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    Principal Posten Email February 1, 2021
    Posted on 02/01/2021
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    Principal Posten: February 1, 2021 Letter to Families 

    Hi Wildcats, 

    February 1st is the first day of Black Lives Matter Week at School and the start of Black History Month.

    "Seattle Public Schools (SPS) is committing to support Black Lives Matter at School (BLMAS) Week in solidarity with our students, families, educators, and community partners that organized to institutionalize BLMAS Week in SPS. It is our commitment as a district to create SPS-specific Black Lives Matter at School Week curriculum and lessons moving forward. By this time next year, we are committed to providing new, streamlined resources for our educators to use during this incredibly important week of action. As stated in our strategic plan, Seattle Excellence, we are committed to dramatically improving academic and life outcomes for Students of Color, beginning with Black and African American boys and teens, by disrupting the legacies of racism in our educational system. Creating SPS Black Lives Matter at School Week curriculum and lessons will be a step forward in that commitment to our students.

    As a first intentional and explicit step forward, SPS has developed a Black Lives Matter at School Week Educator Resource Guide. The Black Lives Matter at School Week Educator Resource Guide was created by a cross-organizational team between Seattle Public Schools and Seattle Education Association, including educators and staff from Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction, Student Support Services, Department of Racial Equity Advancement, Department of African American Male Achievement, the Center for Racial Equity, and more.

    The resources provided in this document have been collected from national Black Lives Matter curriculum and lessons, including curriculum and lessons developed by the Seattle Education Association, and other resources that have been developed across the country. Thank you for participating in this week and affirming the lives of our Black students, families, educators, and community.

    Black Lives Matter."

     

    Please see the resources: 2021 BLMAS Week Educator Resource Guide_FINAL.pdf 

    These resources are shared so you can review the materials that we will be using with your student as well as the history and importance of Black Lives Matter. 

    Throughout the month of February our Social Studies classes will learn about and discuss Black History. We will also spend time each week sharing the Black Lives Matter lessons through Advisory and will continue the conversations through March. 

    Thank you and have a great day! 

    Christina Posten