On January 8th, 2014, 18 community members including parents of high, middle & elementary school partners, small business owners, administrators from Renton High School and state level representatives gathered inside of the classroom of Mr. Colin Pierce to celebrate the inaugural cohort of International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma students at Rainier Beach High School.
The celebration showcased the students reflecting on their first semester as IB students as well as facilitating lessons learned through the lens of their Theory of Knowledge coursework interactively with the community members and parents in attendance.
This event was the culmination of the City of Seattle Office of Civil Rights grant provided to SESEC and executed by IB Outreach Coordinator, Marcus Harden. Through this work SESEC in partnership with Principal Dwayne Chappelle and Rainier Beach High School has hosted nearly 80 members of the Southeast Community through it’s “IB Ambassador” outreach program and “Community Cafe” series, held in October and December of 2013.
The Community Cafes and IB Ambassadors programs have provided parents, students and community members a forum to gather together to learn more about the IB program and best practices to support students and each other to ensure the success of the program in the Southeast community.
SESEC through the success of these efforts has been able to leverage $65,000 in additional funding through the Race to the Top Grant to continue doing this culture and community enriching work in the southeast community.
If you’d like more information Rainier Beach International Baccalaureate high school, community cafes or the IB Ambassadors program please feel free to contact Marcus Harden at firstname.lastname@example.org