Southeast Seattle Education Coalition

Weekly Wrap-Up

“Give-A-Little” on GiveBIG Day! GiveBig is coming up on Tuesday, May 3. Consider giving to SESEC today! Your donation will support SESEC’s efforts to close the achievement and opportunity gaps faced by many of our students in SE Seattle Schools.

Thank you to Seattle Public Schools for sharing this video on our recent Facebook chat with them about enrollment. A link to the transcript of the chat is here. If you have ideas or request for a topic for a future Facebook chat or in-person forum please let us know.

SESEC is currently seeking community volunteers, nonprofit leaders, and parents for our Advocacy and Policy Workgroups to develop stronger policy and advocacy skills in the SE Seattle community. If you are interested, please contact [email protected].

Community Announcements

Rainier Beach High and other schools are hoping to raise $25,000 by May 1 to make sure that the summer social-justice program, Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools, can be held this summer. Read more about it or if you would like to donate or further information, follow this link.

The Get Engaged program is an innovative program from the City of Seattle and the Accelerator YMCA. They play emerging leaders 18-29 on 18 different public Boards and Commissions each year and support their development of leadership competencies. Applications are open now. Two more information sessions in May.

RFP Opportunity: King County Elections and Seattle Foundation will fund up to $25,000 in 2016 Voter Engagement with Chinese, Korean, Latino and Vietnamese communities (Sec203 Voting Rights Act & KC Ordinance languages). The RFP is due Tues, May 24. Info Session on Tues, May 10 at 11 a.m. at KC Chinook Building. All RFP inquiries must be directed to: Vicki Nakamichi, KC Procurement. 206.263.9299. [email protected]. Smaller Tier 2 Funds for other KC top-tier languages will be made available this summer.

Mayor’s Education Summit has changed venues. It will now be at Garfield High School (The Commons) at 400 23rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 just next door to the original location.

Upcoming Events

Opportunity Fair and Forum
When: Thursday, May 5 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Come for most of the day or just a few hours
Where: CenturyLink Field Event Center | 1000 Occidental Ave, Seattle, WA 98134
What: Let’s make sure our youth have jobs. If you know someone between the age 16-24 looking for a job, please tell them about this opportunity fair: 1400+ interview slots, on-the-spot job offers. Applicants must register in advance. Need a ride there? Lyft is providing up to $50 of rideshare credit for registered attendees who are new users and over 18 yrs old. Register and get the ‪#‎Lyft‬ details today at

Mayor’s Education Summit *Note Location Change*
When: Saturday, April 30 | 9 a.m.-3.30 p.m.
Where: Garfield High School | 400 23rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
What: You are invited to the Mayor’s Education Summit to hear a summary of the top ideas and suggestions gathered during the two-month-long community conversation process. The Mayor and education experts will present actions the City can take to reduce the education disparities among our children and close the achievement gap so all kids can succeed in school.

Neighbor to Neighbor Community Meetings in Partnership with the African-American Male Scholars Think Tank
When: Tuesday, May 3 | 6 p.m.-7.30 p.m.
Where: New Holly Neighborhood Gathering Hall | 7054 32nd Ave S
What: The African-American Male Scholars Initiative (AAMSI) has a focus on the evolution of the district’s teaching, leadership and organizational practices with regard to the success of African-American males. It is our belief through this initiative and the recommendations outlined for change, Seattle Public Schools will become a district that believes and supports the idea that all African-American males are successful. That Seattle Public schools remain committed to this initiative for the success of African-American males and that it remain consistent regardless of changes in district leadership.

Launch (formerly CDSA) Open House: Hiring Summer Teachers
When: Thursday, May 5 | 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Where: Launch Admin Office | 5950 6th Ave S, Suite 109, Seattle, WA 98108
What: Launch (formerly CDSA) is hiring Summer Teachers! Salary range $12-$15/hr. They are hosting an open house at their admin office. Stop by, learn more and apply! You can also apply here.

EACS Youth Interactive Quarterly Forum
When: Friday, May 6 | 4 p.m.-7 p.m.
Where: East African Community Services | 7050 32nd Ave S
What: Join EACS Youth Council and come to our Quarterly Forum this May 6th. We encourage all middle school and high school students in South Seattle to attend this, because youth voices and leadership matter! Pizza and snacks will be provided. For more information, please contact at 206.721.1119 or [email protected] or [email protected].

The Annual Rainier Beach Town Hall
When: Thursday, May 12 | 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Where: South Shore K-8 | 4800 S Henderson St
What: Rainier Beach Action Coalition is proud to host the Rainier Beach 2016 Annual Town Hall Meeting at South Shore K-8.  The evening will focus on the four Action Area’s outlined in the Rainier Beach Neighborhood Plan; A Beautiful Safe Place, A Great Place for Everyone, Lifelong Learning & Growing Food for Healthy Industry. The work being done in the neighborhood has a direct impact on the successes of the Rainier Beach Neighborhood ACTION PLAN! RSVP via email.

News to Follow

Career and technical education is making a comeback in US high schools.

See how your school district compares in this New York Times interactive data graphic.

Read about the regional initiative to close gaps by offering alternatives for our youth.

Seattle School Board is considering an agreement between Seattle Public Schools and the University of Washington’s Experimental Education Unit (EEU) that would maintain and expand EEU’s kindergarten program and services.

The Seattle district is working to provide Civics Education. Read more about the Hutchins K-12 initiative, Civics for All, in the Seattle Times.

Job Opportunities

Seattle Public Schools is hiring an Education and Housing Manager.

Launch (formerly CDSA) is looking for Summer Teachers.

Rainier Valley Corps is hiring a Development and Communications Manager.

State Board of Education is hiring a Director of Policy & Partnerships.

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