Educators of Color Leadership Community

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Educator diversity is a critical issue in the ESD 121 region, as well as across Washington State and nationwide. The Educators of Color Leadership Community (ECLC) is a program designed to support and retain our educators of color through community building, culturally responsive mentoring and coaching, and professional learning that builds on your strengths as an educator of color.

The quote above, “He Aupuni Palapala Ko’u” is attributed to King Kamehameha III of the Kingdom of Hawai’i. During his rule, Hawai’ians had an above 90 percent literacy rate–higher than the literacy rate of many other “developed” countries around the world. This concept was shared with us by Sui-Lan Ho’okano, one of our inaugural ECLC members, who conveyed wisdom of her indigenous ancestors and encourages us to believe that we already have the knowledge and resources to help our children–all our children–thrive.

When children are taught by those who believe in and can recognize their brilliance, and who understand their cultural context, and who model what they can achieve, they too can realize their hopes and dreams.

“He aupuni palapala ko’u.”
We are an educated kingdom.

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If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact:

Érica González Jones
Manager-Equity in Education
Puget Sound Educational Service District
800 Oakesdale Ave. SW Renton, WA 98057
(425) 917-7810