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…

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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…

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Posted July 19, 2021

Are Teachers Leaving Because of Pandemic Stress? It’s Complicated.

Plenty of news stories have raised concerns about mass teacher shortages due to pandemic stress. And it’s true that teachers, principals and district leaders have…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted July 26, 2021

At Freedom School Literacy Academy, Black Pride and Academic Achievement Go Hand-in-Hand

Erika Asikoye is the Director of the Freedom School Literacy Academy (FSLA) at The Center for Black Educator Development in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The FSLA, for…

By Laura Waters

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Posted July 26, 2021

We All Hate Professional Development, But Some of Y’all Need It

Teachers enjoy the summer break, too. However, depending on when school gets out, summer vacation may be winding down already. If that is the case…

By Andrew Pillow

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