Category: Black History Month

  • How Educators Can Co-Create Equitable Learning Communities

    This month, we are highlighting the transformative work of Matthew Reynolds (they/he/we). We first met Matthew when they were a classroom educator in one of our Southern Oregon partner schools. Since that time, we have had the opportunity to get to know them through their work as an equity consultant with our district partner, the…

  • Advocating for Equitable Discipline Practices – the South King County Discipline Coalition (SKCDC)  A version of this article was originally published in April of 2019 in the South Seattle Emerald.  Disproportionate discipline practices fuel the school-to-prison pipeline, and oftentimes parents feel powerless to change disproportionate discipline outcomes for their children. One group of dedicated Black…

  • Celebrating Black History Month with Facilitator Roshaé Lowe

    Roshaé Lowe, Facilitator   Why are you an educator/do you work in education? As a child, growing up, education was always presented to me as a pathway – a means to an end, a road that leads to all roads. As an adult, I still see education as a pathway — one that allows people…

  • Celebrating Black History Month with Brook Afework

    Brook Afework, Program Operations Coordinator   Why do you work in education? I came to this country not knowing how far behind I was in my education in comparison to my peers. The educators at Seattle and Issaquah school districts took time out of their busy schedules and helped me catch up. That extra attention…

  • Ideas for Teaching Self-Advocacy and Contribution in the Classroom

    We believe fighting anti-blackness and speaking out against oppression of all forms deeply matters to the health of our communities and classrooms. As educators, we can create opportunities for young people to reflect on injustices, advocate for themselves, and contribute to their community for a more just world. Meaningful contributions not only help our community,…

  • Honor Legacies by Teaching Children to Take Action & Make Contributions

    Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy is deeper than his famous quotes and speeches. This year, we are honoring his legacy through action. King believed that all people should be able to belong and contribute meaningfully within their communities, and that anti-blackness and oppression prohibit community care. In our individualistic world, it’s vital to…

  • Celebrating Black History Month with Teague Parker

      Teague Parker, Facilitator   Why are you an educator/do you work in education? Being a theatre artist brought me to the world of education! I would lead improv workshops every week through college, TA acting & playwriting classes, and soak up all the ways you could pass information. It felt to me that arts…

  • Celebrating Black History Month with Sylvia Hadnot

      Sylvia Hadnot, Facilitator and Social Media Coordinator   Why are you an educator/do you work in education? I’ve wanted to be a teacher since I was 5 years old. Looking back, I realize that my teachers were some of my first nurturers. I loved their love and the way it made me feel! As…

  • Celebrating Black History Month with Tymmony Keegan

    Tymmony Keegan, 10th Grade Humanities and Black Studies Teacher, Cleveland High School What is your current position? I am a teacher at Cleveland STEM High School in Seattle Public Schools. Previously I was a teacher at Dimmitt Middle School in the Renton School District – which had been great and I wanted new challenges. I…

  • Celebrating Black History Month with Hani Nur

    Hani Nur, Reading Interventionist and Principal Intern, Thorndyke Elementary School, Tukwila School District   What is your current role(s)? At Thorndyke Elementary in the Tukwila School District, I currently have two roles: As a Reading Interventionist, I support the entire school in Tier 2 interventions. I work to support the below grade level readers. I…