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    Liberation Through Anti-Racist Education Institute
    Posted on 08/27/2020
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    Liberation Through Anti-Racist Education Institute

    Last week, over 500 Seattle Public Schools staff, educators, and community members registered to participate in the Liberation Through Anti-Racist Education Institute. Hosted by the district’s Department of Racial Equity Advancement, the four-day virtual institute focused on transforming SPS into an anti-racist organization.

    The institute is one way the district is implementing the work of our strategic plan – Seattle Excellence. Our strategic plan is laser focused on ensuring that students of color who are furthest from educational justice, beginning with Black boys and teens, are our priority.

    Our focus on the experiences and perspectives of Black male students is based on the theory of targeted universalism, which grounds our strategic plan. SPS is focused on African American boys and teens meeting academic goals, which will result in greater academic success for all our students.

    The event provided staff an opportunity to examine themselves and their roles in maintaining or disrupting institutionalized racism and anti-Blackness. Leaders from Black and Brown communities—both youth and adult leaders -- presented at the institute and facilitated discussions. Attendees also joined break-out groups based on racial identity to explore ways to move towards action.

    We are committed to partnering with and creating new educational approaches alongside Black students, staff, and communities. And the institute is one of the many ways the district is working to facilitate that partnership.

    Thank you to the staff, organizations, and speakers who supported this work. Take a peek at the lineup of extraordinary speakers and organizations that participated in this institute.