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    Professional Development 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.

    Guided by our Professional Development Advisory Committee, which includes community based organizations, the City of Seattle, Seattle Public Schools (SPS), and feedback from partners, we are excited to share professional learning opportunities for the 2020-21 school year. Some opportunities are designed only for community-based organization staff and volunteers, while others are open to both to school staff and partners.

    The first page provides an overview, and the subsequent pages have full details, including timing and registration links.

    The 2020-21 Professional Development Calendar for Partners is here!

    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'd like to be added, email  

    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 array of professional learning opportunities, here are some questions to consider:
    teacher and student

    • What gaps do I see in my school/community/program, and what do I need to know to create a strengths-based learning environment for all students?
    • What are my underlying beliefs, biases, and blind spots, and how can I change my beliefs and practices to better serve youth?
    • What can I learn to build positive and caring relationships with every child?
    • How might I support, facilitate, and contribute to school, family, and community partnerships that are collaborating to eliminate opportunity gaps?

    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 Rivka Burstein-Stern at

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

    See some of our professional development sessions in action: