by Erin Okuno
In January 2018 Seattle Public Schools launched a search for their next Superintendent, the fifth superintendent in a little over a decade. The position is one of two the School Board hires and manages. The superintendent is responsible for the day-to-day operation and sets a roadmap and vision for the more than 100 schools in the district serving 53,000 students. This position is the top staff level leadership position for the school district and vital to set a clear direction on closing achievement and opportunity gaps that continue to hurt students of color. Continue reading Meet India Unwin, The Student Vying to Become the Next Superintendent of Seattle’s Public Schools
by Skyway Library and PlaytestNW
Are you ready for Skyway Library and Playtest Northwest’s next Mini Game Days!? We’re not sure that you are, because March’s theme is Dexterity games! So get ready to stack, flip, balance, hook, and toss your way to victory! Saturday, March 24, 12-5pm! Continue reading #SkywayGames: Dexterous Play
by Marilyn Watkins
Washington’s 2018 legislature passed a number of measures that will protect women’s health and promote economic opportunity. Most of these bills have been bandied around for several years, but the political climate of 2018 highlighted their urgency and created the momentum to finally pass them. Continue reading Legislators Respond to Women’s Activism
by Geov Parrish
For the first time in what feels like living memory, the state legislature in Olympia is not going into special session to pass its budget bill this year. That means, under our state constitution’s archaic, 19th Century tradition, that our “part-time” legislators needed to wrap up all of the state’s pressing business in 60 days this year so that they could embark on the arduous journey back home, on trains or their horses and buggies, in time to plant this year’s spring crops. Seriously. Continue reading Olympia Fallout
by Julie Pham
I like order. I am a slave to my calendar. I create to-do lists daily. I don’t typically like surprises in the course of my day.
So it’s particularly strange that I delight in discovering when I am wrong about a previously held assumption. I won’t lie – I do feel an initial pang of embarrassment but it’s quickly followed by a moment of delight that I am still capable of surprising myself.
Examining the assumptions we construct about ourselves and others will be a continuing theme in my “Beyond Small Talk” essays. I want to start with a focus on the assumptions we have about others and how they help define our own identity. Assumptions, particularly the assumptions we hold about ourselves, have a lot of power over us. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have assumptions about other people. Holding assumptions about “the kind of person” I am has been critical to my own sense of self. Continue reading Beyond Small Talk: Overturning Assumptions Can Lead to Discovering Self
by Marcus Harrison Green
(This article is jointly published with the Seattle Weekly)
Men get glory. Women get obscurity. Queer folks get indifference.
While that pretty much sums up most levels of American society, it’s readily applicable to the history of black movements. Too many of them have been hijacked by the tried-and-true formula of a mesmerizing male figure—one who oozes charisma and spouts glib aphorisms by the metric ton—ascending to the top slot of civil rights and black movements initiated by women. Continue reading Black Lives Matter’s #MeToo Moment
by Melia LaCour
A quiet revolution has been brewing. As the twentieth anniversary of I-200 silently descended, state and local leaders were leveraging the moment to overturn by introducing Senate Bill 6406. Though the bill failed, it aimed to “restore the fair treatment of underserved groups in public employment, education and contracting.” Continue reading I-200 Remains, but State and Local Leaders Reveal Impacts to Keep the Fight to Overturn Alive