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Professional Development (PD) for Education Partners

The School and Community Partnerships Department is committed to offering supports that build the capacity of community-based organizations and schools to align their work and effectively and authentically partner.

The planned supports are guided by our Professional Development Advisory Committee, which includes community-based organizations, the City of Seattle, Seattle Public Schools (SPS), and feedback from partners. Some opportunities are designed only for community-based organization staff and volunteers, while others are open to both to school staff and partners.

Please note that we will continue adding trainings and partner check-ins throughout the year, and will announce those updates through our community partner email. If you would like to be added to this monthly email, please send an email to us at communitypartnerships@seattleschools.org.

The workshops in Professional Development Calendar for Partners are aligned with the Seattle Public Schools strategic plan Seattle Excellence. You’ll find workshops in the following categories:

  • Racial Equity & Cultural Responsiveness
  • Academic Curriculum & Instruction
  • School Community Partnerships
  • Inclusive & Welcoming Environments
  • Social Emotional Learning & 21st Century Skills & Dispositions

As you review the professional learning opportunities, here are some questions to consider:

  • What do I need to know to create a strengths-based learning environment for all students?
  • What are my core beliefs and underlying biases about student learning, and in what ways do I need to shift my beliefs and practices to better serve youth?
  • What skills will support me in building positive and caring relationships with every child?
  • How might I support, facilitate, and contribute to partnerships that are centering students furthest from educational justice?

Our professional development calendar is meant to support the rich diversity of community-based organizations serving SPS youth, including organizations big and small providing services in schools and off site. We encourage each organization to limit your number of registrants to 5 or fewer so that we can be sure that many organizations have the opportunity to benefit from these trainings.

If you represent a large organization and are in need of training for more than 5 of your staff members , please contact Jill Leahy at jkleahy@seattleschools.org 

If you or someone from your organization is interested in leading or facilitating a workshop please email Jill Leahy at jkleahy@seattleschools.org.

Our School and Community Partnerships team values learning and growing our practice, and we know you do too! Our resource library contains books that we would love to share with partners. Use this form to select a book that you would like to borrow and how to best get it to you, and we will reach out through email to confirm the details. Our suggested timeframe for a borrowed item is 6 weeks to accommodate others who may have interest in an item. 

Thank you to the members of the Professional Development Advisory Committee, including representatives from the following organizations that partner with Seattle Public Schools who informed the development of this calendar.

  • City of Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning
  • City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture
  • School’s Out Washington
  • Seattle Art Museum
  • Seattle Housing Authority
  • Seattle Public Library
  • Seattle Public Schools
  • Southeast Seattle Education Coalition
  • Youth Development Executives of King County
  • youth-serving organizations

2022-23 PD Calendar for Partners

We are excited to offer new professional development opportunities for partners. Continue to check back for additional training and registration information!

02/09/23 – SPS Data Sharing & Systems

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Category: School & Community Partnerships

In this session, participants will learn, or refresh, their knowledge in SPS’ data sharing process and the systems that are available through the District. Student-at-a-Glance (STAAG) is a PowerBI tool that provides partners with a clear and user-friendly interface to find missing assignment, attendance, discipline, course work history, GPA, and more, for your organization’s students. Our Partnership Portal is a web-based platform that provides partners, school leaders, and families with an easy to view database of current community-based organizations (CBOs). Programs can be found via individual organizations or by school site.

Please note, in order to access STAAG, an organization must have a data sharing agreement in place and obtain proper security credentials. We recommend that these steps occur as far in advance as possible so you are able to view live data for your current students. Please contact the facilitator (jachamberli1@seattleschools.org) with any questions.

Convener: SPS School & Community Partnerships

Contact: Jennifer Chamberlin jachamberli1@Seattleschools.org

Location: TBD


02/23/23 – Principal Panel

12-1:30 p.m.

Category: School & Community Partnerships

Join us in collaboration with SESEC’s monthly meeting where we partner with South End school leaders about the impact of partners, how to engage in thoughtful partnership from the principal perspective and to have your questions answered!

Convener: Southeast Seattle Education Coalition & SPS

Contact: Jill Leahy jkleahy@seattleschools.org

Location: TBD


03/02/23 – Utilizing our Partner Playbook for Successful Partnership

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Category: School & Community Partnerships

Learn more about the new Partnership Playbook, a set or tools designed to support community partnerships in their relationships with school and building leaders. This interactive workshop will help you to think about how these tools can help you in facilitating conversations, building relationships and setting new goals for partnership.

Convener: YDEKC & SPS School & Community Partnerships

Contact: Jill Leahy jkleahy@seattleschools.org

Location: Othello UW Commons
4200 S. Othello St. Suite 117


03/09/23 – Mandalas for Mindfulness

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Category: Social Emotional Learning and 21st Century Skills and Dispositions

Among visual art forms, building and coloring a mandala is particularly effective for stress relief and active meditation. The mandala is an ancient artform, used by multiple cultures around the world as a sacred symbol and form of expression. This session will guide you, step-by-step, in creating your own mandala design. The session is divided into 4 parts, each with its own intentional activity: Practicing the Process, Drawing Together, Building the Grid, Designing Your Own. Throughout the session, we’ll be guided by principles of mindfulness – being present in the moment and developing a mindset of growth and affirmation.

Convener: Live in Your Fullness

Contact: Trina Kaye liveinyourfullness@gmail.com

Location: TBD


03/27/23 – Building Engaging Youth Programs!

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Category: School & Community Partnerships

In this workshop, participants will learn how to build engaging youth programming (even online!), how to train youth to step into their power as a leader, and about FEEST students’ current campaign for mental health in SPS.

Convener: FEEST

Contact: Arista Chen arista@feestseattle.org

Location: Othello UW Commons
4200 S. Othello St. Suite 117


04/27/23 – Building Community Connections for Racial Equity

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Category: Racial Equity & Cultural Responsiveness

In this session, participants will learn about the various racial equity initiatives across Seattle Public Schools, as well as how they can connect, collaborate and partner within these various initiatives.

Convener: SPS Department of Racial Equity Advancement

Contact: Nichole Coates nacoates@seattleschools.org

Location: Othello UW Commons
4200 S. Othello St. Suite 117


More PD Opportunities in the Works!

Here are a few PD Opportunities that we will release more information about soon!

  • Social Emotional Learning & Restorative Justice at SPS
  • Creating Safe and Welcoming Environment for LGBTQIA+ Students
  • Utilizing Student Voice to Support Your Programming through PSESD
  • Learning the New Math Standards at SPS
  • Literacy and Learning at SPS

Looking for more professional development opportunities? If you are looking for other learning opportunities, here are some organizations that often share information about upcoming professional development options for people who work with youth.