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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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The Puget Sound College & Career Network at PSESD was selected as the King County Promise System Supporting Organization. King County Promise is a bold, public-private partnership to increase equity in college access and success for historically underserved students in King County. The goals of King County Promise and the role of the System Supporting Organization closely align to PSESD’s End: Success for Each Child and Eliminate the Opportunity Gap by Leading with Racial Equity.

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Congratulations to Anderson Island Elementary School of Steilacoom Historical School District No.1 for their selection as a Green Ribbon School honoree! Anderson Island Elementary School’s garden and outdoor classroom created valuable opportunities for students to continue their learning in a sustainable way.

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OLYMPIA — April 20, 2021The verdict today was the right and just response to George Floyd’s murder, and it is progress. But the work doesn’t end here. Our children are watching, and we owe it to them to be fully committed to equity and justice every day.

Read More about OSPI Superintendent Chris Reykdal’s Statement on the Guilty Verdicts in the Derek Chauvin Murder Trial
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The Multilingual Learners (MLL) Network is now accepting applications for our 2021–2022 school cohort. The MLL Network was developed to support regional shifts in mindsets, culture and practices to foster school environments which value the identity, culture and language of multilingual students and lead to more equitable conditions and outcomes for multilingual learners

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Critical Reflections on Becoming an Antiracist Multicultural Organization

PSESD currently experiences collective amnesia, a characteristic of white supremacy culture, as it relates to our racial equity transformation. We sometime forget what happened last year, three years ago, ten years ago. Critical Moments Reflection helps us build our capacity to regularly reflect and learn collectively and interrupt this amnesia. We engaged in a pilot this summer to develop our Critical Moments Reflection approach. We met with the groups formally engaged in leading implementation our racial equity policy (TTeam, SDATs, ELT, the Board) to try out the reflection process and also capture our collective story about our transformation.

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