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    Keisha Scarlett Named Chief of Equity, Partnerships, and Engagement
    Posted on 05/23/2019
    A photo of Keisha Scarlett

    On June 1, 2019, Dr. Keisha Scarlett will begin a new role with Seattle Public Schools as Chief of Equity, Partnerships, and Engagement (EPE), reporting directly to Superintendent Juneau.

    In this cabinet-level role, Dr. Scarlett will oversee all racial equity initiatives and capacity building of staff, family partnerships, community partnerships, community engagement, and strategic oversight of high visibility, cross-organizational partnerships and philanthropic relationships.

    With her support, the district will implement a bold, new five-year strategic plan; one laser-focused on supporting and serving students and families furthest from educational justice.

    "I am thrilled she has accepted the position and leadership responsibilities related to the core commitment of the district — educational equity and justice," said Superintendent Juneau. "I can’t think of a better person to build on the great work of Dr. Brent Jones and the EPE team to make sure that every student in Seattle receives a high-quality, world-class education."

    For two decades, Dr. Scarlett has served our ethnically and linguistically diverse students, their families, and our schools in various roles.

    From her tenure as a school leader, where she garnered the accolade of the 2014 Middle Level Washington State Principal of the Year, to her most recent position as the Department of Race, Equity, and Advancement’s (DREA) executive director, Dr. Scarlett has centered her work on the voices and perspectives of students and families. She pushes the system to do better and be better for young people.

    Dr. Scarlett has helped build sustainable solutions and catalyzed systemic change including:

    Working with the HR team and labor partners on the initial design of the PAR Professional Growth System, helping Seattle Public Schools transform into a system that supports adult growth and learning;

    Launching the Academy for Rising Educators, a program to support a barrier-free pathway for SPS students and staff of color to become classroom teachers in partnership with Seattle Colleges;

    Supported the expansion of racial equity teams across the district and training for staff, both at the school level and central office;

    Implemented the first Building Leadership Team training for schools in 15 years, centering professional development on shared leadership, engagement and racial equity; and

    Strategically redesigned and provided oversight of the DREA team to focus upon building awareness and commitment to Seattle Public Schools’ Ensuring Educational and Racial Equity Policy 0030, the policy centered in the new strategic plan and our future work.

    Keisha’s deep knowledge of Seattle Public Schools and demonstrated leadership experience in racial equity work, adult learning, and organizational development make her a clear choice for this position.

    Read more about the Strategic Plan.

    Read more about the Equity, Partnerships, and Engagement Division.