The Southeast Seattle community is buzzing with news about Green Dot's new school, Rainier Valley Leadership Academy, and its Founding Principal, Walter Chen.
Check out these publications featuring Green Dot's new school, opening Fall 2017.
Rise Up for Students
Thanks to Matt Halvorson for featuring Green Dot's Walter Chen, founding principal of Rainier Valley Leadership Academy, on the Rise Up For Students blog, a publication about creating diversity in Seattle public schools.
Beginning with the emphasis his parents placed on education, the Rise Up For Students piece describes Chen's road to becoming Green Dot's newest school leader. Chen told Halvorson that,
"[I plan] 'as much as possible to provide opportunities for people of color to work in education, because if [students] don’t see themselves in their teachers, then we won’t have teachers who are people of color who are representative of the community. If you don’t have teachers of color, you’ll never have leaders of color either.'"
Rise Up for Students is a blog that discusses how to change the injustices within the education landscape in Southeast Seattle.
Washington State Charter Schools Association
Walter Chen sat down with WA Charters to share his pathway to Green Dot. In the article, Chen discusses his personal connection to Southeast Seattle and how that empowers him in his new role.
In the piece, Chen says,
"'I am a Pacific Northwest native, born in Seattle after my parents emigrated from Taiwan to attend college in the United States. Since returning from California I’ve now worked and/or lived in the Rainier Valley for the past seven years. As a resident, husband, and now father, I feel deeply connected to this community and to the social, emotional and academic well being of children and families in the Rainier Valley. I believe strongly that great schools form the foundation for great communities and outcomes for our children.'"
Washington State Charter Schools Association (WA Charters) is a nonprofit organization that connects young people who live in underserved communities with high quality schools.
Northwest Asian Weekly
In a piece discussing the charter landscape and diversity therein by Northwest Asian Weekly's Arlene Dennistoun, Chen speaks about the importance of cultivating a staff that reflects the student population.
"'It’s definitely an issue with parents of color when 90 percent of teachers are white. If we don’t have teachers of color, we will never have school leaders of color either.'"