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PSESD School Behavioral Health Workbook 

As the school community engages in yet another transition in the COVID era, we are cognizant that all transitions require attention to the whole child/the whole self to reach our common goal of establishing a healthy learning environment. We have created a PSESD School Behavioral Health Workbook to serve as a practical guide for detailing your plans and supporting the implementation of addressing the needs of students, family, and staff well-being. Our goal is to attend first to the mental health, emotional state, and well-being of members of the school community and to do so leading with race equity. This attention will not only support our youth in the here and now but for years to come. All materials have been vetted as evidence-based practices and consolidated for your use. The workbook was developed to align with the ESSER student well-being recovery plans. References are identified at the end and the table of contents is linked to assure it is user-friendly. Take a look and let us know how we can support your efforts! For more information on behavioral health resources, please contact Kim Beeson.

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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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