Equity Priorities in the Northwest and Pacific: A Regional Dialogue


May 2014


Participant at the Equity Priorities meeting held at Education Northwest

The promise of a public education is that all students will have access to high-quality learning opportunities. Accomplishing this requires collective and coherent action to increase system effectiveness and produce results that are not predictable by race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status.

On December 10, 2013, education stakeholders from around the Northwest and Pacific gathered at Education Northwest in Portland, Oregon, to participate in a forum to prioritize equity needs in these regions. Sponsored by Education Northwest, the Region X Equity Assistance Center, and the Northwest Comprehensive Center, the event marked the first-ever convening of leaders from across all of these jurisdictions. The forum aimed to identify common equity related issues, establish a regional agenda to collaboratively address the most critical issues, build regional relationships, and engage in ongoing dialogue with other educational leaders.

This document captures the rich discussions from that day of learning and sharing, and demonstrates education and community leaders’ renewed commitment to collective and coherent action for educational equity across the Pacific and Northwest.