Soup for Teachers is a grassroots community support organization focused on, but not affiliated with, Seattle Public Schools. Soup for Teachers builds community among educators, families, and schools throughout the Seattle Public School system as they advocate for positive change across the district. We encourage collaboration and foster connections to strengthen our schools, our communities, and our city.
How we got started
During the upheaval surrounding the September 2015 Seattle Education Association strike, Soup for Teachers became the hub where the existing energy and support of parents and concerned citizens throughout Seattle galvanized to coordinate assistance and soup (and other food!) to our educators on the picket lines. Acting in solidarity, people reached beyond their neighborhood schools and traveled all over the district to ensure that in-person support was present at every one of our (then) 98 schools.
At the strike’s end, we had a community that spanned the city, dedicated to staying together to work for the greater good in our school system. By combining our resources, knowledge, relationships, energy, and time, we have a network of support as we respond to the challenges that our district, and public education in general, currently faces. We were named one of Parent Map's 2016 Superheroes for Washington Families in the spring, just months after we got started.
How we are organized
Soup for Teachers has a Facebook group of 3500 parents, educators, and community members who utilize our online spaces to highlight concerns and inequities at their particular schools, organize in response to current events in our district, and discuss public education in Seattle. Through this virtual community, we build real cross-district relationships to amplify each others voices and needs, and work towards positive outcomes for ALL school communities.
Soup for Teachers and its online spaces are managed by Liza Rankin and Megan Larkin, both volunteers and parents of Seattle Public Schools students.
Soup for Teachers. 100 Schools. 1 District. Community and Support for All.