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Washington ESDs Collaborate to Provide PPE to Local Districts and Schools

PSESD, as part of the Association of Educational Service Districts (AESD), has been actively engaged in supporting schools while they work to safely support staff and students, as instructional services proceed remotely and in person.

Since spring 2020, our state's nine ESDs have worked together through the AESD to facilitate two purchasing rounds of much-needed personal protective equipment (PPE) for school districts, tribal compact schools, charter schools, and private schools across the state.

2021 kicked off fast and furiously with round two delivering large quantities of PPE arriving in each region, and PSESD helped to deploy to school systems in our region. The statewide cooperative purchasing process secured the best pricing on PPE at a fraction of the cost. As part of the AESD network, we are thrilled to support this critical component for reopening schools safely.

As the spring progresses we will work with districts to gauge interest and need for a possible third round of purchasing.

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The Puget Sound College & Career Network at PSESD was selected as the King County Promise System Supporting Organization. King County Promise is a bold, public-private partnership to increase equity in college access and success for historically underserved students in King County. The goals of King County Promise and the role of the System Supporting Organization closely align to PSESD’s End: Success for Each Child and Eliminate the Opportunity Gap by Leading with Racial Equity.

Read More about PSESD to Serve as the System Supporting Organization for King County Promise
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The Puget Sound College & Career Network, the Community Center for Educational Results, and Highline College have released a new report, Inequity by Design: How College Placement Policies Perpetuate Institutional Racism. The report is the culmination of a multi-year, three-study series exploration into the enrollment and placement policies of community and technical colleges in the Road Map Project region and the subsequent impacts on high school graduates seeking to enter those institutions.

Read More about Road Map Project Partners Release Report Highlighting Racial Inequities in College Placement and Assessment
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Congratulations to Anderson Island Elementary School of Steilacoom Historical School District No.1 for their selection as a Green Ribbon School honoree! Anderson Island Elementary School’s garden and outdoor classroom created valuable opportunities for students to continue their learning in a sustainable way.

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OLYMPIA — April 20, 2021The verdict today was the right and just response to George Floyd’s murder, and it is progress. But the work doesn’t end here. Our children are watching, and we owe it to them to be fully committed to equity and justice every day.

Read More about OSPI Superintendent Chris Reykdal’s Statement on the Guilty Verdicts in the Derek Chauvin Murder Trial
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The Multilingual Learners (MLL) Network is now accepting applications for our 2021–2022 school cohort. The MLL Network was developed to support regional shifts in mindsets, culture and practices to foster school environments which value the identity, culture and language of multilingual students and lead to more equitable conditions and outcomes for multilingual learners

Read More about Creating Schools Where Multilingual Students Thrive