Southeast Seattle Education Coalition

Weekly Wrap-Up

Happy Friday, everyone!

SESEC is hard at work preparing for the Summit tomorrow morning. We are so excited to see everyone there. If you aren’t able to make it, don’t worry: the handouts and slides will be available on our blog afterwards.

We also had a special coalition meeting just yesterday with SPS Assistant Superintendent Pegi McEvoy. A wonderfully productive and engaging conversation ensued and we are so grateful to Pegi and everyone who was able to join us.

Community Announcements

HALA (Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda) Community Focus Groups. While the general deadline is today, February 26, the non-English speakers can still apply until March 11. As of last week 49% of the applicants were from North End neighborhoods. There were no applicants from many parts of South Seattle and many other neighborhoods without applicants so far.

The City of Seattle is now embarking on an extensive citywide conversation about housing affordability via a Community Focus Group process that they are beginning in March. The time commitment will be approximately 5-10 hours per month from March through the end of 2016.

The City is able to provide support so that we can ensure broad involvement.  This support can include child care, transportation, translation, interpretation, a small stipend for low income participants, and additional ways in which we can accommodate community members so that they may actively engage. Please contact Vera Giampietro at 206.684.0431 [email protected]

Call for Community Presenters for Rainier Beach High School 2nd Annual BLOC (Building Leaders of Change) Party! PICTURE THIS: 600 + students and community members coming together for the purpose of engaging in thought-provoking workshops, cultivating social consciousness, and becoming equipped with tools for creative social action that will make a difference in our community and beyond! On March 24th from 8.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m., Rainier Beach High School students and community will be gathering for our 2nd annual BLOC (Building Leaders of Change) Party to ACTIVATE OUR VOICES for JUSTICE and RECONCILIATION and to unite as a community as present and future change makers. They are looking currently looking for community leaders/facilitators/activists to lead (1) 90 minute workshop on a topic of choice through a social justice lens: broad themes include identity, justice, arts and activism, cultural history etc). To submit a workshop proposal and learn more, click here. Submissions due by Monday, February 29 by 3 p.m.

Information Sheet about Open Enrollment Process. Please share this information sheet about Seattle Public Schools’ OPEN ENROLLMENT process with families you know. Right now we are in the 2nd week of Open Enrollment at SPS. Next Tuesday, March 1st, is the deadline for families to submit their “Choice” form listing the school(s) they prefer over their child’s “Attendance Area” or neighborhood school. Awareness of this critical process and deadline is patchy throughout our city, so your help is greatly appreciated.

Connections is The Museum of Flight’s new free membership program designed for students ages 5-18. The program will guide participants through the Museum’s many exciting learning opportunities. Visit their site to learn how to apply.

Start planning for your Safe Walks to Schools Grant applications. This Mini Grant Program provide assistance to schools, PTAs, and community groups to support education and encouragement for walking and bicycling to school. Read more about the grant and project/recipient eligibility at their site.

OneAmerica has a sign-on letter in support of the Washington Voter Rights Act. As you know, voting rights and access isn’t just about a Mayoral or City Council election. Our School boards MUST begin to represent the demographics of the students and families for whom they are making education decisions. Please sign-on by following the link – it should take only a minute

Woodring Highline Bilingual Teacher Fellow Program. This program will support paraprofessionals with bilingual skills in Highline to become certificated teachers, ready to work in Highline’s language programs.  Participants will be employed by Highline while they earn a bachelor’s degree largely funded through a scholarship.  See this flyer for more information and distribute through your networks to share the word.

Upcoming Events

SBAC Family Information Night with Farmers Market
When: Thursday, March 10 from 5.30 p.m.-7.00 p.m.
Where: Dearborn Park international School, 2820 S Orcas St, Seattle, WA 98108, In the Cafeteria and Gym
What: Join us for a fun, informative evening of what to expect for grades 3rd-5th on the SBAC test and the preparations your students need to succeed. Play nutrition games and win raffle prizes! Take home a FREE bag of fresh fruits and vegetables! Translators Available. All are welcome to come. Plan to bring your students so they can leave with a bag of fresh fruits and vegetable from PCC.

News to Follow

A taste of 16 education research efforts at the UW, each in five easily digestible minutes.

Mayor Murray is holding an Education Summit on April 30. Read more about what the Summit seeks to do, some of the parties involved in the Summit and what the City, Seattle schools and several CBOs are doing in the weeks leading up to the Summit.

Check out these seven stories from New Holly Neighborhood from the StoryCorps booth last summer. More than 250 people came by to record their conversations. This KUOW program features seven.

In local higher education news, Seattle Colleges names top 3 candidates in the search for a new chancellor.

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