Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien,WA 98166

Office Hours:

Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

DID Day & Equity Symposium

On August 27 and 28, 2019, staff will come together for a powerful day of learning at our second annual Equity Symposium and Welcome Back Event.

All staff working during the Equity Symposium will attend. It is an optional paid day for classified staff working on a 10-month calendar. 

Tuesday, August 27

Secondary school-based staff and operations*
Mount Rainier High School

*Includes all classified and all staff under Chief Operations Officer (Athletics, Facilities, Nutrition Services, Transportation, Security, PAC)


8:00-9:15 a.m. - Opening
9:15-9:30 a.m. - Transition to Session 1
9:30-11:00 a.m. - Session 1
11:00-11:15 a.m. - Transition to Session 2
11:15-12:45 p.m. - Session 2
12:45-2:00 p.m. - Transition to worksite/school & lunch
2:00-3:30 p.m. - Team/School meetings

Wednesday, August 28

Elementary school-based staff and Central Office
Mount Rainier High School

*Includes classified and Central Office staff, except Operations staff


8:30-9:45 a.m. - Opening
9:45-10:00 a.m. - Transition to Session 1
10:00-11:30 a.m. - Session 1
11:30-11:45 a.m. - Transition to Session 2
11:45-1:15 p.m. - Session 2
1:15-2:30 p.m. - Transition to worksite/school & lunch
2:30-4:00 p.m. - Team/School meetings

What’s the Equity Symposium?

The Equity Symposium is an opportunity to learn from each other with a focus on racial equity. Attendees will participate in a session focused on implicit bias and will select an additional 90 minute session to attend. Our colleagues from Highline and beyond will present on a range of topics to challenge us to deepen our capacity for equity.

Present at the Equity Symposium 

We invite staff, students and community members to submit proposals to present sessions. Sessions will be 90 minutes and can be a panel discussion, demonstration, interactive workshop or other formats. All sessions should provide the opportunity to reflect, learn and deepen the work of equity in our schools, with a focus on racial equity.

We are looking for session topics in the following categories:

  • Understanding and addressing racism and microaggressions
  • Culturally responsive teaching that addresses racial equity
  • Culturally responsive student and family engagement that addresses racial equity
  • Implicit and explicit bias
  • White privilege/white fragility
  • Institutional practices that support racial equity
  • Other

Proposals are due May 10 and will be reviewed by May 24. Send questions to the Equity Symposium Planning Team by contacting Bernard Koontz at 206-631-3155 or

Professional consultants and speakers on topics related to racial equity should contact Bernard Koontz directly to discuss opportunities for featured speaker roles.

Submit Your Proposal

Details, schedules and more coming soon!