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Advancing Washington state Educator Diversity in the 2023 Legislative Session
There is a significant disparity between the diversity of Washington’s students and educators. BIPOC youth make up nearly half of our student population, while nearly 90% of our teachers and education leaders are white. Studies show that BIPOC students who are exposed to teachers who reflect their race and ethnicity have higher graduation rates. And when more of the adults in schools reflect the communities they serve, it also creates deeper, more authentic school/community partnerships that have the power to transform schools in ways that dismantle racism and benefit from the wisdom and vision of families.

In this free webinar, we will discuss the Washington state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction's legislative priority of attracting and retaining educators of color, especially what policies we need to support to position educators of color for success, what more is needed, why so many educators have left Washington schools, and how can we work together to support and sustain a diverse education workforce in Washington state.

Panelists include:

* Eileen Yoshina, Director of Equity in Education at the Puget Sound Educational Service District and facilitator of the Educators of Color Leadership Community

* Maria Esther Zamora, creator of the Spokane Future Teachers of Color Consortium

* Dr. Stacey Hardin, Assistant Dean for Teacher Preparation at the University of Washington College of Education

Students from The Root of Our Youth will share feedback and experiences in the classroom.

Spanish interpretation and closed captioning in English will be provided.

Moderated by League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman.

Dec 7, 2022 12:30 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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