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Equity Action Teams

Equity Action Team initiatives at Thurgood Marshall grew out of a staff “Equity Team” created in 2014-15 to better ensure that the school offers all students equity in educational opportunities. The fact that TM hosts three distinct programs – Scholars, Accelerated Curriculum Scholars [aka Highly Capable Cohort] and PEACE Academy – offers challenge and potential that is unique within the Seattle Public School District.

Starting in 2015-16, parents became more involved with what had primarily been a staff effort. PTA meetings focused on people’s inherent biases and perspectives on equity from District officials.  Staff and parents met to create and work on next steps, through “Equity Action Teams” that continue to exist.

Projects & History


  • Black Family Advocacy Support Group
  • Facilitating Conversations About Race and Equity Team 
  • Gender Equity Team
  • Racial Equity in HCC Team  (broader team that is Districtwide)
  • Social Studies Team
  • Supporting our Scholars Team



Selected actions/news articles

–> Some Pup Press articles & other media coverage
April 18, 2018 [Seattle Times: UW to study SPS equity teams]
March 23, 2017 [Effect of Social Studies blending]
Feb. 16, 2017 [Summit on equity in gifted ed]
Dec. 27, 2016 [Seattle Times: UW philosophers at TM to help kids consider equity]
Sept. 22, 2016 [Approval of Social Studies blending]
July 9, 2016 [Seattle Times: Some Seattle schools end ‘tracking’ in push for equity and success]
April 28, 2016 [Significants steps by the Teams]
Feb. 18, 2016 [Issues chosen for Teams]

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