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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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Puget Sound Educational Service District has released its annual Report to the Community, showcasing work for the first time in an interactive, web-based format. The report highlights opportunity gap-closing strategies the agency is implementing in service of its End, Success for Each Child and Eliminate the Opportunity Gap by Leading With Racial Equity

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Puget Sound Region Superintendents Call on Legislature to Support Schools

The Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) Board of Directors is excited to announce its appointment of two new Board Directors. The two appointees fill vacant positions on the nine-member board.

Eric Harris (District 2, serving North/Central/West Seattle, Bainbridge Island and Vashon Island) and Mehret Tekle-Awarun (District 5, serving Renton, Kent and South Seattle) have been appointed to the PSESD Board of Directors. 

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Closing Gaps with the Washington State Fellows’ Network

The Washington State Fellows’ Network is a leadership program focused on equitable mindsets and practices. Puget Sound Fellows are teacher leaders, instructional coaches, administrators and curriculum specialists across our 35 districts. Fellows focus on standards-based, racially just and humanizing instruction in their content area. Consulting research and national and statewide guidance on equitable practices and change management, Fellows learn together to evolve their individual practices and leadership. Fellows apply their learning in an action plan to target an opportunity gap in the school or district in partnership with their principals

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Leaders in LTFS: Christina deVidal

How to Become an Antiracist Educator

Christina deVidal from Lake Washington School District, is an educator and a member of the PSESD ELA Fellows network. Christina will be presenting to the WA Senate Committee on Early Learning & K–12 Education on November 30 about her journey as a culturally-responsive and antiracist educator. In this interview, Christina talks about her journey as a teacher, her “why” for teaching, and what it means to be antiracist educator.  

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Creating Connections through the PSESD Student Support Center

Creating Connections Through the PSESD Student Support Center

As we return to school, we are discovering students are enrolling and showing up. What we are learning is that many of our students are lonely and have felt disconnected and possibly abandoned by the adults they depend on. Our youth crave and value the feeling of being cared for by adults. Social-emotional learning, per se, is not a curricula, a task, or a universal screening with a triage procedure. Each of these have a place, as they are designed to support youth and enable access to needed resources. However, these are strategies only. Strategies are not what create connections and are not the things that are sought out first. They are activities that become effective once a youth feels cared for, connected to, and valued for who they are. We cannot create that kind of connection by focusing on being busy, creating structures, and leading with a need for efficiency. 

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