Matt Halvorson

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Matt Halvorson is a writer, musician, activist and father. He is the primary author of Rise Up For Students, a blog focused on educational equity and racial awareness in Washington State. He also founded and continues to manage the Rise Up Music Project, a music platform that shares the ongoing creative processes of artists and activists.

A veteran of several seasons in professional baseball front offices and four years as a program coordinator with the “I Have a Dream” Foundation in Oregon, Matt currently sits on the advisory board for Explorer X, a Seattle-based transformational travel company. Matt also wrote and recorded nearly 50 original songs for the Rise Up Music Project podcast in 2019, and his solo album, “Sermons,” is available everywhere except Amazon.Matt lives in Seattle with his partner, Lindsay, and their four kids. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Augustana University. He likes to drink coffee, write songs, coach baseball, and sit around campfires, among other things.

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Posted Apr. 4, 2017

Walter Chen Is Building a Charter School That Reflects the Diversity of the Community

Walter Chen, the founding principal of a new Green Dot public middle school set to open in south Seattle this…

By Matt Halvorson

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Posted Oct. 4, 2016

This School Canceled a Celebration of Black Men, But They Showed Up Anyway

An extraordinary event called “Black Men Uniting to Change the Narrative” was planned at South Seattle’s John Muir Elementary to…

By Matt Halvorson

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Posted Nov. 18, 2021

If You’ve Been Silent About Child Justice, We Need You Now More Than Ever

We have a problem. The global COVID-19 pandemic has not only created a storm of challenges in policy and practice for public education; it also…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Nov. 22, 2021

Current Events Put Racism on Display, No Matter How Hard Some Try to Hide It

In the words of Mugatu, I feel like I’m taking crazy pills. Defense lawyers in the trial seeking justice for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery,…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Nov. 23, 2021

Not Every Kid Looks Forward to Holiday Breaks

As a kid, I didn’t look forward to the holidays as much as my classmates did because it meant more time in a home that…

By Kelly D. Holstine

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