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Posts for 'Education'

A New Kind of Pipeline: Learning from Germany’s Education System

December 19th, 2016

This past week, eighteen of us from the City of Seattle and the Port of Seattle went to Hamburg, Germany to see how their city has rebuilt and transformed into the vibrant community it has become.  We met with leaders who are addressing urban transformation and inner-city development, port partnership and trade development, educational and […]


Rethinking School Discipline

July 30th, 2015

By Laura Robinson, Intern to Sally Bagshaw* When you walk into the honors and advanced placement classes at my Seattle alma mater you see predominantly white faces. Garfield High School is located in the middle of Seattle’s Central District and has a very diverse and talented student population, but its diversity was not and is not […]


Building for the Future

July 9th, 2015

By Laura Robinson, Intern to Sally Bagshaw* Recently I had the opportunity to visit YouthCare’s YouthBuild with Councilmembers Sally Bagshaw and Bruce Harrell. YouthCare is a Seattle-based organization committed to transforming the lives of homeless and at-risk youth. Their model of care is based around three critical steps: engage, stabilize and prepare. The third step […]


The Year in Review: Oh the Places We’ve Been and the Path We’re on for 2015!

January 9th, 2015

Thank you so much for helping make 2014 such a powerful year.  It is no secret how much I love this city and my job, and I am proud of the work and accomplishments we are achieving together.  It is an enormous privilege to represent you on City Council. I would like to share with […]


Thank You Seattle Voters!

November 5th, 2014

I woke up this morning proud that I live in Seattle. Thank you Seattle voters for voting to protect public safety by requiring criminal background checks on gun transactions, to invest in transit, and to improve access to quality preschool for the children in our city.  Thanks especially to all who worked on these successful campaigns […]


Bridging the Economic Divide – High Quality Preschool for All Seattle Children

March 10th, 2014

This past week over forty local leaders interested in education traveled together to Boston, Jersey City, and Washington DC to see what success looks like in public and private preschools. Teachers, principals and administrators from Seattle Public Schools, joined Councilmembers Tim Burgess, Bruce Harrell and Mayor Ed Murray, King County Executive Dow Constantine, proponents from […]


Olympia report: Finding goals in common with other parts of Washington State

February 25th, 2013

We often hear that Seattle is considered that bad guy in Olympia. The phrase “Seattle-centric” is mentioned. “Big, bad Seattle.” Sometimes, too, “Seattle” is shorthand for all of our state’s urban areas, including Bellingham, Spokane, Tacoma, Vancouver, and more. Sometimes it is shorthand for “progressive” or “liberal.” In 2010, in response, our former Council President […]


STEM-focused schools promise bright futures

August 9th, 2012

During SeaFair I had the pleasure of attending a briefing for potential civilian ridealongs with the Blue Angels. I was picked as an alternate this year, and only as I stood on the tarmac did I learn that the person I was backing up was Deidre Holmberg, principal of Delta High School in Richland, Washington.  […]


The kids are all right: Caravan mobile skate shop

July 19th, 2012

I met 26-year old Jeremy Hopwood at the Jefferson Park Jubilee last weekend.  While standing in line at one of the many vendors, he thoughtfully opened a bottle of water for me and we started talking.  “Want to see my van?” he tentatively offered.  Every bit as tentatively, I said, “Hmmmm.”  We were enjoying  a […]


Seattle Science Festival: A Chance to Inspire Girls and Women into STEM Classes and Careers

May 23rd, 2012

(Skip to the chase: download the Seattle Science Festival program, which incudes a detailed map of the Seattle Center grounds with the location of each exhibitor and performance stages as well as a schedule.) Having had the wonderful experience of becoming a pilot and certified flight instructor at age 50, I am an enthusiast for encouraging girls […]


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