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    District Celebrates Black History Month
    Posted on 02/19/2018
    Superintendent Nyland and families at South Shore high-five event

    Seattle Public Schools Celebrating Black History Month

    February is Black History Month, a month dedicated to remembering important people and events in African American communities around the world. This month, we will share news about how schools across our district, with the help of community partners, are planning exciting and educational experiences for students and families to celebrate Black History Month.

    We know that welcoming schools and classrooms, where students’ language, culture, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, unique abilities, etc. are viewed as assets rather than deficits, are foundational to their success. This month offers opportunities to reinforce this commitment across the district and in our schools, including the celebration of Black History Month and National African American Parent Involvement Day.

    National African American Parent Involvement Day

    The number of Seattle schools celebrating National African American Parent Involvement Day has grown. Mon., Feb. 12, Superintendent Nyland joined the South Shore PreK-8 School community for the National African American Parent Involvement Day. Read the Seattle Public Schools Proclamation pdf icon.

    National African American Parent Involvement Day (NAAPID) is a day for parents to join their students at school to observe and support their child's educational future. Some of the goals of NAAPID are to:

    • Promote parent involvement in their child's education.
    • Address the serious achievement gap facing African American students.
    • Promote and provide strategies for all parents and students to take full advantage of the educational process at all levels of the educational system (preschool through college).

    The photos below are from the South Shore PreK-8 National African American Parent Involvement Day Celebration on Feb. 12.

    Musicians wait for students to arriveCommunity welcomes studentscommunity together in the lunch roomSouth Shore posterDr. Nyland at the event

    Black Lives Matter at School Week

    In addition, the Seattle Education Association and educators came together to organize and participate in the nationwide Black Lives Matter at School week, Feb. 5-9.

    At the Jan. 31, 2018, School Board meeting, the board directors adopted Resolution No. 2017/18-14 that declares "that the lives of black students matter, as well as the lives of all of our students of color, and that we encourage participation district-wide in the national Black Lives Matter At School Week from February 5-9, 2018." Read the School Board Resolutionpdf icon.

    A working group of educators and community partners developed supplementary lessons for use during Black Lives Matter At School Week. You may view the teaching guide, K-12 lessons and additional resources on the SEA website. Participation of educators and schools in this week is voluntary, so please check with your student’s school regarding their level of participation and for ways to get involved.

    Overall, the lessons aim to:

    • Reflect the experiences of students, families and friends
    • Help students understand inequities based on race
    • Affirm that the lives of people of color matter
    • Promote the belief that we all have a responsibility to work for equity as a core ideal

    You can read about district’s race and equity initiatives in a recent Eliminating Opportunity Gaps/Ensuring Opportunities for Greatness (EOG) article.


    Below are few resources to learn more about Black History Month.