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    Summer Work Focused on Plan to Eliminate Opportunity Gaps
    Posted on 08/31/2017
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    Come together, learn together, and collaborate around the issue of our time!

    As part of Seattle Public Schools’ summer gear-up for the new 2017-18 school year, the district recently held training sessions for all central office staff around eliminating opportunity gaps (EOG). The sessions are a collaboration between the district, Seattle Education Association (SEA), and Principal Association of Seattle Schools (PASS). Together, our EOG focus for the new school year is developing relationships in every school, every classroom, with every student. 

    As a district, our goal is to provide school cultures designed intentionally to connect with and support all students. We want to get to know each and every child, understand makes them unique, figure out what specific needs they may have, and provide them with the best tools they need to learn. 

    Central office staff are committed to supporting our schools in this work as we focus on establishing institutional equity. The first step, as outlined in the training, is to understand our students, their cultures, and how implicit societal bias may play a role in classrooms. Facing those issues head on is the key to successfully eliminating opportunity gaps.

    Here is more information about the district’s strategies behind eliminating opportunity gaps for all students.