Our second annual convening was built on the equity priorities in the Northwest and Pacific identified in 2013 by education and community leaders from as far north as Alaska, as far south as American Samoa, as far east as Montana, and as far west as the Republic of Palau. This year’s theme, "Networking to Promote Positive School Environments," emerged from the priorities identified at last year’s convening.
This year, we built on our fruitful discussions and networking by asking participants to share promising practices and resources that promote positive school environments. Together, we examined ways to create school climates where all students are respected and effectively educated, parents and community members are meaningfully engaged, and teaching and learning focus on the unique needs and cultures found in each school system in our various regions. It was a stimulating and rewarding “working meeting” in which individuals and teams came prepared to offer insights from their own practice and partnered to create a network that advances priority equity goals.
Participants learned about the critical educational equity needs in the Northwest and Pacific regions. Working within and across regional teams, participants engaged in:
- Deepening knowledge of critical educational equity issues in the region
- Building and strengthening relationships with colleagues and key partners
- Forming a network to share resources, strategies, and best practices to address equity priorities
- Identifying and prioritizinge ongoing network activities
Participation in this event was by invitation only.
This event is underwritten by the Region X Equity Assistance Center and its partners, including the Northwest Comprehensive Center, Pacific Comprehensive Center, and Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Northwest.