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The Importance of International Women's Day

Every year, we celebrate International Women’s Day — a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality, with this year’s theme as #EmbraceEquity.

IWD has been celebrating the achievements of women worldwide for over a century now, with 1911’s inaugural IWD gathering supported by over one million people. Today, millions worldwide join in the celebration to honor women and their accomplishments on an international level across the ages.

This year’s theme is a timely reminder that gender equity is vital, not optional, and that a focus on gender equity needs to be part of every society’s DNA!

Learn more about International Women’s Day and the 2023 Embrace Equity campaign theme in our more comprehensive article on Medium at https://medium.com/@PSESD121/international-womens-day-and-embracing-equity-and-true-inclusivity-7a19e5bf80ae?source=user_profile---------0----------------------------, and don't forget to follow us for more great history and information on days like this one!

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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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