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    Superintendent Nyland Supports National Day of Racial Healing
    Posted on 01/23/2017
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    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 conversations:


    #DayofRacialHealing #TRHT #TheDayToHeal #EOG