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    AAMAC recognized as Premiere Partner at School Board meeting

    AAMAC Recognition

    Above: AAMAC members and supporters with Dr. Larry Nyland and the School Board at the April 25, 2018 School Board meeting

    Below: YouTube clip of the presentation (16 minutes)

    Update on AAMAC Recommendations - February 15, 2018

    View the updated progress of the Final Recommendations presented to the Superintendent and senior leadership. The color coding signals:

    Green: Recommendation work is on schedule for completion and on budget.

    Yellow: Recommendation work is experiencing potential issues with schedule or budget. Follow-through may be possible with corrective action. Internal/External priorities are providing pressure for completion.

    Red:  Recommendation work is experiencing serious issues. Recommendation will probably be delayed or have significant budget overrun. Internal/External priorities require a change to reach completion.

    AAMAC Recommendations Update sample 021518

    Final Recommendations presentation to the Superintendent

    Final Recommendations booklet (pdf)

    On September 28, 2017, the African American Male Advisory Committee presented their Final Recommendations to the Superintendent and senior leadership. The presentation represented a culmination of 15+ months of work from the committee on recommendations focused to improve outcomes for African American male students. There are five committees:

    • Attendance
    • College and Career Readiness
    • Community Partnerships
    • Family Engagement
    • Policy and Practice

    The top three recommendations from each committee were highlighted in a Power Point presentation, presented in written version and discussed in dialogue with members of senior leadership. The recommendations and ideas have been generated and vetted by community members and committee members. Accordingly, the AAMAC has included long-term policy recommendations coupled with short-term tools that can be employed immediately to empower the community to leverage the good work that is already taking place.

    The next step in the process is for senior leadership to examine how the recommendations can become operational and develop a timeline for implementation. A status report will be ready for the AAMAC members at their next meeting on November 9.

    AAMAC History

    AAMAC officially formed in June 2016.  The African American Male Advisory Committee’s (AAMAC) roots go back to the original African American Male Think Tank, a group that authored six initiatives whose purpose was to improve the quality of life and education for all African American males within Seattle Public Schools. Five of those six initiatives were operational and the positive effects, such as establishing a method for authentic community engagement and providing professional development addressing racism, implicit bias, trauma, social justice, equity, and culturally responsive pedagogy, can be seen in our schools today.

    View the Six Recommendations of the African American Male Think Tank


    AAMAC was formed to provide guidance on how to best transform our educational system so that we are ensuring educational excellence for all students, particularly our African American males. Our work will focus on advancing the “Four Ps”:

    1. Positive Beliefs:
      Shift the beliefs, attitudes and behaviors of adults to recognize and cultivate the gifts and strengths of every student.
    2. Positive Relationships:
      Nurture students’ sense of belonging and validate their identities.
    3. Positive Learning:
      Provide responsive and culturally relevant instruction that engages students in their learning.
    4. Positive Partnerships:
      Support reciprocal partnerships that ensure students are known, challenged and supported.

    The AAMAC is also charged with assisting Seattle Public Schools in fulfilling it's mission of Eliminating Opportunity Gaps for each and every student, ensuring that they reach their optimal potential.

    Read more about Seattle Public Schools Eliminating Opportunity Gaps initiative

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    Contact Information

    Department of Equity Initiatives & Outcomes