League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman hosts a panel discussion about the Puget Sound Educational Service District's successful Educators of Color Leadership Community (ECLC), in which panelists address why educator diversity is so important, what the barriers are to recruitment and retention of teachers of color, how the Educators of Color Leadership Community supports teachers of color, and how we can scale the ECLC’s work to support teachers of color across Washington state.
- Brooke Brown, 2021 Washington state Teacher of the Year and Regional Teacher of the Year from Puget Sound Educational Service District 121, who teaches English and Ethnic Studies at Washington High School in the Franklin Pierce School District
- Stephanie Gallardo, who teaches social studies at Foster High School in the Tukwila School District
- Tamasha Emedi, Assistant Principal at Hazel Valley Elementary School in Highline Public Schools
- Denise Daniels, Director of Recruitment, Retention and Workforce Development in the Auburn School District and President of the Kent School District Board of Directors
- Brad Brown, Executive Director of Kindergarten through Post-Secondary at the Puget Sound Educational Service District
- Eileen Yoshina, Director of Equity in Education at the Puget Sound Educational Service District, who facilitates the Educators of Color Leadership Community
Please note: ECLC is a THREE YEAR commitment.
Year 1: Community building, leadership development
Year 2: Strengthening leadership role and relationships with administrators/central offices
Year 3: Serving as a coach/leader mentor for educators of color within your own district, with ongoing support from your cohort and PSESD.