Edmonds School District to hold June 11 community forum to discuss race, equity

In response to the civil unrest generated by police brutality against people of color, the Edmonds School District’s Equity & Student Success team will hold a virtual community forum Thursday, June 11. The district intends to discuss plans to recognize injustices and proactively take steps to make schools a better place to learn and work.

The 60-minute community Zoom meeting will be held at 4 p.m. and allow for the district to openly discuss the professional learning opportunities currently planned. The district has also requested that community members provide staff with resources for learning how to address racism and make the district a more equitable place.

The Zoom meeting can be accessed here.

Here is the full letter:

Dear Edmonds School District Community,

I write to you saddened, deflated, and anxious. Certainly, something must commence from the culmination of hate crimes that have brought our nation to this current state of unrest.  Perhaps our start is an individual commitment to continuously learn, grow, and act. First individually, and then collectively. While the Equity & Student Success office is in transition, that has not stopped our planning and determination to eradicate racism by learning and doing.

Black Lives Matter and it is our responsibility to recognize injustices and proactively take steps in making our schools a better place to learn and work, which directly contributes to our communities becoming better places to live.

We are implementing a socially conscious curriculum combined with a wide variety of learning opportunities focused on disrupting a system that has historically disparaged generations of people. In planning this learning, our newly appointed Executive Director, Equity & Student Success, Dr. Victor Vergara, nor I must not become a single voice.

Join us for a virtual community meeting

At 4 p.m. Thursday, June 11, 2020, our Equity & Student Success team will host a 60-minute community Zoom meeting where we can openly discuss the professional learning opportunities currently planned. This meeting will also allow us to hear thoughts from our community about the next steps and current needs. All are welcome! Please find the link to our Zoom meeting here.

Share with us

Furthermore, the Equity & Student Success team has created an interactive way to share resources. Padlet is a free learning tool that allows anyone to post anonymously for free. My hope is that you join us in sharing books, training, articles, and other needed resources.

Excitement for the future

As I exit the system at the end of this month, it is with a tremendous amount of honor and excitement that I pass the leadership torch to Dr. Victor Vergara, who shares a commitment to equity and eradicating racism not only in our schools but in the communities that make up the Edmonds School District.

Please spread the word
We invite you to share this message our community. Again, we want to welcome everyone to our Zoom community meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday, June 11, 2020.

Thank you for your continued support!

In solidarity,

Dr. Kimberlee Armstrong
Executive Director of the Office of Equity & Student Success (outgoing)

Dr. Victor Vergara
Executive Director of the Office of Equity & Student Success (incoming)

The Office of Equity and Student Success is formerly the Office of Equity & Public Relations

One Reply to “Edmonds School District to hold June 11 community forum to discuss race, equity”

  1. “In response to the civil unrest generated by police brutality against people of color” Oh Boy, those pesky facts.

    Roughly speaking, a policeman in the United States is about fifty times more likely to be killed than to kill, and this is without taking into consideration that the majority of the killings by the police are at least prima facie justified by self-defense or the interruption or prevention of a serious crime. Let us exclude only half of those killings on these grounds (probably a gross underestimate): This means that a policeman is roughly 100 times more likely to be killed than to kill.

    Let us also suppose that the police are killed by black and white in the same proportion as blacks and whites commit homicide in general (again, a generous, that is to say a conservative, assumption). This means that a policeman is about fifteen times more likely to be killed by a black man than to kill a black man, and again this is not to take into account the fact that many of the police killings would be at least prima facie justified.

    A black man is about thirty times more likely to be killed by another black man than to be killed by a policeman (and some of the police are themselves black, of course). A white man is only fifteen times more likely to be killed by someone of any race than to be killed by a policeman. Are the police biased against whites?

    The protesters demand “justice” but pronounce guilt before it has been established by a court of law. They have over and over again proved themselves indifferent to killings by the thousands, simply because they were of no political value to them.

    Here’s a simple controversial idea.. How about some equal justice and we all just judge actions based on behavior not race… I’m guessing that would be too much to ask.. SMH.

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