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PSESD Board of Directors Changes for 2018 - 12/07/17

Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) is excited to announce the results of the 2017 Board of Directors elections. In August, PSESD announced six of the nine seats on the PSESD board were open for election.

The results are in for the 2017 Election; Annie Laurie Armstrong Position 2, Barbara Peterson Position 7 and John Zurfluh Position 9 won their elections and will retain their seats on the PSESD board. Additionally, PSESD has three new community members who will join the board in January 2018. PSESD is pleased to welcome:

Jordan Posamentier, Position 1
Jordan Posamentier is a lecturer on education policy at the University of Washington and works closely with city and state education leaders across the country and in Washington to develop strategies that advance outcomes for all children, especially for systemically disadvantaged and vulnerable populations. Fundamentally, Jordan believes every child deserves equitable access to high quality schools and looks forward to leveraging his experience and dedication in education in order to bring that belief closer to reality.

Someireh Amirfaiz, Position 3
Someireh Amirfaiz has more than twenty years of leadership experience in the non-profit sector, and is currently completing a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at Seattle University. Throughout her professional career, Someireh has worked with and on behalf of low-income families to ensure their access to educational, health and economic opportunities. Someireh looks forward to bringing her experience and expertise to the PSESD Board to ensure we work towards equality of educational opportunities for every student by addressing inequities in public education and increasing opportunities for learning and engagement.

Agda Burchard, Position 5
Agda Burchard brings experience, education and meaningful linkages with leaders, and community partners in early learning and K-12 education to the PSESD board. As a former Kent School District Board Director Agda brings her understanding of the challenges and barriers faced by students, families and staff. Agda looks forward to listening, learning and leading with racial equity on the PSESD Board and using her skills, knowledge and relationship to help eliminate the opportunity gap and achieve the PSESD vision.

"The primary goal of the PSESD Board these last six years has been to help the PSESD design educational programs and services that will achieve our End, Success for each child and eliminate the opportunity gap by leading with racial equity. I am confident our new board members will continue this important work" said John Welch, PSESD Superintendent, upon learning the election results.

ESDs are governed by a lay board of directors consisting of seven or nine citizens who are accountable to and elected by the school board members in the region's public school districts. The board members represent geographic director districts based on US Census data.
The ESD boards provide direction to their superintendent who is advised by local school district superintendents. This group generally advises on budgetary, program policy, and staff members. Newly elected board members will be sworn into their positions at the January 17, 2018 Board Meeting at PSESD.

Sara Goldrick-Rab: Paying the Price - 11/20/17

One of the most sustained and vigorous public debates today is about the value--and, crucially, the price--of college. But an unspoken, outdated assumption underlies all sides of this debate: if a young person works hard enough, they'll be able to get a college degree and be on the path to a good life.

That's simply not true anymore, says Sara Goldrick-Rab, and with Paying the Price, she shows in damning detail exactly why.

Please join the Puget Sound College & Career Network (http://psccn.org/) for a vibrant keynote address and discussion with Sara Goldrick-Rab, a national scholar on college access and affordability, on the true meaning of increasing equitable access to postsecondary education. She will share findings from her research nationally, reflect on the unique challenges faced by students in Washington State and King County, and offer policy, practice recommendations, and possible solutions to make college access and attainment a reality for low-income students.

DATE AND TIME: Thu, November 30, 2017 from 5-7PM
LOCATION: Puget Sound Skills Center (18010 8th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98148)
REGISTER: Registration is limited. Please register: psccnsgr.eventbrite.com

Sara Goldrick-Rab is Professor of Higher Education Policy & Sociology at Temple University, and Founder of the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, the nation's only translational research laboratory seeking ways to make college more affordable. She is best known for her innovative research on food and housing insecurity in higher education, having led the two largest national studies on the subject, and for her work on making public higher education free. She is the recipient of the William T. Grant Foundation's Faculty Scholars Award and the American Educational Research Association's Early Career Award, and in 2016 POLITICO magazine named her one of the top 50 people shaping American politics. Her latest book, Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream, is an Amazon best-seller, and has been featured on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, the New York Review of Books, CSPAN's Book TV, and the New York Times Magazine, among other venues. The Chronicle of Higher Education calls her "a defender of impoverished students and a scholar of their struggles," and she is ranked 10th in the nation among education scholars according to Education Week.