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Two PSESD Staff Members Honored as Champions for Children!

PSESD is proud to honor two of our team members included among the 5 awarded the Champions for Children 2023 honor — Arely Maya Dominguez, PSESD Latinx Family Advocate, and Carolyn Solitaire, Transformation Team member!

Arely Maya Dominguez

Since the launch of the Latinx Family Advocacy Program in April 2022, Arely has cultivated a place where Latinx families feel safe, speak their languages, share cultural experiences, and to feel seen and heard. Beginning with support for just six families, Arely has continued to tirelessly make new connections with other resources and has now supported and touched the lives of over 104 families in her community, in events that bridge the gap between parent and school, and the school and the Latinx community!

Carolyn Solitaire

Beyond her role in the PSESD Transformation Team, Carolyn works constantly to share information that educates and benefits local families — especially those furthest from opportunities. She most recently supported a special project with Washington State Parent Ambassadors to share information about the Working Families Tax Credit, sharing information with over 1000 in her community via food banks and community events, handing out flyers to help families gain awareness of vital information that would help and support them.

Through the Pierce County Early Childhood Network, 5 people are awarded as Champions for Children in Pierce County each year. Learn more here: https://www.pcecn.org/cfc2023/#champs.


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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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