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    Eliminating Opportunity Gaps in Our Schools
    Posted on 10/08/2016
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    Seattle Public Schools is working to ensure educational excellence for all students

    Eliminating opportunity gaps and ensuring educational excellence for each and every student is the issue of our time.

    While Seattle Public Schools outperforms like districts academically and is considered a high performing urban district, we still have unacceptable opportunity and achievement gaps. We have the 5th largest academic achievement gap in the nation between black and white students. While we are making progress, we are also committed to doing better.

    As a result, we are announcing a new campaign that demonstrates our collective commitment to eliminating opportunity gaps and accelerating learning for all students—specifically for our black students and other students of color.

    The campaign is called #CloseTheGaps. We are kicking it off the week of October 16-22, and we are asking you to join us.

    Follow our hashtags #CloseTheGaps and #EOG on social media. Let’s begin to talk about the work we all need to do to best support all of our students to be successful in the classroom and life.

    Visit our new webpage highlighting Seattle Public Schools’ work to eliminate opportunity gaps. This page is dedicated to informing families, students, staff, and communities about our current and future work to eliminate opportunity gaps.

    This work includes the unveiling of the district’s “Four P’s”: Positive Learning, Positive Beliefs, Positive Relationships, and Positive Partnerships. Each “P” represents many of the initiatives we are implementing including: My Brother’s Keeper, a mentorship program; RULER, a social-emotional curriculum; and Everyday Matters, an attendance program.

    During our #CloseTheGaps kick-off week, Seattle Education Association is promoting October 19 as a day of solidarity to bring focus to racial equity and affirming the lives of our students – specifically our students of color.

    In support of this focus, members are choosing to wear Black Lives Matter t-shirts, stickers or other symbols of their commitment to students in a coordinated effort. SEA is leading this effort and working to promote transformational conversations with staff, families and students on this issue.

    We invite you to join us in our commitment to eliminate opportunity gaps and accelerate learning for each and every student.