Kindergarten Kick Off!


Join us and please share! This will be a fun day!!

Translators will be available


July 2015 Meeting Agenda

2015-07-16 19-00-24 2015-07-16 19-01-52 2015-07-16 19-02-55 2015-07-16 19-03-46 2015-07-16 19-04-38 2015-07-16 19-05-38 2015-07-16 19-06-23

Pictures from the race caucuses report outs. Caucus groups were asked to look at the historical data and think about how they feel (heart), think (face), and act (hand).

Slide deck from SESEC meeting, includes  link to 3 min video on the construction of race, historical documents, etc. FINAL – SESEC Presentation

July SESEC agenda

June SESEC Meeting

Question How to create change answers

SESEC June Agenda

Slide deck from Steve Zwolak presentation on LUME Healthy Minds for the Future June 2015

Rainier Valley Corps Fellowship: Infrastructure and Coalition Development


Southeast Seattle Education Coalition is recruiting for a Rainier Valley Corps Fellow. We are one of ten inaugural sites to host a Fellow. More about Rainier Valley Corps can be found here.

We are recruiting for a Fellow to support our infrastructure and coalition growth, including researching and designing a donor and member database, grant prospect research, and special projects for the coalition.

Fellows will apply their education and skills to strengthen the organizational capacity, reach, and effectiveness of their host organization. As an RVC fellow, you will work hand-in-hand with community leaders on real problems, building skills, connections, and experiences that will propel you forward in a career in nonprofit leadership that will drive social change and community impact.

Applicants must meet the following minimum standards of eligibility:

  • Possess a Bachelor’s Degree OR have at least four (4) dedicated years of work and/or volunteer experience in the nonprofit sector.
  • Culturally and linguistically reflect the community in which they will be working.
  • Demonstrate passion for community work and social justice, and intent to stay and advance in the nonprofit field.
  • Be legally authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Be prepared to work full-time (40+ hours per week) at a CBO Partner organization from September 2015 to August 2016.
  • A criminal history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being selected as a Fellow. However, some CBO positions may not be open to applicants with certain kinds of criminal record. Applicants should expect to consent to a criminal background report as part of the interview and selection process.


  • Living stipend: $20,800 annually
  • Additional stipend: Up to $4,000 completion bonus in the form of an education award
  • Support for health insurance
  • 18 days paid time off
  • Training and mentorship in nonprofit management, leadership, community organizing and advocacy, and cultural dynamics.


  • $20,800/year paid position, with possibility of renewal the second year.
  • Up to $4,000 Education Award upon completion.
  • Health benefits or assistance for existing coverage.
  • Be part of a strong network among your incoming cohort of fellows, with other nonprofit leaders in Seattle.
  • Receive culturally responsive mentorship.
  • Receive leadership, nonprofit management, advocacy, and cultural dynamics/history of place training through structured workshops/seminars.
  • Many other social and professional building opportunities beyond the fellowship!

To apply, please submit your application via email to and no later than 5 p.m. on June 15, 2015.

Please review the full application packet before applying.

Your application e-mail must include the following items as a single PDF attachment:

1. A completed copy of this personal information form including your preferences for CBO placement.

2. Your resume and cover letter.

3. At least one and up to three letters of reference. (Note: RVC understands that many leaders in our community do not speak and write English as a first language. If your reference is not comfortable with this format, please contact us to inquire about an accommodation.)

4. Responses to the essay questions from the main application. Each response should be no longer than 500 words. (1) What do you think is the greatest challenge facing communities of color today and how would you address it? (2) What is your vision for a more perfect Rainier Valley in ten years? Drawing on your experiences, strengths, and passion, what would your role be in achieving that vision?

SESEC School Arrival and End Times Event

Learn and provide your input

Join us to learn about the potential changes to Seattle Public Schools changing school arrival and end times (bell times). Seattle Schools will share information and provide a chance for you to give input on a survey. All are welcomed and encouraged to come.

Child care will be provided (please RSVP), interpreters available upon request, transit passes available, light food provided. If you have a barrier to participating please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.


Thursday, 4 June, 5.30-7.00 p.m.

Where: Seattle Chinese Alliance Church, 2803 South Orcas St, Seattle, WA 98108

Parking: Park in the upper main parking lot. Ring the doorbell to enter and proceed downstairs to the “Fellowship Hall”

Thank you to our members for supporting this event
Flier Bell Time

English Flier Bell Time
Flier for June 4th Event (Spanish)

Flier for June 4th Event (Somali)

Flier for June 4th Event (Oromo)

Flier for June 4th Event (Amharic)

Flier Bell Time Vietnamese

Flier for June 4th Event (Chinese)

May Meeting Agenda

Follow up items from May meeting

Slide deck from Dr. Jondou Chen’s presentation: SESEC_DIEC

18 May Updated materials:

SESEC May 2015 Agenda— Director Betty Patu will join us and provide a brief update

Emerson’s Market Night 2015 flyer (2)


Flier Bell Time

SESEC May 2015 Agenda

April SESEC Agenda

SESEC April 2015 Agenda

Slides from Dr. Liliana Lengua’s presentation SESEC Economic Disadvantage and Self-regulation 2015-04-16

Southeast Seattle Education Coalition is hiring an Associate Director of Fundraising and Communications

Associate Director of Fundraising and Communications (80% FTE)

Southeast Seattle Education Coalition (SESEC) is expanding and looking for a community-minded professional to join us as our Associate Director of Fundraising and Communications. This is a four-day a week (.8 FTE) exempt position with a salary range of $34,000-38,400, depending upon experience. This position may become full-time as funding becomes available.

