Welcome to the Equity and Family Engagement Department

  •  ****Due to the district closure impacted by COVID 19, the Equity and Family Engagement Department will be working remotely offsite. Please send an email to Kim Darcy or  Dr. Tanisha Brandon-Felder or call 206-393-4217 and you will receive a response within the day. Thank you.


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     Please go to the Community Events Page for more resources: Unemployment, Rent assistance etc.

    COVID 19 Info in Various Languages

    Coronavirus facts in Spanish, Chinese, Amharic, Tagalog and other languages for Seattle-area residents


    Financial Assistance

    Financial Resources for Washington Residents Impacted by COVID-19

    United Way List of Resources


    Food/Gift Card Supports for Families (updated 5/26/20)


    Shoreline Supplemental Weekend Food Support

    If your family needs additional food that you are unable to access elsewhere, some weekend food bags are available for home delivery.  Food bags will not have all ingredients for complete meals, but will include non-perishable items for the weekend, such as pasta, canned foods, jar of peanut butter, box of cereal, or similar items. 


    Call 206-385-9385 by 5pm on Wednesdays to request a delivery.   The phone line is available Monday through Friday, 8am – 5pm.  Requests made after 5pm on Wednesdays will be scheduled for the following weekend. Food will be delivered Friday afternoons between 12:30 and 4:00 pm.  We hope to provide one bag per household member, but supply is limited so not all requests may be met. 


    This service is being provided in partnership with Sound Generations, Hunger Intervention Program (HIP), Hopelink, Shoreline PTA Council, and the City of Shoreline.


    • Neighborhood House created videos on Expanded Unemployment Benefits Info in multiple languages:  Amharic, Khmer, Farsi, Marshallese, Russian, Somali, Tigrinya, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.
    • Multi-lingual COVID-19 Resources – Over 32 languages and ASL for Deaf/Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind Communities.  See attached for list and info. on face coverings for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Blind community members.
    • Food Bank Home Delivery program (a Food Lifeline, United Way of King County, Metro, and City of Seattle partnership) delivers shelf stable food boxes to those who can’t access food banks or afford groceries.  Boxes are delivered 2-3 days after ordering.  Up to 3 boxes can be requested per delivery.  There are 2 ways to request:
      • Call the toll-free number at 833-540-0800, Mondays to Fridays from 11am-4pm.  (This is also for Free Tax online help.)
      • Use the online ordering form (page translated in multiple languages).
    • The Shoreline Weekend Food Bag program will be ending and providing two last deliveries on May 29 and June 5.  Call 206-385-9385 by 5pm,Wednesday May 27 and June 3 to request a Friday delivery.  Thank you to Shoreline PTA Council 6.12, Hunger Intervention Program, Hopelink and Sound Generations for their support to help Shoreline families.


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    Family Supports During Shoreline School Closures

    In need of support?

    If you are in need of support, please check out the information below. Please contact your school’s Family Advocate to ask about other supports. If you’re not sure who your Family Advocate is, check here

    Community Food Support

    • HopelinkFood Bank (pre-packaged food items)

    17837 Aurora Ave. N. 

    Tues. 12-4 p.m., Wed. 3-7 p.m., Thurs. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (closed Fridays)  

    12726 33rd NE, Lake City

    Wed. 10 a.m. -1 p.m.; Thurs. 4:30-6:30 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

    * Bitter Lake Location Sat. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

    • Little FreePantries

    *   Ridgecrest Little Free Pantry: 15815 11th Ave NE (Facebook Page)

    *   Little Free Pantry North City: 1674 NE 185th (Facebook Page)

    *   North City Cabinet & Cooler: 18910 8th Ave. NE (cold food in a cooler & hot food at 8:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.)

    *   Meridian Park Little Free Pantry: 18312 Corliss Ave N.

    *   The Triangle Little Free Shed: 14544 Evanston Ave. N.

    *   MLT Little Free Pantry: On 56th Ave. W. between Calvary Fellowship Church & Espresso Break (Facebook Page)

    *   Richmond Beach Little Free Pantry:  1422 NW 195th St.

