Success For Each Child & Eliminate the Opportunity Gap by Leading with Racial Equity

Educators of Color Leadership Community

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


Enrollment for the 2019-20 cohort of  the Educators of Color Leadership Community is open!

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: The Vision and hope is that ECLC participants will continue to participate in the program for a total of THREE YEARS.
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 2019-2020 ECLC is now open.  Please use the links below to complete your application by October 7th, 2019.

Teacher Intake Form  Supervisor Form

Assurances Form

2019-2020 ECLC Dates: 

October 7th, 8:30-11:30  OR 12:30-3:30  Half-day orientation for NEW ECLC participants and their supporting administrators. Location: PSESD 800 Oakesdale Ave SW 

The following sessions will be held at the WEA Building at 32032 Weyerhaeuser Way S, Federal Way.

October 17, 8:30am-3:30pm

January 30, 8:30am-3:30pm

March 30, 8:30am-3:30pm

May 5th, 8:30am-3:30pm


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

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