Restarting school during a global pandemic demands a coordinated community effort. We adapted and evolved our programs in a three phased approach which meets students’ and their families’ increased needs. To meet students’ needs we must focus on: continued support of basic needs, increased focus on social and emotional support, and elevating student voice.  Students furthest from educational […]

Alice Lau is our Site Coordinator at Dimmitt Middle School. She recently spoke with our board about the challenges of staying connected to students in a virtual world, and how she overcomes those challenges through leading with compassion. By leading with compassion, Alice creates space for students to be themselves. Alice generously spent some time […]

As February comes to a close, our celebration of Black History should not. We encourage you to celebrate Black History and Black communities today and every day. Here are a few opportunities: Donate children’s books centering Black stories through the Northwest African American Museum Support Black owned businesses Catch up on Anti-Racism resources

There are many Black Civil Rights Leaders that came before Martin Luther King Jr., stood beside him, or came after, that made it their priority to fight for the freedom of all Black Americans. We encourage you to learn more about their impact, which we’ll feel for generations to come. Learn more here: Black Civil […]

Celebrate Black History Month with a good read. Oprah Magazine gathered some of the all-time best books by Black authors to add to your reading list: from memoirs to fantasy, essays to romance, classics to contemporary. Thanks to the work of African American authors, the world can better understand both the struggles and triumphs of […]

At Cascade View Elementary, Esther led the students in her Social Emotional Learning Group in an emoji drawing activity. The group creates their own emojis to use daily to describe how they feel and discuss why they choose what they draw. These elementary social emotional groups develop students’ ability to: express care; challenge growth; provide […]

Today we begin celebrating Black History Month. When Carter G. Woodson established Negro History week in 1926, he realized the importance of providing a theme to focus the attention of the public. 2021’s theme is Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity. The black family knows no single location, since family reunions and genetic-ancestry searches testify […]

Our focus for this school year is Recover, Reengage, and Reimagine. To reengage students we are supporting social-emotional learning for 85 elementary students across 7 schools. We focus on developing students’ ability to: express care, challenge growth, provide support, share power, and expand possibilities. At Thorndyke Elementary, Sebastian works with students on negative self-talk. She uses a “negative self-talk monster” (the […]

Two of our high school Student Success Liaisons, Ty Laury (Renton High School) and Lorenza Scott (Lindbergh High School), and have recently formed a student led empowerment group to engage students in advocating for themselves and others as well as develop their leadership skills. Both Ty and Lorenza chose students that not only have strong […]

Holidays can be a challenging time for many families, so to help, we are collecting gift card donations throughout the holiday season to help families celebrate in a way that’s meaningful to them. Suggested Gift Cards Amazon Fred Meyer Target Wallmart When purchasing gift cards, please make sure you are purchasing physical cards and have […]