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    Educational Justice Advisory Team
    Posted on 10/22/2020
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    Family Engagement centered on Educational Justice

    As a staff, we believe that parents and adult family members are our students’ first and life-long teachers. They are experts in their children, and therefore are our best partners to co-create educational justice for their students. We will do whatever it takes to work as a team with our adult family members to develop every single one of our students to high levels of academic proficiency and strong character.

    Our staff’s priority family engagement goal is to partner with students, families and communities who are furthest from educational justice by conducting inclusive and authentic engagement that provides the opportunities for voice and leadership in our school. To accomplish this goal, we have created an Educational Justice Advisory Team to identify and create:

    • structures that will allow us to authentically engage with our families, especially those furthest from educational justice
    • ways to gather and use feedback about this engagement.

    Our Educational Justice Advisory Team has met two times and is working to figure out how this work of centering our Family Engagement on Educational Justice will look at MES. I am grateful for the energy and experiences that the family members and staff members who have volunteered to be on this team bring to this work. We are interested in increasing the number of members of color on this team. If you are a family member of color and are interested in joining us, please let me know. If membership on this team is not the way you want to participate in our MES family engagement, we intend to offer other ways that our family members of color can lead and participate. We have added an Educational Justice section to our school website where we will be sharing information about the work of this group as well as other resources for families.

     

    Resources
    • King County Equity Now: https://www.kingcountyequitynow.com/
    • Seattle Council PTSA: https://scptsa.org
    • Art Equity: https://www.artequity.org

    Facebook Groups:
    • FOCS Community Families of Color Seattle (Private group)
    • SPS Parents of students of color and parents of biracial students (Private group)  
    • BIPOC Teachers and Tutors for Remote Learning (Public group)