Educators of Color Leadership Community

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`"Mine is an educated Kingdom." - Kauikeaouli, King Kamehameha III


Save the dates! 

     Sept. 29: ORIENTATION Please sign up for an orientation via zoom here   


ECLC Will be meeting virtually this year. This schedule may change as we learn more about districts' re-opening plans. 

On these dates, ECLC participants will be able to choose to attend from several sessions on varying topics as their interest and schedule allows.

Sessions will be scheduled from 9-12 or 12-3 on these dates: 

Fall:   November 4 and 6

Winter: January 6 and 8

Spring: March 24 and 26

ECLC Wrap-up: June 9: Principals/supervisors and invited guests, ECLC participants. 

Additional ECLC sessions will be scheduled the week of June 7-11. 





Educator diversity is a critical issue in the ESD 121 region, as well as across Washington State and nationwide. The Educators of Color Leadership Community (ECLC) is a program designed to support and retain our educators of color through community building, culturally responsive mentoring and coaching, and professional learning that builds on your strengths as an educator of color.

The quote above, “He Aupuni Palapala Ko’u” is attributed to King Kamehameha III of the Kingdom of Hawai’i. During his rule, Hawai’ians had an above 90 percent literacy rate–higher than the literacy rate of many other “developed” countries around the world. This concept was shared with us by Sui-Lan Ho’okano, one of our inaugural ECLC members, who conveyed wisdom of her indigenous ancestors and encourages us to believe that we already have the knowledge and resources to help our children–all our children–thrive.

When children are taught by those who believe in and can recognize their brilliance, and who understand their cultural context, and who model what they can achieve, they too can realize their hopes and dreams.

We are an educated kingdom.

“He aupuni palapala ko’u.”

Please note: ECLC is a THREE YEAR commitment.
Year 1: Community building, leadership development
Year 2: Strengthening leadership role and relationships with administrators/central offices
Year 3: Serving as a coach/leader mentor for educators of color within your own district, with ongoing support from your cohort and PSESD.

Enrollment for the 2020-21 ECLC is now open.  Please use the links below to complete your application by October 7th, 2020

If you are a previously enrolled participant, you do not need to complete the intake form. If your supervisor has changed, please have your new supervisor fill out an assurance form and the supervisor form. Questions? Contact Eileen Yoshina

Teacher Intake Form  Supervisor Form

Assurances Form

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact:

Eileen Yoshina
Director-Equity in Education
Puget Sound Educational Service District
800 Oakesdale Ave. SW Renton, WA 98057
(425) 917-7882