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    Strategic Plan Progress and 2020-21 Goals
    Posted on 11/23/2020
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    Seattle Public Schools Strategic Plan Progress and 2020-21 Goals

    Seattle Public Schools is committed to providing every student with a high-quality, world-class education. Our bold strategic plan, Seattle Excellence, is unapologetically focused on supporting students of color who are furthest from educational justice, beginning with Black boys and teens. This work is about changing broken systems and undoing legacies of racism in public education. By actively becoming an anti-racist educational system and ensuring students furthest away from educational justice thrive — conditions in Seattle Public Schools will improve for all.

    While our work has dramatically shifted in response to the pandemic, our priorities outlined in Seattle Excellence remain the same. SPS is focused on four priorities: providing high-quality instruction and learning experiences, ensuring predictable and consistent operational systems, building a culturally responsive workforce, and providing inclusive and authentic engagement.

    Our Progress

    Seattle Excellence implementation started with four goals in 2019-2020: ensuring students read at or above grade level by the end of third grade; fostering welcoming and safe schools; providing consistent and predictable transportation for students; and improving the culturally responsive professional practice of staff through training. We've already made great strides towards these goals.

    Through our Seattle Super Readers program, we've distributed over 60,000 books in two years to students — building out home libraries. Thirteen schools and over 400 educators received enhanced early literacy professional development, coaching, and resources. These schools serve over 50% of the district's K-3 Black male students.

    The transportation department implemented special education transportation improvements, including the district's snow plan. Nearly all students are now provided a bus route or alternative transportation during inclement weather. These new bus routes were used to deliver meals during our building closures in response to the pandemic.

    The Superintendent launched the Office of African American Male Achievement (AAMA) with an intentional focus on the academic, cultural, and social emotional well-being of Black boys and teens. Seattle Public Schools is the first district in Washington state, and one of the few across the nation, to create an office that intentionally cultivates the cultural and academic strengths of African American male students while simultaneously addressing their needs. AAMA is a driver of systemic change whose work is focused on four strategic areas: culture, conditions, competencies, and community connection. And 76% of first-year teachers and 35% of second- and third-year teachers have completed professional development aimed at building cultural competency.

    Goals for 2020-21

    As we continue to make progress on these initial goals, we will focus on five more during the 2020-21 school year:

    • Increase on-time graduation by making sure each student has at least six credits by the end of 9th grade;
    • Graduating students ready for college and career by providing mentorship and wrap-around supports;
    • Continuing to strengthen Nutrition Services. As we closed out summer school, this small but mighty team had served over 2 million meals. And we have heard nothing but thanks and praise from our families. Our Nutrition Services staff is bringing comfort through food during these uncertain times to thousands of students each day (watch our Pivoting Our Menu video below or read more about Increased Student Meal Distribution);
    • The Human Resources Division will double down on increasing and retaining the diversity of staff and leadership at schools and central office — building off the great work happening and creating a strong pipeline from our own classrooms into teaching positions in partnership with local universities; and
    • Family engagement will be a major focus of this school year. Parents and caregivers are a child’s first and most important teacher. Never has our partnership with you, our families, been more important than right now. We will proactively and consistently work in partnership with students, families, and communities to identify needs, determine solutions, and support the implementation of initiatives that will best meet the needs of students of color who are furthest from educational justice.

    You can read more about Seattle Excellence.

    Pivoting Our Menu Nutrition Service Video

    School Beat - Pivoting Our Menu for 2020-2021 from Seattle Public Schools TV Vimeo.