Focusing on Community Engagement and Outreach

Now that the 2021 Legislative Session is in the rear-view mirror, League of Education Voters (LEV) is shifting our focus to community engagement and outreach. We are in the final stages of preparing a Train the Trainer model to help students and families advocate at the local school district and statewide level, and we are hard at work researching how federal CARES Act and American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding can best be used in school districts across Washington state. Watch for information coming in the next few weeks.

Also, we are excited to welcome new board members! Dr. Marcus Pimpleton is Executive Director of Equity, Partnerships, and Student Engagement for the Yakima School District, Dr. Goldy Brown III is the Director of Whitworth University's Education Administration Program, Amy Campbell is the 2020 Washington state Teacher of the Year and a special education teacher at Helen Baller Elementary School in the Camas School District, and Yelias Bender is a community development finance professional. You can read their bios on the LEV Foundation and League of Education Voters Board pages on our website.

Read more about our work below.

Student at Summit Atlas Public School


LEVinar: A Listening Session with Voices from the Latino Community, Part 3

On Thursday, June 3 at 12:30 pmwe have assembled another statewide panel of Latino students, thought leaders, community leaders, and educators to share their perspectives on which investments need to be made and what the COVID recovery process should look like, what we need to see as we head back to in-person learning, and what we are looking forward to that we’ve missed during the pandemic. This webinar will be presented in Spanish, with live English interpretation and live closed captioning in English available.


LEVinar Recap: The Fair Start for Kids Act

In case you missed our webinar earlier this month, Washington state Representative Tana Senn and Senator Claire Wilson, prime sponsors of the landmark Fair Start for Kids Act, along with early childhood education providers Luc Jasmin III from Parkview Early Learning Center in Spokane and Susan Yang from the Denise Louie Education Center in Seattle, explain how the newly signed omnibus legislation takes strong steps to address affordability, access, and the economic crisis. They also answer your questions. Read the recap, watch the LEVinar recording, and read our summary of the Fair Start for Kids Act.


Blog: The Spokane Future Teachers of Color Consortium

Guest blogger Maria Esther Zamora, an English Language Development teacher at Spokane Virtual Academy, introduces us to the Spokane Future Teachers of Color Consortium (SFTCC). It is composed of both people of color and strong white allies, including “in” and “pre” service teachers, K-12 administrators, Spokane Public School Board Member Nikki Lockwood, Deans of Education and Leadership departments of Whitworth and Gonzaga Universities among other faculty and staff, plus important community members led by League of Education Voters Spokane Regional Field Director Kenji Linane-Booey. The SFTCC is a great complement to the Puget Sound Educational Service District's Educators of Color Leadership Community.


Washington Game Changers Podcast – Seattle Leader Tim Burgess

Washington Game Changers with League of Education Voters CEO Lauri Hennessey features leaders who give back to our community, drive innovative solutions, and inspire others in making our state more equitable and just. This podcast is a one-on-one conversation with these powerful leaders in a time when we need to hear about more good in the world. In this episode, Lauri interviews Tim Burgess, who has been a policy officer, a nonprofit manager, an advertising executive, a Seattle City Councilmember, and the Mayor of Seattle. Lauri and Tim talk about his own observations about racial equity while he was a police officer in West Seattle, his passion for early learning, and why he fiercely believes in public service.


Arik Korman
Communications Director, League of Education Voters

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