest in mental health supports in schools is needed as means to prevent violence. All children deserve a comprehensive, whole child, whole community approach, supporting healthy school culture and climate where they can thrive.   
 
We celebrate the efforts across the region and districts’ commitments to creating thoughtful and tailored safety approaches in response to the needs of their school communities. The PSESD team is here to support continued regional collaboration and sharing of gap-closing practices aimed at interrupting the school-to-prison pipeline and creating racially just and humanizing school systems.

Join our Regional Networks  

  • School Safety  
  • Student Support Services 
  • School Counselors and Social Workers

 For more information, contact Cassandra Dempsey at cdempsey@psesd.org

 

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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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