Southeast Seattle Education Coalition represents a coalition of community based organizations, educators, schools, parents and caregivers, and concerned community leaders who believe all children — especially children of color — deserve a quality education regardless of where they live or life circumstances.
In January 2015, SESEC hosted a half-day Summit to determine its organizational priorities. To develop our priorities, we used a racial equity lens to examine close to 200 community based survey results. Coalition members met in caucus groups to identify their respective priorities and collectively, as a coalition, they determined the following as our focus areas:
- Promoting high quality early learning – advocating for high quality preschool experiences, especially around the implementation of the Seattle Preschool Program.
- Changing school culture through policy change and authentic parent/caregiver engagement – children benefit when there is a strong relationship between parents/caregivers and schools. SESEC is partnering with the University of Washington’s College of Education to conduct a parent/caregiver survey in SE Seattle. A design team of SESEC partners, two schools and parents will prioritize what to include in the survey. The survey results will potentially be used to design stronger programs and advocate for change.
- Cultivating and growing personal relationships with community based organizations who are trusted advocates and families and schools – for many of families living in SE Seattle, they may have a closer relationship with a community based organization because of language or cultural ties, the use of before or after school care, longevity of a relationship, faith or other circumstances. We are looking at supporting educators and CBO partners by strengthening these relationships to benefit children and families.
- Growing community involvement and voices heard by policymakers – we work with coalition members and policymakers to advocate for changes that benefit our children and our community.
- Grantwriters Without Borders – SESEC works to bring greater grant and investment resources to SE Seattle schools and community non-profit partners. With funding from United Way of King County’s New Solutions Program, SESEC offers grant writing support (research, writing and/or editing support) to its partners. For more information and to sign up, contact [email protected].