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September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

For many generations, suicidal thoughts were unfairly stigmatized, with those suffering them actively discouraged from revealing their struggles. Yet such struggles occur across all ages, genders, and backgrounds, making it vitally important that the issue of suicide awareness be brought into the light.

With this in mind, September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, offering an ideal opportunity to speak out and raise awareness on this vital topic — an awareness that is urgently required, with suicide the tenth leading cause of death among adults in the U.S. — and the second leading cause of death among children and young people aged 10–24. Unfortunately, these rates are increasing, and those who are young, LGBTQ, or BIPOC are especially vulnerable. LGBTQ youth are four times more likely to attempt suicide, while transgender adults, meanwhile, are almost 12 times more likely than the general population to attempt suicide.

As we promote awareness of suicide prevention and mental health treatments, services, options, and other resources, let us use this opportunity to remove the stigma and remind all that such thoughts are highly treatable and preventable. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) offers a useful list of helpful resources for parents and caregivers, children and teens, mental health providers, educators and school staff, policy makers, and more.

Meanwhile, if you or someone you know is in an emergency, call 911 immediately. If you are in crisis or experiencing difficult or suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Hotline at 1–800–273 TALK (8255), or if you would prefer text help, you can also text NAMI to 741–741 to be connected to a free, trained crisis counselor on the Crisis Text Line.

Find more resources at https://www.nctsn.org/resources/public-awareness/national-suicide-prevention-awareness-month.

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Free Workshop for PK-12 Washington Educators
Join us for an engaging professional learning opportunity for PK–12 educators, principals, and school leaders. Focusing on computational thinking concepts and coding skills, this symposium will highlight Sphero's commitment to supporting district implementation of vertically aligned curriculum and activities that align to Washington's Computer Science standards.

Sphero Symposium (in partnership of Sphero and Puget Sound Educational Service District 121)
Date: Thursday, March 14th, 2024
Time: 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
Location: Puget Sound Educational Service District
| 800 Oakesdale Ave SW, Renton WA 98057
 

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Frederick Douglass's Birthday

Frederick Douglass was a towering individual, an escaped slave who became an impassioned activist, abolitionist, and icon. However, it is an ironic fact that the brilliant Frederick Douglass would surely appreciate that while we now honor his birth date each February 14, Douglass himself was, until late in his life, not entirely sure of the date of his birth.

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Solution Providers Spring Expo

Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) and Washington Learning Source (WLS) are thrilled to invite you to participate as an exhibitor at our upcoming Solution Providers Spring Expo! This event provides an excellent opportunity to showcase your company products and/or services to a diverse audience. You will have the chance to engage and build relationships with educators and potential clients.

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Solution Providers Spring Expo

Join us at Puget Sound ESD 121’s Solution Providers Spring Expo, where you can discover the latest trends and innovations for FREE! This expo is a great opportunity to connect with like-minded education professionals and knowledgeable specialists while exploring a variety of dynamic products and services.

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Local Puget Sound-Area Events for Martin Luther King Day Weekend 2024

Monday, January 15, 2024 is Martin Luther King Day — an important holiday honoring the celebrated human rights leader’s birthday. If you are seeking to celebrate King and his dream this year, there are a number of terrific arts, culture, and history events taking place across Puget Sound that are both powerful, inspirational, and family-friendly.

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January is School Board Recognition Month

Originally created by the National School Boards Association in 1995, 2024 marks the 29th anniversary of School Board Recognition Month. It provides us with an important opportunity to recognize the talented, dedicated, and 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.

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Going Beyond Proclamation to Reality, on the Emancipation Proclamation Anniversary

On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, a pronouncement incorrectly assumed by many to be the moment setting up that U.S. slaves would be “then, thenceforward, and forever free.” Unfortunately, things weren’t that simple. The implementation of the Proclamation was neither easy nor seamless – it was a step toward ending slavery, not the end itself.

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