Access, Equity, & Excellence

Puget Sound

9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., January 25, 2014

Puget Sound Educational Service District
800 Oakesdale Ave. SW
Renton, WA 98057

Keynote Speaker

Erin Jones, Federal Way School District

Erin JonesErin Jones has been involved with education for the past 18 years as a volunteer, a private and public school teacher, a late night program director, and an instructional coach. She joined OSPI as the Director of the Act Six Leadership and School Initiative in 2005. From 2008 to 2009, she oversaw the creation of the Center for the Improvement of Student Learning (CISL), where her focus was on creating a repository of best practices for educators and building bridges between schools, families, and communities.

She has served on numerous boards and committees, including the state’s 2008 Education Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee, which delved into how to establish strategy and collaborate with key community members. “I’ve learned that the answers are always in a community, and the key to getting to the answer is to bring the community together.”

Activist Training Schedule

9:00 a.m. | Welcome
9:30 a.m. | Workshops
11:30 a.m. | Keynote address, lunch, and networking
1:30 p.m. | Workshops
2:30 p.m. | Desserts, wrap-up, and giveaways!


Workshop topics include:

  • Alternatives to punitive discipline
  • Universal pre-kindergarten
  • College and career-ready diplomas
  • Access to rigorous coursework
  • Equity in education funding
  • Parent engagement
  • Assessing school climate
  • Understanding collective bargaining
  • Storytelling and advocacy
  • Building coalitions to make legislative gains
  • Running for school board
  • Students in special education
  • The DREAM act
  • Expanded learning opportunities
  • Washington strategies for closing the achievement and opportunity gaps

Our Community Partners

Bellevue Special Education PTSA
Black Education Strategies Roundtable
Center for Reinventing Public Education
City Of Seattle Office of Education
City Vision—Federal Way
Community and Parents for Public Schools
Education in Equity Coalition
Excellent Schools Now
Federal Way School District
Freedom Foundation
Kent School District
Office Of The Education Ombuds
Puget Sound Educational Service District
Schools Out Washington
Sound Discipline
Southeast Seattle Education Coalition
Southshore School
Student Achievement Council
Teach For America
Teachers United
The Latino/a Educational Achievement Project
The Roadmap Project
Third Coast Enterprises
Unleash the Brilliance
Washington Middle School
Washington State Charter Association
Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs
Western Governor’s University