Cynthia Nkeze, ELL teacher at the SWS, looks proudly at her student Abdi Hussein on receiving his high school diploma. (Photo by Valeria Koulikova.)

Seattle World School graduates first high school class

Seattle World School celebrated its first 13 high school graduates Tuesday, in an emotional and touching graduation ceremony that recognized each student.
Jun 12, 2015
The first day of school is uncertain enough without racializing kids. (Photo from Flickr by Eden, Janine and Jim)

Welcome to Seattle Public Schools. What race are you?

Enrolling your child in Seattle Public Schools means choosing their race and ethnicity from a confounding list of checkboxes.
May 5, 2015
A bilingual classroom at Scenic Hill Elementary, in the Kent School District. (Photo courtesy OneAmerica)

Why teachers must reflect student diversity

A new pilot program in South King County will fast track bilingual educators from diverse backgrounds to the front of classrooms filled with immigrants and youth of color.
Sep 26, 2014
Kindergarten Students at the French American School of Puget Sound, on Mercer Island, which has been offering bilingual education in French for almost 20 years. (Photo coutesy FASPS)

World-wise Northwest parents drive demand for bilingual preschools

From French to Spanish, Mandarin to Vietnamese, bilingual preschools are popping up all over the Seattle area. And they're not just popular with families with foreign roots.
Sep 2, 2014
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Back to school, with new credits for bilingual students

King County school districts are stepping up and recognizing that immigrant students’ native language skills are a benefit, not a burden.
Sep 10, 2013
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Chinese b-ballers school West Seattle girls on and off the court

It’s Saturday night high school basketball in West Seattle. There are sneakers squeaking on the court and dutiful families chatting in the bleachers. Suddenly the crowd stands and turns towards a red flag hung beside the hoop as the band strikes up a brassy version of the national anthem…of the People’s Republic of China. This […]
Jan 18, 2013
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No on I-1240: Why charter schools aren’t the answer

Unless you are immersed in the education world, your exposure to charter schools might be limited to the 2010 documentary Waiting for Superman. But with Initiative 1240 on the Washington ballot this year, you’re being asked to make a major decision regarding our education system with little information other than the ample evidence that our […]
Nov 1, 2012
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World Refugee Day hits home in Kent

When 19-year-old Yashoda Khanal moved to Kent with her family almost three years ago, the thing that shocked her most on her first day at Kent-Meridian High School were the floors. The white linoleum floors in the cafeteria and the sprawling carpet in the classrooms were unfamiliar. Khanal was accustomed to mud floors lined with […]
Jun 20, 2012