Racial & Educational Justice

Northshore is committed to creating a safe, caring, and inclusive environment within our school district community so that all students, families and staff feel welcomed, valued and supported. We recognize and advocate for the racial, ethnic, cultural, disability/ability, gender, sexual orientation, economic and religious diversity in our district.

 

Land and Peoples Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that the Northshore School District functions on Coast Salish lands in the areas that have been colonized, occupied, and renamed to Bothell, Kenmore, Redmond, and Woodinville. We acknowledge the experiences of genocide, forced relocation, ethnic cleansing, and land theft of Indigenous peoples and sacred lands so we can build our awareness of how settler colonization still exists today. We honor the ways of knowing and ways of being of Indigenous peoples and tribal nations, who are still here and thriving, in our district-community. We resolve to learn from these realities and partner with local Indigenous peoples and tribal leaders to work toward a justice-driven educational experience for each student, family, community member, and educator in Northshore. We also acknowledge that this is a working land acknowledgement that will continue to evolve as our partnership with local Indigenous peoples and tribal leaders expands. 

Elementary Adapted Land and Peoples Acknowledgement

My classroom and my school are in the Northshore School District, which is on Coast Salish lands. Indigenous peoples and their lands have gone through hurtful things in the past and some of those things still go on today. We respect Indigenous peoples and tribal nations, who are still here and living in our community. We will work with local Indigenous peoples and tribal leaders to keep learning how to make a difference in our community and in our school. 

Our Mission and Work

Teacher reading a book about skin color

We are dedicated to moving toward the positive culture outcomes students deserve. We work to develop a more inclusive, welcoming environment for all students, parents and staff. 

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Racial and Educational Justice Committee

Our committee, comprised of staff, students and community members, provides guidance to District leadership on issues related to equity, diversity and inclusion.

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Training and Resources

Equity staff providing a training for district staff

To help develop and heighten racial literacy, cultural competency and allyship capacities, we maintain a growing catalog of resources and opportunities for our community.

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Scholarship Opportunities

Find out about scholarship opportunities happening now!
 

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Student Justice Collective

High school students working on MacBooks in the classroom

The Student Justice Collective is comprised of high school students to expand opportunities for youth leadership, help students come together across schools, and co-construct a space in which students can learn with and from one another.

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Black Lives Matter at School

The Northshore School District has a duty to cultivate the necessary conditions for just and equitable change in our education system and community.

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Leadership and Racial & Educational Justice Teams

Dr. Bigelow and Ayva Thomas

The Racial and Educational Justice Department is lead by dedicated staff from diverse backgrounds. Additionally, each school in Northshore has an equity team to help guide the work at each building.

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Monthly Observances

Find out more about the month observances and celebrations that Northshore School District celebrates throughout the school year. 

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2022 Student Justice Conference

The Student Justice Conference serves to build space for Northshore’s high school students to celebrate their intersectional identities, build community and collaborate with one another, grow their knowledge and understandings about various forms of justice, meet and work with educators and community partners, and learn more about various higher education opportunities.

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Racial and Educational Justice News and Upcoming Events

Leaders from North Creek's Black Student Union

We love to highlight the equity-driven initiatives, events, and activities from across the District.

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Religious and Cultural Observances

Our calendar aims to expand the awareness about the multiple forms of diversity among our students and families, the days that students may not be at school due to religious observances, and the days that students may be fasting.

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