Social Justice & Equity

 

 
The SJE co-chairs have been kicking off the year in a spirit of collaboration with Ms Klainer, Ms Miskell, and the staff's Race & Equity Team (RET). The creation of a GLES RET was approved by SPS last spring, which means the team members that represent each grade group -- and in turn, all GLES educators -- are now getting more resources from SPS experts about race and equity topics.
 
For November, the GLES community will be celebrating Native American Heritage Month, with teachers choosing from a selection of videos, books, lesson plans and virtual field trips.
We encourage caregivers to:
  • Talk with their students about what they're learning, and to watch this video about the Duwamish people that students are seeing:

  • Join/follow the SJE Facebook group to see more SPS-aligned Native Heritage Month family resources we'll be sharing in November -- and to share relevant content if you'd like, too. 
 
This fall, we've also been supplying GLES with Black Lives Matter t-shirts for new teachers and staff to wear when they like. If you're new to Seattle or SPS, you may be interested to know the significance of these t-shirts: Each February, Black Lives Matter at School Week is celebrated in many cities around the U.S., and its origins come from Seattle in 2016, as thousands of teachers and school staff in our city were the first to come to school as a unified group one day wearing shirts that said, “Black Lives Matter: We Stand Together.” Hundreds of families and students did too, wanting to push for racial justice in schools in the United States. 
 
Finally, we are watching for ongoing ways to provide public comments on improving the school bus shortage.
 
If you have any questions or ideas about social justice and equity topics for the PTA to support, please contact