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School Board Recognition Month (and Showing Gratitude to Our School Boards)

January is School Board Recognition Month, which was originally created by the National School Boards Association in 1995.

2023 marks the 28th anniversary of School Board Recognition Month, providing us with an important opportunity to recognize the talented and dedicated people on Washington's 295 locally elected school boards, as well as the nine elected educational service district boards who are the core of the public education governance system in Washington state.  

Working closely to bridge the concerns of parents and educators while also maintaining public accountability, school boards have been called the community’s caretakers when it comes to public education. Their members work diligently behind the scenes to make the educational experience as inspirational, meaningful, and useful as possible for students as well as those who teach and support them. 

School Board Recognition Month provides us with a terrific moment in which to recognize these untiring and dedicated individuals and their work in bringing leadership to our schools. Bridging the worlds of parents, teachers, educators, administrators, students, and school leaders, school boards help us all continue to work for the brightest possible future. 

Take a moment to share a story, shine a spotlight, or thank a local school board member today! 

To learn more about School Board Month, visit our more expanded and comprehensive post over on Medium  here (and don't forget to follow us for more great articles!). 


Observing Wounded Knee Day

Also known as Wounded Knee Day of Reflection, Wounded Knee Day honors the memory of the over 200 (some estimate as many as 300) Lakota Sioux men, women, and children who were massacred by the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment near Wounded Knee Creek on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. 

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Celebrating Native American Heritage in November

With over 9 million Native Americans in the United States today, from over 500 different federally recognized tribes, and with 29 of those tribes within the state of Washington. PSESD is proud to have the opportunity to celebrate Native American Heritage Month (also known as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month) and pay tribute to the diversity, rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans in our districts. 

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