Sat, Feb 11, 2017
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Access, Equity & Excellence: LEV 7th Annual Activist Training

 League of Education Voters February 2017 Activist Training

Saturday, February 11, 2017, 9am–4pm

Tukwila Community Center, 12424 42nd Avenue South, Tukwila, WA 98168

The neighborhood a child is born into shouldn’t decide the quality of their education. No matter where they go to school, all children should have equal opportunities for a great education, and we need to invest in ensuring EVERY school is getting the resources it needs to provide a high quality education, not just the wealthy neighborhoods.

Join the League of Education Voters and a host of community partners as we explore these issues:   

  • Learn which programs are working on the state, school district, and community level to close the opportunity gap.  
  • Get the knowledge and the tools you need to speak up and start this important conversation in your own community, all among the company of like-minded education advocates.

Breakfast, lunch and childcare provided. Interpreter upon request.

Note: This year, we are asking for a $5.00 per person fee to help cover costs.

Come hear directly from people and organizations in South Seattle and South King County about strategies to close the opportunity and achievement gaps. Our morning panel, Moving Money to Close the Opportunity Gap, will focus on how and where additional funding for education should be targeted in order to help improve outcomes for students who need additional supports. Tukwila school board director Mary Fertakis will present about changing how funding is allocated, to one that directs funding to schools based on students’ needs.

Our lunchtime keynote panel, Education Advocacy for Black Students, will be moderated by Donald Felder with the African American Male Taskforce and include Dr. Debra Sullivan of the Seattle Black Child Development Institute, social workers James Williams and Kevin Baker, and researcher Dr. Shelby Cooley from Community Center for Education Results. They will be discussing why and how they advocate on behalf of serving African American students and families, understanding the role of culture in advocacy, how to use data to uproot evils in society and help create changes through policy reforms.

Building our Educator Pipeline will be led by Alexandra Manuel of the Professional Educator Standards Board, Michael Nguyen of the Seattle Teacher Residency Program, and Doug Nelson of the Public School Employees Union about strategies that school districts can take to develop and diversify the educator workforce.

Hear from community based organizations that provide supports to students, including how Kent school district partners with King County Housing Authority and Kent Youth & Family Services on the Summer Splash program to increase reading literacy; how Seattle Education Access advocates help nontraditional students learn how to navigate postsecondary education from addressing and resolving barriers to admission, to staying and finishing school.

Social emotional supports and strategies is a key element to help students’ overall well-being beyond academics. Topics include changes to school discipline policies and how families and students can prepare for reengagement meetings; trauma informed care and resiliency practices; and building the capacity of school staff to provide social emotional and mental health supports to students.

Last but not least, how do we advocate? Two charter school parent leaders, Shirline Wilson and Natalie Hester will share lessons learned from advocating to keep charter schools open. Sarah Butcher with the Bellevue Special Needs PTA, Rose Spidell of the Office of the Educational Ombuds and Darya Farivar of Open Doors for Multicultural Families will share advice and advocacy resources for families of students with special needs.

Event Location

Tukwila Community Center
12424 42nd Ave S
Tukwila, WA 98168


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