Puget Sound Transformational Collaborative


The Puget Sound Transformational Collaborative (PSTC) launched in June 2020 in response to the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and the magnification of institutional racism with the objective of transforming educational conditions for Black and Brown students and families. 

Hosted at the Puget Sound Educational Services District, the collaborative brings together community, district, and educational leaders across King & Pierce counties to pursue four opportunity areas to improve the wellbeing and educational experiences of the Black and Brown youth, families, and educators in our communities.

Phase 2 Playbook

Transformational Relationship & Partnership Framework

Our Journey

June 2020 – October 2020

We built the foundations for a strong and healthy collaborative + collectively identified opportunity areas for supporting Black & Brown youth, families and educators.

November 2020 – March 2021

Continued to strengthen relationships; identified and discussed regional bright spots in 4 opportunity areas; created a PSTC Playbook of collaborative recommendations around these opportunity areas for the wellbeing of our youth, families and educators.

Click here to read the playbook!

September 2021 – June 2022

Continue building our collaborative community; thought partner with district teams to achieve Playbook-related district goals.

Our Current Phase

Phase Three

September 2021 – June 2022

Phase Three of work will build on our learning and action so far. We are especially excited to support our districts in goals that align with our Playbook recommendations. We are inviting up to 4 district teams (of 2-3 members each) to join us in pursuit of district goals tied to one of the 4 opportunity areas identified above and fleshed out in more detail in the playbook. 

The collaborative will meet twice a month and include dedicated time for district teams to share progress, learning, and action planning and to engage in thought partnership, consultation, and learning with community leaders, families, educational experts and other district teams. 

The collaborative will also dedicate time to strengthening trusting relationships and sustaining healthy partnerships. Finally, we will provide resources, professional development, and capacity-building opportunities to support participants in their goals that aim for Black and Brown youth, families, and educators in our region to thrive. 

As part of this work, and to ensure we keep learning and action visible, we will work with district teams to develop measures of progress to monitor impact. Last but not least, the collaborative will implement and amplify a communication plan to distribute the Playbook, share progress and learnings, and demonstrate how collaboratives like the PSTC can support local and regional change.

Participation in the PSTC will include the following

Consultation, coaching & thought partnership from:
  • Parent, youth and community leaders across the region
  • Community-Based Organization leaders
  • Educator/Leaders from PSESD in areas of Learning, Teaching & Family Support, Equity in Education & Learning, and Early Learning.
  • District and school building leaders
Dedicated capacity-building, professional development & support in key playbook areas:
  • Racially equitable policy-practice connections
  • Youth of Color leadership and voice
  • Family-school partnerships
  • Systems to support thriving Educator Leaders of Color

Puget Sound Transformational Collaborative Design Team

Adam Kay
Director, Puget Sound Transformational Collaborative

Brad Brown
Executive Director, Learning Teaching and Leadership Development

Eileen Yoshina
Director, Equity in Education

Jacquetta McGowen
Parent Advocate & RAC Leader
PSTC Co-Designer

Lauren Okano
Director, Resource Innovation & Data lokano@psesd.org

Matthew Gulbranson
Director, Communication Engagement
Equity in Education

Shereese Rhodes
Parent Advocate & Community Leader
SPEB Community & Family
Resiliency Lead
South King County Discipline
Coalition Coordinator
PSTC Co-Designer


Phase 2 Playbook

Phase 3 Overview

Transformational Relationship & Partnership Framework


Coming Soon:

PSTC Meeting Archives

Representative Advisory Committee (RAC)