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$4.9M in Opportunity and Access Investments Announced

This week, Mayor Jenny Durkan and DEEL announced $4.9 million in Opportunity and Access awards to be distributed over the next three years to community-based organizations (CBOs) focused on closing opportunity gaps through expanded learning and college and career readiness.

6 Tips to Improve K-12 Student Engagement in a Remote Learning Environment

Summer learning programs offered some educators the opportunity to take challenges they faced in the spring and practice new techniques. Now, as they prepare for fall, they are ready to apply some of the innovative strategies that have emerged.

A King’s Journey: 2020 Black Male Graduates Rise to Excellence in the Kingmakers of Seattle Program

A King’s Journey tells the story of Kingmakers of Seattle participant DeMarcus Belle and his teacher and mentor, Emery Walters. Funded by the Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning through the FEPP Levy, Kingmakers provides culturally specific programming emphasizing positive self-identity, literacy, and academic mentoring.

Key Investments in Learning Continue Despite Challenges to City Revenue

An update on how DEEL’s key investments in education are continuing in light of COVID-19 financial impacts.

Fam & Ed Levy funding available for Summer 2017

We are currently running a Request for Investment (RFI) process to fund new or expand existing summer learning programs for Summer 2017.  Here are the details: Elementary funding available: Up to $94,546 Middle school funding available: Up to $477,531 Award duration: Programs will receive funding for the next three summers… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Murray 2017-18 budget proposes additional funding for education and youth

Mayor Ed Murray delivered his 2017-18 Proposed Budget to the City Council yesterday, and I am pleased to inform you of a few exciting new items included in the Department of Education and Early Learning’s proposed budget. When Mayor Murray appointed me as director of DEEL, he made it clear… [ Keep reading ]

Looking for summer activities and learning opportunities for your student?

Our belief is that high-quality summer learning is critical to closing the achievement gap. Summer learning opportunities are focusing on students who meet some of the following criteria: Children with no prior preschool experience Children who have been identified as not meeting standards on Teaching Strategies GOLD Smarter Balanced Assessment… [ Keep reading ]

Equity day at West Seattle HS

Amazing student-led, and student-centered work is happening at West Seattle high school, a school funded by the Families and Education Levy. The school’s Diversity Club and the ASB are planning to hold WSHS’s first annual Equity Day: Raising Awareness, Inspiring Action. This will be a day of workshops culminating in… [ Keep reading ]

It’s official! Dwane Chappelle confirmed director of DEEL!

On Tuesday, February 9th Dwane Chappelle was confirmed by Seattle City Council as the new Director of the City’s Department of Education and Early Learning. Mayor Murray nominated Chappelle in October 2015 to lead the newly created City department. Prior to his appointment, Chappelle served as the principal of Rainier Beach… [ Keep reading ]

Families and Education Levy Schools Honored as Schools of Distinction

We are thrilled to share the news that several of the Department of Education and Early Learning’s school partners have been recognized by the State of Washington for their amazing work in improving student achievement rates. The designation as a School of Distinction signifies that the recipient ranks in the top… [ Keep reading ]