As part of the Issaquah School District’s commitment to ongoing equity work, staff from our Equity Department have partnered with the Issaquah Schools Foundation to provide professional development to our staff and administrators around culturally competent practices. One recent session was led by Rosetta Lee, a faculty member at Seattle Girls’ School who teaches subjects such as science, math, technology, art, ethics and more. As a professional outreach specialist, Lee designs and delivers trainings for all parts of school communities, as well as for local and national educational and nonprofit sectors.
“Cultural competency is one of the pillars of our Multi-Tiered Systems of intervention work, and it was wonderful for our staff to be able to build their knowledge, awareness and skills in this area,” said Alaina Sivadasan, Executive Director of Equity for ISD. “The demographics of our students and families is culturally diverse, and, as a district we are committed to creating a sense of belonging and worth for all of our families. One avenue that helps us do this is through developing cultural competence.”