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The Importance of Indigenous Peoples Day

Taking place on the second Monday of October each year, Indigenous Peoples Day celebrates the culture and history of the indigenous American peoples in the United States.

The day provides a much-needed opportunity to honor and celebrate Indigenous American peoples, in an opportunity to teach, lift up and celebrate their tribes, cultures, history, and lessons.

At the same time, this can be a somber and necessary chance to learn about and reflect on the atrocities that colonialists have perpetrated against Indigenous communities throughout history. Many of these inequities continue today.

The idea for Indigenous Peoples Day was first proposed in 1977 at the International Conference on Discrimination Against Indigenous Populations in the Americas hosted by the United Nations. However, it would only be in 1990 at the First Continental Conference on 500 Years of Indian Resistance that Indigenous peoples from across the Americas would decide that 1992 would be a year of unity across the continents and a celebration of liberation, as a direct response to the 500th anniversary of the first voyages of Christopher Columbus.

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day 2023 by joining in with the celebrations that are happening locally, by learning more about indigenous peoples, histories, and cultures, or by viewing and celebrating art and media by Indigenous creators. As part of your celebration, it is valuable to:

  • Acknowledge the land you’re on and the part played by local Indigenous peoples
  • Help rebuild local ecosystems with native plants
  • Support Indigenous businesses, authors, and craftspeople
  • Attend local Indigenous events
  • Visit a museum that shares Indigenous art, history, or culture

And of course, please join us on this day in celebrating those of Indigenous heritage among our staff, students, and community around us!


Image of Dior Davenport at our PSESD agency all staff celebration

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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