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Social Equality Educators (SEE) Meeting
When: Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 1pm – 3pm
Where: Room 132 Savery Hall – UW
Parking is free on Sat after 12 noon in the underground garage:
RSVP: We would appreciate a head count before the meeting. SEA members only!
The agenda will include an assessment of the strike and discussion about the Tentative Agreement.
The first day of the SEA strike was a resounding success across Seattle. Not only did teachers and staff run spirited picket lines across the city, but many parents, students, and community members joined the lines as well. Below are some of the photos and videos sent to the Coalition for the Schools Seattle Deserves of the actions today.
Thurgood Marshall teachers supported by parents and students.
Seattle Public School Substitute in Solidarity! United we are Strong!
#SeattleTeachers at BF Day holding it down on the picket line!
Hamilton Middle School going strong!
Singing “Solidarity Forever” with Doris Brevoort, teacher at Licton Springs during the picket lunch break. Doris is a veteran of the 1985 Seattle Teachers strike.
Salmon Bay K-8 getting down. Sun shining overhead on the picket line.
“Union Power” at the Lincoln Building.
“We are the union…” at Ballard High School.
Seattle Teachers picketing in front of the School District Administration press conference in front of Dearborn Park International School.
The teachers and staff in Seattle have already received an amazing amount of support from parents and community members. Thank you!
If you are looking for ways to get involved and support the strike, here is a list of things you can do to help:
- Join a picket line at your local school! Teachers and staff will be thrilled to see broader community support for their struggle and bigger numbers on the picket lines help draw more attention to the cause. You can show up to any picket during school hours and introduce yourself and help walk the line. If possible, it’s also great to bring handwritten signs and wear red.
- Join the newly formed community support coalition “Coalition for the Schools Seattle Deserves” on Facebook.
- Attend a rally at 23rd Ave. and E. Alder St. on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 12pm sponsored by the Seattle Solidarity Network.
- Attend a Community Forum at City Hall sponsored by the Coalition for the Schools Seattle Deserves on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 6pm.
- Write and call the Superintendent and the School Board and let them know you support the teachers’ demands:
Seattle Public Schools Superintendent
Dr. Larry Nyland
Seattle School Board
Wednesday, March 25, 6:00-7:30 pm
Hillman City Collaboratory
5623 Rainier Avenue South
Seattle, WA Seattle 98118
Sponsored by parents from Dearborn Park, Hawthorne, Orca, Leschi, John Muir and Beacon Hill Elementary Schools; Families of Color Seattle; and Seattle Opt Out Group
Wayne Au: Wayne is a graduate of Garfield High School, a former Garfield social studies teacher, and future Seattle Public Schools parent. Currently Associate Professor at the School of Education Studies and Chair of the Campus Diversity Council at the UW Bothell, his research focuses on educational equity, high-stakes testing, curriculum theory, educational policy studies and social studies education.
Jesse Hagopian: Jesse is a graduate of Seattle Public Schools and current parent at Dearborn Park International School, teacher and Black Student Union co-advisor at Garfield High School, and editor of “More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High Stakes Testing”
We will have an open discussion with:
- Information on new tests required by the state and district this year
- Effects of testing on our students, teachers and school
- Reasons why growing numbers of parents are opting their children out of standardized testing, and how to opt out
Everyone is welcome!
We are hoping to have an engaging and informative discussion with many viewpoints represented.
If you would like an interpreter or childcare, please contact Rachel Eells at 206-372-4382 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Equality Educators is supporting the below event. Please come out!
Please join us, a group of concerned teachers, in a demonstration to show that BLACK LIVES MATTER *to Teachers*
When: Friday, Feb 6, 5:30-6:30
Where: Westlake Plaza, downtown Seattle
- to send a clear message of support and love to our black students and their families;
- to send a message to all police to treat people of color with respect; and
- to send a message to our school boards and districts to enact policies to desegregate classrooms and foster anti-racist curriculum for the benefit of ALL students.
We will have large light panels that read “Black Lives Matter to Teachers” in addition to leafleting.
Social Equality Educators (SEE) Meeting
When: Sunday, December 7
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave N., Seattle, WA 98103
RSVP: We would appreciate a head count before the meeting. Please email or call and let Dan know if you can make it. You can reach him at email@example.com or (206) 851-4963. You can also RSVP at the Facebook page.
Join us in planning our efforts to build a more democratic union that is committed to social justice!