    *   Echo Lake/Northridge Little Free Pantry:  20008 6th ave NE (park on 200th side)

    *   St. Barnabas Anglican Church/Parkwood:  2340 N. 155th St. (across from Twin Ponds Park)

    *   Ballinger Little Free Pantry:  On the corner of NE 198th St. & 14th Ave. NE (Facebook Page

    *   LFP Little Free Pantry/Little Free Library:  NE 180th St. & 15th Ave. NE

    *   Shoreline Community College (for students):  3rd floor of the PUB (11:30-2:30 school days)

    *   Meadowdale Little Free Pantry:  15724 53rd Pl. W., Edmonds (Facebook Page)  

    •   Free Community Brown Bag Meals

    *   Ronald United Methodist Church  (5:30-6:30 p.m. each Thurs., 17839 Aurora Ave. N. Shoreline )  

    *   St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church  (5:30-6:30  p.m. each Tues., 722 N. 145th St. Shoreline)


    Are you able to lend support?

    • NEW! Donate funds for the purchase of grocery or gas cards for families in need! 
    • Shoreline PTA Council is is working with Embrace Shoreline Schools and Kinder Konnection to collect funds for this purpose and partnering with school Family Advocates for the distribution of these cards.
      * To donate online, go to https://embraceshorelineschools.org/. If you have cards that you've already purchased and you'd like to donate them, please contact shorelineptapres@gmail.com to make arrangements.
    • Drop off food donations at one of the Little Free Pantries listed above (or build your own Little Free Pantry!).
    • Help provide food, rental assistance and utility support by donating to Hopelink
    • Help support child care access and scholarships through Dale Turner YMCA
    • Donate food items (preferably only what you already have on hand) and provide funding support for food and rent assistance through North Helpline (12736 33rd Ave. NE, Seattle).
      10 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Tues., Thurs., & Fri. Ring doorbell next to double doors on side of the top of driveway - do not enter warehouse.
    • Donate to United Way of King County's Community Relief Fund: Access to Food to support a network of food banks and family food relief programs countywide.  
    • Additional great resources for information and ways to support others: United Way of King County & the King County Donations Connector

    Have questions? Email shorelineptapres@gmail.com. Thank you! 



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     Equality vs Equity Shoreline Equity and Family Engagement Department

    The Purpose: To create urgency and immediate impact on students of color, and culturally and linguistically diverse students using culturally responsive practices and policies, while building racial equity awareness and skills with Shoreline staff. The work of the equity department expands throughout all district departments and programs. The goal is to lead and develop with equity in mind while examining and shifting  the inequities in our procedures, polices and practices. This work attends to hearts and minds so that we can make changes in structures and systems. The students are our non-negotiable WHY.






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    We value all diversity in our students and families and staff. 

    Our hearts are with every group that has ever been targeted, been historically marginalized, been harassed, been abused, been publicly mocked and any other hurtful action. Shoreline students, familes and staff should thrive and flourish. Please hold us accountable to that.

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Book of the Month

  • Ladder to the Moon

    Posted by Tanisha Felder on 5/13/2020

    Little Suhaila wishes she could have known her grandma, who would wrap her arms around the whole world if she could, Mama says. And one night, Suhaila gets her wish when a golden ladder appears at her window, and Grandma Annie invites the girl to come along with her on a magical journey. In a rich and deeply personal narrative, Maya Soetoro-Ng draws inspiration from her mother’s love for family, her empathy for others, and her ethic of service to imagine this remarkable meeting. Evoking fantasy and folklore, the story touches on events that have affected people across the world in our time and reaffirms our common humanity. Yuyi Morales’s breathtaking artwork illuminates the dreamlike tale, reminding us that loved ones lost are always with us, and that sometimes we need only look at the moon and remember.

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  • Types of Racism

    Posted by Tanisha Felder on 1/10/2020

    Race and Racism

    The idea of race has a complex history.  It has been used for centuries to categorize, reward, and penalize people based on perceived differences.  Despite often being misguidedly defined by skin tone and other physical attributes, race has no genetic basis.  This powerful social construction has a tremendous impact on individuals’ lives because it is often employed to establish and maintain privilege and power dynamics.  Access to resources and opportunities are often distributed along racial lines.

    Commonly defined as “prejudice + power,” racism is prejudice or discrimination against someone based on his/her race.  Underlying this is the belief that certain racial groups are superior to others.  Racism can be manifested through beliefs, policies, attitudes, and actions.  Racism comes in several forms, including:


    Individual or internalized racism – This is racism that exists within individuals.  It is when one holds negative ideas about his/her own culture, even if unknowingly.  Xenophobic feelings or one’s internalized sense of oppression/privilege are two examples of individual or internalized racism.


