Matt Halvorson

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Seattle, Washington

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 Feb. 23, 2021

Oakland’s School Board Cares More About Politics Than It Does About Kids and Families

Reyna Morales lives in Oakland, California, and is the parent of two students at a high-performing charter school located in an area with a dearth…

By Reyna Morales

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Posted Feb. 22, 2021

Educators Who Consider Themselves ‘White Allies’ Are Dangerous When It Comes To Developing Anti-Racist Classrooms

“I am a white ally,” the 30 something-year-old white teacher declared emphatically in the diversity and inclusion professional development session. She snapped her fingers to…

By Sana Shaikh

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Posted Feb. 24, 2021

Meet Newark’s Own Amanda Gorman, Seventh Grade Poet Makayla Brown

A month ago, as Amanda Gorman shared her beautiful prose during President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ inauguration, students at KIPP Rise Academy in Newark had…

By Laura Waters

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