Solutions powered by community-driven demand and opportunity.

For change to happen, to take root and to be long-lasting, people need to have a say in the goals and how to accomplish them. LEADER helps support the community partnerships and coalitions to translate that voice and vision into systemic solutions.

Strong, diverse coalitions can advance policies that allow promising, community-driven educational models to thrive and be sustained. Policies and practices that intentionally lift up people of color can promote collective healing and better outcomes for people of all races – which can build a society and economy that is just and equitable for everyone.

The path toward educational equity must be inclusive, bringing together diverse perspectives from educators, learning experts, students and their communities to inform systemic change.

Education leaders committed to anti-racism, who are closer to school communities and connected to regional teacher and principal preparation pathways, have insights into how to best diversify their local education workforce. They are better situated to elevate and draw on community wisdom that can advance this goal.

Regional Leaders

Regional Leads and Partner Organizations

NorthEast Washington ESD 101/CSTP

Braided Education – kʷu cnxiʔ (We Join In) Nonprofit – Cheney School District – East Valley School District – Eastern Washington University – Spokane Public Schools – Washington State University – Whitworth

Educational Service District 105

Yakama Nation Head Start – Yakima Valley College – Central Washington University – Heritage University – Yakima School District – Grandview School District – Ellensburg School District – UW Center for Educational Leadership – Kittitas Elementary

Educational Service District 112

Clark College – Lower Columbia College – Washington State University, Vancouver – Evergreen School District – Cowlitz Tribe – Camas School District – Clark County Latino Youth – Ethnic Support Council

Capital Region ESD 113

The Evergreen State College – Saint Martins University – Pacific Lutheran University – Yelm Community Schools – North Thurston Public Schools – Tuwaduq Cultural and Research Institute – Equity Institute – Timberland Regional Library System – Centro Integral Educativo Latino de Olympia (CIELO)

Puget Sound ESD 121

Kent School District – Educators of Color Leadership Community at Enumclaw School District – Federal Way Public Schools – Highline College – Central Washington Unversity – Western Washington University Multilingual Teaching Fellows – State Board for Community and Technical Colleges – Muckleshoot Tribe

Northwest ESD 189

Bellingham Public Schools – La Conner School District – Samish Tribe – Swinomish Tribe – Western Washington University, Teacher Preparation Program – Skagit Valley College – Foundations for Academic Endeavors – Mount Vernon School District – Lummi Nation School

UW-Bothel/City U

Marysville School District – Northshore School District – Goodlad Institute for Education Renewal at UW Bothell – Quil Ceda Elementary School – Edmonds School District – Teachers of Color Foundation for Edmonds School District – Everett School District – Everett Education Association – Tulalip Tribes – Eastside Native American Education Program housed in the Lake Washington School District – Northshore Education Association

Central Washington University

North Central ESD – Wenatchee Valley College – Quincy School District – Moses Lake High School – Northwest Justice Project

Technology Access Foundation

University of Washington, Tacoma – University of Washington, Seattle – Seattle Pacific University – Antioch University – Tacoma Public Schools – Federal Way Public Schools – Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle – Highline Public Schools

Washington Ethnic Studies Now (WA-ESN)

Equity in Education Coalition – Western Washington University – Shoreline School District – Northshore School District – University of Washington – Washington State NAACP Youth Council – Enumclaw School District

Our Partners

Thanks to the LEADER Regional Leads and their Core Collaborators for their work in advancing community representation and influence in education systems.

College Spark would like to thank the individuals and organizations who are helping to shape and develop the LEADER Initiative.

Alexandra Manuel (Community Transformative Collective)

Victoria Moreland, and Felisciana Peralta (PSESD)

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