About Us:

Southeast Seattle Education Coalition is a coalition of community based organizations, schools, and parents/caregivers working together to improve education in SE Seattle. We believe by having a collective voice–one that is inclusive of communities of colors and those who are often missing from important conversations– we can advocate and see important changes for our children and families. SESEC’s work is divided into two broad categories: 1) advocacy/policy/systems change and 2) community building and communications.

The Work:

The Associate Director of Fundraising and Communications supports SESEC’s work by building relationships with schools and partners that will help to drive our advocacy work and bring resources to SE Seattle. The following are the key responsibilities:

Fundraising and Communications (70%):

  • Partner with community-based organizations and schools to determine projects and write approximately 3-5 grants or letters of inquiry per month for SESEC, schools, and partners (this position will write grants for both SESEC and for community partners)
  • Conduct prospect research and track projects ready for grantwriting
  • Write donor communication pieces, write blog pieces for SESEC’s blog and website
  • Maintain and manage the SESEC website, including a redesign or comprehensive update of the website
  • Support a new SE Seattle education blog by recruiting writers, proofreading and editing, and posting content, moderating comments
  • Work closely with the Executive Director to build relationships with funders and donors

Administrative and Fiscal oversight (10%):

  • Track and write grant reports to ensure timely submission and compliance
  • Maintain coalition documents via Dropbox and Google Drive
  • Research, recommend, and help build a donor and membership database

Community engagement and relationship building (10%):

  • Build authentic and long-lasting relationships with coalition members and school partners to learn about their needs and help to close achievement, opportunity, and implementation gaps
  • Work with SESEC members to plan and execute community events, i.e. kindergarten registration drive, SESEC member gatherings, community events, etc.

Other duties as assigned (10%):

  • Periodically attend evening and weekend events and meetings at schools, school board meetings, or other SESEC related events


  • Minimum two years of grant-writing experience; preferably around education and communities of color, and other overlooked communities
  • Experience working with schools and nonprofits, communities of color, and/or immigrant and refugee communities reflective of SE Seattle
  • Minimum two years of experience building relationships with communities of color, school leaders, and/or community members
  • Experience building and maintaining effective relationships with funders
  • Experience working with coalitions and in small-organizations helpful
  • Strong project and time management skills
  • Familiarity with WordPress, Facebook, Twitter to maintain and manage communications channels
  • Results and detail-oriented
  • Flexibility and adaptability, and able to deal effectively with ambiguity and change
  • Ability to work efficiently and collaboratively in an open concept office
  • Must be available to work nights and weekends, on occasion
  • Committed to the mission of equity, cultivating a coalition, building the capacity of schools and community based organizations

What you will get out of this:

This is a great opportunity for someone who wants not just a job, but an opportunity to grow a movement around quality and equitable education. Benefits include:

  • 18 days of Paid Time Off
  • 12 paid holidays
  • Medical, vision, and dental insurance covered at 75%

Other Information:  Send a resume, cover letter and three professional references as one document to If you advance to the interview round we will ask you to provide two writing samples, one should be a grant proposal you authored.

Position is open until filled, first review date is Monday, 27 April 2015, 5.00 p.m.

Application Process: Because SESEC is fiscally-sponsored by the Vietnamese Friendship Association (VFA), all SESEC staff are employed by VFA and subject to VFA’s personnel policies. VFA is an equal opportunity employer. People of color and those from Southeast Seattle are strongly encouraged to apply.

Follow up information and data from March 2015 meeting

At the March Southeast Seattle Education Coalition Meeting Seattle Public Schools’ School and Community Partnership office talked about their work. They sent these documents as a follow up. Thanks to Carri and Nicole for joining us and making these documents available. Looking forward to keeping the conversation moving forward!

New Holly Data

Number Percent SHA Students by District and Property

SCP Department Overview

SCP Partnership Communication Doc Final

SPS Data Access Framework March 2015

Keep Cleveland High School in your Thoughts

Dear SESEC Members, Allies, and Supporters,
You may have heard the news about the drive by shooting and death that happened on Beacon Hill on Sunday afternoon (15 March 2015). Cleveland High School lost a student, and we as a community lost one of our youth. We grieve with the family, school, and community. To our coalition partners and families at Cleveland, we are holding you in our thoughts. Please reach out and let us know what you need, we are a coalition in good and trying times.
Candlelight vigils and remembrances being organized by neighbors and the school community in the next few days. Tuesday, 17 March 2015 at S Forest and 15th Ave S at 5.00 p.m. and Thursday at Cleveland High School 6.30 p.m. in the auditorium.
With sympathy,
Erin, Faisal, Gar, Kerry, Sandy, Sharonne, Sheila, Steve, and Vu
SESEC’s Staff and Steering Committee