    Interpersonal racism – This is the racism that occurs between individuals.  It is the holding of negative attitudes towards a different race or culture.  Interpersonal racism often follows a victim/perpetrator model.


    Institutional racism – Recognizing that racism need not be individualist or intentional, institutional racism refers to institutional and cultural practices that perpetuate racial inequality.  Benefits are structured to advantage powerful groups as the expense of others.  Jim Crow laws and redlining practices are two examples of institutional racism.


    Structural racism – Structural racism refers to the ways in which the joint operation of institutions (i.e., inter-institutional arrangements and interactions) produce racialized outcomes, even in the absence of racist intent.  Indicators of structural racism include power inequalities, unequal access to opportunities, and differing policy outcomes by race.  Because these effects are reinforced across multiple institutions, the root causes of structural racism are difficult to isolate.  Structural racism is cumulative, pervasive, and durable.

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  • disability

    Posted by Tanisha Felder on 10/2/2019

    The ADA defines a person with a disability as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity. This includes people who have a record of such an impairment, even if they do not currently have a disability. It also includes individuals who do not have a disability but are regarded as having a disability. The ADA also makes it unlawful to discriminate against a person based on that person’s association with a person with a disability.

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  • Family Engagement

    Posted by Tanisha Felder on 9/2/2019

    Family Engagement: Amended by Annie Gage- Family Advocate

    Family engagement describes what families do at home and in the community to support their children's learning and development. It also encompasses the shared partnership and responsibility, specifically with underserved families, between home and school. Such engagement is essential for school improvement.

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  • Multiracial

    Posted by Tanisha Felder on 5/9/2019

    Biracial identity development includes self-identification A multiracial or biracialperson is someone whose parents or ancestors are from different ethnic backgrounds. ... While multiracial identity development refers to the process of identity development of individuals who self-identify with multiple racial groups.

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  • Agender

    Posted by Tanisha Felder on 3/15/2019

    Agender is a term which can be literally translated as 'without gender'. It can be seen either as a non-binary gender identity or as a statement of not having a gender identity. People who identify as agender may describe themselves as one or more of the following: Genderless or lacking gender.

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  • Black Lives Matter

    Posted by Tanisha Felder on 2/4/2019

    Black Lives Matter

    The Black Lives Matter Global Network is a chapter-based, member-led organization whose mission is to build local power and to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.

    BLM is expansive. BLM is a collective of liberators who believe in an inclusive and spacious movement. BLM also believe that in order to win and bring as many people with us along the way, they must move beyond the narrow nationalism that is all too prevalent in Black communities.

    BLM affirms the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, undocumented folks, folks with records, women, and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. Our network centers those who have been marginalized within Black liberation movements.

    BLM are working for a world where Black lives are no longer systematically targeted for demise.

    Black Lives Matter Website

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  • Double Consciousness

    Posted by Tanisha Felder on 1/2/2019

    Double consciousness is a concept that Du Bois first explores in 1903 publication, “The Souls of Black Folk”. Double consciousness describes the individual sensation of feeling as though your identity is divided into several parts, making it difficult or impossible to have one unified identity.


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  • PTSD

    Posted by Tanisha Felder on 12/4/2018

    Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may arise when people experience a traumatic event such as death, threatened death, serious injury, or actual or threatened sexual violence.* 

    This definition applies primarily to simple trauma, or exposure to one circumscribed traumatic event. By contrast, complex trauma may arise from exposure over time to prolonged, repeated trauma, such as physical or sexual abuse, neglect, or violence. The symptom pictures resulting from simple and complex trauma differ somewhat.

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  • Disability

    Posted by Tanisha Felder on 10/2/2018

    Disablity- a physical or mental condition that limits a person's movements, senses, or activities.


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  • Hispanic, Latino, LatinX

    Posted by Tanisha Felder on 9/5/2018

    Hispanic- those who trace their ancestry to Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the Spanish-speaking countries of Central and South America.


    Hispanic or Latino? While the two terms are sometimes used interchangeably, "Hispanic" is a narrower term that only refers to persons of Spanish-speaking origin or ancestry, while "Latino" is more frequently used to refer generally to anyone of Latin American origin or ancestry, including Brazilians.


    Latin X- Pronounced “La-teen-ex,” Latinx is a gender-neutral term for people of Latin American heritage. By dropping the traditional –o or –a ending at the end of the root word ‘Latin,’ Latinx encompasses those who identify outside of the gender binary, such as transgender people or those who are gender-fluid

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