Zambia students face choice between managing menstruation and school

Because most Zambian girls lack supplies to manage menstruation while at school, attendance becomes less consistent after fifth grade.
Aug 4, 2017

Translating environment and health for Seattle’s immigrants and refugees

Sophorn Sim's drive to help also stems from a desire for improving environmental equity in South Seattle and other parts of the south end.
Jul 28, 2017

Could slide in Seattle’s international students continue under Trump?

International Student enrollment at Seattle Colleges has been on the decline — and changes in visa policies under Trump are unlikely to help boost numbers.
Jul 3, 2017
(Photo by Christina Chung)

International students find hurdles to U.S. employment after graduation

After studying at American universities, international students find barriers and bureaucracy to U.S. employment after graduation.
May 30, 2017
Tu Thanh Dinh, a first grade teacher at White Center Heights Elementary in Burien, leads a lesson to his first grade students in their Vietnamese immersion language class. (Photo by Ellen Banner / The Seattle Times)

Inslee signs bill to expand dual language education

Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill earlier this week that will expand funding for dual-language education in Washington state K-12 schools.
May 9, 2017

Democratic Republic of Congo women seek trade skills to avoid sex work

Afisa Kanyere Kamate is focused on one worry: ensuring that her siblings have food. At 19, she is their only caretaker. She has made a difficult choice.
Apr 26, 2017

Students tell Seattle school board Ethnic Studies needed

More than 50 students, parents and teachers told the Seattle Public Schools that Ethnic Studies should be mandatory in the district's K-12 curriculum.
Mar 17, 2017
Jemila Abdullah, Iftin Kedir and Munera Mohammed (from left) during a coding class for East African youth held by Companion Athletics. (Photo by Goorish Wibneh)

Popular East African basketball program pivots to coding classes

Organizers of an all-East African basketball league say the popularity of new coding classes for youth have surprised even them.
Feb 13, 2017
(Photo from Flickr by Peter Guthrie)

Reflections on the ‘real America’ from inside the Seattle bubble

I didn’t know until recently that I'm a member of the ‘Democratic urban elite,' living in a bubble that doesn’t represent the ‘real America.’
Dec 21, 2016
Garfield High School students and teachers in a science class. (Photo from Flickr by NWABR)

Why are Seattle Public Schools still so segregated?

For years Seattle Public Schools have hosted magnet programs in schools with lots of students of color. But that doesn't help if those programs mostly serve white students.
Dec 12, 2016

Meet the woman who coined the term “white fragility”

Got white fragility or don't know if you do or not? Robin DiAngelo will tell you what's wrong with you and what's wrong with the world today.
Oct 24, 2016
Gerald Donaldson, a Family Support Worker at Leschi Elementary School, high fives students entering the school. (Photo by Jovelle Tamayo)

Want black male role models in our schools? Hire them as teachers.

There's a strikingly simple solution for the black student achievement gap in Seattle schools: recruit more black teachers.
Oct 13, 2016

Seattle teachers to wear “Black Lives Matter” shirts, focus on racial equity

At least 1,000 educators throughout Seattle Public Schools will wear “Black Lives Matter” T-shirts to school on Wednesday.
The author, right, and a friend at graduation from Rainier Beach High School last spring. (Courtesy photo)

Educating the Horn: Paving a path to college for Somali youth

UW freshman Ahlaam Ibrahim is launching an ambitious campaign to connect young Somali Americans with help applying to college.
Oct 7, 2016
Teachers at "Tiny Trees," run with some of their students in Jefferson Park near their outdoor school. (Photo by Ellen Banner / The Seattle Times)

This affordable outdoor preschool is a breath of fresh air for Seattle

Tiny Trees outdoor preschool is based on a longtime Scandinavian model of education that says there are some things you can only learn outside.
Sep 22, 2016

Africatown Center makes international plans, plans kick-off event Saturday

Several Seattle youth who relocated to The Gambia became the inspiration behind Africatown Center's newest international initiative.
Sep 14, 2016
(Illustration by Sarah Glidden)

Can Yesler Terrace’s tiny tech superheroes survive a neighborhood overhaul?

Do planned mixed-income communities like the one being built at Yesler Terrace really work? Ask the neighborhood kids whose families are moving away.

The fourth R: Refugee students get intensive course in resettlement

The International Rescue Committee's summer program helps young refugees enrolled in the Tukwila School District acclimate to their new home.
Sep 13, 2016
Participants in the Kids4Peace summer day camp look at the Torah at Herzu Ner-Tamid Synagogue on Mercer Island. (Photo by Ahlaam Ibraahim)

For middle schoolers, a summer of interfaith dialogue

The Kids4Peace interfaith day camp has local teens exploring each other's religions — and learning more about their own.
Sep 5, 2016
Native Education Certificate Program Co-Directors Elizabeth West, left, and Megan Bang, right, lead a group of their students across the Quad at University of Washington, which used to be a Duwamish Village. (Photo by Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

A walk across campus with the UW’s new Native Education Program

The UW's new Native Education Certificate Program is designed to improve the relationships between educators and Native students and families.
Aug 11, 2016