In 2022, the Alliance celebrated ten years of teacher preparation with the Seattle Teacher Residency, 12,832 instances of support to students across the district from the Right Now Needs Fund, and $3.6M raised for SPS’ Office of African American Male Achievement.
The Alliance for Education, the local education fund for the Seattle Public School district, is pleased to release its annual report, highlighting the significant accomplishments and impact made throughout 2022.
As a driving force for educational justice and racial equity, the Alliance for Education has worked tirelessly to address the evolving needs of Seattle Public School students, educators and families in Seattle since 1995. Through strategic collaboration and innovative programs, the Alliance continues to transform the public educational landscape in Seattle, empowering students furthest from educational justice to reach their full potential and thrive.
A few key highlights from the impact of Alliance programs and investments in 2022 include:
- Celebrating a decade of the Seattle Teacher Residency program. In the last decade, the residency has graduated 220 educators dedicated to staying in the teaching profession. Over 80% of graduates continue to teach through their fifth year in the classroom. Of 220 graduates in the past 10 years, on average, 50% of graduates identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color).
- The Right Now Needs Fund, which began in 2018 with an initial investment from Amazon, provided 12,832 instances of student support across all 106 Seattle Public School buildings in 2022. Since the fund began, the Alliance has distributed $3.8M to SPS students and families to fulfill basic needs such as warm clothing, meals, technology access, and housing that are not otherwise funded in a school budget.
- Finishing a fundraising campaign that generated $3.6M in the past three years to create and sustain Seattle Public Schools’ Office of African American Male Achievement (AAMA). The district reported last winter that the efforts of the office and their commitment to advancing racial equity has shown demonstrated impact, increasing graduation rates for Black male students 14% compared to pre-pandemic rates.
“We are delighted that the hard work of 2022 has paid off in tangible impact. Our collaborative efforts, strong partnerships, and unwavering commitment to educational justice and racial equity have enabled us to make a real difference in the lives of students, educators and families in Seattle Public Schools,” said Lisa Chick, President at Alliance for Education. “In partnership with district and community stakeholders, we are proud to work on behalf of a school system in Seattle that is looked to nationally as a model for equitable and excellent public education.”
The Alliance for Education remains steadfast in its mission to support excellence in education by advancing educational justice and racial equity for students in Seattle Public Schools. To view the full annual report and learn more about Alliance for Education’s initiatives and investments, please visit our impact page to view the 2022 annual report.