Monthly Archives: October 2016

Schools of Opportunity Project Honors Rainier Beach as Exemplary High School

Rainier Beach High School in Seattle is one of twenty schools nationwide that have been honored as 2016 “Schools of Opportunity”!

Based at the University of Colorado Boulder, the National Education Policy Center (NEPC) sponsors the annual Schools of Opportunity project, which identifies and recognizes excellent public high schools that actively strive to close opportunity gaps. Following last year’s pilot of the project in Colorado and New York, this year’s recognitions considered high schools nationwide.

Rather than basing the acknowledgement on test scores, a focus was given to identifying schools with research-based practices that support all students and their teachers and create successful learning environments. Evaluators looked at school practices that fell into categories such as create and maintain healthy school culture; broaden and enrich school curriculum; use a variety of assessments designed to respond to student needs; and support teachers as professionals.

Please see the announcement for more information.

PSESD Celebrates DiscoverU Week 2016

DiscoverU is an exciting week for our community to come together and support students in exploring career and college options. Staff at Puget Sound ESD love to rally around each year to encourage students in the region to learn more about career and college opportunities. This year, PSESD staff visited ReLife School and Educare Seattle to participate in activities and share stories with students about the paths that lead them to their careers at PSESD. Staff and students wore college gear and had a great time discussing careers, playing post-secondary trivia bingo, drawing pictures of their future selves, and gathering together for photo booth pictures.

To learn more about DiscoverU week and to see some highlights and the great activities that happened throughout the region, please visit