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Turning Dr. King’s Dream into Reality

Observed on the third Monday in January each year, Martin Luther King Jr. Day (also known as Civil Rights Day) takes place this year on Monday, January 16, and provides each of us with a chance to recommit to being a force for Antiracism in the world.  

The work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. must remain a constant inspiration for each of us, and it is a rich opportunity to celebrate his life and legacy even as we support his dream of a better world. 

Dr. King is known for his stirring "I Have a Dream" speech, yet 58 years later, he is also recognized for so much more. He remains a towering figure -- a great leader, humanitarian, and activist who celebrated equality, compassion, education, diversity, and service. His words are as inspiring today for us as educators as they were then, reminding us that “The function of education is to teach intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education."  

On this day of remembrance of his life and work – as we celebrate and uplift Dr. King's vision of achieving a truly Antiracist and equal society, this holiday provides a chance for all of us at PSESD to reaffirm and uplift our own commitment to inclusivity, equality, and diversity–in our students, teachers, staff, and partners.  

Committing to the fight against racism, and to engaging meaningfully on the subject of inclusivity and diversity, is a mission and message whose importance has never been more vital for each of us. Join us in spreading Dr. King’s legacy and messages of hope in your community as we do so in our classrooms, schools, and districts. 

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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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