In 2020, Puget Sound Educational Services District's Road Map Improvement Collaborative team invited local leaders to join a Wisdom Council to elevate voices, expertise, and partnership opportunities for our Communities of Color across school districts in South King County ('the Road Map region'). Whether our region's Youth of Color are returning to Kindergarten, High School, or College amid this pandemic, their voices are important as ever for ensuring we return to school in new ways that truly honor their spirits and humanity. 'Community Conversations: Pandemic Learning & Returning to School in South King County,' shared here, centers those voices. In addition, the report models an approach to partnering with youth on reports to our schools, universities, and communities that centers on those most impacted by the practices, policies, and climates in which they learn.
Forty-four High School Youth, Parents, Community Leaders, and Educators of Color across our 7 Road Map school districts engaged in over 35 hours of conversations with trusted peers. Conversation participants engaged in all aspects of the project, including meaning-making, generating recommendations, and shaping reporting and communication strategies. This report elevates the voices of our regional high school students, families, communities, and educators of color. We encourage everyone to ask questions of students, families, and communities impacted by the pandemic AND systemic racial inequities and adapt your responsive decisions in partnership. Click here to read the report.