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Puget Sound Educational Service District Selected for Grant Program to Help Local Students Pursue Education and Career Training After High School

Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) is proud to announce that our region has been selected to be part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Horizons Regional Grant Program, a three-year initiative to help more local students continue their education after high school and achieve their goals.

PSESD serves a diverse population of more than 400,000 students attending public, tribal, and charter schools, and will coordinate the local partnership that includes the Highline, Federal Way, and Tukwila School Districts, Highline College, and Community Business Organizations including Becoming a Man, College Possible, and Communities In Schools. The partnership will work together to expand programs that are proven to help students transition from high school into postsecondary education — whether that’s an apprenticeship, career certificate, or two- or four-year degree program.

“We are excited and proud to have this opportunity to take part in the Horizons program for the benefit of the schools, students, and families in our region,” comments PSESD Superintendent John Welch. “Working with its partners, PSESD will dedicate itself to expanding programs, grounded in culturally responsive advising and implementation practices, which are proven to reduce historical educational inequities and help students transition from high school into postsecondary education.”

In addition to grant funding, PSESD will receive technical assistance to learn more about high-quality advising strategies and other programs proven to help students take the next step after graduation. Washington STEM, a nonprofit dedicated to removing barriers to STEM education and postsecondary credentials, will manage the Horizons grant program and help partners increase their capacity to access, analyze, and apply data so they can refine programs to meet student needs.

“The partnership will be intentional in understanding the complexities of the Black and brown male scholar experience leading up to post-secondary direct enrollment,” adds Welch. “Through the understanding of the lived experience of these scholars, our aim is to develop a cohesive system of culturally informed advising and support that results in increased attendance, graduation, and post-secondary enrollment pathways for these scholars.”

PSESD received an initial seed grant from the Gates Foundation to work with the technical assistance providers over the next several months to finalize the local partnership’s goals and implementation plan. PSESD will receive additional Gates Foundation grant funding when their implementation plan is finalized this fall.

Horizons is part of the Gates Foundation’s work in Washington state that focuses on ensuring that young people have access to the opportunities they need to design the future they want. PSESD and its partners also participate in the Limitless Learning Network, which is funded by the Gates Foundation and brings twenty-six local partnerships across Washington state together to help identify strategies that help students see a clear path to success after high school.

PSESD is one of nine regional service districts serving thirty-five local school districts, ten charter schools, 291 private schools, and two tribal compact schools in King and Pierce counties and Bainbridge Island. PSESD develops and delivers an array of services providing instructional and administrative support to PreK-12 schools, as well as direct service to students and families in the Puget Sound region. Its End Goal is “Success for Each Child & Eliminate the Opportunity Gap by Leading with Racial Equity” is a goal that envisions a future filled with peace, hope, and opportunities for young people to thrive.

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Puget Sound Educational Service District Selected for Grant Program to Help Local Students Pursue Education and Career Training After High School

Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) is proud to announce that our region has been selected to be part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Horizons Regional Grant Program, a three-year initiative to help more local students continue their education after high school and achieve their goals.

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Amidst the ongoing violence and bloodshed of the Israel-Gaza conflict, we cannot ignore the countless lives lost and devasting impact, particularly to the young people ensnared in this turmoil. As a community committed to fostering peace and championing for the welfare of all, we stand together in unequivocal condemnation of violence and in our unwavering support for humanity. 

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Observing the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

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Honoring our Education Support Professionals—This Week, and Every Week!

In education, the thousands who serve among the support professionals are an integral part of the industry and its importance.

That’s why it’s so important to celebrate their contributions each year for Education Support Professionals week, which takes place this year from March 11-15, 2024. The week was first noted for celebration in 1975 by PSE in order to salute the irreplaceable contributions of Education Support Professionals (or ESPs, for short) in the public school system.

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PSESD Presents: AUTHENTIC LEARNING IN THE AGE OF AI, with Dr. John Spencer

The AI revolution is here: How will you respond? And what AI tools can be utilized for personalized learning? Don’t miss this essential two-part event ("Authentic Learning in the Age of AI") for K-12 Educators, Leaders, and Administrators in ALL content areas, taking place on Saturday, March 30, and Saturday, May 4, 2024!

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Last Chance to Submit 2024-25 Teacher/Educator of the Year Nominations!

This week is the last chance to submit nominations for Teacher of the YearClassified School Employee of the Year, and Principal/Assistant Principal of the Year! Nominate your candidates online using the Educator of the Year Nomination Form. Applications are for all categories are open until Friday, March 1, 2024 at https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/7127358/2023-EoY-Nominations.

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Frederick Douglass's Birthday

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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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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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