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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!). 


Local Seattle Public Schools Teacher Sara Rubio Nominated Among Four Washington Educators for National STEM Teaching Award

Each year, the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching (PAEMST) recognizes educators from across the country for both their deep knowledge of the subjects they teach as well as their ability to enable students to be successful in those areas. This year, four Washington educators are state-level finalists for the award: Dr. Rama Devagupta, NBCT (Southridge High School in the Kennewick School District), Dave Gamon (Northwood Middle School in the Mead School District), Anthony Harris (Tumwater Middle School in the Tumwater School District), and Seattle local Sara Rubio, a math teacher at Robert Eagle Staff Middle School in Seattle Public Schools.

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The Gathering of Nations

As the largest pow-wow in the United States, the Gathering of Nations has grown over the past four decades into one of the world’s most recognized and annual festivals. It was founded to offer an opportunity to provide Native and Indigenous people with the opportunity to celebrate and share culture.

The event is dedicated to providing support gathered from lessons handed down from the elders to those of younger generations in an experience for the heart, mind, and soul, rooted deeply in culture and blood.

Learn more about the Gathering of Nations, and get more links for information, in our Medium post here.

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Join PSESD’s Street Data Institute

Join PSESD’s Street Data Institute to learn alongside teams from across the region as we reimagine education in partnership with our students.

Through workshops with the authors and customized coaching from PSESD, school teams will listen deeply to students to build site-specific action plans focused on complex equity challenges.

Learn more here, and submit your application by May 1 at 12 noon!

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The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 

Observed each March 21 after the tragic day in 1960 when the police in Sharpeville, South Africa, opened fire on participants in a peaceful demonstration against apartheid, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination remains an important one in the attempt to fight racism and racial discrimination worldwide.

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