Eliminating opportunity gaps is the issue of our time.
Seattle Public Schools (SPS) and Superintendent Larry
Nyland, joined the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance,
and 130 other organizations across the country to support the National Day of
Racial Healing held last Tuesday.
The National Day of Racial Healing was established to help
heal wounds created by racial, ethnic, and religious bias and build an equitable
and just society where all children can thrive. You and your community can
sponsor or support racial healing activities.
To show support, organizations were asked to share short
videos detailing their stories about racial healing and transformation. Part of
that healing and transformation includes eliminating opportunity gaps.
Eliminating opportunity gaps and ensuring educational
excellence for each and every student is the issue of our time. During this 2016-17
school year, SPS is continuing our commitment to eliminating opportunity gaps
across our district.
Seattle Public Schools is leading the way to prepare
students for college, career and life. For the last ten years, we have
consistently outperformed the state’s academic average and often perform better
than similar districts nationwide. Many of our students are ready for success
in life and are well prepared for college and careers that require a strong
mastery of content, innovation and creativity.
However, while we are making significant progress, our
promise to some has not been fulfilled. Seattle Public Schools, despite making
promising progress continues to have unacceptable achievement gaps between
white students and students of color.
The good news is that since 2011, the number of gap
eliminating schools has increased. We now have eight schools that are rapidly
increasing achievement for students we have not historically served well. These
schools have a common foundation and approach.
Here’s more information of SPS efforts to eliminate opportunity gaps.
Here’s more information on the National Day of Racial Healing.
And look for these hashtags on social media to continue
#DayofRacialHealing #TRHT #TheDayToHeal #EOG