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Charting Our Future Conference

PSCCN and King County Promise partners attended The Foundation for Tacoma Students' fourth annual Charting Our Future conference. This pivotal event, drawing over 300 educators, policymakers, community leaders, and advocates aimed to promote a more equitable and effective education system. The theme, "Local Focus, Statewide Impact," highlighted the importance of community-driven initiatives in driving systemic change across Washington.

Team Takeaways:

  • Continuous care: Dr. Geoffrey Canada emphasized the need for continuous care from early childhood through career development and the necessity for collaborative systems to ensure consistent support.
  • Equitable opportunities: Adam Harris acknowledged the education system's intentional design to disenfranchise Black and Brown communities.
  • Youth Engagement: Sessions highlighted the importance of including youth voices in educational change discussions, with youth leaders sharing their experiences and ideas.
  • Setting High Standards: Dr. Canada stressed the importance of setting high expectations for Black and Brown scholars and holding the education system accountable, pointing out the detrimental effects of tolerating failure.

The insights will guide future initiatives to create a more inclusive & effective education system.