Though it's regarded as one of the most civically engaged cities, a huge disparity in educational quality and opportunity exists here in Seattle-Tacoma, particularly along socio-economic and racial lines.
In Washington, corps members will have the opportunity to help shape the future of Teach For America in this region.
The Puget Sound is a region of thriving immigrant communities and a racially and socioeconomically diverse population. Despite the region’s rich diversity and enormous potential for educational excellence, Washington is one of only six states with a growing disparity in education between low-income students and their higher income counterparts. Nearly all of Seattle’s failing schools are located in low-income neighborhoods and serve primarily students of color.
According to the Washington State Report Card, 55% of tenth graders at Rainier Beach High School scored proficient on the state reading exam, and 14% scored proficient on the math exam. Even at Garfield High School, one of the city’s highest-performing schools, just 15.9% of African American tenth grade students scored proficient in math, meaning African American students attending one of the city’s best schools have less than a one-in-five chance of passing the state math exam.
Amid a challenging first year in Washington, our team has built strong and lasting relationships across the country and throughout the state, and partnerships with both grassroots organizations like the Southeast Seattle Education Coalition and well-known institutions such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In collaboration with a cross section of educational, organizational, and community leaders, along with teachers, principals, parents, and students, we look forward to forging additional relationships in the region in 2012, and working with increased urgency to make excellence in education a reality for all students in the Puget Sound.
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In her fourth grade classroom, Lindsay led her students to advance more than two grade levels in math and in reading. She later served as a manager, teacher leadership development on Teach For America's New York regional staff and a director of training and support for the "I Have A Dream" Foundation. Lindsay holds a master's degree in teaching from Pace University and a joint bachelor of arts degree in Public Policy and Sociology from Pomona College.
Lindsay is the founding executive director of Teach For America - Washington and is leading the region in its second year.