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Racial Trauma Press Release

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. We support service to our communities during this time, in alignment with PSESD’s End, Success for Each Child and Eliminate the Opportunity Gap by Leading with Racial Equity. Staff may also use this time to further their education and learning about antiracism.

It is not only the lives of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor that we are mourning right now. It is also the racist trauma and white supremacy systems our society has sustained and upheld for more than 400 years.  We also reel from the threats, weaponized bias, and deaths of many Black people over many centuries, that pile on weight and hurt for Black people and other people of color. George Floyd’s murder follows Ahmaud Arbery being shot and killed by his white neighbors, and Christian Cooper being terrorized by a white woman, invoking the long and ugly history of white women using their power to instigate police violence against Black men.

We are striving to become an Antiracist, Multicultural Organization.  We aim to live these values through our transformational relationships with our districts and community to implement gap-closing practices and work toward building a racially just and humanizing school system.  Our 2019 Report to the Community outlines student, community and agency efforts toward this firm commitment. Striving toward this commitment evokes action.

To our Black and African-American students, staff and friends:  We see you and your lives matter.

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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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