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Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) is seeking a diverse group of representatives who are committed to racial equity, to consider becoming members of the PSESD Board of Directors. The PSESD End, or mission, is Success for Each Child and Eliminate the Opportunity Gap by Leading With Racial Equity. Learn more about the PSESD.
About the PSESD Board of Directors
The PSESD Board of Directors is comprised of nine elected members from various areas in our region. PSESD board members are elected by board members of the 35 school districts in our region. Four of the nine positions are open for election this year. Elections will be held in October, with new board members sworn in this coming January, 2020.
We are seeking community members who are committed to eliminating opportunity gaps and leading with racial equity, participating in monthly board meetings to approve financials and policies regarding the operations of the agency, connecting PSESD with educational leaders and community members, and ultimately ensuring the PSESD achieves its End: Success for Each Child and Eliminate the Opportunity Gap by Leading With Racial Equity. Please also see the Board job description. Board members should embody the PSESD agency-wide competencies of cultural proficiency, racial equity advocacy, racial equity mindset and living into transformational values.
- Cultural proficiency: Articulates and applies historical context of racism and understands the current reality of students and communities of color in order to support racial equity. Actively demonstrates a commitment to supporting equity and inclusion, and serves as an advocate with colleagues, partners, and communities to meet the Agency's End and goal of becoming an antiracist multicultural organization in support of eliminating the opportunity gap. (Reference: Cultural Proficiency: A Manual for School Leaders)
- Racial equity advocate: Recognizes, supports, and engages in dismantling institutional racism. Partners with, and is accountable to stakeholders, including children, families, and communities of color. (Reference: Cultural Proficiency: A Manual for School Leaders)
- Racial equity mindset: Demonstrates awareness of biases, internalized racial superiority and oppression. Leads with a racial equity lens and actively uses the racial equity tool in meaningful ways. (Reference: Cultural Proficiency: A Manual for School Leaders)
- Transformational values: Contributes to valuable and positive, antiracist transformation in individuals, organizations, and social systems in an effort to actively progress across the antiracist multicultural institution continuum. Is able to foster a sense of community and shared purpose via collaboration and cooperation with others inside and outside PSESD. Embodies the principles and practices that form the Agency’s culture. Operates from an abundance mentality that recognizes opportunities, and is optimistic and realistic about the future. As stated by the document Transforming Institutional Values: Revisited (Crossroads Antiracism and Organizing and Training), “Transforming values create an institutional environment that makes accountability to people of color and other socially oppressed groups possible."
PSESD Districts Up for Election
District 2 - Bainbridge Island, Vashon Island, and North, Central, West Seattle Census Tracts/Neighborhoods as follows:
- 3400, 3500 – Greenwood/Phinney Ridge
- 4500, 5000, 5100, 5200 – Wallingford
- 4600 – Green Lake
- 4700 – Ballard
- 4800, 4900, 5400 – Fremont
- 5301, 5302 – University District
- 5600 – Magnolia
- 5801 – Interbay
- 5900, 6000, 6700, 6800, 6900, 7000, 7100 – Queen Anne
- 6100, 6200 – Montlake/Portage Bay
- 6300 – Madison Park
- 6400, 7600 – Miller Park
- 6500 – North Capitol Hill
- 6600, 7200, 7300 – Cascade/Eastlake
- 7401, 7402, 7500, 8400 – Capitol Hill
- 7700, 7900, 8700 – Central Area/Squire Park
- 8001, 8002 – Belltown
- 8100 – Downtown Commercial Core
- 8200, 8300, 8500, 8600 – First Hill
- 9100, 9200 – Pioneer Square/International District
- 9300 – Duwamish/SODO
- 9800, 10500, 9702, 9800, 10500 – West Seattle Junction/Genesee Hill
- 9900 – North Delridge
- 9600, 9701 – Alki/Admiral
- 10300 – Highland Park
- 10600 – Fauntleroy/Seaview
- 10702 – High Point
- 10800 – Riverview
- 11401 – Roxhill/Westwood
District 4 - Lake Washington, Northshore, Skykomish, Riverview
District 6 - Auburn, Puyallup, Dieringer, Sumner, Tahoma, Snoqualmie Valley, Enumclaw
District 8 - Tacoma, Peninsula, University Place
This is a volunteer (unpaid) position, although travel expenses and child care costs for Board meetings are reimbursed. There is no financial expectation from you as a board member. Board meetings are generally on the third Wednesday of each month from 6:00 – 9:00pm. Please review the full Board job description.
To find your 2010 Census Tract, please visit the Census Tract Reference Map via the City of Seattle website.
Board Member Eligibility
To be eligible for membership on an ESD board, a candidate must be a registered voter and live in the ESD and director district for which the candidate files. ESD board members serve a four-year term and are elected by the members of local school boards within each ESD. Terms of office for ESD board members elected in fall 2019 begin the first Monday in January 2020.
How to Apply
Declarations of candidacy and optional candidate statements must be filed with the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) between September 1 and September 16. Voting, by mail-in ballot, will take place in early October.
In late August, declaration of candidacy and candidate statement forms will be available through the OSPI Administrative Resources website.
For more information or if you are interested in running for a seat on our board please contact email@example.com.