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    Strategic Plan Theory of Action

    WHEN WE FOCUS on ensuring racial equity in our educational system, unapologetically address the needs of students of color who are furthest from educational justice, and work to undo the legacies of racism in our educational system...

    BY doing the following:

    • Allocating resources strategically through a racial equity framework
    • Delivering high-quality, standards-aligned instruction across all abilities and a continuum of services for learners
    • Creating healthy, supportive, culturally responsive environments from the classroom to central office
    • Directly and consistently working in partnership with families and communities who represent students of color who are furthest from educational justice; and
    • Making clear commitments and delivering on them

    THEN we will eliminate opportunity and achievement gaps and every student will receive a high-quality, world-class education.

    To achieve educational justice, Seattle Public Schools (SPS) strives to provide safe learning environments, curriculum that incorporates a student’s life experiences and culture, and instruction delivered by high-quality, culturally responsive educators. Unfortunately, many students from certain ethnicities have not historically experienced equitable opportunities for all or part of their educational journey (including African and African American, Asian Pacific Islander and Pacific Islander, LatinX, and Native American students). These students are our priority – with an intentional focus on African American males.

    Our Theory of Action is guided by the principles of "Targeted Universalism." Our universal goal is every Seattle Public Schools’ student receives a high-quality, world-class education and graduates prepared for college, career, and community. Targeted Universalism holds that targeted and differentiated efforts are required to meet the needs of specific student populations, so every student meets the universal goal. By focusing on students of color who are furthest from educational justice, especially African American males, we will make the greatest progress toward our collective vision.

    We believe that an intentional focus on African American males will ultimately benefit every student. We will refine our systems and structures that will ultimately be used to better meet the needs of students throughout SPS. We will also learn how to develop and provide differentiated efforts to meet the needs of specific populations, allowing us to better serve the needs of additional student populations.

     

    Strategic Plan Priorities

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    High-Quality Instruction and Learning Experiences

    Educate through high-quality instruction and learning experiences that accelerate growth for students of color who are furthest from educational justice, with an intentional focus on African American males.

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    Predictable and Consistent Operational Systems

    Develop operational systems that provide a predictable and consistent experience to meet the needs of students and families and allow them to focus on learning.

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    Culturally Responsive Workforce

    Develop a culturally responsive workforce so teachers, leaders, and staff will effectively support students and families.

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    Inclusive and Authentic Engagement

    Partner with students, families, and communities who are furthest from educational justice by conducting inclusive and authentic engagement.